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ACSE Agenda October 28, 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, October 28, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time ±

Santa Clara County Office of Education
1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, California 95131
Board Room

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, October 28, 2015, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Santa Clara County Office of Education
1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, California 95131
Board Room

NOTE: Items not heard or completed on October 28, 2015, may be carried over to a subsequent meeting.

10:00–10:15 a.m.

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

10:15–10:30 a.m.

Item 1–Supporting Inclusive Practices: Janice Battaglia, Director, Inclusion Collaborative, Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), will report on the sessions of the 2015 Inclusion Collaborative State Conference, and the Supporting Inclusive Practices joint project between the California Department of Education (CDE) and SCCOE that assists local educational agencies (LEAs) with focusing on the least restrictive environment and student success. (Item type: Information, discussion)

10:30–11:15 a.m.

Item 2–Commissioner Work Specific to ACSE Priority Areas: Commissioners have engaged in a process that will ultimately provide guidance to policy makers and appointing bodies when developing or reviewing proposed legislation or initiatives. In preparation for dissemination, Commissioners will finalize a fact sheet that will include the Disability Equity Rubric and position statements in key priority areas. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

NOTE: There will be no Webcast available during these work sessions.

11:15–11:45 a.m.

Item 3–Presentation on the “Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0” Report: Building on the success of the 2011 report “A Blueprint for Great Schools,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, convened a team of education leaders to develop a road map for the future of education in California. The result is “A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0.” The action plan details steps to take to enhance learning in the twenty-first century and provide all children a world-class education. Gina Plate, ACSE Chair; and Fred Balcom, Director, Special Education Division (SED); will report on the document as it relates to serving students with disabilities. (Item type: Information, discussion)

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. LUNCH

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Item 4–Transitioning to a New Accountability System, Moving Forward: Nancy Brownell, Senior Fellow, Local Control and Accountability, State Board of Education (SBE), will provide an update on the development of a new accountability system for California. Specific discussion will follow on ACSE engagement in the process. Presentation will be delivered remotely. (Item type: Information, discussion)

1:30–2:00 p.m.

Item 5–Assessment Update: Keric Ashley; Deputy Superintendent; District, School, and Innovation Branch; CDE; will provide updates on two areas specific to assessment:

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment results and next steps
  • Alternate Assessment background and the current status of the test

Presentation will be delivered remotely. (Item type: Information, discussion)

2:00–2:15 p.m.

Item 6–Liaison Reports: Updates from ACSE, SBE, and legislative liaisons. (Item type: Information)

2:15–2:45 p.m.

Item 7–Family Voice: Jane Floethe-Ford, Director of Educational Services, Parents Helping Parents, representing the Family Empowerment Centers (FECs) and Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs), will present an overview of the new five year PTI grants for California. 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)

2:45–3:00 p.m. BREAK

3:00–3:15 p.m.

Item 8–Annual Performance Report: Fred Balcom, Director, SED, CDE, will provide an overview of the 2015–2016 State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report as required by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). (Item type: Discussion, action)

3:15–3:30 p.m.

Item 9–State Special Schools Director’s Report: Scott Kerby, Director, State Special Schools and Services Division, CDE. (Item type: Information, discussion)

3:30–4:00 p.m.

Item 10–State Special Education Director’s Report: Fred Balcom, Director, SED, CDE. (Item type: Information, discussion)

4:00–4:30 p.m.

Item 11–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 by Commissioners 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)

4:30–5:00 p.m.

Item 12–Discussion and Agenda Building: Commissioners will discuss the day’s presentations and outcomes and propose potential items to be included on future ACSE meeting agendas (Item type: Information, discussion)

Adjournment of day's session.
Adjournment of meeting.

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