Learning Session "A" - Monday April 1, 2019 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

A1         Student Legislative Meeting


All students will be going to the Capitol for a group Legislative meeting with key legislators and legislative staff. 


A2         The ABC’s of BID’s:  Considerations when completing Best Interest Determinations for ESSA

             Transportation Related to Students in Foster Care

Jennifer Kottke, Coordinator III, Maria Tello, Special Program Assistant

Rachel Cohen, Special Program Assistant

LA County Office of Education


Best Interest Determination. What is it? Who does it? When is it supposed to be done? Who is involved in the BID process? Come to this workshop and find out!  The Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) requires that students in foster care are transported back to their school of origin.  ESSA provides some insight into the transportation options available for foster youth students in out of home care. The Best Interest Determination is a Key part of ESSA.


A3         Addressing Trauma Needs and Building Resilience of Foster Youth Through their IEPs

Jill Rowland, Education Program Director

Alaina Moonves-Leb, Senior Staff Attorney, Statewide Education Rights

Alliance for Children's Rights


Many foster youth experience emotional and behavioral delays caused or exacerbated by the trauma they have suffered. Yet, it can be difficult to appropriately address a youth’s trauma related needs through their IEP. Foster Youth Liaisons also struggle with how to support their youth through IEPs.  Trauma brain science provides insight into questions about special education eligibility, positive behavior modification plans, and necessary services to address these complex needs. Two special education attorneys will provide insight into collectively building, with an IEP team, an appropriate program for the most difficult to serve youth including suggestions of specific assessments and services.


A4        Leveraging Local Education Agency and Non-profit Partnerships to Improve Education Outcomes for

Systems Involved Youth

Shandelyn Williams, Asst. Superintendent, Student Support Services, Antelope Valley Union HS District

Cheri Kreitz, Director of Student Services and AB490 Liaison, Antelope Valley Union High School District;

Julie Eutsler, Director, Pupil Safety and Attendance and AB490 Liaison, Lancaster School District;

Trish Wilson, Coordinator of Climate, Culture, and Counselors and AB490 Liaison, Lancaster School District;

Kawena Cole, Program Manager, National Center for Youth Law/FosterEd


Since the implementation of LCFF, school districts have made great strides in identifying, and providing supports to youth involved in the child welfare system. We will describe partnerships established by FosterEd with two districts Antelope Valley Union High School District and Lancaster School District, and the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County to serve the students in care using the FosterEd model. You will learn about the supports provided by FosterEd staff co-located in public agencies and you will get access to tools that can be used to replicate effective practice or to modify when establishing your own best practice at school sites when working with systems involved youth.

A5         The Ways and Means for obtaining all your school records!

           Larry A. Canter, Registrar - Custodian of Records, Los Angeles County Office of Education


What do you do when you are told, “We don’t have any records for this person!” How can grades and credits be challenged; or, how do you challenge the fact that no partial credits were issued when you think there should be some partial credits earned?  Do you know who has legal access to view or request a student’s records?   Come join this interactive workshop and learn how to help foster youth and school Registrars to aggregate pupil's school records from every school student has attended.  Learn the Ways and Means of student's pupil records concerning:  F.E.R.P.A. Compliance, Access , Security and Confidentiality, and Records Retention’s best practices. You are encouraged to ask questions and to share personal experiences to help everyone to understand the real challenges that come up when searching for pupil records.  Do you understand the eligibility conditions for AB 167/216 to qualify for the California State Graduation waiver for 130 core credits to graduate?  My goal is to take the frustration and uncertainty out of where to start searching and how to aggregate records for foster youth.


A6      Trauma Informed Care for Educators

Melaina Gant, M.Ed., Education Services Director; Heidi Monroe, MPA, Deputy Director of Permanency &Practice Support;

Naomi Koeplin, M.Ed., MSW

Indiana Department of Child Services


Teaching today’s students requires alternative approaches and strategies. An increasing number of children are coming into the classroom with trauma haunting their minds and dictating their behaviors. Schools need to be trauma-informed in order to provide children with positive educational experiences. This workshop offers explanations of  trauma, how it affects the brain and body, description of some available treatments, how children and young people manifest signs of trauma in the school environment, including psychological and behavioral impacts of trauma. Attendees will be provided digital resources that include strategies to support the use of trauma-informed care in the educational setting.


A7      Paradigm Shifts: Embracing the Child who has Been Exposed to Trauma

Michelle Lustig, Ed.D, MSW, PPSC, President/CEO, Foster Horizons


Come learn about the research relating to Adverse Childhood Experiences, Generational and historical trauma. We will discuss the physiological and social-emotional impact on children who are exposed to trauma. You will have an opportunity to discuss behavioral responses you have seen in students in foster care and can begin gaining the skills necessary to recognize a child responding to a trauma trigger that requires a differential discipline response. This interactive session will provide the foundation you need to change the way you view challenging student behaviors, to reframe your own responses to these behaviors, and begin to help children and school communities heal.

A8         A Preschool Guide to Trauma Informed Care

                    Vanessa Oleski, Sprouts’ TIC Preschool Treatment Supervisor,

                    Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento


Being trauma aware is the first step. We will share what trauma informed care actually looks like. Systematic  approaches and practical daily interventions to reach your toughest little ones will be discussed.  We will share how the Sprouts' Program was able to learn, adapt, and grow to best meet the needs of children ages 2-5 with trauma histories.  Whether you are an academic, clinical or administrative staff, you will walk away with interventions to best meet the needs of your preschool aged children that can be implemented immediately.  From approaching staff in a trauma informed manner to classroom rituals to de-escalating a tantrum, interventions at all levels will be shared.


A9       Let's Play the Data Game!

Paula Carmosino, Client Support Analyst, Alameda County Office of Education

Lily Colby, Policy and Program Coordinator, California Court Appointed Special Advocate

Elizabeth Tarango, Director, Student Support Services, Alameda County Office of Education


What CALPADS data includes information on foster and/or homeless students? Identifying foster youth is just the first step in the role that CALPADS plays in serving our youth. You’ll also learn how to take advantage of some basic CALPADS functionality that will help you reveal school placement history, special education, and English Learner factors that impact the type of support that foster youth require. Discussion will include how Foster Youth data travels in and out of the CALPADS system and how it is reflected in the California School Dashboards as well as Dataquest and Ed Data.  Real examples about how data improved funding and support given to foster youth in Oakland will be  discussed. The information reviewed in this session will culminate into a fun and interactive “Data Game”, complete with a chance to win prizes!


Student Oriented Workshop