Community Advisory Committee




What is the CAC for Special Education?

The purpose of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is to establish a local forum for 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 CAC members be parents.






The CAC serves in an advisory capacity regarding community opinions, concerns, and suggestions pertaining to special education and related services for students with disabilities residing within the North Region SELPA. Meetings are public and anyone interested in children with special needs is welcome to attend.





Our Mission:
Enhance the education of students with disabilities.
enhance the education of students with disabilities

Increase understanding of Special Education issues.increase understanding of special education issues

Build the advocacy skills of our family/caregiver-community through education and the advocacy skills


  We Need Your Involvement
Business Meetings
2021 Priorities
We welcome families, educators and community members of special education students in Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emery, and Piedmont Unified School Districts. 
The CAC meets on the 4th Monday of every month via Zoom. Please attend and help us strengthen the voice of the CAC as advocates for all children with disabilities.  Help us define our goals for the next year. Volunteer for sub-committees centering around education, advocacy and more. Attend our monthly meetings.  




Agendas and Meeting Links


Upcoming Meetings: April 26, 2021, May 34, 2021, June 28, 2021


March 22, 2021 Virtual meeting 6:00PM-7:30PM Flyers: EnglishSpanishMandarin

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

January 25, 2021 Virtual Meeting 6:00PM-7:30PM; Flyers: EnglishSpanishMandarinAgenda;

November 23, 2020 Virtual Meeting 6:00PM-7:15PM; Flyers: EnglishSpanishMandarinAgendaDraft of Bylaw Amendments

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

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



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

The majority of the CAC shall be composed of families/caregivers of pupils enrolled in schools participating in the North Region SELPA, and a majority of those families/caregivers shall be parents of students with disabilities. Membership in the CAC as a whole shall be comprised of at least two, and no more than three representatives from each district in the SELPA. 

Co-Chair: Kelley Callahan 
Co-Chair: Jocelyne Penn
First Vice Chair: Shari Washburn
Second Vice Chair: Alaa Muhsin
Secretary: Charlene Reis


In 2021, we are focusing on building the strength of the CAC. We hope to build a quarterly education series focusing on supporting familes. Until that time, please review events from trusted partners in the Bay Area.

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.




  Parent Education

Current Events






CAC March 2021 Business Meeting

Support for Families



March 22, 2021 Virtual Meeting 6:00PM-

DREDF’s Education Advocates serve parents, youth, and professionals in these Central and Northern California counties.  Oportunities for families of children with special health care needs and disabilities to experience new activities in a stress-free, accepting space.   


Legislative Initiatives

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 communities.





  Current Areas of Legislative Advocacy
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