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ACSE Agenda October 18-19, 2023

Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda.

Advisory Commission on Special Education Members

  • David Toston, Chair
    Victoria Graf, Vice Chair
  • Elizabeth Estes
    Dawn Hamilton (attending virtually 10/18 and 10/19)
  • Betty Lieu
    April Lopez (attending virtually 10/18 and 10/19)
  • Russell Michaud
    Sarah Notch
    Christine Oyakawa (attending virtually 10/18 and 10/19)
    Gloria Ruiz (attending virtually 10/18 and 10/19)
    Heather Snipes
    Barbara Sorter
    Jeannine Topalian (attending virtually 10/18 and 10/19)
  • Matthew Wilkins

Student Members

  • Rachael Ding
  • Saran Tugsjargal

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

Shiyloh Duncan-Becerril, Interim 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, October 18, 2023
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time ±

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

Thursday, October 19, 2023
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
916-445-4602

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 October 18‒19, 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, October 13, 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 October 18‒19, 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.


Advisory Commission on Special Education

Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 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 American Flag
  • Review of Agenda: Day One
  • Review of Public Comment Options
  • Communications and Announcements

Item 1

10:15 to 11 a.m.

Seating of Student Commissioners: New Student Commissioners will be introduced and sworn in. (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 2

11 to 11:45 a.m.

Family Empowerment Centers (FEC): A brief overview will be provided on the family empowerment centers on disability (FECs) expansion. Additionally, representatives from two FECs will share insights on the regional impact of the expansion and positive impact on local partnerships. Presenters: Patrick Garcia-Smith, Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division (SED), Robin Ryan, Coordinator, Seeds of Partnership, Liz Spencer, Director, Westside Family Empowerment and Resource Center, and Hillary Martinez, Program Manager, Parenting Network, Inc. (Item type: Information, Discussion)

Lunch

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Item 3

1 to 1:20 p.m.

Closed Session: Pursuant to Government Code 11126.3, to address a personnel appointment matter, pursuant to the California Constitution, Article VII, Section 4.

The Public may not attend.

Item 4

1:20 to 1:40 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)

Item 5

1:40 to 2:05 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 (SSS) Liaison will be provided. Presenters: Commissioners (ACSE), Alison Yoshimoto-Towery (SBE), Nancy Hlibok Amann (SSS). (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Item 6

2:05 to 2:50 p.m.

The California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF): YLF is a statewide program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to better prepare them for the transition after high school, build self-advocacy, connect them to resources and services and celebrate disability history, culture, and community. YLF participants create a personal goal and leadership plan that will better prepare them for post-secondary education plans, employment opportunities and independent living. The presentation will be part of the recruitment efforts for student delegates for our 2024 program. Presenter: Matt Baker, Project Manager California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD). (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Break

2:50 to 3:05 p.m.

Item 7

3:05 to 3:50 p.m.

California Literacy Updates: This presentation will provide an update on CDE’s Literacy Campaign to ensure that all students learn to read by third grade and are fully literate when they graduate from high school. Information will be provided on current and future work, including the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework webinar series; the California Literacy Landscape Survey; new literacy requirements in teacher preparation; development of a Literacy Roadmap; Screening for Risk of Reading Difficulties; teacher professional learning opportunities; and more. Presenter: Nancy Brynelson, Statewide Literacy Co-Director, (CDE). (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Item 8

3:50 to 4:35 p.m.

Moving Beyond Inclusion Toward Rightful Presence: Building the Foundation for Restorative Educational Ecosystems: Participants will learn about the concept of rightful presence in schools as an intentional shift to advance teaching and learning by building a socially just and equitable system for students historically at the margins of schooling. The presentation will review the concept of rightful presence and other aspects of SWIFT’s 10 Point Paradigm to help participants envision new ways of creating restorative educational ecosystems. Presenter: Dr. Amy McCart, Co Director at SWIFT Education Center. (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Item 9

4:35 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.


Advisory Commission on Special Education

Thursday, October 19, 2023, 9 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Begin Meeting

9 to 9:15 a.m. Pacific Time ±

  • Call to Order: Roll Call
  • Salute to the American Flag
  • Review of Agenda: Day Two
  • Review of Public Comment Options
  • Communications and Announcements

Item 10

9:15 to 10 a.m.

Observation Protocol for Teachers of English Learners (OPTEL): This presentation will provide an update on the Observation Protocol for Teachers of English Learners, share the implications for teachers of English learner (EL) students, including Special Education teachers, and elicit input from ACSE in advance of an upcoming recommendation to the California State Board of Education. The OPTEL is intended for teachers of EL students who take the Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California, including students with individualized education plans or 504 plans, for the purpose of reclassification. Perceptions of ACSE on the OPTEL instrument. Presenter: Alesha Moreno-Ramirez, Director, Multilingual Support Division (CDE); and Geqigula Dlamini, Administrator, Language Policy and Leadership Office, MSD, CDE. (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 11

10 to 10:45 a.m.

CDE Annual Performance Report (APR)/State Performance Report(SPPI): The Special Education Department (SED) will present the Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Performance Report/State Performance Plan, an annual submission to the Office of Special Education Programs. The APR/SPP reports on the progress of meeting yearly targets in 17 indicators, focused on improving outcomes for Students with Disabilities. Presenter: Shiyloh Duncan-Becerril, Interim Director of Special Education, (CDE). (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Break

10:45 to 11 a.m.

Item 12

11 to 11:45 a.m.

Mental Health Presentation: Overview of California’s Child and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative and Its Current Implementation. Presenters: Autumn Boylan, Deputy Director Department of Health Care Services, and Michael Lombardo, Master of Arts – Organizational Management, Education and Integrated Services Advisor to Education and Human Service agencies. (Item Type: Information, Discussion)

Lunch Break

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Item 13

1 to 1:20 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)

Item 14

1:20 to 1:45 p.m.

Special Education Director’s Report: An update on activities within the Special Education Division will be provided. Presenters: Sarah Neville-Morgan, Deputy Superintendent and Shiyloh Duncan-Becerril, Interim Director of Special Education, (CDE). (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 15

1:45 to 2:55 p.m.

Committee Study Sessions (Operational and Planning Committee/Legislative and Policy Committee/Parent Voice): Presenter: In accordance with ACSE bylaws, standing Policy and Legislative Committee will meet. (Item Type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 16

2:55 to 3:30 p.m.

Committee Reports: Commissioners will report out on the committee meetings. suggest potential items for future ACSE meetings. (Item type: Information, Discussion, Action)

Item 17

3:30 to 3:45 p.m.

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

Item 18

3:45 to 4 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

4 p.m.

Adjournment of meeting

Questions:   Special Education Division | ACSE@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-4602
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 18, 2023
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