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ACSE Agenda October 27, 2021

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

Please note, the October 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

  • Havaughnia Hayes-White, Chair
    Stacey Adler, Vice Chair
    Marie Alvarado Gil
    Michele Andrus
    Elizabeth Estes
    Dawn Hamilton
    April Lopez
    Christina Mills
    Sarah Notch
    Christine Oyakawa
    Gloria Ruiz
    Kimberly Salomonson
    Jeannine Topalian
    David M. Toston
    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, October 27, 2021
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, CA
Phone: 916-445-4602

Advisory Commission on Special Education Meeting Logistics

On March 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-29-20 related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and extended this order on September 16, 2021. 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 October 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, October 22, 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 October 27, 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, October 27, 2021, 9 to 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.

  • Mental health needs for California students, specifically those with disabilities
  • Options to support access to educational curriculum with a focus on students with disabilities
  • Equitable access and continuity of services


Advisory Commission on Special Education Operations and Planning Committee

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 9:30 to 10 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
Sacramento, California

Members of the ACSE Operations and Planning Committee (O&P) will meet prior to the start of the ACSE meeting to discuss the operations of the ACSE.

  • In-person meeting update
  • Autobiography update

Advisory Commission on Special Education

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 10 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Begin Meeting

10 to 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

Item 1

10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

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

Item 2

10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

State Performance Plan New Targets Review: An overview of the new State Performance Plan targets for fiscal years 2020‒2025 will be provided. Presenter: Shiyloh Duncan-Becerril, Associate Director, CDE, SED. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

Item 3

11:45 a.m. to Noon

Special Education Director’s Report: An update on the activities of the SED will be provided. Presenter: Heather Calomese, Director, CDE, SED. (Item type: Information, discussion)

Lunch

Noon to 1 p.m.

Item 4

1 to 2 p.m.

Individualized Education Program Template and Alternate Pathways to a Diploma Report: An update on progress, to date, on the work of the State Individualized Education Program (IEP) Template Workgroup and the Alternate Pathways to a High School Diploma for Students with Disabilities Workgroup, created and funded through the 2021 California State Budget Act, will be provided. The update will include an overview of the recommendations from each workgroup and an update to the proposed IEP template. Presenters: Brent Malicote and Kristin Wright, Sacramento County Office of Education; Sara Doutre and Jamie Wong, WestEd. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

Item 5

2 to 3:30 p.m.

Special Education Funding System Study Update: In July, WestEd published the second of two reports on its study of the California Special Education Funding Study, with recommendations for how California might improve the system. WestEd staff will present a summary of the final recommendations and respond to Commissioner questions about the study and its implications. The funding study reports External link opens in new window or tab. are available on WestEd's website. Presenters: Sara Doutre and Jason Willis. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

Break

3:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Item 6

3:45 to 4:15 p.m.

Family Empowerment Center Expansion 2021‒22 Request for Application: Staff from the SED Programs and Partnerships Unit will seek feedback from the ACSE Commissioners on the development of the Family Empowerment Center Expansion 2021‒22 Request for Application, as stipulated per California Education Code 56402(d). Presenters: Noelia Hernández, Education Administrator I; Patrick Garcia-Smith, Education Programs Assistant. (Information type: Information, discussion, action)

Item 7

4:15 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Item 8

4:30 to 4:45 p.m.

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

Item 9

4:45 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

Questions: Special Education Division | ACSE@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-4602 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 14, 2021
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