Special Needs Kids Summit – 15 February 2018

From Diagnosis to Adulthood

This panel covers the public services available for special needs kids and how to access them. Questions welcome (and full questions and answers will be posted online as available).


John Bartfield (Director of Special Education, San Mateo Foster City School District) has worked in the field of special education for 20 years. He began his special education career in the classroom, working for 5 years as an elementary special day class teacher in the West Contra Costa Costa Unified School District in Richmond, California. He then became a school psychologist, working for 10 years in the West Contra Costa and San Mateo-Foster City School Districts in this role. In March of 2012, John moved into Administration and became the Director of Special Education in the San Mateo-Foster City School District, which is the position he currently holds. John has Pupil Personnel Services and Administrative Services credentials for the state of California as well as a Master’s Degree and Education Specialist Degree in Educational Psychology.

San Mateo Foster City School District – Special Education Page

Main Line: (650) 312-7337
Fax: (650) 358-4039

Carolyn Schwartzbord (Director of Special Education, San Mateo Union High School District)  was the Director of Special Education in the Portola Valley School District from 1998 – 2009. In July 2010 through June 2016, she has served as Assistant Superintendent of Special Education for the Ravenswood City School District (RCSD).  Her responsibilities were to develop policies, work with staff and monitored the Ravenswood Self Improvement Plan.  RCSD is a fully integrated school district with students with IEPs educated  in  the general ed. classroom.   Since July 2016, Ms. Schwartzbord is the Director of Special Education in the San Mateo Union High School District.  Ms. Schwartzbord believes that every student can learn and, to the extent possible, be integrated within a comprehensive high school campus.

All students with disabilities must have access to general education and the Common Core Standards.  The SMUHSD offers a variety of supports and services to students with disabilities which is dependent on their unique needs.  The IEP is developed and implemented based on those needs as defined in the IEP meeting.  The Special Education staff are working on building capacity at each school site to provide a continum of services and supports for all students at comprehensive sites.

Main Line: 650 558-2299
Fax: 650 692-8032

Dr. Mary M. Browning is a Coordinator of Inclusive Services for the SMCOE Student Services Program. Mary has a Masters degree in School Psychology and Doctorate degree in Developmental Psychology, and has worked in the field of special education for over 30 years. Mary is committed to SMCOE’s mission of Equity and Excellence for all learners, and has special interests in early childhood education, inclusive service delivery, and the provision of quality, evidence based services to students with low incidence and/or moderate to severe learning needs.

San Mateo County Office of Education Special Education Services

Karen Ann Breslow is a Program Coordinator for the San Mateo County SELPA.  In this position, she provides support and training to special education personnel in 28 school districts, and serves as the SELPA’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Coordinator.  She and Anjanette Pelletier, Senior SELPA Administrator, respond to requests from Special Education Directors and their Program Specialists, parent advocates and NonPublic Agencies for facilitated meetings (when IEP team members are in conflict) and Facilitated IEPs when conflict has become chronic and deeply entrenched .  With over forty years of experience in the field in a wide range of work settings, and as the sibling of a severely disabled brother, Karen has been in almost every seat at the table in IEP meetings.  These experiences make her a passionate ADR trainer for developing basic facilitation skills, because every conversation is an opportunity to heal, work collaboratively, and constructively handle conflict.

Appropriate Dispute Resolution and Facilitated IEP Forms

Referral Forms for County Services

Adele (AJ) Margolis (Social Worker – Golden Gate Regional Center)

Golden Gate Regional Center – Applying for Services

Phone: 1-888-339-3305

Fax: 1-888-339-3306

Questions- and Answers

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