Special Education


Special Education

The Pleasanton Unified School District is part of the Tri-Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), a consortium of participating school districts, which include:

  • Dublin USD
  • Livermore Valley USD
  • Pleasanton USD
  • Sunol Glen SD
  • Mt. House SD
  • Alameda County Office of Education

The Tri-Valley SELPA was formed for the purpose of ensuring that quality special education programs and services are available throughout the Tri-Valley. These school districts coordinate services to identified special education children guarantying the provision of special education programs and services of sufficient size and scope as to meet the unique needs of the identified children from birth to 22 years of age residing within the Tri-Valley SELPA boundaries.

For information on services, programs, assessments, etc., contact the school district special education department (not the SELPA office).

Click here to view Tri-Valley SELPA Brochure.

Click her to view Tri-Valley SELPA Did You Know? handbook


Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

For information on the SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC) parent support group, information for new special education parents, parent workshops/events, valuable links, terms & acronyms and more, visit the Tri-Valley SELPA website at: http://TriValleySELPA.org

Read more about the CAC - Click here to view the CAC/SELPA flier.


Parent Rights/Notice of Procedural Safeguards

For Parent Rights/Notice of Procedural Safeguards, there are brochures available in English and Spanish. Click here for the California Department of Education’s Clearinghouse for Multilingual Documents including Parent’s Rights in Chinese, Philipino, and Vietnamese.

SELPA E-Connection – Join Now!

E-Connection is an easy new way to stay connected with what’s happening throughout our local SELPA member districts. SELPA E-Connection is hosted by our administrative unit the Pleasanton Unified SD.

Subscribers will be sent:

  • Details regarding upcoming Community Advisory Committee (CAC)/SELPA meetings and workshops approximately two weeks prior to each scheduled meeting or workshop.
  • Late-breaking news regarding important special education topics will be sent by the Tri-Valley SELPA staff.
  • Non-SELPA workshops, events, etc. offered by non-profit local agencies regarding special education.

The Tri-Valley SELPA E-Connection can be sent to more than one e-mail address. To arrange for more than one address please feel free to subscribe as many times as you wish. This service is our way to stay better connected with the parents, guardians and educators throughout the Tri-Valley SELPA.  Click here to join now!


Parent Opportunities/Workshops

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Tri-Valley SELPA member districts do not endorse or recommend non-SELPA events, but strives to keep our parents and educators informed of opportunities for special education staff and special education students and their families. We do not advertise events by “private-for-profit” agencies.

How Common is ADHD?

  • Wednesday, March 26, 7-9pm, Hart Middle School MPR

Is ADHD as common as everyone says it is? And if so, what’s the best way to help my child succeed?
Event Flier

Our speaker, Dr. Lisa R. Benton-Hardy, M.D, is a graduate of Stanford University and board certified psychiatrist. She currently focuses her private practice on therapy and psychopharmacology for children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Benton-Hardy will discuss:

  • Diagnosis of ADHD
  • How to support the child with ADHD – at home and at school
  • Supportive treatments for ADHD
  • Possible medication treatments for ADHD

Event is FREE with registration. To register, click here or go to http://bit.ly/1jPhBE1

Presented by the Pleasanton PTA Council Special Needs Committee

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Tri-Valley SELPA member districts do not endorse or recommend non-SELPA events, but strives to keep our parents and educators informed of opportunities for special education staff and special education students and their families. We do not advertise events by “private-for-profit” agencies.

Forum For Student with Disabilities

Develop your leadership skills and learn how to reach your academic, career, and independence goals. Talk with policy makers and educate them on ways they can improve the lives of young people with disabilities.

Application is due by February 28, 2014

July 21-25, 2014
Sacramento, CA
California State University, Sacramento (CSUS)
(Dates subject to change.)

Live on the CSUS campus during the week.
Make new friends for life!

Application Information: www.dor.ca.gov/YLF

Contact us at 855.894.3436 or email: ylf@dor.ca.gov (voice) – 711 for California RelayServices.

Event Documents:
2014 YLF Flier
YLF Student Delegate Application
YLF Instructions-Q/A
Application Checklist

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Tri-Valley SELPA member districts do not endorse or recommend non-SELPA events, but strives to keep our parents and educators informed of opportunities for special education staff and special education students and their families. We do not advertise events by “private-for-profit” agencies.

Doors to the Future Mini-Series

For young adult child with a developmental disability
Hosted by: The City of Pleasanton & Gina Gourley, Independent Consultant

May 7, 2014
October 1, 2014

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM
Location: Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, CA 94566
Contact: Jessica Reaber, 925.931.5373, jreaber@cityofpleasantonca.gov

Please join us for this informational mini-series. The following topics will be covered:

5/7/14: SSI, Benefits, and the Affordable Care Act, with Bryon MacDonald from World Institute on Disability
10/1/14: Local Day Programs, with local program representatives.

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2014 Special Education You ‘Make a Difference’ Awards

The “Make a Difference” Awards were established by Tri-Valley SELPA and Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to celebrate the special education youth throughout our community and provide a unique opportunity for families to acknowledge individuals who have gone “above and beyond” to make a difference in the life of their special child. This is a “feel good” event for everyone. The SELPA provides the venue, refreshments, entertainment, award certificate, color photo nomination statement gift, set-up and all the details so you can thank that special someone!

Submission forms are due by Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Awardees, will be honored with an evening of entertainment and celebration, culminating with the presentation by your family who will be able to personally present the certificate to your awardee, along with a glossy color print of your photo and nomination statement printed on it. Submission form can be downloaded from our website at: www.TriValleySELPA.org

All submissions, meeting the criteria below, will receive an award personally presented by you to your special person! “Make a Difference” Awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – Save the date!

CRITERIA: Award recipients can be an individual from the student’s school, public agency, public social service provider, or other community member who has helped, motivated, encouraged, and/or supported the student and had a significant impact in the student’s life. So we may recognize, learn about, and encourage new and deserving people, submissions for awardees honored last year will not be accepted (visit www.TriValleySELPA.org for previous awards list). Students must currently receive special education services from one of the member districts of the Tri-Valley SELPA (Dublin USD, Livermore Valley USD, Pleasanton USD, Sunol Glen SD, Mt. House SD, and ACOE). Please, no staff to staff nominations. Submissions are limited to no more than two per family.

Submission Form – English

Submission Form -Spanish

Last Year Honorees 2013 (not eligible this year)


Tri-Valley SELPA Joint Powers Board Meeting Schedule

Location: Pleasanton USD District Site, 4665 Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Bernal Room
Public Session begins at 6:00PM

January 28, 2013   Agenda
March 25, 2013      Agenda
June 24, 2013          Agenda
August 6, 2013   Agenda

January 27, 2014 Agenda 01-27-14


Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view frequently asked questions and answers.


WorkAbility is a grant-funded program that runs through the Pleasanton Unified School District. It provides work opportunities and career education, experience and information to local high school students with disabilities. For more information contact Jacque Barker 925.462.5500 x4112.



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