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Sonoma County SELPA

The Sonoma County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is a state-mandated association that oversees and facilitates educational services for students with disabilities in Sonoma County.

El Plan de Area Local del Condado de Sonoma (SELPA) es una asociación obligatoria del estado que supervisa y facilita los servicios educativos para los estudiantes con discapacidades en el condado de Sonoma.

Featured Training

CANS: Certification to Administer

October 13, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This workshop will provide an overview of the Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS). The CANS is a tool that measures the level of need for education-related mental health services (ERMHS) to students.

Click here for the one-day training for certification to administer.

Click here for the two-day training for certification to train.

Good Morning SEIS Main Contacts!

We have made the following updates to SEIS effective 9/1/2015. We have also attached these updates in PDF form so you can easily share this information with your users. We recommend adding an announcement in SEIS and sending an email to your users to share this important information.

Included in this update was:

  • DRDP Updates – 2 new rating records
  • Student Record – Dates tab -- 2 new IFSP date fields added
  • State SELPA IEP forms – Spanish translation of Infant Data Sheet

Click here to read more.

NEW! Selective Mutism specialists

Two Sonoma County speech and language therapists have completed an intensive training program to become specialists in Selective Mutism.

NEW! Common Core Standards/SBAC

Districts and schools in California have switched to a new statewide assessment system. The assessments focus on California Common Core Standards and are administered through a computerized testing system developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). Learn about Common Core Standards and the SBAC assessment by visiting SELPA's Common Core/SBAC page or by visiting the SCOE SBAC page.

NEW! Special Education Timelines in California

The Special Education Timelines in California publication provides a comprehensive summary of important timelines for services.

NEW! Early Start and Preschool Services: for Parents of Children Ages 0 - 5

Find out where to get help if you have developmental concerns or areas of suspected disability for your infant, toddler, or preschooler in Sonoma County

NEW! Sonoma SELPA mailing list

Sign up for the Sonoma County SELPA mailing list to receive information on trainings and other educational opportunities.

NEW! Adaptive Technology Center Blog

Check out the Adaptive Technology Center Blog for all the latest developments in the world of assistive technology.

NEW! Workshop and Seminar Archive

Click here for an archive of materials from past SELPA workshops and seminars.

IEP Forms

Our Mission

The Sonoma County SELPA believes that all students can learn. Our mission is to support special education students in achieving a high level of academic/functional performance according to national, state, and local standards. To assure this outcome, the SELPA department will provide information, resources and support to students, parents, and all school staff.

La organización SELPA del condado de Sonoma cree que todos los estudiantes pueden aprender. Nuestra misión es apoyar a los estudiantes de educación especial en el logro de un alto nivel de rendimiento académico/ funcional de acuerdo al nivel nacional, estatal, y de las normas locales. Para asegurar este resultado, el departamento SELPA proporcionará información, recursos y apoyo a los estudiantes, padres de familia y a todo el personal de la escuela.

selpa trainings
Oct 9 Woodcock-Johnson IV Webinar
Oct 13 CANS: Certification to Administer (One-Day Training)
Oct 14 Certification for CANS Trainers (Two-Day Training)
Oct 15 Common Core State Standards and English Language Learners: The Role of the SLP
Oct 19 How to Identify, Create and Implement Effective Individual Behavior Interventions for Severe Problem Behavior
Oct 27 Building a Better IEP
Nov 3 CCSS - Based IEPs - Determining and Writing Effective Goals
Dec 3 Promoting Positive Classroom Behavior (Grades preschool through 5th grade)
Dec 4 Building a Better IEP


The Sonoma County Charter SELPA (SCC-SELPA) was approved by the State Board of Education on November 10, 2011. It was formed to provide a membership option for charter schools located outside of Sonoma County. The goal of the SCC-SELPA is to support the implementation of appropriate and compliant special education services in Northern California charter schools. Click here for more information.