CAC

for

Special Education

San Francisco

Welcome TO THE CAC FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

The CAC for Special Education would like to welcome you to the 2021-2022 School Year! We hope you all had a relaxing summer break.

WHAT IS THE CAC?

The purpose of the CAC/ Community Advisory Committee for Special Education is to advocate for effective Special Education programs and services, and advise the SFUSD Board of Education on priorities in the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). The State Education Code mandates that each SELPA must have a CAC and that a majority of CAC members be parents.

CAC GENERAL MEETING

OCTOBER 28, 2021 at 6PM

A CONVERSATION ON DYSLEXIA

w/ Special Guest Kareem Weaver

AGENDA

For the full agenda and additional information visit our upcoming meeting page.

LOCATION

Meetings will be hosted on zoom until further notice. Registration link is posted above.

Questions about our meetings or other topics? Email us!

CAC MEMBERSHIP

Our members are dedicated families, educators and community members of San Francisco.

For more information on becoming a CAC member, please visit our membership page. We currently have four openings. We are also looking to fill the 2nd vice-chair and secretary positions on the executive board. Interested? Please contact us!

OUR PRIORITIES for 2021-2022:

  1. Provide social emotional and mental health supports and interventions for our students and families.

  2. Focus on racial, ethnic and socio-economic justice and inclusion in special education.

  3. Strengthen evidence based academic interventions for literacy and math.

  4. Increase professional development and collaboration for general education and special education staff. Improve communications between central office, teachers and families.

NEWS + UPCOMING EVENTS

WRIGHTSLAW WORKSHOP SERIES!

Sundays in September & October

The traditional in-person Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Program is a one day, 6-hour course. The Wrightslaw team has created an online version of this very powerful training by dividing the material into four sessions (described below). The CAC will be hosting four study groups - one to cover each of the training sessions. Each session will be held on a Sunday in September or October, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. After watching each video, there will be a moderated discussion with CAC Advocacy Chair Alida Fisher (and maybe a surprise guest or two!).


The online program allows CAC members and allies to learn in the comfort of your home - all you need is a computer and speakers. To participate with us, be sure you have the appropriate book* and your yellow highlighter.


Please RVSP below for one or more of the Wrightslaw Special Education & Advocacy Training sessions.


SESSION ONE: Sept 19 - Special education law, rights and responsibilities

SESSION TWO: Sept 26 - Tests & Measurements

SESSION THREE: Oct 17 - Intro to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

SESSION FOUR: Oct 24 - Smart IEPs+


Additional descriptions of the trainings provided below.


SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW, PART 1

1.5 hours followed by moderated group discussion

  • Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004

  • Section 1400: Findings & Purposes

  • Section 1401: Definitions

  • Section 1412: “Catchall Statute” – Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), 10 day notice re: private placements, Assessments, ESY

  • Section 1414(a)(b)(c): Evaluations, Reevaluations, Response to Intervention


SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW, PART 2

1.25 hours followed by moderated group discussion

  • Section 1414(d): Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs), IEP Teams, Parental Participation, Placement

  • Section 1415: Procedural Safeguards - Prior Written Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearings, Appeals, Attorneys Fees, Placement in Alternative Educational Settings

  • Recent Decisions by U. S. Supreme Court

  • Section 504 v. IDEA

  • No Child Left Behind Act: Purposes, New Legal Definitions (reading, essential components of a reading program, diagnostic reading assessments, scientifically based reading research)

  • Minimum Standards for Highly Qualified Teachers, Paraprofessionals

  • How to Use IDEA and NCLB to Advocate for a Child


SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY, PART 1

1.5 hours followed by moderated group discussion

  • Creating Your Master Plan, Understanding the Parental Role

  • Rules of the Game: School Rules, Gatekeepers

  • Obstacles to Success: School Culture, Low Expectations, Isolation, Lack of Information, Emotions

  • Parent-School Conflict: 6 Reasons for Conflict; Dealing with Difficult People

  • Crisis! Emergency! Help!

  • Evaluations & Your Child's Disability: Using the Evaluation as a Roadmap; Selecting an Evaluator

  • Organizing Your Child's File

  • Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve: Standard scores, Percentile ranks, Subtest scores

  • Demo: How to create graphs of progress or regression


SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY, PART 2

1.75 hours followed by moderated group discussion

  • SMART IEPs

  • Rules of Adverse Assumptions; Outcome Prediction in Litigation

  • Creating Paper Trails; Writing Good Letters; Letter Writing Tips; Writing the "Letter to the Stranger"

  • Preparing for School Meetings: Pre-meeting worksheets, Agendas, Handouts, Charts

  • Negotiation Skills: 4 questions; 5 rules for effective negotiating

  • Meeting Survival Strategies: IEP Meeting Worksheets; 4 Rules of Conduct

  • Advocacy Strategies: What Can One Person Do?

  • Educational Advocacy Groups


*Required Books – Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition. The CAC has limited copies of both books available. While the training is open to all, the CAC will only make books available to CAC members. All other attendees will have to purchase their own books. If purchasing books would be a hardship, let us know.

BECOME A FOSTER PARENT!

More than half of San Francisco foster youth are placed outside of San Francisco because there are not enough safe, loving foster homes for them within our City. This separates foster children from their relatives, friends, anopd school.


When you become a resource foster parent in San Francisco, you allow a child to maintain those connections while building positive new ones. By providing a safe and stable home, you’ll see the child placed in your care learn, trust, and grow in extraordinary ways. The City needs additional foster homes so these children and youth can stay in our community and in our schools.


If you would like to help foster, adopt, or even mentor a foster child, please visit https://foster-sf.org/ for more information.

PRESENTATIONS TO THE SFUSD BOE

CAC Spring 2020 Board Report FINAL.pdf
CAC Fall 2020 Report to BOE.pdf

QUESTIONS for the SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT? Please fill out this form.