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ACSE Agenda June 16, 2021

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

Please note, the June 2021 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

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

Legislative Members

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

State Board of Education Liaison

  • Ilene Straus, State Board Vice President

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, June 16, 2021
10 a.m.–4:30 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) at 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.

Email

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, June 11, 2021. 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 June 16, 2021, 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 ACSE@cde.ca.gov.

Advisory Commission on Special Education Mental Health Committee

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 9–9:30 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.

  • Goals for Mental Health Committee
  • Mental Wellness Bill of Rights for ALL Children
  • Whole Child and Family Engagement in Community Schools
  • Local Educational Agency Expansion of Medi-Cal Billing


Advisory Commission on Special Education Operations and Planning Committee

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 9:30–10 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.

  • ACSE Annual Report
  • In-person Meetings


Advisory Commission on Special Education

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 10 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

10–10:15 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

10:15–10:45 a.m.

Item 1–Liaison Updates and Reports: Reports from ACSE Liaisons will be provided. (Item type: Information, discussion)

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Item 2–California Special Education Governance and Accountability Study: Staff from WestEd will provide information on the Special Education Governance and Accountability study and report. Presenters: Sara Menlove Doutre, Tye Ripma, and Teri Valentine. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Item 3–California State Budget Update: Staff from the Department of Finance will provide an update on the fiscal year 2021–22 state budget, including an overview of special education funding. Presenters: Liz Mai, Department of Finance; Amber Alexander, Department of Finance. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

12:30–1 p.m. Lunch

1–1:45 p.m.

Item 4–Voices from the Field: Administrators from school districts and Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) will discuss strategies and best practices for reopening schools for all students. Through their stories, they will review lessons learned in assessing needs, offering key professional development, and providing additional services and supports for students, families, and staff. Presenters: Dr. Arvin Garcia, Director of Special Education, Centralia Elementary School District; Ginny Maiwald, Director, Napa County SELPA; Dr. Sue Singh, Chief Executive Officer of SELPA/Special Education, Orange Unified SELPA; Paul Delbick, Executive Director, Sierra Sands SELPA. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

1:45–2:15 p.m.

Item 5–Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning (GOAL) Award: The Commission will continue the conversation of the GOAL Award amount for this year’s recipient, as well as discuss the award process for future years. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

2:15–2:30 p.m. Break

2:30–2:45 p.m.

Item 6–Commissioner Recognition: The Commission will recognize the work of outgoing Commissioner Sara Jocham. (Item type: Information, discussion)

2:45–3:15 p.m.

Item 7–ACSE Election of Officers for the 2021–22 Year: The ACSE will hold the annual election for the Chair and Vice Chair. The newly elected leadership will take office at the end of the meeting. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

3:15–3:45 p.m.

Item 8–State Special Education Director’s Report: The Director of the CDE, SED will provide an update on the activities of the Division. Presenter: Heather Calomese, Director, CDE, SED. (Item type: Information, discussion)

3:45–4 p.m.

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

4–4:15 p.m.

Item 10–Agenda Building for ACSE Meetings: Commissioners will recommend items to be included on future ACSE meeting agendas. (Item type: Information, discussion)

4:15–4:30 p.m.

Item 11–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)

4:30 p.m. ADJOURNMENT

Adjournment of meeting.

Questions: Special Education Division | ACSE@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-4602 
Last Reviewed: Friday, June 4, 2021
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