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ACSE Agenda February 24-25, 2016

Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda.
Advisory Commission on Special Education Members
  • Gina Plate, Chair
  • Barbara Schulman, Vice Chair
  • Michele Auon
    Mildred Browne
    Morena de Grimaldi
    Somer Harding
    Sara Jocham
    Betty Karnette
    Christina Mills
    Matthew Navo
    Lester Pincu
    Keila Rodriguez
    Mariano Sanz
    Steven Winlock
Student Members
  • Jacob Miller
  • Pablo Gonzalez, Jr.
Legislative Members
  • Carol Liu, Senate
  • Tony Thurmond, Assembly
State Board of Education
  • Niki Sandoval, Liaison
State Special Schools
  • Scott Kerby, Director, State Special Schools and Services Division
    California Department of Education
Executive Secretary
  • Chris Drouin, Interim Director, Special Education Division
    California Department of Education
Agenda Times Are Approximate and Are Provided for Convenience Only

Items may be re-ordered to be heard on any day of the noticed meeting. The order of business may be changed without notice. Every effort will be made to Webcast this meeting in its entirety, but some portions may not be Webcast due to logistical constraints.

Advisory Commission on Special Education
Schedule of Meeting Location
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pacific Time ±

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
916-445-4602

Thursday, February 25, 2016
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
916-445-4602


Please see the detailed agenda for more information about the items to be considered and acted upon. The public is welcome.

Guidelines for Public Input Sessions

The Commission welcomes public involvement. Opportunities for public comment are provided at every Commission meeting.

Reasonable Accommodation for Any Individual With a Disability

Pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, any individual with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in a meeting or function of the Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE), may request assistance by contacting the Special Education Division, 1430 N Street, Suite 2401, Sacramento, CA, 95814; telephone, 916-445-4602; fax, 916-327-3706.


Advisory Commission on Special Education
Agenda, Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

NOTE: Items not heard or completed on February 24, 2016, may be carried over to February 25, 2016.
10:00–10:30 a.m.
  • Call to Order–Roll Call
  • Salute to the Flag
  • Welcome and Recognize New Commissioners: Michele Auon; Christina Mills; Keila Rodriguez; Pablo Gonzalez, Jr.
  • Communication and Announcements
  • Meeting Survey for Public Input
  • Review of Agenda and Meeting Standards
10:30–11 a.m.

Item 1–Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Update: Cynthia Gunderson, Interim Administrator, Curriculum Frameworks Unit, Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division, California Department of Education (CDE), will provide an overview of resources. The curriculum and instructional resources can be found on the CDE, Curriculum Frameworks & Instructional Materials Web page. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

11–11:45 p.m.

Item 2–Assessment Update: Jessica Barr, Administrator II, Assessment Development and Administration Division, CDE, will provide an update on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Systems. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

11:45 a.m.–Noon

Item 3–ACSE Commissioner Work Specific to Priority Areas: The ACSE is committed to furthering initiatives and policies that promote one education system that is designed to serve all students. To accomplish this, the Commissioners have developed strategic priorities and disability equity considerations to be used to guide policymakers and those in the field as they evaluate all initiatives through the lens of achieving one education system. Commissioners will review the final version of the Disability Rubric document (PDF), and vote on its adoption. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

Noon–12:15 p.m.

Item 4–Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning Award Recommendation: Mariano Sanz, ACSE Commissioner and Chair of the Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning (GOAL) Award Committee, will share the review process for GOAL applications, highlights of the process, and the Committee's recommendation for the 2015–16 GOAL award recipient. Additional information on the GOAL award can be found on the CDE, Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning Web page. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

12:15–1:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:15–1:30 p.m.

Item 5–Selection of the Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC). The Commission will select the Chair for the 2015–16 NEC, to oversee the process to elect ACSE officers, and a brief overview of the upcoming election process will be provided. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

1:30–2 p.m.

Item 6–Capital Region Academies for the Next Economy Consortium (CRANE) Training and Transition Presentation: Brendan Peacock, Coordinator, CRANE Training and Transition, will discuss the CRANE Initiative. This program helps Capitol region school districts improve and expand Linked Learning Pathways for students with disabilities by analyzing the local context through a needs assessment, and collaborating in designing an action plan to improve Linked Learning Pathways. For more information, visit the CRANE Web site External link opens in new window or tab.. (Item type: Information, discussion)

2–2:30 p.m.

Item 7–Blueprint 2.0: Glen Price, Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, CDE, will provide an overview of the Blueprint 2.0 program, specifically how special education has been woven through the various initiatives. For more information, visit the CDE, A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0 Web page. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

2:30–3:15 p.m.

Item 8–Born This Way Presentation: Mariano Sanz, ACSE Commissioner; and his daughter, Cristina Sanz, will discuss the new reality show, Born This Way, which stars Cristina. The show follows a group of seven young adults who were each born with Down syndrome. Throughout this docu-series, each cast member pursues their dreams, navigates work, and explores relationships. Mr. Sanz and Cristina will share experiences from her kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) education, as well as her top recommendations to the field now that she has finished school. For more information, please visit the Born This Way program on the A&E Web site External link opens in new window or tab. . (Item type: Information, discussion)

3:15–3:30 p.m.

Item 9–General Public Comment and Organizational Input: Public comment and organizational input is invited on any matter, including items not on the agenda. The ACSE is precluded from discussing matters not on the agenda; however, questions may be asked for clarification purposes. Issues raised by the public may be referred to a future meeting agenda. Depending on the number of individuals wishing to address the ACSE, the Chair may establish time limits on presentations. (Item type: Information)

Teleconference details:

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016
  • 3:15 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Call in number: 641-715-3865
  • Participant passcode: 595570#
3:30–3:45 p.m.

Item 10–Family Voice: Family Empowerment Centers (FECs) and Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) participants will present issues of importance to families. Stakeholders wishing to give public comment via teleconference may contact their local FEC or PTI prior to the meeting to arrange in person comment at the FEC or PTI. A listing of California’s federally funded FECs and PTIs can be found on the CDE, California Parent Organizations Web page or at the California Family Empowerment Centers on Disability External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). (Item type: Information, discussion)

3:45–4 p.m. BREAK
4–4:30 p.m.

Item 11–Budget Update: Ian Johnson, Principal Program Budget Analyst, California Department of Finance, Education Systems Unit, will provide an update on the Governor’s 2016–17 budget proposal for K–12 education. The budget summary is available on the California Budget Web page External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). The section related to K–12 education begins on page 19. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

4:30–4:45 p.m.

Item 12–State Special Schools Director’s Report: Scott Kerby, Director, State Special Schools and Services Division, CDE. (Item type: Information, discussion)

4:45–5 p.m.

Item 13–Discussion of Day’s Session: Commissioners will discuss the day’s presentations and outcomes (Item type: Information, discussion)

Adjournment of day's session.


Advisory Commission on Special Education
Agenda, Thursday, February 25, 2016, 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
9–9:15 a.m.
  • Call to Order–Roll Call
  • Salute to the Flag
  • Communication and Announcements
  • Review of Agenda
9:15–9:45 a.m.

Item 14–Local Control Funding Formula Update: Jeff Breshears, Director of the Local Agency Systems Support Office, will provide an update on the local control funding formula (LCFF). For details, visit the LCFF Overview Web page and the State Priority Related Resources Web page. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Item 15–ACSE Commissioner Work Specific to Priority Areas: Commissioners will meet to discuss items specific to the proposed accountability system, to include the following questions:

  • As it relates to students with disabilities, what suggestions does ACSE have related to LCFF Priority 3? For additional information, visit the CDE, Local Control Funding Formula Web page.
  • As it relates to middle and high school grades, are there additional indicators that are missing related to students with disabilities, or does the existing data need to be disaggregated more specifically?
  • How does ACSE want local educational agencies (LEAs) to disaggregate and use the data?

(Item type: Information, discussion, action)

10:45–11:15 a.m.

Item 16–Special Education in Correctional Facilities Steering Committee Update: James Johnson III, Education Administrator, Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance Unit Three, SED, CDE, and Chair of the Special Education in Correctional Facilities Steering Committee, will discuss the work of the committee to date. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

11:15–11:30 a.m.

Item 17–Liaison Reports: Updates by ACSE liaisons, SBE liaison, and legislative liaisons. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

11:30–11:45 a.m.

Item 18–General Public Comment and Organizational Input: Public comment and organizational input is invited on any matter, including items not on the agenda. The ACSE is precluded from discussing matters not on the agenda; however, questions may be asked for clarification purposes. Issues raised by the public may be referred to a future meeting agenda. Depending on the number of individuals wishing to address the ACSE, the Chair may establish time limits on presentations. (Item type: Information)

Teleconference details:

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016
  • 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Call in number: 641-715-3865
  • Participant passcode: 595570#
11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. LUNCH
1–1:15 p.m.

Item 19–California’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Application: Jeffrey Reyes, Education Programs Consultant, Quality Assurance Unit, SED, CDE, will report on the federal IDEA application process, including the required 60 day public comment period during which stakeholders are invited to provide verbal or written comment. (Item type: Information)

1:15–2:30 p.m.

Item 20–State Systemic Improvement Plan Update: Chris Drouin, Interim Director, SED, CDE, will provide an update on the development of Indicator 17 of the State Systemic Improvement Plan, Phase II. To view Phase I of the State Systemic Improvement Plan, visit the CDE, SBE Agenda for March 2015 Web page, agenda item one. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

2:30–2:45 p.m.

Item 21–State Special Education Director’s Report: Chris Drouin, Interim Director, SED, CDE. (Item type: Information, discussion)

2:45–3 p.m.

Item 22–Agenda Building for Upcoming ACSE Meeting: Commissioners will discuss potential items to be included on future ACSE meeting agendas. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

Adjournment of day's session.
Adjournment of meeting.

Questions: Venetia Davis | vdavis@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-9773 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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