COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC)

WHAT IS THE CAC?
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a legally mandated group formed to focus and advise on issues which affect our children in special education, SELPA-wide.  The members are appointed by district school boards and are primarily families/caregivers of children with disabilities.  Members may also include students with disabilities, school personnel, representatives from public and private agencies, and other individuals concerned with students with disabilities. 

Current membership
Alameda Unified School District:  Caroline Broussard, Alaa Muhsin
Albany Unified School District:  Kathleen Marte, Kelley Callahan
Berkeley Unified School District:  Shari Washburn, Lindsay Nofelt
Emery Unified School District:  Jocelyne Penn, Alfie Maguire
Piedmont Unified School District: Charlene Reis, Sabrina Smith

Officers:
Chair: Kelley Callahan
First Vice Chair:  Shari Washburn
Second Vice Chair: Alaa Muhsin
Secretary: Charlene Reis

THE FUNCTION OF THE CAC IS TO:

  • Provide parent education/support through workshops, seminars, informational meetings, etc.
  • Promote community awareness and educate the public about individuals with special needs.
  • Enhance the channels of communication between schools, parents, and related agencies.
  • Encourage meaningful communication among school administrators, the Boards of Education, parents, and communities.

ALL ARE WELCOME
Meetings are public and anyone interested in children with special needs are welcome to attend the CAC business meetings, which are held at least five times yearly.  Opportunity for public comments is built into the agenda.  

CAC MEETINGS:

  • Provide parent support.
  • Open the door to invaluable networking with other parents and agencies.
  • Open access to school and other staff.
  • Provide important child-centered information about resources, programs, and legislation.
  • Help a parent find his/her voice and become more informed and empowered.

CAC-SPONSORED PRESENTATIONS
Working in conjunction with SELPA and member school districts, the CAC provides parents with the opportunity to attend professional presentations at no cost on topics and strategies such as:

  • Helping your child in academic, social, and life skills situations at home and at school
  • Working with the school staff to enable them to do the best possible job of meeting the unique needs of your child.
  • Learning about strategies for addressing the needs of students with various disabilities.
  • Learning where valuable resources exist that will help both you and your child as you move forward in this journey together.

PLEASE JOIN US
You will find the atmosphere to be warm and welcoming.  Knowledge is power:  The more you know, the more empowered you become, the more you can support your child's learning experience.

2020-21 MEETING CALENDAR
September 28, 2020 Virtual Planning Meeting 6:00PM-7:00PM Agenda (click here to join)

October, 26, 2020 Virtual Meeting 6:00PM-7:15PM; Flyers: English, Spanish, Mandarin; Agenda; (click here to join)

November 23, 2020 Virtual Meeting 6:00PM-7:15PM; Flyers: English, Spanish, Mandarin; Agenda; Draft of Bylaw Amendments

January 25, 2021 Virtual Meeting 6:00PM-7:30PM; Flyers: English, Spanish, Mandarin; Agenda;

February 22, 2021 Virtual Meeting 6:00PM-7:30PM Flyers:  English, Spanish, Mandarin, Agenda; (click here to join)

March 22, 2021

April 26, 2021

May 24, 20221

June 28, 2021