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National Occupational Therapy Month

During the month of April, Occupational Therapy Month recognizes all the benefits this specialized healthcare provides. They know the therapies to help improve weakened muscles and alternatives when others fail us. For every age and ability, occupational therapists provide care to improve the quality of life for each patient. Throughout the month, recognize an occupational therapist you know.

We CAN Do Better

The North Region SELPA staff and all member Districts stand united with students, staff, local communities, and everyone across the U.S. who has experienced racial bias, violence, or discrimination. I challenge myself and those around me to go further with our actions to stand up to bigotry, hatred, and intolerance. I hope when we look back on 2020 we see how the focus on two viruses (that of Covid-19 and that of systemic racism) caused a tipping point toward making our society a healthier one. In the meantime, we take action as individuals, schools, districts, and communities to refuse (and support others to refuse) racism in our educational mission, because it starts with the words and actions we use to support children. Our influence and responsibility are huge because children look to us for models on "how to be." -- Katy Babcock, North Region SELPA Director. See North Region SELPA District and School Board messages through link.

Positive Behavior Intervention Plans

Teaching students what to do instead of the challenging behavior and making sure there are supports in place for the new, appropriate behavior can lead to improvements.
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What is a SELPA?

In 1977, all California school districts  formed consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region, called Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services.
 
The SELPA coordinates with member school districts to provide a continuum of programs and services for individuals with disabilities, from birth through 22 years of age. The SELPA is also available as a resource to the community on issues related to special education.
 
There are over 130 SELPAs in California, ranging in size from those serving fewer than 1,000 students to those serving more than 10,000 students. The North Region SELPA serves over 3,000 students with disabilities residing in its five member school districts.  
 

Child Find

Child Find activities are the responsibility of each Local Education Agency (LEA) and occur prior to a referral for special education services. These activities are designed to locate individuals, birth through 21 years of age, including children not enrolled in public school programs as well as children who are homeless or wards of the state and reside in the district and may be eligible for and in need of special education and/or related services.
 
 
Child find activities also foster awareness and understanding on the part of educators, parents and other community members of the referral procedures for special education, the eligibility criteria, and the continuum of special education programs and services available. Child find activities inform educators, community agencies, and parents/guardians of their right to refer their child for a special education assessment to determine eligibility and the need for special education services.
(E.C. § 56300 and 56301)
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Member Districts

ALAMEDA UNIFIED 
Pamela Kazee, Director
2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 337-7075
www.alameda.k12.ca.us
 
ALBANY UNIFIED
Cynthia Ortiz Front, Director
1200 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
(510) 559-6536
www.ausdk12.org
 
BERKELEY UNIFIED
Shawn Mansager, Director
2020 Bonar Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 644-7733
www.berkeleyschools.net
 
EMERY UNIFIED
Dr. Karen Steele, Director
1275 61st Street, Emeryville, Ca 94608
(510) 601-4907
www.emeryusd.k12.ca.us
 
PIEDMONT UNIFIED
Hillary Crissinger, Director
760 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611
(510) 594-2733 
www.piedmont.k12.ca.us