The state of California in 2018 appropriated $10 million for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) to select SELPA Resource Leads to work with agencies and county offices of education (COEs) to improve pupil outcomes as part of the California Statewide System of Support.
There of two types of SELPA Resource Leads: 1) SELPA Systems Improvement Leads and 2) SELPA Content Leads. Marin County SELPA in partnership with the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) is a Content Lead. Their mission is to enhance and fortify the existing CAPTAIN in order to scale up the use of evidence based practices (EBPs) across California and improve outcomes for students with disabilities. Under the direction of the Marin County SELPA, Regional Implementation Leads will play an important role in supporting local CAPTAIN cadre members, school leaders, and teachers to learn, use, and sustain evidence based practices.
Joan Ralph, Behaviorist with the Alameda Unified School District, was named as the East Bay Regional Implementation Lead. She will support educators in the North Region, Oakland, West Contra Costa, Contra Costa, Mt. Diablo, Tri-Valley, Mission Valley, San Ramon, and Mid-Alameda SELPAs. Ms. Ralph and her counterparts across the state will strengthen local implementation of EBPs and foster the development of intensive interventions.