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WAI State Advisory Meeting May 1–2, 2024

Workability I (WAI) State Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda.
To obtain information to access the WAI Advisory Committee Meeting virtually, please contact the WAI inbox at WorkAbility1@cde.ca.gov.

WAI State Advisory Committee Members

  • Joanna Della Gatta, Chair
    Robynn Gualtiere, Chair Alternate
    Marissa Bentley, Secretary

    Lisa Garcia
    Linda Osborn
    Jennifer Reimer
    Melissa Mills
    Lisa Fettig
    Annette Rodarte
    Julie Romero
    Geralyn Elliott
    Ginny Martineau
    Priscilla Arballo
    Kymberly Hirst
    Tara Jones
    Mercille Lush
    Richard Fujii
    Bridget Denton
    Jorge Aleman
    Winetta Belt

Guidelines for Public Input Sessions

The WAI Advisory welcomes public involvement. Opportunities for public comment are provided at every 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 WAI Advisory Committee (WAI Advisory) 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.

Agenda Items

Agenda times are approximate and are provided for convenience only.

Items may be re-ordered or heard on any day of the noticed meeting or on a subsequent agenda. The order of business may be changed without notice.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Time ±

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California 95814
916-445-4602

Time Item
9 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Item 1–Call to Order: Welcome and Introductions; Mission and Vision; Approval of Minutes.
9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
  • Item 2–WorkAbility I State Advisory and Regional Bylaws Committee Report: The WAI State Advisory and Regional Bylaws Committee will share proposed updates to the draft bylaws, followed by a discussion by the WAI Advisory Committee. A vote on the draft bylaws will be conducted on Day 2, Thursday, May 2, 2024.
10:15 to 11 a.m.
  • Item 3–California Educators Together: Kyle Castleman, Education Programs Consultant from the California Department of Education, Career and College Transition Division, will present on the California Educators Together website and discuss with WAI Advisory possible opportunities for the WAI on the online platform.
11 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.
  • Item 4–Public Comment: General public comment is invited on any matter, including items not on the agenda. Issues raised by the public may be referred to a future meeting agenda. Chair reserves the right to establish time limits on presentations.
11:05 to 11:20 a.m.
  • Item 5–Meeting Dates for 2024–25 WAI Advisory Committee: The WAI Advisory Committee will review and approve proposed meeting dates for the 2024–25 school year.
11:20 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Lunch
12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
  • Item 6–California Department of Education Updates: CDE staff will discuss recent developments within the SED, as well as updates to key areas related to the WAI grant.
1:45 to 2 p.m.
  • Break
2 to 2:25 p.m.
  • Item 7–WorkAbility I Statewide Elementary School Connection Grant: Participants in Year Two of the WAI Elementary School Connection Grant will present a summary of the successes, challenges, and resources developed during the pilot of the program.
2:25 to 2:55 p.m.
  • Item 8 – WorkAbility I Grant Award Notification Committee Update: The WAI Grant Award Notification (GAN) Committee will share progress and next steps regarding the initiative to streamline the delivery of the WAI GAN.
2:25 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Item 9–Public Comment: General public comment is invited on any matter, including items not on the agenda. Issues raised by the public may be referred to a future meeting agenda. Chair reserves the right to establish time limits on presentations.
3 p.m.
  • Recess until 8:30 a.m., Thursday, May 2, 2024

Thursday, May 2, 2024, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time ±

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California 95814
916-445-4602

Time Item
8:30 to 8:45 a.m.
  • Item 1–Call to Order: Welcome and Introductions; Mission and Vision; Approval of Minutes.
8:45 to 9:15 a.m.
  • Item 2–Business, Education, Labor Committee Social Media Launch: The WAI Business, Education, Labor (BEL) Committee will discuss and preview the new social media options they have developed.
9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
  • Item 3–Committee and Regional Updates: Region co-managers and committee chairs share news and updates.
10:15 to 10:20 a.m.
  • Item 4–Public Comment: General public comment is invited on any matter, including items not on the agenda. Issues raised by the public may be referred to a future meeting agenda. Chair reserves the right to establish time limits on presentations.
10:20 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Break
10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Item 5–Department of Developmental Services: A representative from the Department of Developmental Services will share updates on the Coordinated Pathway to Competitive Integrated Employment.
11:15 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Item 6–Vote on WorkAbility I State Advisory and Regional Bylaws: WAI Advisory will vote on the draft bylaws.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Lunch
1 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Item 7–Student Voice: The WAI Student Voice workgroup will present a summary of their research and propose recommendations to the WAI Advisory Committee.
1:30 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Item 8–WorkAbility I Statewide Conference Committee: The WAI Statewide Conference Committee will share updates regarding the proposed WAI Statewide Conference.
2 to 2:25 p.m.
  • Item 9–WorkAbility I Advisory Committee Recommendations to the California Department of Education: The WAI Advisory Committee continues to develop a list of recommendations to the CDE.
2:25 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Item 10–Public Comment: General public comment is invited on any matter, including items not on the agenda. Issues raised by the public may be referred to a future meeting agenda. Chair reserves the right to establish time limits on presentations.
2:30 p.m.
  • Adjournment of May 2, 2024, WAI Advisory Meeting

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Last Reviewed: Friday, April 19, 2024
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