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ACSA Educational Options Council Meeting - 9/14/2018

posted Nov 18, 2018, 11:38 AM by ACSA Region 7   [ updated Nov 18, 2018, 11:46 AM ]

Dear Colleagues,

 The ACSA Ed Options Council met on September 14, 2018.  Here are some highlights from the meeting.  Notes in green are particular areas in which you might provide input.

  1. Dr. Mariane Doyle, Director, CTE at William S. Hart Union High School District presented:

When asked about purpose, many alternative education colleagues say “kids.”  Dr. Doyle shared the purpose of her work in William  S. Hart Union High School District:  post-secondary preparation.  Not just graduation which might lead to a “now what?” for the recently graduated student who might not be prepared for next steps.  

CTE credentialed teachers on staff are key to funding.CTE funding requires the credential and 300 hours of a sequenced coursework pathway.  In alt ed this is challenging.  Dr. Doyle’s team uses after school and exploratory courses to meet the hours minimum.  Funding options to pursue:

CTE incentive grant (based on ADA, sunsetting this year) and ongoing funding from the state.  Strong workforce funding is coming through the chancellor’s office - look for connections within your system (including community college) to access this.  The CC district must partner with K-12 systems to engage and the funding is pass-through.

Dr. Doyle shared “Equity Alert: Holding Alternative Schools, Districts, and County Offices Accountable for All Students’ Success” out of Education Trust - West as a caution to maintain engagement in the conversation and advocacy

  1. Dr. Mike Ilic, President shared:

Intake rights of students

·       Per ed code, decisions about placement should be made at the district, not the site level

·       Dr. Ilic and his team are working on intake protocols from comprehensive to alt ed sites.  The council will have an opportunity to provide input.

Training manual for alternative education

·       The goal is to create onboarding materials for new administrators and teachers entering alt ed. And referencing ed code.

·       What should be included?

CA Task Force on Alternative Education continuation

·       One year graduation rate:  based on DASS, the school may choose to redesignate a continuously enrolled student at any grade (super senior, etc.) as a senior, or to redesignate a senior who won’t earn enough credits to graduate as a junior.  Work must be completed by August 15th.  Reclassified juniors will retake the CAASPP.  Dr. Ilic is working with the team on how to adjust/record this in CALPADS.

  1. Dr. Elsie Simonovski shared:

The discussion centered on the correlation between attendance and credits, or a variable credit system.  This provides an alternative to the zero-sum approach to credits earned.  Dr. Simonovski’s team is piloting an initiative to enculturate variable credit policy in her system.  Board policy language is not currently present in California to allow variable unit issuance.  Elsie and her team are working on such language now and that may provide a precedent for others.

Board Policy Language:  The continuation high school will have a variable credit system.  For every number of productive work days… in seat class… opportunity to earn credits as determined by the superintendent or designee.

Foster youth are by law held to a different measure - seat time.

 If you have questions or comments, feel free to share.  If you prefer not to receive updates from the ACSA Ed Options Council, let me know.


 Carolyn Viss

ACSA Educational Options Council, Region 7 Representative
Program Director, Administrator Induction Program
Director II, School and District Support
Stanislaus County Office of Education


posted Feb 12, 2015, 11:28 PM by ACSA Region 7   [ updated Nov 18, 2018, 11:35 AM ]

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