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SELPA Resource Lead Agency System

The Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Resource Leads are part of the California Statewide System of Support.

Legislative Authorization

The 2018 Budget Act (Chapter 29, Statutes of 2018) appropriated $10 million to implement the requirements of Assembly Bill 1808 (Chapter 32, Statutes of 2018) for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) to select at least three, but no more than ten, SELPAs or a consortia of SELPAs to serve as special education resource leads to work with lead agencies selected pursuant to Sections 52073 and 52073.1, and other county offices of education (COEs), to improve pupil outcomes as part of the California Statewide System of Support.


To further develop California's Statewide System of Support, the SELPA Resource Leads (SELPA Leads) will consist of two types of statewide special education leads: SELPA Systems Improvement Leads and SELPA Content Leads. The main goal of the SELPA Leads is to grow differentiated assistance provided to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) with a focus on improving the outcomes of students with disabilities (SWD).

SELPA Systems Improvement Leads will consist of at least three, but no more than four, SELPAs to be selected in tandem to form a partnership to join a statewide leadership team, which includes the CCEE, the CDE, the State Board of Education, and the COE leads. The SELPA Systems Improvement Leads will work collaboratively with the California Statewide System of Support and one another to build the capacity of SELPAs statewide. They will do this through training and supporting the use of data best practices, as well as evidence-based practices in root cause analyses, systems alignment, and coherence. These foundational processes will ground SELPAs and the LEAs served to ultimately improve educational outcomes for SWD.

SELPA Content Leads will consist of no more than seven SELPAs to further support SELPAs to help LEAs in developing and implementing evidence-based practices for SWD. SELPA Content Leads will have existing expertise establishing systems, data practices using cycles of improvement in at least one of the following areas, and will serve as a statewide lead for other SELPAs:

  • Increasing access to inclusive environments (Least Restrictive Environments)
  • Increasing access to quality curriculum and instruction
  • Increasing and strengthening early childhood preschool opportunities
  • Improving transition services
  • Increasing graduation rates with a diploma
  • Reducing suspensions and expulsions
  • Improving and increasing family engagement
  • Reducing disproportionality in all areas
  • Improving supports for English learners with disabilities


SELPA System Improvement Leads

  • El Dorado County SELPA
  • Riverside County SELPA
  • West San Gabriel SELPA

SELPA Content Leads

  • Marin County SELPA—in partnership with the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) to scale up the use of Evidence Based Practices
  • Placer County SELPA—Open Access Project (focus on Universal Design for Learning, Assistive Technology, and Augmentative Alternative Communication strategies)
  • South County SELPA—Disproportionality
  • Imperial County SELPA—Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners

Calendar of Events

2019–20 System of Support Events (Coming Soon)

Funding Results

Each SELPA Lead is selected for a term ending no later than June 30, 2023.

View funding results by year:


2018–19 SELPA Awardees and Amounts

2018–19 SELPA Content Lead Awardees and Amounts

Request for Application

The CDE is not currently accepting Requests for Applications (RFAs). RFAs were announced for SELPA Systems Improvement Leads (PDF) and SELPA Content Leads (PDF).

Application Workshop

The CDE conducted two SELPA Leads webinars – one for the SELPA Systems Improvement Leads and one for the SELPA Content Leads – to provide an overview of the RFA and offer potential applicants an opportunity to ask clarifying questions.

The SELPA Systems Improvement Leads webinar (held on September 21, 2018) was intended to provide an overview of the RFA, and offer potential Systems Improvement Leads applicants an opportunity to ask clarifying questions. A video of this webinar can viewed at:

SELPA Resource Leads – Systems Improvement Leads RFA Webinar External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 31:22)

The SELPA Content Leads webinar was held on November 30, 2018, from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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