» California Alliance for Inclusive Schooling

CAIS logoThe California Alliance for Inclusive Schooling (CAIS) is an intersegmental group of professionals dedicated to the development of inclusive schools for all students. Our mission is to support, unify and promote efforts to increase inclusive schooling in California. The Alliance focuses on practice in schools, policy for state recommendations, and preparation of school professionals and is comprised of three working groups: Practice, Policy, and Preparation.

The California Alliance for Inclusive Schooling committee meets formally three times per year; at the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) conferences in San Diego (Preparation), the SPAN Conference in Sacramento (Policy) and the CA-MTSS Conference in Anaheim (Practice). For more information, contact tpi@chapman.edu

Upcoming CAIS Events

• The fall CAIS Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 20 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm PST during the CCTE Conference at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego. The meeting can be viewed virtually through Zoom with live closed captioning and ASL interpreters provided during the meeting. Food will be served during the in-person meeting. To register for the CCTE Conference, please visit the CCTE website

Past CAIS Events

• CAIS presented the Inclusive Leadership Webinar Series for students in administrative credential programs and faculty teaching leadership courses. Please visit the CAIS Webinar page to view webinar recordings.

• CAIS is sponsored five webinars in the Critical Collaboration Workshop Series in collaboration with CEEDAR Center, The Council for Exceptional Children, and the California Council on Teacher Education. Please visit the CAIS Webinar page to view the webinar recordings.

• To view the recordings of the Spring & Fall 2020 Active Education Webinar Series, visit the CAIS Webinar page

Dr. Don Cardinal Presenting at SPAN Conference

CAIS Steering & Planning Committees

Steering Committe
Marquita Grenot-Scheyer Co-Chair Planning & Steering Committee The California State University, Office of the Chancellor
Don Cardinal Co-Chair Planning & Steering Committee Thompson Policy Institute on Disability, Chapman University
Paul Sindelar Planning & Steering Committee The Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform Center (CEEDAR), U of Florida
Audri Gomez Planning Committee Thompson Policy Institute on Disability, Chapman University
Mary Vixie Sandy Planning Committee California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Victoria (Vicki) Graf Planning Committee California Association of Professors of Special Education Teacher Education (CAPSE), LMU
Barbara Murchison Planning Committee California Department of Education
Kristin Wright Planning Committee Sacramento County Office of Education
Christine Olmstead Planning Committee Orange County Department of Education, CA-MTSS
Virginia Kennedy Ad hoc Steering Committee California Council on Teacher Education, CSU Northridge

CAIS Subcommittee Meeting at SPAN

CAIS Subcommittees

Inclusive Leadership Subcommittee

The CAIS Inclusive Leadership Subcommittee believes that in order to fully realize equity, access, inclusion, and the intersectionality of students with disabilities in our schools, we must empower and support school and district leaders in how to create and sustain inclusive school environments where each and every student, family and staff feel a deep sense of belonging; and each educator and school staff member possesses the skills and supports necessary to teach all learners.

Subcommittee Members
Subcommittee Members:

 

Audri Gomez

Thompson Policy Institute on Disability,
Chapman University

Paul Sindelar The Collaboration for Effective Educator Development
Accountability and Reform Center (CEEDAR), University of Florida
 

Kristin Wright

California Department of Education

Charles Flores

California State University, Los Angeles

Linda Blanton

The Collaboration for Effective Educator Development Accountability and Reform Center (CEEDAR)

Preparation Subcommittee

The CAIS Preparation Subcommittee was formed in Fall 2020, with its central purpose to increase and support the implementation of inclusive education in California’s schools through our teacher preparation programs. Our subcommittee members represent bilingual education, general education, and special education teacher education programs in public and independent IHE’s and K-12 education.

Subcommittee Members
Subcommittee Members:
Zoee Bartholomew

Dominican University of California    

Amber Bechard

University of La Verne

Vicki Graf, Co-Chair

Loyola Marymont University

Amy Hanreddy

CSU Northridge

Belinda Karge

Concordia University Irvine

Elissa Green Kaustinen

Thompson Policy Institute on Disability, Chapman University

Virginia Kennedy, Co-Chair

CSU Northridge

Patricia Pernin

LAUSD