Community Advisory Committee

North Region SELPA Community Advisory Committee What is the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education?
The purpose of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is to establish a local forum to active parent and community involvement in the provision of special education within the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). The CAC advises the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) on the development, review, and implementation of the Local Plan. The State Education Code mandates that each SELPA must have a CAC and that a majority of the CAC members be parents. 

Our Mission: 
- Enhance the education for all students with disabilities
- Increase understanding of Special Education issues.
- Build the advocacy skills of our family/caregiver-community through education and support.
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CAC Meetings:
 
Meeting Date Flyer/Agenda Minutes
August 8, 2022 Special Meeting 8-8-22 Meeting minutes
August 22, 2022 8-22-22 
September 26, 2022 9-26-22
October 10, 2022 Special Meeting  
October 27, 2022
 
 
November 28, 2022
 
 
January 23, 2023
 
 
February 27, 2023
 
 
March 27, 2023
 
 
April 24, 2023
 
 
May 22, 2023
 
 
June 26, 2023
 
 
 
Meeting information from previous years can be found here.
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We need your voice
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Join our monthly meetings
Suggest topics for the agenda Join one of the CAC committees
Make your voice heard and help advise special education in your school district. Our monthly meetings always have time for public comment. 
Do you have a suggestion for the agenda at the CAC monthly business meeting? Please contribute ideas 2 weeks before the monthly meeting. Make a difference in our community! Committees are fun, help people feel connected to each other and to the mission of the CAC. No experience needed! Find out more about advocacy, education and engagement work and join the next meeting by emailing [email protected]org
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Learning Opportunities
 

California Dyslexia Initiative (CDI)

Join the California Dyslexia Initiative (CDI) for a FREE expert webinar series. Learn more about why some students struggle to learn to read, how to recognize risk factors in your students, and how to support reading difficulties and dyslexia in the classroom. Register here: https://www.scoe.net/divisions/ed_services/curriculum/cadyslexia/webinars/

 
Recordings and Slides from Past Webinars are available on this Padlet: https://padlet.com/twilson14/CDI_ExpertWebinars

 

North Region SELPA Presents Family Resource Navigators Hablemos de Educacion Especial

Thursday 9:30AM-11:00AM October 13 - November 17, 2022

 

Family Resource Navigators Chai Chat Support Meetings / لنحتسي الشاي مع الامهات الرائعات

FRN invites Arab moms with special needs kids to join us for the first Thursday of the month from June 2, 2022 - March 2, 2023. We'll share information on topics of interest to you and look forward to you sharing your experiences.

 

Family Resource Navigators Fall/Winter 2022 Workshops, Trainings, and Events

 

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) Upcoming Events

 

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) Special EDition Newsletters

 

The Piedmont Recreation Department has developed new programming for elementary students with disabilities. You do not need to be a Piedmont resident to register. The following classes are being offered this fall, and information about the classes and registration can be found in the guide (see link below):
 
Super Social Explorers Ages 7-12
Thursdays 3:30-4:45 pm Oct 27-Dec 8, page 21
 
Parent and Me Adaptive Sports Medley, Ages 6-11 
Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm  Oct 25-Dec 6 OR Saturdays 12:15-1 pm Oct 29-Dec 8, page 29.
 
Recorded Webinar: Top IEP Transition Tips for Parents and Caregivers
 
Recorded Webinar: You Don't Agree with the IEP, Now What?
 
North Region SELPA CAC Local Plan Orientation Learn about why local plans and SELPAS exist, their purpose, and more. Hosted by Cheryl Theis from DREDF on March 27, 2021. Viewing this orientation is required training for all CAC voting members.
 
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Special Education and Related Services
 
Special education and related services give your child a reasonable opportunity to achieve IEP goals. IEP teams decide on services based on assessed area(s) of need and related goals. Your child may also need accommodations or modifications in the way instruction is presented and/or in the way your child is asked to show what they know. See a list of the most common services here.
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Upcoming CAC Events
 
North Region SELPA CAC Community Connect - October 1, 2022 1-4PM
Piedmont Park 356 Highland Avenue
 
Stay tuned for more events in 2023. Do you have ideas or suggestions for topics we should cover? Email [email protected]org.
 
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Current membership and committees
 
We welcome families, educators, and community members of special education students in Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emery, and Piedmont Unified School Districts. Help us define our goals for the next year. Volunteer for sub-committees centering around education, advocacy, and more. Attend our monthly meetings.
 
Officer positions
  2022-23 2020-22
Chair(s)
Jill Hunter & Sabrina Smith
Kelley Callahan &
Jocelyne Penn
First Vice Chair Caroline Brossard Shari Washburn
Second Vice Chair Jocelyne Penn Alaa Muhsin
Secretary
Lindsay Nofelt Charlene Reis
You can reach the full group of officers by emailing [email protected]
 
2021-22 Voting members
District Name
Alameda
Caroline Brossard
Alaa Muhsin
Jill Hunter
Albany
Dinesh Kumar
Kelley Callahan
Berkeley
Shari Washburn,
Lindsay Nofelt
Eliza Noh
Emery Jocelyne Penn,
Alfie Maguire
Piedmont Charlene Reis
Sabrina Smith
You can reach the full group of voting members by emailing [email protected]
 
Education
In 2022, we are focusing on building the strength of the CAC. We hope to build a quarterly education series focusing on supporting families. We are planning a number of events to build community, strengthen parent involvement in the IEP and 504 process, and grow cross-District connection.
Advocacy
Our Goal is to enhance the channels of communication between schools, parents, and related agencies. We also seek to encourage meaningful communication among school administrators, the Boards of Education, parents, and the communities.
Membership and Engagement
The Membership and Engagement Committee is focused on expanding membership, particularly in historically underserved communities, so that the voices of parents/caregivers across the SELPA can impact how special education is delivered in our Districts.
You can reach the CAC education
committee by clicking here.
You can reach the CAC advocacy
committee by emailing clicking here.
You can reach the CAC membership and engagement committee by emailing clicking here.
 
If you have an idea for a Membership event, or would like to have a CAC Member speak to your group about the CAC, please fill out our form
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North Region SELPA CAC By-Laws
 
Mission and Duties of the CAC
Understand the mission, duties and guidelines for the North Region Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Community Advisory Committee (CAC). These By-Laws were revised March 2021 in order to be more inclusive and expand representation in our membership.  
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Stay in touch
 
Sign up for CAC news 
Anyone interested in the education of students with disabilities in Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Piedmont School Districts should sign up to get news from the North Region SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC)! The group is made of parent volunteers tasked with advising the Local Plan area, educating parents, and advocating for our community.
The CAC will be using the list to share news about special education in our community, advocacy initiatives, upcoming events and meetings (including parent training) and stories spotlighting people who do great work in special education. You will also get reminders about meetings and when to submit agenda items. Your personal information will never be shared.
 
 
Past Newsletters
April 2021
 
Contact us by emailing [email protected].