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California Department of Education

Improving Special Education Services (ISES)


December 3, 2013

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

California Department of Education Building

State Board of Education Room 1101

Sacramento, CA 95814

Meeting Purpose

The purpose of these biannual meetings is to bring together California stakeholders to review and analyze the Annual Performance Report (APR) data that informs the State Performance Plan (SPP) improvement activities. In addition, the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division (SED) initiated a two-year planning process to have meaningful discussions of data, needs, and priorities. This process will culminate with the improvement plans for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012 SPP and APR due February 2014. As a result we will focus on the FFY 2011 APR and a long-term review of improvement activities.

7:45 a.m.    


8:00 a.m.

New Member Orientation

8:30 a.m. 

Welcome and Framing

  • Framing of the Day – Janet Digmon, Consultant
  • Welcome and Director Update - Dr. Fred Balcom, Special Education Division (Via video)

8:45 a.m. 

Overview of Planning Efforts
Chris Drouin, Associate Director

9:30 a.m.   

Overview of the APR
Shiyloh Duncan-Becerril – Consultant, SED

10:00 a.m.

Improvement Activities and the Poster Session
Meredith Cathcart, Administrator, SED

10:10 a.m.


10:20 a.m.    

Poster Sessions

The poster session provides stakeholders with an opportunity to speak with SPP work group leads regarding the improvement activities of the following SPP Indicators:

  • Common Core State Standards and Special Education
    Kristen Brown, Consultant, SED
    Location: Board Room 1101
  • Project Read
    Janet Digmon, Consultant, SED
    Location: Board Room 1101
  • Preschool
    Meredith Cathcart, Administrator, SED
    Location: Conference Room 1801
  • Secondary Transition
    Alison Greenwood, Administrator, SED
    Location: Conference Room 1801
  • Parent Involvement
    Kristin Wright, Consultant, SED
    Location: Conference Room 1103

11:15 a.m.

Briefing on Afternoon Activities

11:30 a.m.

Lunch on Own – See Restaurant List in Packet

12:30 p.m.

Indicator targets then and now
Chris Drouin, Associate Director

This presentation will feature four activities:

  • An overview the history of how the Indicator targets were established beginning with the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and moving to today’s Indicator targets;
  • A discussion of the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) target and considerations of  why and how it may be changed;
  • A review of the LRE data in small groups with a discussion of what Impact a change in the LRE target might have on student outcomes; and
  • A debriefing of the group work and possible next steps...

1:35 p.m.

LRE Indicator - Dona Meinder, Project Director, WestEd

  • Based on the outcome of the LRE SPP workgroup, Dona will discuss why and how the LRE target might be changed.                   

2:00 p.m.


2:15 p.m.

Results Driven Accountability-What’s Included
Chris Drouin, Associate Director

Stakeholders will be provided with an overview of what is involved in the new SPP Indicator 17 that will include a discussion of the ”Theory of Action”.

At the conclusion of the overview, stakeholders will break into small groups in order to develop a “Theory of Action” around Indicator 17.

3:15 p.m.      

Reporting Out, Closing, and Meeting Evaluation
Janet Digmon, Consultant, SED

Groups will have an opportunity to briefly report out about their “Theory of Action” conversations.          






IDEAS that Work!

Project READ is a California Department of Education, Special Education Division project funded through a federal competitively-awarded State Personnel Development Grant to California (#H323A120019) provided from the U.S. Department of Education Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education act (IDEA), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education.