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ACSE Agenda April 19-20, 2023

Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda.

Advisory Commission on Special Education Members

  • Havaughnia Hayes-White, Chair
    David Toston, Vice Chair
    Michele Andrus
    Elizabeth Estes
    Victoria Graf
    Dawn Hamilton
    April Lopez
  • Russell Michaud
    Sarah Notch
    Christine Oyakawa
    Gloria Ruiz
    Heather Snipes
    Barbara Sorter
    Jeannine Topalian
  • Matthew Wilkins

Student Members

  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Legislative Members

  • Honorable Marie Alvarado-Gil, Senate
    Honorable James Gallagher, Assembly

State Board of Education

Alison Yoshimoto-Towery, Liaison

State Special Schools

Nancy Hlibok Amann, Director, State Special Schools and Services Division
California Department of Education

Executive Secretary

Heather Calomese, 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 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 Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE), may request assistance by contacting the 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, April 19, 2023
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Time ±

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

(Due to logistical constraints, the legislative trip will not be webcast)
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
3 to 4 p.m. Pacific Time ±
The Legislative Office Building
1021 O Street, Room 6520
Sacramento, California 95814
Thursday, April 20, 2023
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
916-445-4602

Advisory Commission on Special Education Meeting Logistics

Members of the public may view the meeting by live webcast, which will subsequently be archived on the ACSE Meeting Webcasts web page.

The April 19‒20, 2023, ACSE meeting will be held at the California Department of Education (CDE), at the address noted above. The CDE building will be open to the public, however capacity may be limited in order to allow for physical distancing and members of the public are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Public Comment Guidelines

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

Email

The public is highly encouraged to submit written comment to the ACSE members in advance for prior consideration. In order to ensure Commissioners have time to review comments, please submit comments by noon on Friday, April 14, 2023. 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 ACSE@cde.ca.gov. 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.

Phone

Public comment may also be provided by dialing the phone number and participant access code that will be provided on April 19‒20, 2023, 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 during the call.

In-Person

Public comment may also be provided in-person at the ACSE meeting. However, capacity may be limited to allow for physical distancing and members of the public are strongly encouraged to wear masks. Individuals who wish to comment on a specific agenda item or provide general public comment must sign up on the public comment roster prior to public comment. Public comment will be limited to one minute for each agenda item unless otherwise specified by the ACSE.

Agenda Item Materials

Agenda item materials, including presentation materials, are available by sending a request for copies to ACSE@cde.ca.gov.


ACSE Operations and Planning Committee

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 8 to 9 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1103
Sacramento, California

(Due to logistical constraints, the Operations and Planning Committee will not be webcast)

Members of the ACSE Operations and Planning Committee will meet prior to the start of the ACSE meeting to discuss end of fiscal year 2022-2023 activities:

  • Introduction of the 2023–24 ACSE Leadership Election Process and Self-Nomination Forms
  • ACSE Annual Budget and Reasonable Accommodations for Student Commissioners
  • Tehama County Superintendent of Schools: Gerber Elementary School Expansion Approved
  • Revisiting the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 20 United States Code Section 1418 (a-d)
    • Review of February 15, 2023, Item #3 APR Data Submission Timeline to ACSE then to State Board of Education
    • The Elimination of the Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS) Plan with the New Compliance and Improvement Monitoring (CIM) for CCEIS Plan
    • Resolving the 3 month ACSE Meeting Gap (i.e. November, December, and January)
  • Revisiting the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 20 United States Code Section 1412 (21) (a-d)
    • Review of February 15, 2023, Item #4/Motion (i.e. New Individualized Education Program [IEP] Data Collection)

ACSE Legislative and Policy Committee

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 9 to 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1103
Sacramento, California

(Due to logistical constraints, the Operations and Planning Committee will not be webcast)

Members of the ACSE Legislative and Policy Committee will meet prior to the start of the ACSE Commission meeting to delegate speaking roles, discuss logistics, scope, and sequence for the annual Legislative Day/Capitol Visit meeting agenda Senator Josh Newman Chair of the Senate’s Education Committee:

  • ACSE Chair Opening/Membership Introductions
  • ACSE Mission, Vision, and Equity Platform
  • ACSE 2021–22 Annual Report
  • Progress Update on Senate Bill (SB) 291
  • Request of Suggested Bills/Legislation for ACSE to Monitor
  • ACSE Chair Closes/Thank You’s
  • Group Photo for Upcoming ACSE 2022–23 Annual Report

Advisory Commission on Special Education

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 10 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Begin Meeting

10 to 10:45 a.m. Pacific Time ±

  • Call to Order: Roll Call
  • Salute to the American Flag
  • Communications and Announcements
    • Swearing In of Newly Appointed ACSE Commissioners
    • 2023–24 ACSE Leadership Election Process (Distribution of Self-Nomination Forms)
    • Trip to Capitol/Legislative Day Logistics
      • Chair of the California Senate Committee on Education: Senator Josh Newman
  • Introduction of Proxy Melanie Johnson for State Special Schools Director
  • SB 291 and Acknowledging the Preparation for Voting Student Commissioners
    • A Conversation with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
  • Review of Agenda: Day One
  • Review of Public Comment Options

Item 1

10:45 to 11 a.m.

Round II ACSE 2019 Bylaw Language Vote and Student Commissioner Recruitment/Application: Commissioners will engage in a final vote to amend/update the 2019 ACSE Bylaws identified in “Article VI. Liaison” and “Section 3. Student Members.” The California Transition Alliance will share an update regarding the development of the new application/recruitment process for voting Student Commissioners. Presenter: Dr. Havaughnia Hayes-White, ACSE Chair; Joyce Montgomery, California Transition Alliance; Dee Torrington, California Transition Alliance. (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 2

11 to 11:45 a.m.

Operations and Planning Committee Report: An update on the work of the ACSE Operations and Planning (O&P) Committee will be provided. Gerber Elementary School Expansion Approved. Presenters: Dr. Havaughnia Hayes-White, (ACSE) Chair. (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Break

12 to 12:15 p.m.

Item 3

12:15 to 1 p.m.

New Individualized Education Program Implementation Data Collection: To meet the monitoring requirements outlined in 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 300.600, the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division (SED) will begin collecting aggregate data on Individualized Education Program (IEP) Implementation in Spring 2023 to support local educational agencies (LEAs) in implementing 34 CFR 300.323 (c)(2). Presenters: Shiyloh Duncan-Becerril, Associate Director of Special Education, (CDE); Jack Brimhall, Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance (FMTA) Intensive Monitoring Administrator (CDE). (Item type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 4

1:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Legislative and Policy Committee Report: An update on the work of the Legislative and Policy Committee will be provided. Presenters: Commissioner Sarah Notch, (ACSE) and Vice Chair David Toston, (ACSE). (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 5

1:30 to 2 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)

Lunch

2 to 3 p.m.

Item 6

PLEASE NOTE: This item has been canceled.

2023 Annual Legislative Day/Capitol Visit with Speaker of Assembly Anthony Rendon and Senator Henry Stern’s Staff Rachel Buller: The ACSE will discuss current legislation and issues regarding the education of students with disabilities in California schools. This meeting will be held in The Legislative Office Building in room #8010. (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

PLEASE NOTE: 3–4 p.m. ACSE Members will meet at The Legislative Office Building for legislative visits. There will be no webcast during this time.

Item 7

3 to 4 p.m.

2023 Annual Legislative Day/Capitol Visit with Senator Josh Newman: The ACSE will discuss current legislation and issues regarding the education of students with disabilities in California schools. This meeting will be held in The Legislative Office Building in room #6520. (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Adjournment

4 p.m.

Adjournment of meeting, day one.


ACSE Mental Health Committee

Thursday, April 20, 2023, 8:30 to 9 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1103
Sacramento, California

(Due to logistical constraints, the Mental Health Committee will not be webcast)

Members of the ACSE Mental Health Committee will meet prior to the start of the ACSE Commission meeting to discuss opportunities and challenges regarding students with disabilities and Mental Health across the state:

  • Inclusive Practices and Least Restrictive Environments for Students with Disabilities in Community Schools
  • Reducing Out of Home Placements through Improved System Prevention and Intervention
  • Expanding Tier 1 Mental Health Supports
  • Expanding Mental Health Supports for Students and Staff through Interagency and Community Integration

ACSE Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning Award Committee

Thursday, April 20, 2023, 9 to 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1103
Sacramento, California

(Due to logistical constraints, the Mental Health Committee will not be webcast)

Members of the ACSE Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning (GOAL) Award Committee will meet prior to the start of the ACSE Commission meeting to discuss the scope and sequence of the GOAL Award application process:

  • Discussion of Potential Motion for Revised 2023 GOAL Award Timeline and Application Process
  • Announcing/Advertising the GOAL Award Application to the Public
  • Exploration of Future Funding Options

Advisory Commission on Special Education

Thursday, April 20, 2023, 10 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Begin Meeting

10 to 10:10 a.m. Pacific Time ±

  • Call to Order: Roll Call
  • Salute to the American Flag
  • Communications and Announcements
    • Distribution of the 2023 ACSE Bylaws
  • Review of Agenda: Day Two
  • Review of Public Comment Options

Item 8

10:10 to 10:25 a.m.

Debriefing of the 2023 Annual Legislative Day/Capitol Visit: The ACSE will discuss/recap their conversations and interactions with the Speaker of Assembly Anthony Rendon, Senator Henry Stern’s Staff (Rachel Buller), and Senator Josh Newman. (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Item 9

10:30 to 11 a.m.

Digital 508 Compliant Meeting Materials and Presentations: In preparation for the return/participation of voting ACSE Student Commissioners and to answer the public’s call to have advanced access to ACSE meeting materials, staff from the California Department of Education (CDE), will explain the requirements that all presenters must meet in order to provide electronically accessible meeting materials and presentations to people with disabilities. Presenter: Heather Calomese, Director of Special Education, (CDE). (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 10

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

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) beyond the Classroom and into the Boardroom: In preparation for the return/participation of voting ACSE Student Commissioners, the California Department of Education (CDE), the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), and Supporting Inclusive Practices (SIP) will provide an overview regarding what UDL is (i.e. why, what, and how). An explanation regarding how UDL can be adopted and implemented to model a culture of fully inclusive boardroom environments at the State level for all ACSE Commissioners will be provided. Presenters: Heather Calomese, Director of Special Education, (CDE); James McKenna, Assistant Director, (CCEE); Kevin Schaefer, Director, (SIP). (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Lunch

12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Item 11

1:15 to 2 p.m.

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Representatives from Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA) statewide Association will provide an overview and summary of the Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) conference. Presenters will also share information related to the California Special Education ADR grants SELPAs receive. Information about the new Alternative Dispute Resolution Special Education Resource Lead will be provided and how this Lead will work to support a continuum of ADR in the state of California. Presenters: Sue Singh, Orange Unified, Veronica Coates, Tehama County SELPA, Emily Mostovoy-Luna, Ventura County SELPA (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Item 12

2:15 to 2:45 p.m.

Special Education Director’s Report: An update on activities within the Special Education Division will be provided. Presenter: Heather Calomese, Director of Special Education, (CDE). (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 13

2:55 to 3:30 p.m.

Commissioners, State Board of Education, and Director of State Special Schools Liaison Reports: An update from Commissioner Liaisons, State Board of Education (SBE) Liaison, and Director of State Special Schools Liaison will be provided. Presenters: Commissioners (ACSE), Alison Yoshimoto-Towery (SBE), Melanie Johnson Proxy for Nancy Hlibok Amann (SSS). (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Break

3:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Item 14

3:45 to 4 p.m.

Mental Health Committee Report: An update on the work of the Mental Health Committee will be provided. Presenter: Commissioner Elizabeth Estes, (ACSE). (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 15

4 to 4:15 p.m.

GOAL Award Committee Report: An update on the work of the GOAL Award Committee will be provided. Presenters: Commissioner Christine Oyakawa (ACSE) and Commissioner Dawn Hamilton, (ACSE). (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 16

4:15 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Item 17

4:30 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)

Adjournment

5 p.m.

Adjournment of meeting

Questions:   Special Education Division | ACSE@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-4602
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
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