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
Special Olympics Track - School-Based

Special Olympics Track – School-Based

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 special education office for PUSD at 925/426-4293 (not the SELPA office) so we may assist you and answer your questions.

Click here to view Tri-Valley SELPA Brochure.

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

Click here to view Tri-Valley SELPA Parent Handbook



Pleasanton  PTA Council Special Need Committee

Make a Difference in the Lives of Students with Special Needs
For parents and educators in the Pleasanton Unified School District

The Pleasanton PTA Council Special Needs Committee is comprised of a group of highly motivated volunteers, with representatives from each school and PUSD, who are committed to the quality education of children with special needs. Come share your ideas and offer your unique perspective as a special needs parent or educator. It does not take a great time commitment to make a difference. The committee meets one hour each month during the school season.

See flier for more details.

Learn more by visiting: https://sites.google.com/a/pleasantonpta.org/snc/


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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view frequently asked questions and answers about special education.


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 enrolled in Transition classes. For more information contact Jacque Barker 925.462.5500 x4112.


Tri-Valley Special & General-Ed Students Work Together Through Sports

KPIX Channel 5′s Cool School, Tri-Valley schools partner with Special Olympics through Project Unify. It allows both special and general ed kids to work together through sports. The ends results a stronger student community and some incredible memories for these special athletes. (10/30/14)


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

June 23, 2014 Agenda

September 22, 2014 Agenda


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.


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

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.

2014-15 SELPA/CAC workshop presentations for parents and educators in the Tri-Valley:

2014-15 SELPA/CAC Presentation’s Flier for all events.

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  • Community-Based Services: Various Agencies
    • March CANCELLED
  • Make A Difference Awards
    • May 13, 2015, Dublin USD-Student Union Building, 7-8:30PM

All CAC workshops are FREE!

Reservations NOT required. All Tri-Valley CAC workshops and events are intended to be centrally located for easy access by parents of the Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, Sunol, Mountain House, and ACOE school districts.

For more information, call the Tri-Valley SELPA office at 925.426.9144


Other Local Agency Parent/Family Presentations

Tri-Valley SELPA does 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.

San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs presents

Parenting Conference: 2015 Parenting and Beyond
San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs is proud to offer Parenting Conference: 2015 Parenting and Beyond. Specializing in topic and information related to children in preschool through high school for parents, educators and community members.

Featuring the keynote address:  Discover Your Family Strengths
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015 
  • Dougherty Valley High School, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon, CA  94582
  • $45. registration includes keynote, two small-group seminars, continental breakfast and lunch.
  • 8:30am-2:30pm


To register and for complete event details, visit http://srvcpta-ca.schoolloop.com/ParentConf2015

Pleasanton PTA Council Special Needs Committee Presents:

“An Overview of Anxiety Disorders – Diagnosis and Treatment Options for children and Adolescents” with Dr. Daniel J. Kostalnick, MD.heartlogo

Join other parents and caregivers as psychiatrist Dr. Daniel J. Kostalnick presents a current overview of anxiety disorders. Topics include:

• Overview of the different anxiety disorders and diagnostic criteria for the new DSM-V
• Common presentation of symptoms of anxiety disorders in different age populations (child, adolescent, adult)
• Role of medication: When to use medication and how medication works to help with anxiety
• Role of therapy: Different types of therapy used in the treatment of anxiety disorders
• Best practices: Collaboration among parents, school and psychiatrist (what to expect from your psychiatrist)
Daniel J. Kostalnick, MD is a highly regarded and Board Certified Psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with extensive training and expertise in psychopharmacology
and psychotherapy. His practice is in Pleasanton and he treats children, adolescents, and adult patients and families.

Free parent event on

  • Thursday, February 26, 2015
  • 6:30PM to 8:30PM
  • Harvest Park Middle School MPR, 4900 Valley Ave., Pleasanton 94566

Event Flier for registration:  English    Spanish

2015 Alameda County Transition Information Faire

  • Saturday, March 14, 2015
  • College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Parkway, Alameda, CA
  • 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
This is an event to help facilitate a successful transition from school to adult services for youth with developmental disabilities and their families. The Transition Faire includes an
educational showcase of adult service programs and a variety of educational workshops. The Transition Faire is an interagency collaboration of the Alameda County Developmental Disabilities Council, Public Health; Regional Center of the East Bay; Bay Area Regional Office, State Council on Developmental Disabilities; College of Alameda; and local school districts.
Mail or online registration is required
Registration Deadline: March 6, 2015
Space is limited; we recommend early registration
All students must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate.
EVENT FLIER:  English   Spanish
For more information call Sandi Soliday at (510) 267-3261 or sandi.soliday@acgov.org
Registration fee: $15.00 per person or $25 per family
Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, an Alameda County Adult Services
Resource Guide, and all workshops.
Scholarships and Interpreter Services are available upon request. A two week notice is required for all accommodation requests to guarantee arrangements.

Livermore Special Needs Parent Group

The Livermore Special Needs Parent Group is a parent group created by parents for parents. We actively partner with the LVJUSD’s Special Education Department to provide training, information and support for the parents or guardians of special needs children. When: 3rd Wednesday of Month (except December and July)Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

7:00 – 7:45 p.m. speaker presentation
7:45 – 8:00 p.m. break
8:00 – 8:45 p.m. support group sessions
8:45 – 9:00 p.m. wrap up
Where: LVJUSD – District Offices – Board Room

685 E. Jack London Blvd Livermore CA 94551

Anyone is welcome to attend these informative meetings, which provide opportunities to hear from speakers, receive parent training, learn about resources in the community, network with other parents/guardians, keep updated on district news affecting our children and learn about additional ways to support our children, our teachers and our district. Please note there is no childcare available for this meeting. Also, meetings and support group are conducted in English.

2014 / 2015 Remaining Meetings Schedule

March 18, 2015 – Summer Programs

April 15, 2015 – Siblings

May 20, 2015 – 2 hour support group – offsite location TBD

June 17, 2015 – Topic TBD

PTA Council Special Needs Committee Event

Helping Children and Teens with ADHD Succeed at Home and at School

presented by Dr. Stephen HinshawSNC Logo

Wednesday, March 25
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Hart Middle School, Multipurpose Room
4433 Willow Road
Pleasanton, CA
Be sure not to miss world-renowned ADHD expert Dr. Stephen Hinshaw as he discusses a range of topics related to ADHD: its reality, how it manifests across the age span, how it looks in girls and women, and evidence-based treatment strategies.
Topics to be covered:
• ADHD and its causes
• ADHD in females as well as males
• The current explosion of diagnoses: what roles do schools and school policies play?
• Medication, psychosocial treatments, and their combination
• Q & A

Read about Dr. Hinshaw

Child Mind Institute
UC Berkeley
UC San Francisco

Watch Dr. Hinshaw give a presentation on ADHD  
YouTube Video

To register for this FREE event, go to http://bit.ly/1A6uYvd

Event flyer:     English     Spanish


2015 Special Education You ‘Make a Difference’ Awards

Nomination forms due Thursday, April 16, 2015.


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!  Event will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Save the Date!

Nomination form:  English      Spanish

Not eligible for 2015 nominations: 2014 Honoree Names

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 (see 2014 honrees). 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.



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