CAC for Special Education

Community Advisory Committee for Special Education


Hello CAC Community,
November is here and we are moving our way through a busy fall semester. CAC members have been hard at work connecting with district staff on important topics such as staffing, Teachtown curriculum, the new Alternate Pathway to a Diploma (AB 181), literacy, enrollment, multilingual learners and special education, mental health and Inclusion. We are lucky to have such dedicated members who are focusing on these areas and working to improve the educational experiences of all children. If you are interested in learning more about these topics and getting involved reach out to the CAC at

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for next week (Nov. 13-17). This is a great opportunity to discuss your child's academic progress in their general education classes and also a moment to check in with special education teachers about IEP Progress Reports. If you need any special accommodations or have specific topics you'd like to discuss, it's a good idea to contact your child's teacher in advance. This article from the Center for Parent Information and Resources provides some great resources to help you prepare for your child's conference. Important Note: All elementary and middle school buses will have early dismissal during Parent Teacher Conference Week.  View the adjusted SFUSD Transportation schedule.

The October CAC meeting on mental health and school related anxiety was full of valuable resources and first person insights. We were lucky to have representatives from Special Education, SFUSD Student Family Services, Support for Families and the CAC share their knowledge, resources and first hand experiences supporting children with mental health needs. If you missed the meeting you can access the slides and the recording at

Read the rest of the November update here


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UPCOMING CAC Event - Thursday, November 16th

Presented by the CAC


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Community members will participate in an interactive learning experience focused on understanding Why the Science of Reading provides the What and How through Structured Literacy to ensure all students have the skills necessary for learning to read and reading to learn.  


This is an in person meeting and will be held at Leola Harvard Auditorium (1520 Oakdale Ave).   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  

Please register in advance for this meeting. 

In person registration

ASL and interpretation services are available with advance notice. To reserve, please send an email to or call 415-447-7802.


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Missed a meeting? Check out the CAC Meeting Archives to find minutes, presentation slides + more!

August 24, 2023 - Back to School - SFUSD Special Education Resources

September 28, 2023 - Teachtown & Alternate Pathway to Diploma

October 26, 2023 - School Related Anxiety

November 16, 2023 - Joint Meeting with AAPAC and DELAC

December 7, 2023 - Inclusive Schools Week Keynote Event 

January 25, 2024 - English Language Learners & Literacy

February 22, 2024 - Community Conversation on SFUSD Budget + LCAP

March 28, 2024 - Advocates Worthy of Excellence (AWE) Awards

April 25, 2024 - Autism

May 23, 2024 - SFUSD SELPA Local Plan (Special Education Budget & Service Plan)

June 2024 - Community Picnic



The purpose of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education is to champion effective special education programs and services and advise the Board of Education on priorities in the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).

The State Education Code mandates that each SELPA have a CAC and that a majority of CAC members are parents of students with disabilities. 

Joining the CAC gives community members an opportunity to have their opinions heard and make a difference in the way special education is conducted in our area. Find out more on the CAC membership page.

For more information about the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education read the article: Making Special Education Work for All Students by Disability Rights of CA or visit

This page was last updated on November 13, 2023