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Agenda June 17-18, 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, June 17, 2015
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, June 18, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 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, June 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

NOTE: Items not heard or completed on June 17, 2015, may be carried over to June 18, 2015.
10:00–10:15 a.m.
  • Call to Order–Roll Call
  • Salute to the Flag
  • Welcome
  • Communications and Announcements
  • Confirmation of 2015–16 Meeting Dates
  • Review of Agenda and Meeting Standards
10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Item 1–Strategic Planning: Continue developing ACSE strategic priorities. Facilitated by Virginia Davis, Senior Program Associate; and Sara McClellan, Associate Director, California Comprehensive Center School Assistance Program, WestEd. (Item type: Action, information, discussion)

12:15–1:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:15–2:45 p.m.

Item 2–Legislative Update and Discussion: Allison Smith, Special Education Consultant, Legislative Coordinator, Policy Program Services Unit, Special Education Division (SED), California Department of Education (CDE), will provide updates on proposed special education legislation. Work groups will be held to discuss legislation and report back to the Commission. (Item type: Action, information, discussion)

2:45–3:00 p.m.

Item 3–Student-led Individualized Education Programs: Hyla Rachwal, ACSE Student Commissioner, will provide information on Student-led Individualized Education Programs. (Item type: Information)

3:00–3:15 p.m.

Item 4–Family Voice: Family Empowerment Centers (FECs) and Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) 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)

3:15–3:30 p.m.

Item 5–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)

3:30–4:00 p.m.

Walk to State Capitol

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Item 6–Capitol Visit: Commissioners will visit with legislative staff at the California State Capitol, 1400 Tenth Street, Room 211, Sacramento. (Item type: Information, discussion)

Adjournment of day's session.


Advisory Commission on Special Education
Agenda, Thursday, June 18, 2015, 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
8:30–8:45 a.m.
  • Call to Order–Roll Call
  • Salute to the Flag
  • Communications and Announcements
  • Review of Agenda
8:45–9:00 a.m.

Item 7–Capitol Visit Reports: Commissioners will report on their visit with legislative staff on June 17, 2015. (Item type: Information, discussion)

9:00–9:15 a.m.

Item 8−Officer Election: Commissioners will vote on the 2015–16 ACSE Chair and Vice Chair. (Item type: Action, information, discussion)

9:15–10:00 a.m.

Item 9−Career and College Transition Updates: Jill Larson, Special Education Consultant, Transition Coordinator, Quality Assurance Unit, SED, CDE; will present a career and college transition update. (Item type: Information)

10:00–10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:15–11:00 a.m.

Item 10–Statewide Accountability and Assessment Update: Keric Ashley; Deputy Superintendent; District, School, and Innovation Branch; CDE; will provide updates on accountability and the Smarter Balanced and California Alternate Assessments. (Item type: Information, discussion)

11:00–11:45 a.m.

Item 11–Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning (GOAL) Award: The GOAL award program representative, Ms. Dava Parks, Special Day Class Teacher, Kastner Intermediate School, will share the award winning Collaborative Mentoring Program. Dr. William J. Ellerbee, Deputy Superintendent, Student Support and Special Services Branch, CDE, will present the award.

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

GOAL Award Recipient Luncheon: Commissioners and Kastner program representatives will attend a hosted luncheon.

1:00–1:15 p.m.

Item 12–Liaison Reports: Updates by ACSE liaisons, State Board of Education liaison, and legislative liaisons. (Item type: Information)

1:15–1:30 p.m.

Item 13–General Public Comment and Organizational Input: Public comment is invited on any matter, including items not 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. Depending on the number of individuals wishing to address the ACSE, the Chair may establish time limits on presentations.

1:30–2:30 p.m.

Item 14–Annual Report Discussion: Commissioners will review items for inclusion in the ACSE Annual Report. (Item type: Action, information, discussion)

2:30–2:45 p.m.

Item 15–State Special Schools Director’s Report: Scott Kerby, Director, State Special Schools and Services Division, CDE. (Item type: Information)

2:45–3:00 p.m.

Item 16–State Special Education Director’s Report: Fred Balcom, Director, SED, CDE. (Item type: Information)

3:00–3:30 p.m.

Item 17–Agenda Building for Next Meeting: Commissioners will discuss potential items for inclusion on the ACSE meeting agenda. (Item type: Information)

Adjournment of day's session.
Adjournment of meeting.

Questions: Matt Traverso | mtraverso@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-3308 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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