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. 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

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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.

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

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

  • Informed, Empowered Parents: IEP Process with Advocate Renee LambornSELPA Logo new-cropped
    • October 22, 2014, Dublin USD, 6:30-8:30PM, Board Room
    • Event Flier
  • Meet the Special Education Directors: Panel and Question & Answer
    • November 13, 2014, Dublin USD, 6:30-8:00PM, Board Room
    • Event Flier
  • Estate Trust Planning – Jon Elfin, Financial Planner, CRPC, MBA
    • January 14, 2015, Livermore USD, 6:30-8:00PM, Board Room
    • Event Flier
  • Community-Based Services: Various Agencies
    • March 11, 2015, Pleasanton USD, 6:30-8:00PM, Bernal Room
    • Event Flier coming soon
  • 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.

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Pleasanton PTA Council Special Needs Committee Presents:

“Self Advocacy for Special Needs – Helping Your Child Help Himself” with Todd Gary. Explore how we can foster self-advocacy in children with special needs. Brought to you by the Pleasanton PTA Council Special Needs Committee. Click here for event details and registration.

Free parent event on

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015
  • 6:30PM to 8:30PM
  • Harvest Park Middle School MPR, 4900 Valley Ave., Pleasanton 94566

Event Flier for registration:  English    Spanish

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East Bay Innovations, with support from City of Pleasanton Presents:
Ramping Up for Independence
Planning for the Future: Housing/Living Options and Supported Employment

Please start your new year by joining us for a mini-series on transition for young adults (ages 14-25) with developmental disabilities and their parents. The presentations will allow parents to learn more about how to best prepare their young adults for employment and independent living for their life after high school and will allow students to interact with young adults with disabilities who are employed and others who are living in some form of independent living. Information given will help parents understand how to navigate some of these very confusing systems. Space is limited so please register quickly.

2015 Ramping Up Save the Date Flier

  • Housing/Living Options

January 14, 2015
7:00-9:00 PM

  • Employment

February 18, 2015
Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Space is limited to 25 young adults and 50 parents.
Pleasanton residents will have priority over non-residents.
For more information or to reserve a space contact Linda Ratner, lratner@eastbayinnovations.org  or Gina Gourley, ginagourley@comcast.net

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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!

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.


  • Breazeale, Greg
  • Cates, Marie
  • Charuhas, Mary
  • Cristobal-Rodriguez, Eileen
  • Fields, Ralph
  • “Group of 3 Alisal Room 15: Kim Vandiver, Linda Wood, Gail George
  • Holst Snow Alexandria
  • Johnson, Julie
  • MacDonald, Jennifer
  • Montano, Shannon
  • Myers, Gail
  • Pauly, Dale
  • Robbins, Chris
  • Schusterman, Lesli
  • Seth, Ishika
  • Tura, Judy
  • Wankle, Paul
  • Waters, Sandy
  • Yagi-Doi, Lori




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