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Agenda April 29, 2015

Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda.

Advisory Commission on Special Education Members

  • Gina Plate, Chair
  • Barbara Schulman, Vice Chair
  • Feda Almaliti
  • Mildred Browne
  • Morena de Grimaldi
  • Kristi Hagans
  • Somer Harding
  • Sara Jocham
  • Betty Karnette
  • Matthew Navo
  • Lester Pincu
  • Nancy Portillo
  • Mariano Sanz
  • Jaclyn Vincent
  • Steven Winlock

Student Members

  • Hyla Rachwal
  • Jacob Miller

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

  • Fred Balcom, 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, April 29, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

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 29, 2015, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

10:00–10:15 a.m.

  • Call to Order–Roll Call
  • Salute to the Flag
  • Welcome
  • Communications and Announcements
  • Review of Agenda and Meeting Standards

10:15–11:15 a.m.

Item 1–Alignment of Initiatives: Identify areas of alignment between the Special Education Task Force recommendations and the ACSE strategic priorities. Facilitated by Sara McClellan, Associate Director, California Comprehensive Center School Assistance Program, WestEd. (Item type: Information, discussion)

11:15 a.m.–Noon

Item 2–Multi-tiered System of Supports: A panel discussion related to college, career, and civic life readiness for all students in an aligned system of supports. Developing and implementing an aligned system of supports requires time and thoughtful consideration. This presentation will discuss results of considering all educational environments and stakeholders when decision-making and allocating resources. (Item type: Information, discussion)

  • Facilitator
  • Aileen Allison-Zarea, Administrator; Literacy, History, and Arts Leadership Office; Professional Learning Support Division; Instruction and Learning Support Branch; California Department of Education (CDE)
  • District-level Panel Discussion: Question and Answer
  • Matt Navo, Superintendent, Sanger Unified School District
  • Kip Meyer, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services, Lake Elsinore Unified School District

Noon–1:00 p.m. LUNCH

1:00–1:45 p.m.

Item 3–Statewide Assessment Update: An update will be given on the Smarter Balanced Assessment as it relates to the special education community and the California Alternate Assessment. Presented by Dr. Linda Hooper, Administrator, Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Office; Jessica Valdez, Administrator, Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Digital Library Office; and Don Kilmer, Interim Administrator, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office. (Item type: Information, discussion)

1:45–2:15 p.m.

Item 4–Disproportionality Support and Resources: An overview and discussion of the definition of disproportionality and the support and resources available to districts, charter schools, parents, and students. Presented by George Triest, Director, State Performance Plan Technical Assistance Project, Napa County Office of Education. (Item type: Information, discussion)

2:15–2:30 p.m.

Item 5–Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning (GOAL) Award Winner: Announcement by Nancy Portillo, ACSE Commissioner and Chair of the GOAL Award Committee. (Item type: Information, discussion)

2:30–2:45 p.m. BREAK

2:45–3:15 p.m.

Item 6–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)

*Time will be allocated to distance participant Family Empowerment Centers (FECs) and Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) to 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).

3:15–3:30 p.m.

Item 7–Liaison Reports: Updates by ACSE liaisons, State Board of Education liaison, and legislative liaisons. (Item type: Information)

3:30–4:00 p.m.

Item 8–ACSE Officer Nomination Process: The Commission will review the ACSE Officer election process and accept self-nominations. Presented by Morena de Grimaldi, Chair, ACSE Nominations Committee. (Item type: Information)

4:00–4:30 p.m.

Item 9–Unfinished Business

  • Review proposed dates for 2015–2016 ACSE meetings, Gina Plate, ACSE Chair


Adjournment of day's session.
Adjournment of meeting.

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