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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #11-20
March 4, 2011
Contact: Tina Jung
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

Education Roundup for Week Ending March 4, 2011

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issues its first Education Roundup featuring education-related announcements of public interest.

New Publication

CDE is offering a new online publication entitled, A Look at Kindergarten Through Grade Five in California Public Schools. The publication is in an easy-to-reference format where all subjects are grouped together by grade levels, highlighting each content area and adopted California standards. The publication provides insightful, relevant narrative overviews for each subject section and is designed to support California's transition to the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English-language arts. Other sections link this information to instructional resources, assessment, accountability, universal access, and closing the achievement gap. For more information, please visit the CDE Web site at Grade Level Curriculum - Curriculum Frameworks & Instructional Materials.

Scholarship Winner

Seventeen-year-old Kaylee Yoshii of Mission Viejo in Orange County is one of three American winners of the 2011 Ruta Quetzal-BBVA scholarship from the Ministry of Education of Spain. Kaylee is a junior at Laguna Hills High School in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (Orange County). Kaylee's winning scholarship application was a 20-page historical research paper written in Spanish analyzing the 18th century bishop Martínez Compañón's education reforms in Peru. The Ruta Quetzal BBVA is an academic and travel adventure. Winners receive a six-week study trip to Peru and Spain. The journey features a broad program of academic activities with a curriculum designed by the prestigious Madrid Complutense University. The generous scholarship is part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the CDE and the Ministry of Education of Spain that benefits students at no cost to the state. For more information on the Ruta Quetzal-BBVA scholarship, please visit Literary and Art Contests - International.

Scholarship Opportunity

The family of Craig Tufts, Family Summits, Inc. and the National Wildlife Federation announce the 2nd Annual Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Award given to a young person between the ages of 8 and 18 to attend a weeklong, summer outdoor educational adventure camp with a parent or guardian. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. March 31, 2011 and may be sent to Tuftsaward@nwf.org; fax 703-438-6468; or Craig Tufts Educational Award Nominations, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190.

Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness Week

Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness Week is March 20–26, 2011. California coastal communities and parts of northern California will be participating in drills and live tests of the Emergency Alert System. School districts may download free materials from CGS Tsunami Web Site [http://www.tsunami.ca.gov] External link opens in new window or tab., including videos, brochures, lesson plans, posters, fact sheets, and emergency response procedures. For more information, contact Cindy Pridmore, CGS Outreach/Seismic Hazards, California Geological Survey, 916-324-5572, or cpridmore@consrv.ca.gov.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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