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ACSE Agenda June 17, 2020

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

Please note, the June 2020 Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting will be held as a teleconference; Room 1101 (board room) will be closed to the public. Please see ACSE Meeting Logistics section below for options to view and participate in the meeting.

Advisory Commission on Special Education Members

  • Somer Harding, Chair
  • David Toston, Vice Chair
  • Michele Andrus
  • Dawn Hamilton Havaughnia Hayes-White
  • Sara Jocham
  • April Lopez
  • Christina Mills
  • Christine Oyakawa
  • Gina Plate
  • Kimberly Salomonson
  • Jeannine Topalian
  • Steven Winlock

Student Member

  • Mike Infante

Legislative Members

  • Honorable Richard Pan, Senate
  • Honorable Jim Frazier, Assembly

State Board of Education Liaison

  • Vacant, State Board Member

Executive Secretary

  • Kristin Wright, 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 Advisory Commission on Special Education (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, June 17, 2020
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, CA
Phone: 916-445-4602

ACSE Meeting Logistics

On March 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-29-20 related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Order allows 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 June ACSE meeting will be held as an audio/video teleconference and will have a live webcast; Room 1101 (board room) in the California Department of Education will be closed to the public. Please see the Public Comment Guidelines section below for options to view and participate in 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 board members have time to review the comments, please submit comments by noon, on Friday, June 12, 2020. However, comments received after that time will be forwarded to board 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:

  • Commenter's first and last name
  • Organization affiliation
  • 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 June 17, 2020 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 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 an echoing or feedback sounds during the call. Speakers will be allotted one minute of public comment for each agenda item unless the ACSE sets another limit for public comment.

Advisory Commission on Special Education

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 9 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

9–9:30 a.m. Pacific Time ±

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

9:30–9:45 a.m.

Item 1–ACSE Election of Chair and Vice Chair for the 2020–2021 Year: The ACSE will hold the annual election of the Chair and Vice Chair. The newly elected leadership will take office at the end of the meeting. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

9:45–10:05 a.m.

Item 2– Overview of the ACSE Annual Report—Requirements and Processes: Information about the commission's annual reporting requirements and the processes for developing the ACSE annual report will be reviewed and discussed. Presenter: Mary Grady, Editor, Supporting Inclusive Practices Project, Riverside County Office of Education (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

10:05–10:35 a.m.

Item 3–Department of Finance Update: An update on the Governor’s 2020–21 revised state budget, including an overview of the changes in education and special education funding, will be provided. Presenter: Liz Mai, Department of Finance (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

Background materials are available at the Department of Finance website External link opens in new window or tab..

10:35–10:45 a.m. Break

10:45–11:15 a.m.

Item 4–California Statewide Assessment Update: California Department of Education (CDE) staff from the Assessment Development and Administration Division (ADAD) will provide an update on California’s statewide assessments and related activities, including an update on an accessibility usage study that they are conducting, as well as the approved Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California blueprint. Presenter: Mike Torres, Education Programs Consultant, English Language Arts and Mathematics Office, ADAD, CDE (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

11:15–11:45 a.m.

Item 5–Special Education Division Update: Staff from the CDE Special Education Division (SED) will review some of the activities of the division in response to the coronavirus pandemic to support students, families and local educational agencies. Presenters: Shiyloh Becerril, Interim Associate Director, SED, CDE; Stacey Wedin, Education Programs Consultant, SED, CDE; Aaron Christensen, Education Programs Consultant, SED, CDE. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

11:45 a.m.–12:05 p.m.

Item 6–Example from the Field: The Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) will present the process and plans for re-opening their regionalized special education programs for on-site instruction at their physical locations. MCOE will also include the successes they have experienced during this process and the lessons they have learned to help them move forward. Presenters: Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools; Cindy Evans, Special Education Teacher; Mike Grant, Director; and Jonathan Lenz, Assistant Superintendent. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

12:05–12:35 p.m. Lunch

12:35–1:05 p.m.

Item 7–Parent and Family Perspective: The California Family Empowerment Centers discuss the change to distance learning from the family and parent perspective, as well as discuss practices or recommendations that we can consider as we move forward. Presenters: Family Empowerment Center Representatives (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

1:05–1:35 p.m.

Item 8–Reflections from Outgoing State Special Education Director: Final reflections from the Outgoing State Special Education Director, focusing on the education of California students with disabilities, will be provided. Presenter: Kristin Wright. (Item type: Information, discussion)

1:35–1:45 p.m.

Item 9–Commissioner Updates and Liaison Reports: Updates from ACSE Commissioners and Reports from ACSE Liaisons will be provided. (Item type: Information, discussion)

1:45–2 p.m.

Item 10–Executive Director Recognition: The Commission will recognize the work of Kristin Wright. (Item type: Information)

2–2:10 p.m.

Item 11–Agenda Building for ACSE Meetings: Commissioners will recommend items to be included on future ACSE meeting agendas. (Item type: Information, discussion)

2:10–2:20 p.m. Break

2:20–3 p.m.

Item 12–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)

3 p.m.

Adjournment of day’s session.
Adjournment of meeting.

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