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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
September 12, 2016

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

RECRUITING FOCUS GROUP MEMBERS FOR THE CREATION OF
COMPUTER SCIENCE STANDARDS FOR CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWELVE

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce that it is recruiting members for three focus groups to provide input on the creation of the Computer Science Standards for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (CA Computer Science Standards). Education Code (EC) Section 60605.4 states that “on or before July 31, 2019, the Instructional Quality Commission shall consider developing and recommending to the state board computer science content standards for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12.” To begin this process, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction is seeking educators and other stakeholders to participate in focus groups to provide input on the development of new computer science standards.

The CDE will convene three focus groups. Each focus group will include between 8 and 12 invitees who will be selected to ensure balanced representation of regions, educators, business/industry representatives, types of schools, and grade-level experience. A majority of the focus group should be educators at the time of appointment; however, business and industry representatives are also encouraged to apply.

California EC Section 44013(a) defines an educator in this way:

“Educator” means a certificated person holding a valid California teaching credential or a valid California services credential issued by the commission who is employed by a local education agency or by a special education local planning area and who is not employed as an independent contractor or consultant.

All interested individuals are invited to apply. County and district superintendents and charter school administrators are encouraged to distribute the application link to potential applicants. Please note that there is no stipend for service on a focus group, and there will be no reimbursement for travel or substitute costs.

The focus group meetings will be open to the public, and comments made by both focus group members and members of the public at each meeting will be forwarded to the Instructional Quality Commission and the State Board of Education for consideration.

Focus group meetings are planned for the following dates and locations:

  • November 9, 2016: California Department of Education, Sacramento, and via videoconference at the Humboldt, Monterey, and San Joaquin County Offices of Education (4 to 6 p.m.).
  • November 16, 2016: San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, (4 to 6 p.m.).
  • November 30, 2016: San Diego County Office of Education and via videoconference at the Riverside County Office of Education and Orange County Department of Education (4 to 6 p.m.).

A more detailed agenda will posted on the CDE Computer Science Standards Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/computerscicontentstds.asp prior to each event. Once appointed, focus group members will receive information to prepare for their focus group meeting.

To apply to be a member of a focus group, please use the online application form on the CDE Computer Science Standards Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/computerscicontentstds.asp. Online applications must be completed and résumés must be e-mailed to cacomputersci@cde.ca.gov no than 3 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016.

If you have any questions regarding focus groups, please contact Paula Evans, Education Programs Consultant, Professional Learning Support Division, by phone at 916-319-0241 or by e-mail at PEvans@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

TT:kca
2016-06789

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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