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AB-1703 University of California: California Collaborative for Neurodiversity and Learning.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/30/2019 08:55 AM
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Revised  May 16, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 29, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 10, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1703


Introduced by Assembly Member Bloom
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Gonzalez)

February 22, 2019


An act to add Article 7 (commencing with Section 92665) to Chapter 6 of Part 57 of Division 9 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1703, as amended, Bloom. University of California: California Collaborative for Neurodiversity and Learning.
Existing law establishes the University of California under the administration of the Regents of the University of California and the California State University under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University as 2 of the segments of public postsecondary education in the state.
This bill would require the University of California, Los Angeles, Angeles and the California State University, Dominguez Hills, and along with California State University campuses serving the Los Angeles Basin selected by the trustees trustees, to form a neurodiversity and learning collaborative to, among other things, identify and develop the links between brain research and classroom practice. The bill would require the collaborative to provide leadership for the development and testing of new classroom interventions and teaching practices for literacy learning based on brain research at 8 to 10 public schools, as specified. The bill would require the collaborative to support the development of a progressive teacher training curriculum to be integrated into professional preparation programs leading to a preliminary teaching credential, approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, that will have a long-term impact on supporting neurodiverse learners, as specified. The bill would provide that the operation of these provisions is contingent on the enactment of an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for these purposes, and that these provisions apply to the University of California only to the extent that the regents act, by appropriate resolution, to make these provisions applicable.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) About 20 percent of children in every classroom have some type of learning difference that is not adequately being identified or supported.
(b) New brain research informs us that diversity of learning types represents natural brain wiring variation and that each learner’s brain is uniquely wired.
(c) Without early identification and effective intervention, the impact of learning issues can be significant and long lasting not only for the learner, but for the state at large. The long-term effects include school failure, depression, and an increased risk of suicide, delinquency, and other antisocial behavior.
(d) All kinds of brains are needed in the state’s innovation economy. Therefore, the state has an inherent need to improve the way it supports neurodiversity in K–12 classrooms.
(e) The Legislature believes neurodiversity is one of the civil rights issues of this generation and that Californians must work together to secure equal access to quality learning for neurodiverse children.

SEC. 2.

 Article 7 (commencing with Section 92665) is added to Chapter 6 of Part 57 of Division 9 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  7. The University of California and California State University Collaborative for Neurodiversity and Learning

92665.
 (a) This article shall be known, and may be cited, as the University of California and California State University Collaborative for Neurodiversity and Learning.
(b) The goal of this article is to establish a joint University of California and California State University initiative that will bring together the state’s resources and leading experts in brain research and K–12 education to strengthen educational support and new teaching methods for children with diverse learning needs, including children with dyslexia and literacy issues.

92666.
 The University of California, Los Angeles, Angeles and the California State University, Dominguez Hills, and along with California State University campuses serving the Los Angeles Basin selected by the Trustees of the California State University University, shall form a neurodiversity and learning collaborative to do all of the following:
(a) Develop a network of brain researchers and educators to share new knowledge on neurodiversity and create workshops for educators in current service. neurodiversity.
(b) Identify and develop links between brain research and classroom practice.
(c) Create a framework for embedding neurodiversity knowledge into the teacher education programs at the University of California and the California State University.

(d)Work with school districts on better support systems for neurodiverse learners.

(e)

(d) Provide an opportunity for innovative experts in neuroscience and education to collaborate and develop new approaches for teaching and learning based on knowledge gained from brain research around learning differences, such as dyslexia.

(f)Perform beta testing of the University of California, San Francisco Dyslexia Center’s computer diagnostic testing module for the identification of dyslexia.

(g)Include graduate students at the University of California and the California State University to help them become the next generation of innovators in the new and emerging field of brain research and education.

92667.
 (a) (1) The collaborative formed pursuant to Section 92666 shall provide leadership on the development and testing of new classroom interventions and teaching practices for literacy learning issues based on brain research at 8 to 10 public schools maintaining kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive.
(2) Schools described in paragraph (1) shall be selected from the Los Angeles area and San Francisco, and may include schools with existing partnerships with the California State University or the University of California, Los Angeles. California.
(b) The collaborative shall establish an evaluation team, composed of participants from the California State University and the University of California, Los Angeles to measure the impact of the new classroom interventions and teaching practices at participating schools pursuant to subdivision (a) and identify which interventions and practices are most effective for neurodiverse learners.
(c) The collaborative may provide stipends for student teachers, teachers, and school leaders who participate in the work described in this section.
(d) The collaborative shall support the creation of professional development modules for current teachers based on the evaluation of tested interventions and practices pursuant to subdivision (b).

92668.
 (a) The collaborative formed pursuant to Section 92666 shall support the development of a progressive teacher training curriculum to be integrated into professional preparation programs leading to a preliminary teaching credential, approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, that will have a long-term impact on supporting neurodiverse learners.
(b) The collaborative shall select public postsecondary educational institutions willing to participate voluntarily in implementing and testing the effects of the teacher training curriculum.

(c)Participation by postsecondary educational institutions shall be voluntary and may include one or any combination of the following institutions:

(1)University of California, Los Angeles.

(2)Chapman University.

(3)California State University, Northridge.

(4)California State University, Los Angeles.

(5)Two additional University of California campuses.

(6)Two additional California State University campuses.

(d)

(c) The collaborative shall measure the success of the teacher training curriculum and intervention programs and shall share the results broadly with educators and policymakers throughout the state.

92669.
 (a) The operation of this article is contingent upon the enactment of an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for its purposes.
(b) For purposes of this article, participation of public schools maintaining kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, shall be voluntary.
(c) This article shall not apply to the University of California except to the extent that the Regents of the University of California, by appropriate resolution, make it applicable.

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