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 activate 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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2023-24 CAC Meetings:
 
Meeting Date Agenda Approved Minutes
August 28, 2023 8-28-23 Meeting Minutes
September 25, 2023 9-25-23 Meeting Minutes
October 23, 2023 10-23-23 Meeting Minutes
November 27, 2023 11-27-23 Meeting Minutes
January 22, 2024 1-22-24 Meeting Minutes
February 26, 2024 2-26-24 Meeting Minutes
March 25, 2024 3-25-24 Meeting Minutes
April 22, 2024 4-22-24 Meeting Minutes
May 20, 2024  
June 24, 2024
 
 
 
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 a CAC subcommittee
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 one month before the monthly meeting. Make a difference in our community! Subcommittees do the grassroots work of carrying out the mission of the CAC. Any member of the public may participate in any of the subcommittees: Advocacy/Education, Membership/Engagement, and Communications.
 
   
 
Advocacy/Education Meeting Link Meeting Times
Our goal is to increase the understanding of special education issues and build the advocacy skills of our family/caregiver community through education and support. We seek to encourage meaningful communication among the SELPA policy board, school administrators, students/caregivers, and the broader community. We also advocate for legislation that enhance the lives of students with disabilities. Contact 
[email protected] to join.
Membership/Engagement 
Our goal is to expand membership and engagement, particularly among historically underserved communities, so that all students/caregivers across the SELPA may be represented and equitably served. Contact 
[email protected] to join. Besides CAC, join a support group within your own district.
Communications
Our goal is to connect people across the SELPA member districts and to promote CAC activities in support of students with disabilities. Contact  [email protected] to join.
     
 
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Events and Happenings 
Note:  CAC webpage posts are compiled by CAC members and include resources/information that are not reviewed/vetted/endorsed by the North Region SELPA.
 
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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 at: https://padlet.com/twilson14/CDI_ExpertWebinars

 

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

 Upcoming Events

 Special EDition Newsletters

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Past Events
 
 
 
 
Postsecondary Transition Q&A
May 2024 
Follow-up Q&A session to our May 2023 eveent with postsecondary transition experts and transition services agency leaders about what transition planning should be and what services may be available to your student. 
 
 
Literacy Roundtable
February 2024
Emery, Berkeley, Albany, Alameda, and Piedmont share data on how students are taught to read.
 
 
 
Hopeville Post-film Discussion Panel
January 2024
 
 
Faculty, staff and students from the UC Davis Redwood Seed Scholars and the Cal State East Bay Think by the Bay programs presentation on inclusive post-secondary education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
November 2023
 
 
How Do We Support Our Children Living and Learning with Dyslexia?
May 2023
Powerpoint Only
 

 

Alternative Pathway to a High School Diploma

5-22-23 Presentation from Katy Babcock, North Region SELPA Director

 

 
 
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): What are the symptoms? How does it impact us? What interventions exist?
November 2022
 
 
Post Secondary Transition
May 2023
Post-secondary transition planning is critical to ensuring that your student is prepared to lead a productive and independent adult life. Post-secondary transition experts and transition services agency leaders discuss transition planning.
 
 
Underestimated and Misunderstood
May 2023
A conversation about advocacy in education in partnership with non-speaking students and their families.  Resource Guide for Nonspeaking Students here.
 
 
Middle and High School Transitions
March 2023
 
 
"The Right to Read - The Greatest Civil Rights Issue of Our Time"
October 2022
Watch a post-film screening discussion with film subject Kareem Weaver of FULCRUM, Dr. Kathy Futterman of Cal State East Bay, Maria Pirner of OUSD, and Tandra DeBose of Family Resource Navigators.
 
 
Right to Read (continued) 
November 2022
District leaders share data and answer questions about how students are taught to read. You can access presentation decks from: The CAC; Albany; Berkeley; Piedmont; others to come.
 
 
Top IEP Transition Tips for Parents and Caregivers
May 2022
 
 
You Don't Agree with the IEP, Now What?
March 2022
 
  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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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.
 
To contact the CAC members or officers, please send an email to [email protected], and we will get your message to the right person.
 
 
Officer positions
  2024  
Chair(s)
 
Caroline Brossard 
 
First Vice Chair    
Second Vice Chair    
Secretary
Eliza Noh  
 
 
2024 Voting members
District Name
Alameda
Caroline Brossard
Jill Hunter
Monika Russi
Albany
Dinesh Kumar
Kelley Callahan
Max Bruce
Berkeley
Alexis Gonzales
Bill Schwulst
Eliza Noh
Emery  
Piedmont  
 
 
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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.