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Year 2014

Current year correspondence from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July
August | September | October | November | December


July

September Attendance Awareness Month: Joining Forces to Reduce Chronic Absence
July 29, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding September Attendance Awareness Month: Joining Forces to Reduce Chronic Absence.

Call for Public Comment on the Next Generation Science Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California
July 28, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding a call for public comment on the Next Generation Science Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California.

Budget Act for 2014–15
July 24, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and County Chief Business Officers regarding the Budget Act for 2014–15.

The Need for Governing Board Established Suicide Prevention Policies
July 21, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the need for governing board established suicide prevention policies.

Notification of Upcoming Required Reporting for the Staff Evaluation Reporting System (SERS) Survey
July 15, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding a notification of upcoming required reporting for the Staff Evaluation Reporting System (SERS) Survey.


June

Smarter Balanced Field Test Thank You Letter
June 18, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the participants of the Smarter Balanced Field Test.

Food Literacy Awareness Month
June 17, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents regarding Food Literacy Awareness Month.

Invitation to the CALSA Summer Institute
June 3, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding an invitation to attend this year’s California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) Summer Institute.


May

Participate as a Summer Meal Sponsor or Summer Meal Site
May 23, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Principals regarding a reminder to participate as a summer meal sponsor or a summer meal site.

Invitation to the Second Annual STEM Symposium on September 21–23
May 23, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals inviting educators to attend the Second Annual California Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Symposium on September 21–23, 2014, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Now is the Time Project AWARE State Educational Agency Grant
May 19, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Now is the Time Project AWARE State Educational Agency Grant.

Smarter Balanced Digital Library Preview
May 19, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Smarter Balanced Digital Library preview.

Invitation to Participate in the 2014–15 Schools to Watch—Taking Center Stage Program
May 16, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Middle School Principals regarding participation in the 2014-15 Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage Program.

Title II, Part A Webinar
May 16, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents regarding a webinar on Title II, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and services to educators of nonprofit private schools presented by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Community Eligibility Provision
May 12, 2014: Letter and attachment to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the community eligibility provision.

Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption
May 9, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding mathematics instructional materials adoption posting of newly adopted materials to state Price List database.


April

California EQuIP Training Session
April 30, 2014: Letter and application to District and County Superintendents regarding participation in the EQuIP Rubric and Quality Review Training Session on May 28–28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

2013–14 Request for Applications for Statewide Nonprofit Private School Professional Development
April 21, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents regarding the 2013–14 request for applications for statewide nonprofit private school professional development.

Procedures for Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy
April 9, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding the procedures for awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy.

Mental Health Matters Day
April 8, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators inviting them to attend Mental Health Matters Day on May 13, 2014.

National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils Fitness Center Grant
April 1, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Middle School and Elementary School Principals regarding the National Foundation for Governor's Fitness Councils Fitness Center Grant for schools serving grades five through eight.


March

2015 California Teachers of the Year Program
March 27, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2015 California Teachers of the Year Program.

2014 MyVote California Student Mock Election
March 26, 2014: Joint letter from the California Department of Education and the California Secretary of State regarding the MyVote California Student Mock Election.

Save Our Water Campaign
March 25, 2014: Letter to kindergarten through grade twelve school principals regarding the Save Our Water Campaign.

Seeking Letters of Interest for California Collaborative for Educational Excellence Fiscal Agent
March 24, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators seeking letters of interest for the Fiscal Agent for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence.

May is Labor History and Safe Jobs for Youth Month
March 21, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Labor History and Safe Jobs for Youth Month in May.

Exceptional Education Leaders
March 20, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators requesting recommendations for exceptional educational leaders.

Request for Reviewers to Evaluate 2015 Kindergarten Through Grade Eight Instructional Materials in English Language Arts/English Language Development
March 19, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the request for reviewers to evaluate 2015 kindergarten through grade eight instructional materials in English Language Arts/English Language Development.

Adopting Policy Prohibiting Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
March 19, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding adopting policy prohibiting electronic nicotine delivery systems.

Governor's Budget for 2014–15
March 14, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and County Chief Business Officers regarding the Governor's Budget for 2014–15.

ALL IN for Health Campaign
March 10, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the ALL IN for Health Campaign.

Revised Guidelines for Parents and Guardians to Report Allegations of Child Abuse
March 5, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding revised guidelines for parents and guardians to follow to report allegations of child abuse occurring at a school site.


February

The Great California ShakeOut
February 25, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents regarding the 2014 Great California ShakeOut.

Improving Access to Summer Meals
February 19, 2014: Letter to Community Leaders regarding the Summer Food Service Program.

2013–14 Request for Applications for Statewide Nonprofit Private School Professional Development
February 12, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents regarding the 2013–14 request for applications for statewide nonprofit private school professional development.

Responding to Student Mental Health Needs in School Safety Planning
February 12, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding responding to student mental health needs in school safety planning.

Educational Records of Youth in Foster Care
February 11, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators from California Department of Social Services Director Will Lightbourne and the California Department of Education regarding educational records of youth in foster care and the Uninterrupted Scholars Act.

2014 National Youth Science Camp
February 10, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2014 National Youth Science Camp.

Availability of New Smarter Balanced Videos for Students
February 10, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the availability of new Smarter Balanced videos for students.

Early Assessment Program (PDF), Early Assessment Program Student Letter (PDF)
February 2014: Joint letters with the California Department of Education, The California State University, and California Community Colleges to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, High School Principals, College and High School Counselors and Career Center Directors, and Grade Eleven English and Mathematics Teachers regarding the 2014 Early Assessment Program.


January

Regional Hearings of the California Task Force on K–12 Civic Learning
January 31, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding upcoming regional hearings of the California Task Force on K–12 Civic Learning and an opportunity to provide feedback on draft recommendations.

We Day and We Act California
January 30, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding We Day and We Act California.

Schools Helping to Improve Access to Summer Meals
January 17, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding information to help schools improve access to summer meals programs.

Recruiting Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee Members for the Revision of the Science Framework
January 16, 2014: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the recruitment of Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee members for the revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

Questions:   Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction | superintendent@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0800
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