SELPA Making It Happen Podcasts

Recent partnership between SELPA Administrators of California and the Coalition for Adequate Funding for Special Education has allowed us to highlight the essential roles that SELPAs play in the field of special education.  Episodes are available on Apple, Buzzsprout, and Spotify, and additional episodes will be posted as they are made available. Click either the images or the episode titles to listen!

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S2, E1   Making The Connection: Understanding SELPA Governance

Guests:  Garth Lewis, Superintendent, Yolo County Office of Education; Judy Bishop, Parent, East San Gabriel Valley SELPA; Anne Hubbard, Superintendent, Hope Elementary School District and JPA Board Chair, Santa Barbara County SELPA; and Aaron Benton, Director, Butte County SELPA   
Run Time:  1:02:23     Transcript
Released:  March 30, 2023

S2, E2   Making It Accessible:  Delivering Quality Mental Health Services

Guests:  Trina Frazier, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education/SELPA, Fresno County SELPA; Pam Bender, Chief Executive Officer, California Association of Health and Education Linked Professions (CA-HELP), at Desert/Mountain SELPA; Amy Alzina, Superintendent/Principal, Cold Spring School District, Santa  Barbara County SELPA and Member of SSDA Executive Committee; and Veronica Coates, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education/ SELPA, Tehama County SELPA 
Run Time:    47:59       Transcript
Released:  April 4, 2023

S2, E3   Making Everyone Happy:  Re-imagining SELPA Governance

Guests:   Dr. Ed Manansala, Superintendent of Schools for the El Dorado County Office of Education; Cali Binks, Superintendent of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District in the East Valley SELPA; Todd Brose, Superintendent of Red Bluff Joint Union High School District in the Tehama County SELPA; and Adam Stein, former SELPA Executive Director of the Sonoma County SELPA and Sonoma Charter SELPA.
Run Time:     1:01:27       Transcript
Released:  June 23, 2023


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S1, E1   Making It Count:  The Role of SELPA in Special Education Finance

Guests:   Eddie Davidson, Director of Fiscal Student Services, Fresno County SELPA and Charter SELPA; Robert McEntire, Director of Management Consulting Services, School Services of California; Anjanette Pelletier, Associate Superintendent of Special Education/SELPA, San Mateo County SELPA
Run Time:  59:22     Transcript
Released:  October 13, 2021

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S1, E2   Making An Impact:  The Role of SELPA in the Statewide System of Support

Guests:   Heidi Hata, Director of System Improvement Leads, El Dorado County Office of Education; Alex Gonzalez, Executive Director of Special Education, San Jacinto Unified School District; Melanie Hertig, Executive Director, Irvine Unified School District SELPA
Run Time:  59:56     Transcript
Released:  November 3, 2021

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S1, E3   Making It Better:  The Role of SELPA in Dispute Resolution and Prevention

Guests:   Katie Castruita, Parent and Community Advisory Committee Chair, East Valley SELPA; Cali Binks, Superintendent, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District; Dr. Patty Metheny, Chief Administrative Officer of the East Valley SELPA
Run Time:  54:43     Transcript
Released:  November 18, 2021

S1, E4   Making It Available:  The Role of SELPA in Shared Service Models

Guests:  Dr. Michele Bowers, Superintendent, Lancaster School District; Todd Brose, Superintendent, Red Bluff Joint Union High School District; Linette Hodson, Chief Business Officer, Castaic Union School District
Run Time:  52:33     Transcript
Released:  December 1, 2021

S1, E5   Making It Possible:  The Role of SELPA in Ensuring Equity

Guests:  Dr. Adam Clark, Superintendent, Mt. Diablo Unified School District; Dr. Mary Montle-Bacon, Professional Consultant, Presenter, and Technical Assistance Facilitator; and Dr. Deborah Montoya, Senior Director, Imperial County SELPA
Run Time:  37:55     Transcript
Released:  December 13, 2021




A Ghysels Group Production
Producer:  Aaron Benton
Executive Producers S1:  David Benson, Maurice Ghysels, Patty Metheny
Executive Producers S2:  David Benson, Maurice Ghysels
Audio Engineer and Music:  Daniel O'Leary
Hosts S1:  Leah Davis, Mindy Fattig
Hosts S2:  Leah Davis, Tamara Clay