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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools


Monterey County Special Education Local Plan Area

Regional Collaboration for Student Success

901 Blanco Circle · West Campus 17 and 18 · Salinas, CA 93901

831.755.0342 · Fax 831.754.5865



SELPA Resources

California Department of Education Special Education

Sam's Guide 2017 

  • A comprehensive listing of services in Monterey County

The Special EDge 

  • This newsletter, published three times a year, is funded by the California Department of Education, Special Education Division. The Special EDge is designed to inform and support parents, educators, and other service providers on special education topics, focusing on research-based practices, legislation, technical support, and current resources.

SELPA Community Advisory Committee 

  • Discusses topics of interest to parents and community members who take an active interest in all matters concerning special education in Monterey County. The CAC reviews and makes recommendations relating to the SELPA Local Plan and participates in other activities to support students with disabilities in our area. The CAC also assists SELPA in developing the parent education program. Check website for meeting dates and details.

Council for Exceptional Children

  • The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

California Association of Resource Specialists Plus (CARS+)

  • CARS+ is the only organization whose sole purpose is to represent the unique needs of resource specialists and other special education teachers. CARS+ offers training, networking and professional development to members, and works to represent and protect the interests of special education teachers by proactive involvement in legislature and the CDE.
  • CARS+ Local Chapter: Monterey Bay Area Association of Resource Specialists Plus (MBAARS) 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

  • ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 173,070 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

California Speech-Language-Hearing Association

  • CSHA is a professional non-profit organization to promote speech and hearing to children and adults with communication and related challenges.

National Association of School Psychologists

  • NASP empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health.

California Association of School Psychologists

  • Helps school personnel--teachers, administrators, and counselors--support student education and solve related learning, social, and adjustment problems. Also works with parents of students, school psychologists link homes, classrooms, and school systems to promote the mental health, learning, and welfare of California's children and youth.

Special Education Overview for the New Administrator

"From IEP preparation to determining who must be in attendance through creating a productive meeting environment and taking great notes, this webinar will cover it all. An excellent walk-through for those administrators or professionals who are new to special education oversight and with new administrative responsibilities." -


Monterey County Association of School Psychologists

For more information please contact:

  1. Jorge Quinonez, President MCASP,

  2. Marlene Schwaighofer, President Elect MCASP,


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