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Each Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) develops a Local Plan that describes how it provides special education services.  The 2021-22 Amendment to Section B of the North Region SELPA Local Plan is currently under final stages of review for approval. Click on "LOCAL PLAN" above to see all Local Plan Sections.

Recent news & Upcoming events

National Braille Literacy Month

January is Braille Literacy Month, in honor of the birthday of Louis Braille, who was born on January 4th, 1809. Braille Literacy can be a vital component to independence and employment for people who are blind or visually impaired. Children who are blind or who have low vision have the option to learn Braille at an early age.

New SELPA Podcast Series and Website Redesign

California SELPAs are refreshing their communication systems! First, please the click link above to see Episode 1 in the new podcast series produced by the SELPA Administrators of California and the Coalition for Adequate Funding for Special Education. The series will explore key aspects of behind-the-scenes work special education local plan areas (SELPAs) do across every California region to improve student outcomes. The first segment, “Making It Count: The Role of SELPAs in Special Education Finance,” features three extremely talented special education finance experts. Additionally, the link above will take you to the SELPA Administrators of California redesigned website with more information about SELPAs and the work SELPAs do to facilitate equitable services and improved outcomes for students with disabilities across California.

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.
Jan 24

CAC Meeting

Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Location: Emery Center for Community Life, Building C Multipurpose Room 4727 San Pablo Avenue Emeryville, CA 94608
Feb 28

CAC Meeting

Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Location: Emery Center for Community Life, Building C Multipurpose Room 4727 San Pablo Avenue Emeryville, CA 94608
Mar 24

SELPA Policy Board Meeting

Time: 10 AM – 12 PM
Location: Piedmont Unified School District 760 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611, USA
Mar 28

CAC Meeting

Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Location: Emery Center for Community Life, Building C Multipurpose Room 4727 San Pablo Avenue Emeryville, CA 94608

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)

Member Districts

Randhir Bains, Executive Director
2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 337-7075
Brian Biggs, Director
1200 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
(510) 559-6536
Shawn Mansager, Director
2020 Bonar Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 644-7733
Krista Alexander, Director
1275 61st Street, Emeryville, Ca 94608
(510) 601-4907
Douglas Harter, Director
760 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611
(510) 594-2733