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SDUHSD Special Education Task Force and Strategic Plan Oversight

Special Education Task Force

A Special Education Task Force has been commissioned by the San Dieguito School Board to meet once a month from September 2017 to May 2018. The purpose of the Special Education Task Force is to analyze the current status of the Special Education program and to define an instructional delivery model that will ensure all students receive the highest level of service and support to meet the challenging demands of college and career.  
Ultimately, this group will develop a strategic plan around Special Education services in the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD). The strategic plan will provide guidance around the structure of services for students with special needs so that they continue to access standards-aligned content, high quality learning environments, individualized support and resources in the least restrictive environment with priority placed on integration with general education peers that is monitored through multiple measures of achievement.  We believe it is essential to both inform and seek input from those impacted by these practices.  In order to accomplish this goal, we are forming a group of parents, students, and staff members to examine our Special Education services. 
By June of 2018,  the Task Force will deliver a strategic planning document that will provide guidance, or a road map, upon which we will align our Special Education services within SDUHSD.  The plan will have  a central goal, strategies to address the goal and action steps that outline the sequence necessary to ensure each strategy is implemented in a specific, methodical, and consistent manner. The final Strategic Plan is intended to be a broad outline of the structure of the Special Education Program. A more detailed Special Education Program Implementation Guide will be developed to provide teachers and staff guidance on program implementation including policies, procedures and program evaluation. 

Special Education Strategic Plan: Oversight and Accountability 

On June 7, 2018, the San Dieguito Union High School Board of Trustees approved the Special Education Strategic Plan.  The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to define the structure of programs for students with disabilities in order that they may access standards-aligned content, high quality learning environments, individualized support and resources in the least restrictive environment with priority placed on meaningful student involvement. The Strategic Plan is organized around six priorities that compose the backbone of a highly effective special education program. Each priority has a central goal that is aligned to the SDUHSD Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), and contains specific action steps/tasks to ensure each goal is implemented f in a specific, methodical, and consistent manner. The Strategic Plan is intended to be a broad outline of the structure of the special education programming.
A part of this adopted plan was to develop a procedure for oversight and accountability.  Specifically, Goal #6 addresses the structure for oversight:
Priority #6: Oversight and Accountability
Establish a special education advisory forum made up of one representative parent ambassador from each site to meet with district and site staff quarterly to receive updates to address policies, procedures, and guidelines such as:
  • Gather evidence and data to review, monitor, and discuss implementation of Special Education Strategic Plan
  • Newsletter with parent updates (3 times annually) • Special education issues and concerns within the district
  • Collaboration between district staff and parents/community members for the development of a parent handbook.
The San Dieguito Union High School District has established a working group of parents and administrators to to specifically monitor the implementation of the plan as well as a calendar for 2018-19 for this group to meet quarterly.
2018-19 Oversight Team Meeting Dates
Meeting #3: March 4, 2019
Meeting #4: May 20, 2019

Task Force Meetings:


Time Line:

  • Next meeting: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ Canyon Crest Academy
  • Hanover Stakeholder Survey Launch, Week of December 7

Board of Education Updates:

  • October 12, 2017
  • December 14, 2017
  • March 8, 2018
  • May 6, 2018

Task Force Team:


  • Maureen O'Leary Burness


Project Lead:

  • Mark Miller: Associate Superintendent of Administrative Services

  • Meredith Wadley: Director of School and Student Services


Parent Representatives:

  • Karen Rusnak

  • Kent McIntyre

  • Nancy Lazerson

  • Lisa Shulman

  • Sophy Chaffee


NCCSE CAC Representatives:

  • Julie Law-Cheeseman

  • Amy Flicker

  • JoAnne Stress


Certificated Staff (Special Education):

  • Elizabeth Marshall: Academic Support at TPHS

  • Liz Dargan: Academic Support at SDA

  • Kellie Maul: Functional Life Skills @ Oak Crest

  • Diane Dekker: Learning Center at EWMS

  • Paula  Goodfellow: Speech and Language Pathologist


Certificated Staff (General Education):

  • Erin Charnow: Math at LCC

  • Mark Van Over: Social Science at CCA

  • Duncan Brown: Counselor at SDA

  • Matt Livingston: Science at TPHS

  • Roxzana Sudo: English at TPHS)



  • Nathan Molina: Transition Services Coordinator


Classified Support:

  • Elizabeth DelVal: Workability/TPP



  • Rob Coppo: Principal TPHS

  • Jeremy Meadows: Assistant Principal LCC

  • Brieahna Weatherford: Principal Oak Crest

  • Cara Dolnik: Principal at Carmel Valley Middle School

  • Tiffany Hazlewood: Program Supervisor District Office


Meeting Dates and Topics:

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 9:45am-2:15pm @ La Costa Canyon High School (Postponed)
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 9:45am-2:15pm @ La Costa Canyon High School
  • Monday, October 30, 2017 - 9:45am-2:15pm @ Oak Crest Middle School
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 9:45am-2:15pm @ Canyon Crest Academy
  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 9:45am-2:15pm @ San Dieguito Academy
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 9:45am-2:15pm @ Carmel Valley Middle School 
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 9:45am-2:15pm @ Diegueno Middle School
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 9:45am-2:15pm @ Pacific Trails Middle School
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 9:45am-2:15pm @ District Office Large Board Room
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:45am-2:15pm @ Oak Crest Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 9:45am-2:15pm @La Costa Canyon High School
  • First June Board of Education Meeting: Present Strategic Plan