Virtual Collaboratives

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

SELPA Virtual Collaboratives

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Behavior Specialist

This collaborative creates an environment for behavior analysts, behavior specialists, and school psychologists to meet and discuss behavior support implementation. We work as a team to highlight effective systems, share resources, and support our continued growth with implementing evidence-based practices in educational settings.

Contact
Allison Gribben, M.A., BCBA
SELPA Program Specialist
agribben@montereycoe.org


Education Specialist

This collaborative community is focused on developing meaningful professional relationships; sharing evidence-based practices and high-quality resources; and supporting one another as we serve students with disabilities and their families during this challenging time. The intended participants include Education Specialists serving the mild/moderate population within Monterey County. Attendance at live meetings is completely voluntary; educators may also sign-up to access the shared folder, which includes agendas, meeting notes, resources, etc. Feel free to contact Michele Knight for further information.

Contact
Michele Knight,
SELPA Program Specialist
miknight@montereycoe.org


Preschool

This collaborative group will focus on strategies, techniques and resources to help educators and specialists who work with preschool children develop programming for these young students and their families. This will be an opportunity for networking with providers from other districts and possibly outside agencies. Updated information regarding changes in assessment using the DRDP and other state guidance related to preschool will be shared.

Contact
Patti Bangs, M.S., CCC-SLP/L
SELPA Program Specialist
pjbangs@montereycoe.org


Preschool Assessment

This collaborative group will bring the Preschool Assessment Teams from participating districts together to share best practices regarding assessment and to problem solve challenges that are faced. Information related to Part C to Part B referrals and assessment tools that are appropriate for this age group will be explored.

Contact
Patti Bangs, M.S., CCC-SLP/L
SELPA Program Specialist
pjbangs@montereycoe.org


Education Specialist Support:
Moderate/Severe/SDC Classroom

The Education Specialist Support collaborative for the Moderate/Severe and Special Day Classroom communities consists of providing consultative, collaborative, and if needed, coordinating instruction with students, parents, teachers, and other community and school personnel; planning, developing, and supporting instructional program plans relative to individuals with a Moderate/Severe Disabilities (M/S) Includes autism; deaf-blindness (in collaboration w/the related service provider); moderate to severe intellectual disabilities; multiple disabilities; serious emotional disturbance; and service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.

Contact
Val Wiltse, M.A.Ed.
SELPA Program Specialist
vwiltse@montereycoe.org


Secondary Transition

The Secondary Transition collaborative will provide transition related support to school teams, students with disabilities and families in ensuring successful college, career and community planning to post-secondary outcomes.

This collaborative can lend support in the development, implementation and monitoring of an effective instructional program for secondary students with disabilities in areas of career academics, career exploration and planning, independent living, self-advocacy and community involvement;

The collaborative acts as a resource to students, family’s teachers and specialists in understanding secondary transition planning and services through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process for successful post-secondary outcomes;

By-Request-Training and consults to assist special education staff in designing and implementing an effective secondary transition plan; writing measurable post-school goals and objectives as part of the IEP;

Provides professional development in collaboration with special education staff, community agency personnel and other relevant transition stakeholders;

Contact
Val Wiltse, M.A.Ed.
SELPA Program Specialist
vwiltse@montereycoe.org


Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP)

This collaborative group will be specifically tailored to SLPs/SLPAs working with any age group served in the public school setting. Strategies to use for students using AAC or who have identified disorders in fluency, language, articulation, pragmatics or social skill development will be shared. This collaborative will provide an opportunity to network with others who seek solutions to challenges they face in their daily service provision.

Contact
Patti Bangs, M.S., CCC-SLP/L
SELPA Program Specialist
pjbangs@montereycoe.org


Therapeutic Intervention

Districts and Regional programs in Monterey County supporting students placed in a therapeutic environment come together 3 times per year to discuss best practices as well as address programatic needs. Monterey County Behavioral Health (MCBH), District/Program Administrators, Behavior Specialists, Education Specialists, School Psychologists, and Support Staff work collaboratively to share resources, improve practices/systems, and find creative ways to support students and families.

Contact
Allison Gribben, M.A., BCBA
SELPA Program Specialist
agribben@montereycoe.org

Contacts

Kenyon Hopkins, M.S.

SELPA Executive Director
khopkins@montereycoe.org
Phone: 831.755.0342

Irenea Herrera

SELPA Administrative Assistant
irherrera@montereycoe.org
Phone: 831.755.0342