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Agenda August 12-13, 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
  • Steven Winlock
Student Members
  • 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, August 12, 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, August 13, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 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, August 12, 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 August 12, 2015, may be carried over to August 13, 2015.
10:00–10:15 a.m.
  • Call to Order–Roll Call
  • Salute to the Flag
  • Welcome
  • Communications and Announcements
  • Competitive Integrated Employment Public Input Update
  • Introduction of the 2014–2015 ACSE Annual Report
  • Review of Agenda and Meeting Standards
10:15–11:30 a.m.

Item 1–ACSE Commissioner Work Specific to Priority Areas: Commissioners will be breaking into groups for this work:

  • Finalize Disability Equity Rubric and Strategic Plan
  • Update Legislative platform to include position statements in specific priority areas

(Item type: Information, discussion, action)

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Item 2–State 2015–16 Budget Update: Lisa Mierczynski and Ian Johnson, Principal Program Budget Analysts, Department of Finance, will report on the 2015–16 state budget, including an overview of the budget package with emphasis on those items related to special education. (Item type: Information, discussion)

12:15–1:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:15–2:00 p.m.

Item 3–Legislative Updates and Discussion: Commissioners will break into groups to discuss proposed legislation, and will reconvene to discuss any proposed action items. Bills to be discussed are:

Proposed State Legislation

  • AB 1101–Bonilla: Pupil School Enrollment; residency requirements; policy on investigations
  • SB 29–Beall: Peace Officer Training, Mental Health
  • AB 1018–Cooper: Medi-Cal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT)
  • AB 854–Weber: Educational Services, Pupils in foster care
  • SB 463–Hancock: School Climate

Proposed Federal Legislation

  • NCLB replacement–Every Child Achieves Act (S 1177)

    • The Reed, Bennett Family Engagement Amendment which seeks to promote and strengthen meaningful family engagement policies and programs at the national, state, and local levels to ensure that all students are on track for college and careers.

    • Building on local district flexibility in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (HR 2965–Walberg)

(Item type: Information, discussion, action)

Note: There will be no webcast available during breakout session due to room logistics. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

2:00–2:30 p.m.

Item 4–Special Education Division Projects Update: Dona Meinders, Project Director, Center for Prevention and Early Intervention, WestEd, will report on the Aligning and Integrating Special Education Practices, and Family Empowerment and Disability Council Technical Assistance projects. (Item type: Information, discussion)

2:30–2:45 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)

2:45–3:00 p.m.

Item 6–Family Voice: Family Empowerment Centers (FECs) and Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) participants 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, discussion)

3:00–3:15 p.m. BREAK
3:15–4:30 p.m.

Item 7–Public Input on the California Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Project: Jennifer Bianchi, Transition Coordinator, California Department of Education, Special Education Division, will report on the CDE, SED partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation and Department of Developmental Services to develop a series of questions to solicit Commissioner and public feedback on the plan. The public is encouraged to join the teleconference, and the questions are detailed below. A draft of the CIE Definition developed by the CIE Interagency Workgroup is available on the California Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE):
Blueprint for Reform for Individuals with Disabilities Web page
External link opens in new window or tab., (select work products option). Interested parties unable to provide input during the time allotted for this item on the call or at the in-person meeting may submit questions or comments to californiacie@dor.ca.gov. (Item type: Discussion, action)

Teleconference Details:

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015
  • 3:15–4:30 p.m.
  • Call in number: 888-843-9980
  • Participant passcode: ACSE

Questions on the CIE Blueprint Development Process:

  1. How can existing services such as day programs and work service programs be modified to become the stepping stones to competitive integrated employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities?

  2. What are some innovative strategies we could use to develop new or improved existing resources that support individuals in preparing for or engaging in competitive integrated employment?

  3. We have heard feedback from consumers and their families that there is a need for more job preparation services prior to engaging in employment. So given that need, what skills should the job preparation services focus on to better prepare consumer for employment?

  4. What are the barriers or concerns that consumers and family members have about consumers entering competitive integrated employment, what suggested strategies do you have, and how might these strategies be implemented statewide?

  5. Where do opportunities exist as we move to competitive integrated employment outcomes?
4:30–4:45 p.m.

Item 8–State Special Schools Director’s Report: Scott Kerby, Director, State Special Schools and Services Division, CDE (Item type: Information, discussion)

4:45–5:00 p.m.

Item 9–Discussion on Day’s Session: Commissioners will discuss the day’s reports and outcomes (Item type: Information, discussion)

ADJOURNMENT OF DAY'S SESSION


Advisory Commission on Special Education
Agenda, Thursday, August 13, 2015, 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
9:00–9:15 a.m.
  • Call to Order–Roll Call
  • Salute to the Flag
  • Communications and Announcements
  • Review of Agenda
9:15–9:45 a.m.

Item 10–Accountability Discussion: Jenny Singh; Administrator; Academic Accountability Unit; Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division; CDE; will describe the purpose of the accountability work, discuss the common linkages with assessment, and facilitate input from ACSE Commissioners regarding the engagement of students with disabilities in a new accountability system. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

Questions to be posed in the Accountability discussion:

  1. What is the desired overall outcome for students with disabilities?

  2. The State Board of Education (SBE) is considering the development of a college and career indicator. What do students with disabilities need to be able to do when they graduate, and how can that be measured?

  3. What are the skills that can be measured in a valid and reliable manner, for students with disabilities in grades K–12, that could be included in the statewide accountability system?
9:45–10:00 a.m. BREAK
10:00–10:45 a.m.

Item 11–Assessment Update: Michelle Center; Smarter Balanced State Lead; District, School, and Innovation Branch; Assessment and Administration Division; CDE; will report on the Smarter Balanced Assessment and the alternate assessment. (Item type: Information, discussion)

10:45–11:15 a.m.

Item 12–Early Childhood Update: Meredith Cathcart, Administrator; and Sheila Self, Education Programs Consultant, Policy Program Services Unit, CDE, SED; will report on the early childhood activities related to special education. (Item type: Information, discussion)

11:15–11:30 a.m.

Item 13–Liaison Reports: Updates by ACSE liaisons, State Board of Education liaison, and legislative liaisons. (Item type: Information, action)

11:30–11:45 p.m.

Item 14–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)

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. LUNCH
1:00–1:45 p.m.

Item 15–Review California 2015 Compliance Determination: Shiyloh Duncan-Becerril; Administrator; Assessment, Evaluation, and Support Unit; CDE; SED; will report on the California 2015 Compliance Determination. (Item type: Information, discussion)

1:45–2:30 p.m.

Item 16–Commission on Teacher Credentialing: Teri Clark, Director, Professional Services Division, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, will report on recent work related to changes to special and general education credentials. Proposed changes may include additional breadth and depth of preparedness for serving all students. Report will include opportunities for both ACSE Commissioners and the public to provide input. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

2:30–2:45 p.m.

Item 17–State Special Education Director’s Report: Fred Balcom, Director, CDE, SED. (Item type: Information, discussion)

2:45–3:00 p.m.

Item 18–Agenda Building for ACSE Meetings: Commissioners will discuss potential items to be included on future ACSE meeting agendas. (Item type: Information, discussion)

Adjournment of day's session.
Adjournment of meeting.

Questions: Matt Traverso | mtraverso@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-3308 
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