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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.


Question of the Month

Why does IEP info carry over from Current to Future?

SEIS does not delete anything off the IEP when the IEP is affirmed, instead they carry over all the information. This is done so a teacher can reference what they did at the last IEP as they go to prep for their next IEP.

Here is how the IEP process works:

  • You enter all of the students information into the Future IEP.
  • After the meeting is held, regardless if the parent has signed, you will affirm the IEP.
  • Once the IEP is affirmed, it becomes the Current IEP.
    * All of the information on the Current IEP is locked in placed and cannot be edited/deleted.


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
Aug 10 SEIS Beginning Level Teacher Training
Aug 20 Building a Better IEP
Aug 21 SEIS Refresher Course
Aug 24 SEIS Beginning Level Teacher Training
Aug 25 SEIS Refresher Course
Sep 9 Best Practice Guidelines for the Assessment of African American Students' Cognitive Processes
Sep 15 Private Schools and Special Education
Sep 18 For Paraeducators: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (Grades preschool through 8th grade)
Sep 29 Managing Student Behavior (MSB), Part 1
Sep 30 Managing Student Behavior (MSB), Part 2


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.