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ACSE Agenda June 14-15, 2023

Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda.

Advisory Commission on Special Education Members

  • Havaughnia Hayes-White, Chair
    David Toston, Vice Chair
    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, June 14, 2023
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Time ±

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

Thursday, June 15, 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 Committee Meetings

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

Committee Meeting Schedule Meeting Location
ACSE Operations and Planning Committee Wednesday, June 14, 2023
8 to 9 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1103
Sacramento, California 95814
916-445-4602
ACSE Mentorship and Training Committee Wednesday, June 14, 2023
9 to 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1103
Sacramento, California 95814
916-445-4602
ACSE Legislative and Policy Committee Thursday, June 15, 2023
8 to 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1103
Sacramento, California 95814
916-445-4602
ACSE Mental Health Committee Thursday, June 15, 2023
8:30 to 9 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1103
Sacramento, California 95814
916-445-4602
ACSE Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning Award Committee Thursday, June 15, 2023
9 to 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1103
Sacramento, California 95814
916-445-4602

Background Meeting Materials: Meetings materials may be obtained by sending a request to ACSE@cde.ca.gov.

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 June 14‒15, 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, June 9, 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 June 14‒15, 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, June 14, 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 Commission meeting to discuss end of fiscal year 2022–23 activities:

  • Following and Meeting the Requirements of The Bagley Keene Open Meeting Act
    • Access to Records (i.e. A Handy Guide to The Bagley Keene Open Meeting Act p. 10)
    • Submitting/Posting Text Content Only of Live Presentations (i.e. PDF of Word Document)
  • Revisiting the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 20 United States Code Section 1412 (21-D)
    • Review of April 19, 2023, Compliance and Improvement Monitoring (CIM) Motion (i.e. Modoc Joint Unified School District)
  • Revisiting the (IDEA 20 United States Code Section 1418 (a-d)
    • Review of the April 19, 2023, CIM for Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS) Motion (i.e. The Elimination of the CCEIS Plan with the New CIM for CCEIS Plan)
  • Resolving the 3 month ACSE Meeting Gap and The Annual Performance Review (APR) Data Submission Timeline (i.e. State Performance Plan (SPP)/APR: Part B Submitted on February 1, 2022)
    • Review of the April 19, 2023, Meeting Gap and APR Submission Timeline Motion
    • Finalizing the Addition of a Permanent December Meeting (i.e. Virtual Meeting Option: Week 1 OR Week 2) for the ACSE 2023 Calendar
    • Review/Request of ACSE Meeting Calendars from 2024–26
  • ACSE Annual Budget for 2023–24
    • Streamlining the Process of Timely Commissioner Reimbursements
    • Considering Travel and Safety Protocols/Requirements for Student Commissioners
    • Next Steps
  • Preparation of Content for the 2022–23 ACSE Annual Report

ACSE Mentorship and Training Committee

Wednesday, June 14, 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 Mentorship and Training Committee will not be webcast)

Members of the ACSE Mentorship and Training Committee will meet prior to the start of the ACSE Commission meeting to support the acclimation of newly appointed Commissioners:

  • How to Navigate the ACSE Meeting Agenda
  • How to Prepare to be an Active/Informed Commissioner/Meeting Participant and Individual Supports Needed
  • Overview of the ACSE Commissioner Training/Support Binder
    • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 20 United States Code Section 1412 (21) (a-d)
    • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 20 United States Code Section 1418 (a-d)
    • The Bagley Keene Open Meeting Act 2004
    • ACSE 2023 Bylaws
    • ACSE Mission, Vision, and Platform/Pillars
    • Robert's Rules of Order

Advisory Commission on Special Education

Wednesday, June 14, 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
    • Recognizing the Service of Michele Andrus
    • Preparing the Contents of the 2022–23 Annual Report
  • Review of Agenda: Day One
  • Review of Public Comment Options

Item 1

10:10 to 10:25 a.m.

Annual Election of Officers for 2023–24: The Commission will hold its annual election for Commission Chair and Commission Vice Chair. Presenter: Commissioner Jeannine Topalian, (ACSE) Elections Committee Chair. (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 2

10:25 to 10:45 a.m.

Round I ACSE 2023 Bylaw Language Vote: Commissioners will engage in a round I vote to amend/update the 2023 ACSE Bylaws to include Student Commissioners identified in “Section 2. Membership.” Presenter: Dr. Havaughnia Hayes-White, (ACSE) Chair. (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 3

10:50 to 11:20 a.m.

Student Commissioner Recruitment/Application Process Update and Travel/Safety Considerations: The California Transition Alliance leadership team will share an update regarding the recruitment process for obtaining a pool of voting Student Commissioner applicants. Frequently asked questions regarding travel accommodations, funding, accessibility, and safety of Student Commissioners will be discussed. Presenters: Dee Torrington, California Transition Alliance Leadership Team; Kevin Schaefer, California Transition Alliance Leadership Team. (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 4

11:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

Ready to Listen: To further prepare for the participation of voting ACSE Student Commissioners, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Administrators of California will share some of its recently released student voice and parent voice video professional development projects that highlight the power of storytelling in building narrative empathy. ACSE Commissioners will view excerpts and discuss other ways to ensure full engagement of future ACSE Student Commissioners. Presenters: Elizabeth Engelken, Executive Director, Sonoma County SELPA and Charter SELPA, and Chair of SELPA Administrators of California; Aaron Benton, SELPA Director, Butte County SELPA. (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Lunch

12:20 to 1:20 p.m.

Item 5

1:20 to 1:50 p.m.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and the Parent Voice: This presentation will discuss how Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has provided many benefits to the district/family relationship. Parents will speak about how varying levels of ADR intervention; ranging from proactive to reactive, have provided clarity, decreased anxiety, and salvaged relationships that were on the brink of litigation. Presenter: Jason A. Harper, Mediator/ADR Consultant of Harper Conflict Resolution Limited Liability Company (LLC). (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Item 6

2:05 to 2:35 p.m.

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

Item 7

2:40 to 3 p.m.

Mentorship and Training Committee Report: An update on the work of the ACSE Mentorship and Training Committee will be provided. Presenters: Commissioner Gloria Ruiz (ACSE) and Commissioner Jeannine Topalian, (ACSE). (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 8

3:05 to 3:25 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)

Break

3:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Item 9

3:45 to 4:25 p.m.

Compliance and Improvement Monitoring (CIM): Authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 United States Code Section 1412 (21)(d-ii, iii & iv) the advisory panel shall: (ii) comment publicly on any rules or regulations proposed by the State regarding the education of children with disabilities; (iii) advise the State educational agency in developing evaluations and reporting on data to the Secretary; (iv) advise the State educational agency in developing corrective action plans to address findings identified in Federal monitoring reports. The SED will explain the changes, what, why, how, and when regarding the scope and sequence of the CIM process. Presenter: Shiyloh Duncan-Becerril, Associate Director of Special Education, (CDE). (Item type: Information, Discussion,
Action)

Item 10

4:40 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, day one.


ACSE Legislative and Policy Committee

Thursday, June 15, 2023, 8 to 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1103
Sacramento, California

(Due to logistical constraints, the Legislative and Policy 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 discuss end of year 2022–23 progress and to plan 2023–24 activities/goals:

  • Review of Progress Made Toward 2022–23 Activities and Goals
  • Exploration of Committee Process, Goals, and Activities for the 2023–24 School Year
  • Preparing the Contents of the 2022–23 Annual Report

ACSE Mental Health Committee

Thursday, June 15, 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:

  • Community Schools and the Least Restrictive Environment for Students with Disabilities and Mental Health (MH) Needs
  • Out of Home Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School (NPS) Placement Study and Students with Disabilities and MH Needs
  • Mental Health Partnerships (i.e. Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative: CYBHI) and Students with Disabilities and MH Needs
  • Including/Preparing for the Participation of Student Commissioners within the MH Committee
  • Preparing the Contents of the 2022–23 Annual Report

ACSE Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning Award Committee

Thursday, June 15, 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 Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning Award 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:

  • Announcing/Advertising the Winner of the 2023 GOAL Award
  • Exploring Future Funding Options
  • Timeline for the 2024 Goal Award Application Process
  • Preparing the Contents of the 2022–23 Annual Report

Advisory Commission on Special Education

Thursday, June 15, 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
  • Review of Agenda: Day Two
  • Review of Public Comment Options

Item 11

10:10 to 10:55 a.m.

Compliance and Improvement Monitoring for Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CIM for CCEIS): Authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 United States Code Section 1412 (21)(d-ii, iii & iv) the advisory panel shall: (ii) comment publicly on any rules or regulations proposed by the State regarding the education of children with disabilities; (iii) advise the State educational agency in developing evaluations and reporting on data to the Secretary; (iv) advise the State educational agency in developing corrective action plans to address findings identified in Federal monitoring reports. The SED will explain the changes, what, why, how, and when regarding the scope and sequence of the CIM or CCEIS process. Presenter: Shiyloh Duncan-Becerril, Associate Director of Special Education, (CDE). (Item type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 12

11:10 to 11:40 a.m.

California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) Special Education (SPED) Redesign Project: Authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 United States Code Section 1412 (21)(d-ii, iii & iv) the advisory panel shall: (ii) comment publicly on any rules or regulations proposed by the State regarding the education of children with disabilities; (iii) advise the State educational agency in developing evaluations and reporting on data to the Secretary; (iv) advise the State educational agency in developing corrective action plans to address findings identified in Federal monitoring reports. The SED will explain the changes, what, why, how, and when regarding the scope and sequence of the CALPADS SPED Redesign Project. Presenter: Brandi Jauregui, Information Technology Specialist, (CDE). (Item type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Lunch

11:55 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Item 13

1 to 1:30 p.m.

Autism in California and California Autism Professional Training And Information Network (CAPTAIN): Representatives from the California Autism Professional Training And Information Network (CAPTAIN) will provide a “State of the State Address” about autism in California, including updates on increased prevalence, outcomes, barriers and needs as well as CAPTAIN’s efforts to engage in multi-agency improvement activities that are helping to turn the tide for individuals with autism and their families. Presenters: Ann England, Co-Coordinator CAPTAIN Project Coordinator, SELPA Content Lead-Autism, Marin County SELPA; Patricia Schetter, Co-Coordinator CAPTAIN Program Manager, Prevention Supports and Services, Placer County Office of Education; Mary Rettinhouse, CAPTAIN Executive Leader, Regional Centers of California Autism Clinical Specialist Alta California Regional Center; Tavia Lawson, CAPTAIN Cadre, State and Federally Funded Family Support Agencies Family Resource Specialist, Parents’ Place Family Resource Center; Aubyn Stahmer, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis Director, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, UC Davis Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute. (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Item 14

1:45 to 2:25 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), Nancy Hlibok Amann (SSS). (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Break

2:35 to 2:50 p.m.

Item 15

2:50 to 3:20 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 and Vice Chair Toston, (ACSE). (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 16

3:30 to 3:50 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 17

3:55 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 18

4:20 to 4:35 p.m.

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

Item 19

4:40 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

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