Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Special Education Resource Leads

The Special Education Resource Leads (SERLs) are part of the California Statewide System of Support.

Legislative Authorization

The 2022 Budget Act provided $12 million annually, pursuant to California Education Code sections (EC) 52073 and 52073.2, to improve pupil outcomes as part of the Statewide System of Support (SSOS). The California Department of Education (CDE) in conjunction with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) worked to select no more than ten SERLs to build capacity within special education local plan areas (SELPAs), county offices of education (COEs), and local educational agencies (LEAs).

Purpose

The SERLs selected will and join a statewide leadership team, which includes the CDE, and the State Board of Education. The leads will work collaboratively with the SSOS, other COEs, SELPAs, districts, charter schools, and external partners such as family support organizations to build the capacity of the system at the local and regional levels to improve outcomes for students with disabilities (SWD).

Individually and collectively, all grantees will be responsible for the following:

  • Effectively build the capacity of LEAs to improve outcomes for SWD and support their families.

  • Extend equity of access to high quality technical assistance and resources statewide.

  • Provide support to both LEAs with identified needs, including LEAs identified by the CDE as needing assistance through Compliance and Improvement Monitoring and Differentiated Assistance, as well as those who opt-in for continuous improvement support.

  • Develop, support, and participate in a robust communication network amongst all entities in the SSOS, including the state agencies and other leads.

  • Establish qualitative and quantitative goals to evaluate the capacity built within LEAs statewide to provide high-quality assistance and expertise to member LEAs across multiple measures.

  • Participate in a network with other agencies serving in the SSOS and serve as a conduit in connecting LEAs to the other branches of the system.

  • Facilitate integration and partnerships across all levels of the system (SELPAs, COEs, to LEAs, to individual classrooms).

  • Submit all newly developed and ongoing resources to CDE for uploading to the California Technical Assistance Network website, including any updates to previous resources.

Special Education Resource Leads

Individualized Education Plan Best Practices Leads

San Diego COE: East County and Santa Clara SELPAs

Information regarding Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Best Practices Leads is available on the High Quality IEPs web page External link opens in new window or tab.

Building Capacity Leads

El Dorado COE and Riverside COE: El Dorado County SELPA and Riverside County SELPA

Information regarding the El Dorado COE and Riverside COE, Building Capacity Leads is available on the System Improvement Leads web page External link opens in new window or tab.

Los Angeles County SELPA, Head Start and Early Learning Division Los Angeles COE, Community Partner: Special Needs Network (non-profit)

Information regarding the Los Angeles County SELPA, Building Capacity Leads is available on the Los Angeles COE web page External link opens in new window or tab.

Santa Clara COE

Information regarding the Santa Clara COE, Building Capacity Leads is available on the Santa Clara COE web page External link opens in new window or tab.

English Learner Leads

Imperial County SELPA

Information regarding English Learner Leads is available on the Improving Outcomes for Multilingual Student with Exceptional Needs web page External link opens in new window or tab.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Leads

Ventura County SELPA and Tehama County SELPA, Community Partner: Rainbow Connection Family Empowerment Center

Universal Design for Learning Leads

Placer COE: Placer County SELPA

Information regarding Universal Design for Learning Leads is available on the Open Access Learning and Participation for ALL web page External link opens in new window or tab.

Funding Results

Each SERLs are selected for a term ending no later than June 30, 2024. Information about funding results is available on the CDE Funding Results web page.

Questions:   Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance Unit V | SpecialEducationLeads@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Monday, January 22, 2024
Recently Posted in Special Education
  • Local Educational Agency Grants (updated 23-Feb-2024)
    Program summaries and information on specific federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grants allocated to provide services to individuals with disabilities.
  • FY 2023-24 Federal Grant ER Instructions (added 23-Feb-2024)
    Fiscal Year 2023-24 special education federal grant expenditure report (ER) instructions contain information regarding reporting periods, due dates, payments, and other required documentation.
  • WAI State Advisory Meeting March 13, 2024 (added 16-Feb-2024)
    Workability I (WAI) State Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda.
  • ACSE Agenda February 21-22, 2024 (added 09-Feb-2024)
    Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda.
  • FMTA Consultant Assignments by Region (updated 08-Feb-2024)
    The Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance (FMTA) Consultants are assigned geographically and by quality assurance activity to align with the eleven California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) regions.