New SELPA Podcast Series and Website Redesign

Making It Happen!  
Podcast Series
Episode 1 Now Available

This new podcast series is brought to you by the SELPA Administrators of California and the Coalition for Adequate Funding for Special Education.  We will explore key aspects of the work SELPAs do behind the scenes across every region of California to improve student outcomes.  Our first segment is entitled, “Making It Count:  The Role of SELPA in Special Education Finance,” and it features three extremely talented special education finance experts. 

Eddie Davidson, Director of Fiscal Student Services for the Fresno County SELPA.  Eddie has served for 25 years in Education Finance, 13 years in local school district finance and 12 years in the SELPA of Fresno County Superintendent of Schools.   Fresno County SELPA consists of 32 LEAs serving over 8,600 students with disabilities, and their Charter SELPA has nearly 900 additional students with disabilities.  Eddie has built an amazing set of special education fiscal resources to help his teams and others across California become proficient in this important work.

Dr. Robert McEntire, Director of Management Consulting Services for School Services of California. Robert is sought after as a presenter for many organizations including CASBO, USC’s School of Business, and CSBA. Prior to joining School Services, Robert served as an assistant superintendent and Chief Business Official in medium and large school districts in Southern California, and was a Chief Financial Officer in the corporate sector. He supports and advises school districts, county offices of education, and community colleges, and his expertise includes special education, governance, management, and budget, among others.

Anjanette Pelletier, Associate Superintendent of Special Education and SELPA for San Mateo County.  Anjanette spent the first 10 of her 25 years in education as a school psychologist, later working in program specialist and director positions. She’s been the leader of San Mateo’s SELPA for ten years.  Anjanette provides exemplary leadership to our state association in student equity, mental health, system of care, legislative advocacy, and finance to name a few.  She is the current Chair of the Coalition for Adequate Funding for Special Education and the current Co-Chair of the Finance Committee of the SELPA Administrators of California.  

We hope you will join us! 

Now available on:

Apple Podcast
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/making-it-happen-podcast/id1590386010
Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/episode/2NcfL553XoHlE07H56Lvck?si=7aPpJWQWQ9-YeMYQT9RrSQ
Buzzsprout
https://www.buzzsprout.com/1870564

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SELPA Administrators of California
Launches Redesigned Website

Visit us at www.selpa.info

The SELPA Administrators of California recently updated its website to provide a great deal more information about special education local plan areas, or SELPAs, and the work they do to facilitate equitable services and improved outcomes for students with disabilities across California. 

Each SELPA operates as an educational services agency (ESA) within the meaning of federal law, under the authority of California Education Code, and at the direction of their superintendents of their represented local educational agencies (LEAs).  The new website aims to dispel some of the mystery about the nature of the work and the association itself. 

New features:

     •  Detailed information on the history and governance of SELPAs
     •  Specifics on areas where we are primarily involved, including Finance, Legislative Advocacy, Compliance, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Equity and Disproportionality
     •  Messaging around our beliefs as an Association, and our role in working collaboratively with parents and stakeholders on behalf of students
     •  Current events windows which will house our new Making It Happen podcast series as well as videos in the near future
     •  Statements and white papers
     •  Links to a wide variety of helpful resources on most pages, including new SELPA literature, original source documents, Padlet links, websites, and more.

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