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Agenda April 30 and May 1, 2014

Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda.
Advisory Commission on Special Education Members
  • Gina Plate, Chair
    Vacant, Vice Chair

    Feda Almaliti
    Mildred Browne
    Morena de Grimaldi
    Kristi Hagans
    Somer Harding
    Sara Jocham
    Betty Karnette
    Matt Navo
    Lester Pincu
    Nancy Portillo
    Mariano Sanz
    Barbara Schulman
    Steve Winlock

Student Members
  • Hyla Rachwal
  • Timothy Higgins
Legislative Members
  • Carol Liu, Senate
  • Joan Buchanan, Assembly
State Board of Education
  • Carl Cohn, Liaison
State Special Schools
  • Scott Kerby, Director, State Special Schools and Services Division
    California Department of Education
Executive Secretary
  • Fred Balcom, Director, Special Education Division
    California Department of Education
Agenda Times Are Approximate and Are Provided for Convenience Only

All items may be re-ordered to be heard on any day of the noticed meeting. The order of business may be changed without notice.

Advisory Commission on Special Education
Schedule of Meeting Location
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
916-445-4602
Thursday, May 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 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, April 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

NOTE: Items not heard or completed on April 30, 2014, may be carried over to May 1, 2014.
10:00–10:15 a.m.
  • Call to Order–Roll Call
    Salute to the Flag
    Welcome New Members
    Communication and Announcements
    Review of Agenda and Meeting Standards
10:15–10:45 a.m.

Operations and Planning

  • Review 2014–15 ACSE meeting dates, quantity of meetings, and times
    • August orientation
  • GOAL Award
  • Recognition of Service – Diane Fazzi, Naomi Rainey, Timothy Higgins, Doug McDougall
  • Member Biographies
  • Election of 2014–15 Officers

Type of Action: Action, Information

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Item 1–California Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS): Introduction of new MTSS module and its role in the implementation of the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Presented by Carrie Roberts, Administrator, Professional Learning Division, California Department of Education (CDE); and Dona Meinders, Project Director, WestEd, Center for Prevention and Early Intervention.

MTSS Module on Brokers of Expertise [http://www.myboe.org/portal/default/Content/Viewer/Content?action=2&scId=509627] External link opens in new window or tab.

Type of Action: Information, Discussion, Action

11:45–Noon

Item 2−Legislative Report: Update and discussion of current legislation related to the education of students with disabilities. Presented by Jennifer Moreno, Legislative Representative, Legislative Affairs Office, Government Affairs Division, CDE.

Noon–12:15 p.m.

Item 3−Legislative Members and Liaison Reports: Reports from Joan Buchanan, Assembly Member and Chair, Committee on Education; Carol Liu, Senate Member and Chair, Committee on Education; and Carl Cohn, Member, State Board of Education (SBE) and SBE liaison to the ACSE.

12:15–1:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:30–1:45 p.m.

Item 4–Public Comment: Public comment is invited on any matter not included on the agenda. The ACSE is precluded from discussing matters not included on the agenda; however, questions may be asked for clarification purposes. Issues raised by the public may be referred to a future meeting agenda for discussion. Depending on the number of individuals wishing to address the ACSE, the Chair may establish time limits on presentations.

*Time will be allocated to distance participant Parent Training Institutes to present issues of importance to parents.

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Item 5−Legislative and Policy Committees: Commissioners will meet in two committee groups to discuss and prepare legislative and policy recommendations for consideration by the ACSE. Stakeholders and visitors are welcome to participate in these roundtable discussions.

  • Legislative Committee: Review status of current legislation and make recommendations to ACSE for positions on legislation.
  • Policy Committee: Review ACSE Bylaws and make recommendations for updates.
2:45–3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:00–4:00 p.m.

Item 6−National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Community of Practice (CoP): Supporting California Teachers in Instructing Students with Disabilities in the CCSS and CCSS Update. Presented by Kristen Brown, Ph.D., Education Research and Policy Consultant, SED, CDE; and Jodi Fortney, Special Day Class Teacher, Tulare County Office of Education.

Type of Action: Information, Discussion, Action

4:00–4:30 p.m.

Item 7–State Special Schools Division Director’s Report: Scott Kerby, Director, State Special Schools and Services Division, CDE.

Type of Action: Information, Discussion, Action

4:30–5:00 p.m.

Item 8–Special Education Division Director’s Report: Fred Balcom, Director, SED, CDE.

Type of Action: Information, Discussion, Action

5:00 p.m. ADJOURNMENT

Adjournment of day's session.


Advisory Commission on Special Education
Agenda, Thursday, May 1, 2014, 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
8:30–8:40 a.m.
  • Call to Order–Roll Call
  • Salute to the Flag
  • Communications and Announcements
  • Review of Agenda
  • Operations and Planning
8:40–9:00 a.m.

Item 9–ACSE Annual Report in the Special EDge: Discuss division of writing duties by Commissioners, timelines, and topic areas for inclusion in the 2014 annual report. Presented by Mary Grady, Writer and Editor, CalSTAT.

2013 ACSE Annual Report [http://www.calstat.org/textAlt/SpEDge_eng/summer2013-Edge_acse-english.html] External link opens in new window or tab.

Type of Action: Action, Information

9:00–10:30 a.m.

Item 10–ACSE Core Content Committee Work: Commissioners will meet in the three established Content Committee groups (as defined in the ACSE strategic plan) to discuss and prepare recommendations for consideration by the ACSE at future meetings. Stakeholders and visitors are welcome to participate in the group of their choice.

  1. Common Core State Standards implementation via an MTSS framework
  2. Quality Services and Support—with a focus on eligibility and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  3. Secondary Transition
10:30–10:45 a.m. BREAK
10:45–11:00 a.m.

Item 11–Content Committee Reports: Committee chairs will report on Committee focus, progress, and next steps. (Note: The purpose of Committee work is to synthesize information and recommend appropriate agenda items and considerations for the full ACSE.)

11:00 a.m.–Noon

Item 12–Statewide Assessment Update: Report and status of Smarter Balanced Assessment implementation, and the status and timeline of the National Center and State Collaborative implementation for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Presented by Deborah Sigman; Deputy Superintendent; District, School, and Innovation Branch; CDE.

Type of Information, Discussion, Action

Noon–12:15 p.m.

Item 13–Public Comment: Public comment is invited on any matter not included on the agenda. The ACSE is precluded from discussing matters not included on the agenda; however, questions may be asked for clarification purposes. Issues raised by the public may be referred to a future meeting agenda for discussion. Depending on the number of individuals wishing to address the ACSE, the Chair may establish time limits on presentations.

Type of Action: Information

12:15–12:30 p.m.

Item 14–Agenda Building for August 2014 Meeting and Orientation: Commissioners are invited to submit recommendations for future meeting agenda items directly to the Chair and Vice-Chair.

Type of Action: Information, Discussion, Action

12:30 p.m. ADJOURNMENT

Adjournment of day's session.
Adjournment of meeting.

Questions:   Venetia Davis | vdavis@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-9773
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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