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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #12-19
March 2, 2012
Contact: Tina Jung
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

Education Roundup for Week Ending March 2, 2012

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issued this week's Education Roundup featuring education-related announcements of public interest.

English Language Arts/English Language
Development Focus Group Recruitment

The CDE is recruiting educators from throughout California to participate in focus groups to revise the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

Revisions are necessary to incorporate and support the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, including new English Language Development standards, and reflect current research on effective instructional strategies to meet the needs of California's diverse student population.

Four focus group meetings are being scheduled and all will be open to the public for comment. The comments will be forwarded to the Instructional Quality Commission and the State Board of Education for consideration. Each of the focus group meetings will be in the late afternoon:

  • May 22, 2012, Orange County Department of Education.
  • May 31, 2012, California Department of Education, Sacramento.
  • June 4, 2012, Monterey County Office of Education.
  • June 5, 2012, Contra Costa County Office of Education.

Applications for appointment to the focus groups must be received by April 5, 2012. In late April, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction will then appoint between 10 to 15 people for each meeting location.

For more information, an application form, and an online version of the current Reading/Language Arts Framework, please visit the CDE Web site at Curriculum Frameworks - Reading/Language Arts.

River Valley Charter School Recognized
for Excellence in Independent Study

River Valley Charter School in Lakeside was recognized this month at the California Consortium for Independent Study (CCIS) Conference in San Diego for receiving the Exemplary Independent Study Recognition Award (EISRA). The award is issued jointly by the CCIS and the CDE for exhibiting excellent educational practices in schools where independent study is the primary mode of instruction.

The CCIS Conference gives independent study teachers and administrators the opportunity to meet representatives from previous EISRA recipients to learn more about their practices. Awardees also serve as models for other schools to replicate.

River Valley Charter School runs a rigorous, college preparatory “blended” independent study program, structured much like a typical college or university. Students attend classes two days per week. The mandatory 75-minute classes are in four core areas: English, mathematics, science, and social science. Students are assigned “lesson extensions,” including homework, project-based learning, and research and writing assignments to complete during the other three days of the week. Many electives are offered before or after school, or via independent study. Tutoring is available four days per week after school.

For information about EISRA recipients, please visit the CDE Web site at Award-Winning Exemplary Independent Study Schools - Independent Study. For information on independent study, visit Independent Study - Educational Options. For information about the CCIS, visit CCIS - California Consortium for Independent Study [http://www.ccis.org/] External link opens in new window or tab..

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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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