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ACSE Agenda August 19-20, 2020

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

Please note, the August 2020 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
    Michele Andrus
    Dawn Hamilton
    Somer Harding
    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

  • Ilene Straus, State Board Member

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 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, August 19, 2020
10 a.m.–1:45 p.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, CA
Phone: 916-445-4602
Thursday, August 20, 2020
9 a.m.–12:45 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.

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, August 14, 2020. 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 August 19 and 20, 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 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.

Advisory Commission on Special Education Operations and Planning Committee

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 9–9:45 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 for fiscal year 2020–21 and a timeline for the yearly ACSE activities.

  • August agenda
  • Annual report
  • Liaison list
  • Meetings and length of meetings
  • Yearly activities

Advisory Commission on Special Education

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

NOTE: Items not heard or completed on August 19, 2020, may be carried over to August 20, 2020.

10–10:15 a.m. Pacific Time ±

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

10:15–10:45 a.m.

Item 1–Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act Training and Commissioner Orientation: The CDE Legal Division will lead a training on the requirements of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act as well as an overview of the duties of the commission. Presenter: Terrence Ohler, Deputy General Counsel, CDE. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

10:45–11:15 a.m.

Item 2–Special Education Division Update: Staff from the CDE, SED, will review additional guidance and legislation related to COVID-19 from both the State and Federal level that has been provided to the field since the June ACSE meeting. Staff from the CDE will also provide an update on the Annual Performance Report Indicators and the State Performance Plan. Presenters: Shiyloh Becerril, Interim Associate Director, CDE, SED; Stacey Wedin, Education Administrator I, CDE, SED. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

11:15–11:45 a.m.

Item 3–Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan: Staff from the CDE Student Achievement and Support Division will provide background and an overview of the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan) template and instructions. The Learning Continuity Plan replaces the Local Control and Accountability Plan for the 2020–21 school year. Presenters: Joshua Strong, Education Administrator, CDE, System of Support Office; RaDene Girola, Education Programs Consultant, CDE, Local Agency Systems Support Office. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Item 4–ACSE Liaison Assignments: The Commissioners will review the past liaison assignments and duties, where new liaisons may be needed, and which current Commissioners will be assigned as liaisons. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

12:15–12:30 p.m. Break

12:30–12:45 p.m.

Item 5–State Special Education Director’s Report: An update from the State Special Education Director and the State Special Education Interim Associate Director, focusing on the education of California students with disabilities, will be provided. Presenters: Heather Calomese, Director, CDE, SED; Shiyloh Becerril, Interim Associate Director, CDE, SED. (Item type: Information, discussion)

12:45–1:15 p.m.

Item 6–Commissioner Updates and Liaison Reports: Updates from ACSE Commissioners and Reports from ACSE Liaisons will be provided. (Item type: Information, discussion)

1:15–1:45 p.m.

Item 7–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)

1:45 p.m. ADJOURNMENT

Adjournment of day’s session.


Advisory Commission on Special Education

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 9 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

9–9:15 a.m. Pacific Time ±

  • Call to Order–Roll Call
  • Salute to the Flag
  • Communications and Announcements
  • Review of Agenda

9:15–9:45 a.m.

Item 8–Significant Disproportionality: Staff from the CDE, SED, will provide information about significant disproportionality monitoring, including what it is, how districts are selected, the monitoring process, and how districts exit the monitoring process. Presenters: Lisa Boje, Education Programs Consultant, CDE, SED; Kishaun Thorntona, Education Programs Consultant, CDE, SED. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Item 9–Addressing Disproportionality a District View: Dr. Adam Clark, the previous Superintendent of Vallejo City Unified School District, will present steps the district took to address disproportionality and change the culture of the district. He will also share important lessons learned through the process. Presenter: Adam Clark, Superintendent, Mt. Diablo Unified School District. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

10:45–11:00 a.m. Break

11:00–11:45 a.m.

Item 10–Special Education Due Process, Mediation, and Resolution: Staff from the CDE, SED, will provide information on available services for parents to resolve disputes locally and statewide which include but are not limited to, services from the Office of Administrative Hearings, Alternate Dispute Resolution, and Compliance Complaints. Presenters: Noelia Hernandez, Education Administrator I, CDE, SED; Wes Roberson, Education Programs Consultant, CDE, SED. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Item 11–English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC): Staff from the CDE Assessment Development and Administration Division (ADAD) will provide updates on the administration of the ELPAC for the 2020–21 school year. Presenters: Mao Vang, Director, CDE, ADAD; Traci Albee, Education Research and Evaluation Administrator I, CDE, ADAD. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

12:15–12:30 p.m.

Item 12–Agenda Building for ACSE Meetings: Commissioners will recommend items to be included on future ACSE meeting agendas. (Item type: Information, discussion)

12:30–12:45 p.m.

Item 13–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)

12:45 p.m. ADJOURNMENT

Adjournment of day's session.
Adjournment of meeting.

Questions: Special Education Division | ACSE@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-4602 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
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