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Letter for Health Framework CFCC Applicants

Letter Head: Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

January 9, 2009

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

APPLICATION FOR THE CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK AND EVALUATION CRITERIA COMMITTEE FOR THE HEALTH FRAMEWORK FOR CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWELVE

Pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Education, Section 9511, the California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) are inviting applicants for the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC) for the revision of the Health Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Health Framework). Curriculum frameworks provide guidance to teachers, administrators, and parents on how a standards-based curriculum is implemented in the classroom. Frameworks are updated periodically to ensure that they reflect current and confirmed research on education in the subject area. Applications will be accepted through May 14, 2009. The Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission (Curriculum Commission) will submit a list of recommended applicants to the SBE for appointment in September 2009.

The CFCC will hold five meetings in 2009–10 to conduct the work of revising the Health Framework based on the Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve adopted in 2008. The meetings have been tentatively scheduled for the following dates: December 3–4, 2009, and January 28–29, February 25–26, March 25–26, and May 24–25, 2010. All CFCC meetings will be public and take place in Sacramento. The CFCC will work with a primary writer contracted with the CDE to prepare a draft of the Health Framework that will be submitted to the Curriculum Commission for field review. The SBE will take final action on the Health Framework no later than May 2011.

The CFCC will include between 9 and 20 members, who will be selected to ensure balanced representation of regions, knowledge, and grade level experience.

An application for the CFCC has been enclosed with this letter. You are encouraged to duplicate the application and distribute it to individuals who you feel would make a positive contribution to the work of the CFCC. Please note that there is no stipend for service on the CFCC, but reimbursements for travel costs will be provided by the CDE. Unfortunately, the CDE cannot provide funds for substitute replacement.

The applicant, the applicant’s supervisor, and the district superintendent should sign the application form on page 3. These signatures are necessary to confirm authorization of the applicant’s ability to commit to service on the CFCC, should he or she be appointed to the position.

If you have any questions regarding the CFCC or the framework update process, please contact Deborah Franklin, Education Programs Consultant, Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division, at 916-319-0442 or by e-mail at dfrankli@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

JACK O’CONNELL

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