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ACSE Agenda February 9, 2022

Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda.
Important Notice

Please note, the February 2022 Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting will be held as a teleconference; Room 1101 (board room) will be closed to the public. See ACSE Meeting Logistics section below for options to view and participate in the meeting.

Advisory Commission on Special Education Members

  • Havaughnia Hayes-White, Chair
    Stacey Adler, Vice Chair
    Marie Alvarado Gil
    Michele Andrus
    Elizabeth Estes
    Dawn Hamilton
    April Lopez
    Sarah Notch
    Christine Oyakawa
    Gloria Ruiz
    Kimberly Salomonson
    Jeannine Topalian
    David M. Toston
    Steven Winlock

Legislative Members

  • Honorable Richard Pan, Senate
  • Vacant, Assembly

State Board of Education Liaison


Executive Secretary

  • Heather Calomese, Director, Special Education Division
    California Department of Education

All times are approximate and are provided for convenience only. Items may be re-ordered to be heard on any day of the noticed meeting or on a subsequent agenda. 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.

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 ACSE may request assistance by contacting the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division (SED), 1430 N Street, Suite 2401, Sacramento, CA 95814; telephone: 916-445-4602; fax: 916-327-3706.

Advisory Commission on Special Education

Meeting Schedule Meeting Location
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, CA
Phone: 916-445-4602

Advisory Commission on Special Education Meeting Logistics

On January 5, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-1-22 related to the COVID‒19 pandemic. The Executive Order extends the sunset of Assembly Bill 361 (Chapter 165, Statutes of 2021) to allow state bodies covered by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Act) to hold public meetings covered by the Act via web and/or audio teleconferencing. As such, the February 9, 2022, ACSE meeting will be held as an audio/video teleconference and will have a live webcast, which will subsequently be archived on the ACSE Meeting Webcasts web page. Room 1101 at the California Department of Education (board room) will be closed to the public. Please see the Public Comment Guidelines section below for options to view and participate during the meeting.

Public Comment Guidelines

Public comment may be via email or phone, as specified below.


The public is highly encouraged to submit written comment to the ACSE members in advance for prior consideration. In order to help ensure that commissioners have time to review the comments, please submit comments by noon on Friday, February 4, 2022. However, comments received after that time will be forwarded to Commission members until the day of the meeting. Comments should be submitted to the ACSE mailbox at The following information should be included in the body of the email: (1) commenter’s first and last name, (2) organization affiliation, (3) agenda item number or general public comment.


Public comment may also be provided by dialing the phone number and participant access code that will be provided on February 9, 2022, and then following the operator’s prompts. Upon dialing in, callers will be added to a caller queue. The operator will notify callers when it is their turn to provide public comment. Public comment will be limited to one minute for each agenda item unless otherwise specified by the ACSE. Members of the public wishing to dial in for public comment should view the live-stream of the meeting. The number and access code will be provided at the start of public comment for each item.

Prior to making public comment, speakers who are watching the meeting via live webcast should make sure the volume on their computer is muted to avoid echoing or feedback sounds during the call.

Agenda Item Materials

Agenda item materials, including presentation materials, are available by sending a request for copies to

Advisory Commission on Special Education Mental Health Committee

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 9 to 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
Sacramento, California

Members of the ACSE Mental Health Committee will meet prior to the start of the ACSE meeting to discuss and plan the activities of the Committee.

  • Mental health needs of students across California, specifically students with special needs, since the beginning of the school year.
  • What is being done across California to support the needs of students to be able to access their educational curriculum.
  • Equitable access and continuity of services.
  • Funding for school based and school linked services. Initiatives and how they relate to, and/or have considered, our special education population of students.

Advisory Commission on Special Education Operations and Planning Committee

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 9:30 to 10 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
Sacramento, California

Members of the ACSE Operations and Planning Committee will meet prior to the start of the ACSE meeting to discuss the operations of the ACSE.

  • Possible Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning application revisions
  • Autobiography posting to SED website update
  • Virtual meeting status update

Advisory Commission on Special Education

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 10 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Begin Meeting

10 to 10:15 a.m. Pacific Time ±

  • Call to Order–Roll Call
  • Salute to the Flag
  • Communications and Announcements
  • Review of Agenda
  • Review of How to Provide Public Comment

Item 1

10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division (AMARD) Update: Overview of the items for consideration in the 2022 accountability workplan and an update on the implementation of the Integrated Local, State, and Federal Accountability and Continuous Improvement System, including 2022 Accountability Considerations and the Continuing Development Work for Future California School Dashboards. Presenter: Cindy Kazanis, Director, CDE, AMARD. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

Item 2

10:45 to 11:15 a.m.

California Statewide Assessment Update: The Assessment Development and Administration Division (ADAD) will provide program information on California’s statewide assessments and related activities, including an update on the Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments of the California operational field test. Presenter: Dr. Mao Vang, Director, CDE, ADAD. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

Item 3

11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Student Achievement and Support Division (SASD) Update: The Local Agency System Support Office (LASSO) will provide the ACSE with an update on the revisions to the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) template and instructions adopted by the State Board of Education at its November 2021 meeting. The revised LCAP template will be used by school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to develop the 2022‒23 LCAP. Presenters: Joshua Strong, Administrator, CDE, SASD, LASSO; and Anissa Sonnenberg, Administrator, CDE, SASD, System of Support Office. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

Item 4

11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Special Education Local Plan Area Update (SELPA): SELPA Administrators of California will introduce the Association to the Commissioners and share updates on recent activities and developments related to the technical assistance and support SELPAs provide on behalf of students with disabilities. They will also discuss concepts from their recent paper, “SELPA Accountability, Innovation and Design,” and present four specific recommendations aligned to the statewide priorities of improving outcomes for students with disabilities in the areas of equity, inclusive practices, transparency, alignment, and system improvement. Presenters: Benay Loftus, Chair of the SELPA Administrators of California and SELPA Administrator for the Antelope Valley SELPA; Patty Metheny, Ed.D, Chair-Elect of the SELPA Administrators of California and Chief Administrative Officer for the East Valley SELPA; Aaron Benton, SELPA Director, Butte County SELPA. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)


12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Item 5

12:45 to 1 p.m.

Special Education Director’s Report: An update on the activities of the SED will be provided. Presenter: Shiyloh Becerril, Associate Director, CDE, SED. (Item type: Information, discussion)

Item 6

1 to 3 p.m.

Mental Health/Social Emotional Learning Update: An update on work, strategies, and initiatives of the CalHOPE Social Emotional Learning Community of Practice funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), and other services and supports that are being implemented to meet the needs of all students. Presenters: Brent Malicote, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Sacramento County Office of Education; Toby Ewing, Executive Director, MHSOAC; Dr. Jim Kooler, Department of Health Care Services; and Professor Valerie Shapiro, University of California, Berkeley. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)


3 to 3:15 p.m.

Item 7

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Update from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: Staff from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) will provide an update on the new Education Specialist credential program requirements, COVID flexibilities, and Commission actions. Presenters: William Hatrick and Sarah Solari-Colombini. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

Item 8

4:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Commissioner Updates: Updates from the ACSE Commissioners will be provided. (Item type: information, discussion)

Item 9

4:30 to 4:45 p.m.

ACSE Agenda Building: Commissioners will suggest potential items for future ACSE meetings. (Item type: Information, discussion)

Item 10

4:45 to 5 p.m.

General Public Comment: General public comment 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 by Commissioners for clarification purposes. Issues raised by the public may be referred to a future meeting agenda. Chair reserves the right to establish time limits on presentations. (Item type: Information)


5 p.m.

Adjournment of meeting

Questions:   Special Education Division | | 916-445-4602
Last Reviewed: Friday, July 21, 2023
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