North Santa Cruz County SELPA:
Community Advisory Committee
North Santa Cruz County CAC believes…
- In child-focused decision-making,
- In supporting the educational needs of all children,
- In being supportive of parents,
- In parent involvement in SELPA,
- That parents are important in the decision-making process.
2016-2017 Legislative Sharing Day, Sacramento CA
Jessica Little, Paris Trudeau Sikes and son attended Legislative Day in Sacramento, CA.
Paris Trudeau-Sikes was the parent speaker for the morning conference. She gave a thirty minute presentation on her family’s journey through Special Education, collaboration with the County Office and then inclusionary practices at Westlake Elementary School.
Bill Monning met with NSCC SELPA to discuss current issues.
The CAC serves as an advisory body to the Governance Council and the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Director regarding the development and review of the Local Plan, as well as any policy additions or revisions. Additional duties include assisting in parent education and in recruiting parents and other volunteers to support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs. District representative members also have the responsibility of forwarding pertinent information from the CAC to their local boards and to assist in parent awareness of the importance of school attendance.
All meetings are open to parents of children with and without disabilities, educators, agency representatives and other community members. Voting members are appointed and approved by the school board of each district. The majority of the voting membership must be comprised of parents of children with disabilities enrolled in public or private schools within the North Santa Cruz County SELPA. We welcome everyone concerned with the education of children with special needs to attend.
This year the North Santa Cruz County CAC plans to meet on a monthly basis. We will have our official meetings every two months and during the alternate months we will offer training seminars to deal with such items as developing parent facilitators in the IEP process and hosting guest speakers to give information on requested topics.
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For further information on the Community Advisory Committee, call the SELPA office at (831) 466-5700