2021 Steering Committee Highlights
The CCSESA Steering Committees and respective subcommittees have been very busy in 2021. As CCSESA has ramped up their goals to be more involved in legislative action, this has only increased the workload of our subject matter experts from the field, the very members that make up our various committees. The efforts of these committees were instrumental in the impact we made on legislation, and our reputation as a resourceful and knowledgeable organization is recognized statewide, thanks in part to this great work. Please take time to review some highlights from each Steering Committee below, with themes of engagement, advocacy, collaboration, growth, and more importantly, forward progress towards the goals of our strategic plan.
Business and Administration Steering Committee (BASC)
- Higher level engagement with CalSTRS and CalPERS and alignment of message among reporting agencies (COEs), labor groups, and retiree members. Raised engagement in 2020 provided deferment of penalty action by CalSTRS. Continual collaboration has enabled groups to heighten the awareness of need for addition CalSTRS Guidance, training and consistency.
- Increased collaboration with other Steering Committees has supported a broader and deeper guidance to LEAs around new plans, funding requirements, and enhanced education opportunities.
- CCSESA budget advisory in the Common Message continues to provide leadership, collaboration and understanding as LEAs prepare their budget documents throughout the reporting cycle.
Looking forward to 2022: In alignment with the CCSESA strategic plan, we will be combining our AB 1200 conference with our CBO Conference into one event. We think this will enable us to incorporate the BASC members into a CCSESA combined event when that occurs. Additionally, BASC intends to provide more on-demand access to historical trainings to provide year-round access to basic elements of county office business functions.
Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC)
- Testified at the SBE or CPAG 7 times.
- Wrote 10 advocacy letters
- Lead or co-lead of 9 rapid response teams, ad hoc committees or work groups
- All included collaboration with multiple other steering committees and most included collaboration with state agency partners such as CCEE, CDE, and SBE
- Examples Include:
- LCAP Template Rapid Response Team
- Accelerated Learning Workgroup
- Independent Study Rapid Response Team
- One Time Funding Workgroup
- Facilitated 22 LCAP Training or Calibration sessions
- Collaborated on joint projects with other steering committees 3 additional times
- Examples include:
- ESSER III Guidance
- LCAP/UCP Support
- LCAP Approval Manual Updates
Strengthening and deepening relationships with state agency partners with focus on:
- strengthening and refining the system of support
- strengthening and improving communication and developing feedback loops
- coordinating and integrating support
- aligning initiatives and defining roles within these initiatives
- supporting and encouraging the idea that CCSESA is part of the System of Support and the efforts of all county offices are strengthening the System of Support and leading to positive student outcomes
Looking forward to 2022: we look forward to strengthening relationships with equity and advocacy partners across the state, continuing focus on equity and state agency partnership and relationship building, identifying strengths and areas for growth related to COE work in the SOS and developing and action plan, and implementation of a “New DA” with the new requirements while continuing to deepen our existing DA work, and more!
Personnel Administrative Services Steering Committee (PASSCo)
- Represented CCSESA in the Labor Management Initiative summer institute, serving as a panelist.
- Testimony provided on behalf of AB 815 (nursing credentialing bill), resulting in amended legislation.
- Worked with CCSESA regarding extension of 30-day emergency substitute permits to allow for 60 days of service in both Gen Ed and Special Ed classrooms through this fiscal year.
- Worked with CCSESA and partners on Williams Act updates.
- Supported the Credentials Network Subcommittee to offer a free, virtual Credentials Academy for COEs and districts throughout the state that had between 800-1,000 attendees at every workshop presentation.
- Provided a free workshop with Rachel Shaw “Managing COVID-Related Accommodation Requests” for COEs and districts with hundreds of participants.
Looking forward to 2022: we will continue the work of supporting all county offices in their efforts to support all the districts with personnel matters. We will be emphasizing the connection with our colleagues in the Credentials Network Subcommittee. In addition to celebrating their hard work in providing guidance and workshops for districts and institutes of higher education, we hope to strengthen our relationship with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). PASSCo will continue to work with the CTC to promote understanding of the challenges with maintaining appropriate staffing and addressing the teacher shortage. PASSCo will also invite CCSESA staff to present the CCSESA strategic plan to promote better understanding of CCSESA’s larger goals and how PASSCo plays a part in that implementation.
Student Programs and Services Steering Committee (SPSSC)
- Advocacy efforts
- SBE letters and testimony regarding out of field/misassigned teachers in COE operated programs
- SBE letters regarding the New Targets for State Performance Indicators in the Annual Performance Report for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004, covering program years 2020-21 through 2025-26
- Meeting with Karen Stapf-Walters, Amanda Dickey, and The Partnership for Children and Youth to discuss Expanded Learning Opportunities
- Meeting with Brooks Allen, SBE, and Jessica Holmes, DOF, to discuss independent study
- Meeting with Elisa Wynne, deputy staff director, to discuss 2021-2022 Virtual Learning Options
- Collaboration across committees
- CISC/SPSSC Monthly Independent Study Huddle
- Joint and complimentary letters and testimony to SBE
- Program improvement and professional development
- Expanded Learning Opportunities
- Partnerships with local community colleges
- Collaboration across county-operated programs
- Audit guide support
- Development and requirements of mandated plans
- Compliance requirements
- Department of Juvenile Justice realignment
Looking forward to 2022: we look forward to participating in important discussions and providing input and technical support for special education accountability and governance discussions through SEACO, helping implement expanded Pre-K programs via COEPACD, and continuing with tradition as JCCASAC hosts their 52nd annual conference in May 2022.
Technology Steering Committee (TSC)
- Created a TSC Legislative Subcommittee and worked on AB 1584 and Initial Broadband Projects to Help Bridge the Digital Divide.
- The Disaster Recovery Subcommittee created a new Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Small School Districts that was released during the CITE conference on 11/17/21 (https://bit.ly/k12drp)
- Developed a new, streamlined PowerPoint presentation so that COEs can present the Disaster Recovery information to their school districts as an opportunity to support them.
- Hosted a 3-day training online, “CIS Controls Training” that had 25 attendees, spanning 19 County Offices of Education with Josh Franklin, who serves as a Senior Cybersecurity Engineer for CIS. Our training was the first since the adoption of the v8 controls in May, and Josh went into depth with each of the 18 controls and their safeguards.
CCSESA January General Membership Meeting
We can’t wait to see all of you IN PERSON next month in Rancho Mirage. If you haven’t already done so, please CLICK HERE to register in-person or virtually before January 7, 2022 (CCSESA room block closes January 4, 2022)
We have so many wonderful things planned for you, with the agenda focused on providing helpful, useful, and effective sessions through the lens of equity, to make the most of our time together, and planning for an amazing 2022.
CISC 2022 Leadership Symposium
30th Annual CISC Leadership Symposium
LIBERATE: Our Voice, Our Time
February 23-25, 2022
Click here for more information or to register.
CCSESA Annual Awards Dinner
As we wrap up the year, we wanted to celebrate the winners of our 2021 CCSESA Awards, announced in San Francisco in October, one more time. The photo gallery of our 2021 Award Recipients is linked here.