By Mayrene Bates
As I do every year, I make every effort to attend as many year-end events as I possibly can. I love to celebrate the accomplishments of educators, students, parents, nonprofits, the business community and, even the newspaper reporters who take the pictures and write the stories.
That’s what makes all of these events so great, because we celebrate as a community the accomplishments of everyone involved. Needless to say, there’s not enough space here to write about every successful program across the county.
Someone once said that throughout history, there have been few events of significance that have occurred purely by accident. We know that success happens, because many care enough to make a difference for the good of all. According to Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”
Source: Solano Voices: Year-end events celebrate accomplishments
Educators, Youth and Community Members Who Work with Special Education Students Recognized for Outstanding Service
The 12th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive, Fairfield.
CAC Awards are presented to educators, youth, and community members for outstanding service to students with special needs. Award recipients are from each school district within the Solano County Special Education Local Plan Area: Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Travis, and Vacaville Unified School Districts, as well as the Solano County Office of Education.
Source: News Release – Solano County SELPA Community Advisory Committee
By Richard Bammer
Do you know someone who does the extraordinary in their service to students with disabilities?
SELPA Community Advisory Committee members are seeking nominations for their 12th annual Recognition Awards event.
Nominations, due Feb. 16, may be submitted online at www.solanocountyselpa.net.
The CAC awards are given to educators, youth, and community members for outstanding service “who go above and beyond in service of students with disabilities,” Kanani Cherry, SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) coordinator for Solano County, noted in a press release issued Wednesday.
Award recipients come from each school district within the local plan area, unified school districts in Vacaville, Dixon, Fairfield, and the Solano County Office of Education.
Source: SELPA seeks nominations for community recognition awards
By Daily Republic Staff
Nominations are being accepted for the 12th annual Community Advisory Committee Recognition Awards, recognition given to people who have gone “above and beyond” in their service of students with disabilities.
Awards are presented to educators, youth and community members. Recipients are from each school district within the Solano County Special Education Local Plan Area: Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Travis and Vacaville, as well as the Solano County Office of Education.
Additionally, a student and representative from a community organization who have demonstrated dedication to supporting people with special needs will be honored.
Source: Committee seeks nominations for those who serve Solano students with disabilities
By Richard Bammer
Approval of a new board member, an agreement to accept a change to the El Dorado County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) document, and an update of the school’s special education program are on the agenda when the Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy board of directors meets tonight in Vacaville.
The directors are expected to approve the appointment of Leah Parker of Vacaville as the newest of seven board members for a three-year term. A former Buckingham Charter High teacher and the owner of Leah Dawn Photography in Vacaville, she will replace Bob Brigham.
The board also likely will approve an amended agreement with the El Dorado County SELPA, which, in October, OK’d a change in its “participation agreement,” which districts aligned to it must, in turn, approve.
Source: On Kairos agenda: New board member, SELPA agreement
Over the previous nineteen years, Ms. Jodie Phan has provided exceptional service to the students of Solano County in a number of capacities, and has steadfastly remained focused on improving academic environments for all students, as well as for the teachers and support staff that directly connect with children.
Ms. Phan currently serves as the Solano County Special Education Local Plan Agency (SELPA), where she is completing her third year. In this role, she has built and led programs such as the Alternative Dispute Process, and Community Advisory Committee for the SELPA, and though extremely successful has made a personal decision to return to FSUSD as a Principal in order to serve more directly with educators impacting students at the elementary school level.
Ms. Phan preciously worked in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District as both an Assistant Principal, and then Principal of Dan O. Root II Elementary School (2003-2010), prior to serving Vacaville School District as both a Principal, and as the Director of Special Education Services (2010-2014), when she began her work at the SELPA.
By Bill Hicks
Education in general, and special education more specifically, is a difficult and often thankless task.
The Solano County Office of Education, the Solano County Office of Education Community Advisory Committee on Tuesday recognized educators, students and community members who are part of the lives of special education students to ensure it’s not always thankless.
Honorees came from all areas in Solano County. Some of those recognized had dedicated much of their lives to the service of special education students. Others, like bus driver Joe Mackenzie or student Damondre Pierre, for instant, made smaller but not less significant contributions to better the lives of the county’s special education students.
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