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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, January 15, 2021


From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: January 15, 2021


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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose enduring legacy we celebrate Monday, once famously stated: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Those words take on additional weight in this moment we’re experiencing together, as we hold onto the promise of more hopeful times ahead and yearn for healing. In so many ways, I believe the work we do as educators can be the light Dr. King said can drive out hate.

Our efforts continued this week with “Understanding and Countering Islamophobia,” the latest in our virtual professional development series that can be viewed on the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab. . These virtual events are a major component of our Education to End Hate Initiative, which has awarded educator training grants to schools and districts across the state to improve and develop curriculum as well as address systemic problems in policies and procedures.

The path to social and racial justice for our students also requires that we continue to strengthen our instructional practices in ways that remove systemic barriers—obstacles and inequities we know have only grown during this pandemic.

To help address and offset the learning gaps experienced and exacerbated by distance learning, this week we are hosting a “Pathways to Recovery” webinar for educators. Researchers and practitioners will present evidence-based strategies to help students accelerate learning in a distance-learning environment. State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond will present research on how to reinvent schools and which strategies have a beneficial impact on student learning. The event is scheduled for this Thursday, January 21, at 4 p.m. You are encouraged to join and can participate on Zoom by registering in advance External link opens in new window or tab. or watch the webinar on the CDE’s Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab. .

Education can be the hope—the light—our state and nation need to get us through this. Thank you for being there for our students when they need you the most.

Announcements & News Releases

Pathways to Recovery Webinar (January 21, 2021, 4 to 5 p.m.)

Please join us for a Pathways to Recovery webinar hosted by the California Department of Education. You will hear from researchers and practitioners on evidence-based strategies to help students accelerate learning within a distance learning environment. Renowned education researcher, Linda Darling Hammond will be presenting overarching research on how to reinvent schools and which strategies have a beneficial impact on student learning. Practitioners will be sharing their successful strategies and implementation of tutoring/mentoring programs and whole school acceleration of learning strategies.

Register in advance for this webinar on Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-_nJMS9-Q4Out_kac7eEug

The webinar will be also be available on CDE Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Congratulates Woodlake High School for $100,000 Award as Finalist in U.S. Department of Education’s Rural Tech Project (January 14, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel04.asp

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and Experts Discuss Approaches to Understanding and Countering Islamophobia (January 13, 2021)
https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel03.asp

Program Updates

Special Education Division

California Youth Leadership Forum 2021

The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) is now accepting applications for the 2021 Virtual Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF). Please provide this information to any organizations and contacts you have that work with youth to help us get a diverse and qualified group of applicants.

YLF is a six-day summer self-advocacy and leadership development program for students with disabilities, including post-YLF workshops after the weeklong event (workshop dates and times to be determined). The 2021 YLF is scheduled for July 11–16 using the Zoom platform. All reasonable accommodations expenses are sponsored through a public-private partnership.

Students must complete an application, write an essay, and provide letters of recommendation. Students will also be interviewed by a YLF partner team in their local communities. This is a competitive process and not all students will be selected. Applicants must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors during the 2020–21 school year ending by June 30 to be eligible to apply.

YLF applications must be completed electronically and emailed to YLF@dor.ca.gov. The deadline to apply is January 29, 2021. The 2021 application and related documents, including an outreach flyer, can be found at https://www.dor.ca.gov/Home/YLF.

For additional questions, contact the CCEPD office at 855-894-3436 or email at YLF@dor.ca.gov.

Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG): Special Education

The EWIG Special Education grantee, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), has created a video series on universally designing assessments in the virtual classroom and will release one video in the series every two weeks. The series also comes with a playbook that is available for free. For additional information, visit the CAST website at https://www.cast.org/.

Information on the available videos is below:

Intro to Assessments

Why are assessments important? How can we improve assessments? What are some barriers or challenges in assessing student learning, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic? Four CAST assessment experts will guide you through the answers to these questions and more so that we can better assess each student as an individual.

To watch this resource, visit the CAST YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akMRUeEkIQw&feature=youtu.be.

Evaluating Assessments

Ready to understand how assessments are designed? Want to know some of the fundamental components of assessments? In this second video in our assessment series, we help you develop strategies to effectively evaluate assessments to ensure they (1) accurately measure the intended learning goal and (2) measure what students really know and can do.

To watch this resource, please visit the CAST YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKEIQBiANyQ.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Aaron Christensen, Education Programs Consultant, Special Education Division, at SEEWIG@cde.ca.gov.

Career and College Transition Division

We are proud to announce the release of the 2021 California Exemplary Arts Education Awards Application.

A component of the California School Recognition Program (CSRP), the California Exemplary Arts Education (EAE) Award honors California public schools that offer high-quality, sequential course offerings in arts and arts, media, and entertainment (AME), career technical education (CTE) to all students.

The 2021 California EAE Award will recognize middle and high schools. Schools recognized as a California EAE School Awardee hold the title for two years. The application deadline is on February 22, 2021.

For more information, please visit the CDE California Exemplary Arts Education Award web page at: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/ea/.

Multilingual Support Division (formerly the English Learner Support Division)

Newsletters

The Multilingual Support Division (formerly English Learner Support Division) is publishing two newsletters during the COVID-19 school closure: the Distance Learning Parent Newsletter and the Multilingual Updates Newsletter. These newsletters are published monthly.

The January Multilingual Updates Newsletter was released today and covers the COVID-19 response; the California State Board of Education meeting; federal updates; world languages; and new resources, publications, and webinars.

To read the newsletters, go to the CDE Multilingual Updates Newsletters web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/elnewsletters.asp.

Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG): English Learner Roadmap (ELR) Implementation

The two EWIG ELR grantees, Californians Together (CalTog) and the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), are available to bring research-based strategies and resources to administrators and educators in order to dramatically accelerate and improve multilingual academic opportunities and outcomes for English learners across California.

For more information about CABE’s Multilingual California Project (MCAP) (https://mcap.gocabe.org/) and CalTog’s English Learner Roadmap Implementation for Systemic Excellence (EL RISE!) (https://www.californianstogether.org/el-rise/), please visit the CDE Educator Workforce Investment Grant: EL Roadmap Policy Implementation web page https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/rm/ewigelrmpolicy.asp. The Upcoming Webinars section below includes details on upcoming EL RISE! and MCAP webinars.

Webinars - Recap and Upcoming

Webinar Recaps

Designing for Literacy Development in the Hybrid Classroom Webinar Series
Session #1: Becoming Expert Readers and Writers (December 14, 2020, 3 to 4 p.m.)

Having a clear vision of what successful readers and writers do is essential to designing educational experiences to get them there. In this session, we will use the concept of an expert learner to craft a vision of what we are trying to achieve in our classroom. Use this session to set goals for your own practice and choose a place to start in supporting learners to become expert learners.

Webinar recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgJU5phsIr8&feature=youtu.be.

Session #2: Accessibility in Hybrid Literacy (January 11, 2021, 3 to 4 p.m.)

The first essential building block to an effective literacy approach is to consider the accessibility of the experience. Modeling and practicing tools to make language accessible will increase learners’ ability to focus on new learning. Use this session to experience tools and resources that make literacy instruction more accessible for all learners.

Webinar recording available at https://youtu.be/lf5WEuPT3xk.

Pursuing Equity for Black Students in K–12 Education: Exploring the Intersection of Race and Disability Thought Leader Conversation (TLC) Series

The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) continues to host this webinar series that centers the conversation of race and disability across the national landscape through their TLC series.

Session #1: Foundational Session on How Systems Got Here (November 10, 2020)

This session is focused on understanding the reasons for longstanding inequitable learning conditions and outcomes for Black students who are, or may be, identified as having disabilities. Moreover, the session increases awareness within and among state and local education agencies about the importance of the intersection of race/ethnicity and disability when working to improve outcomes for Black students with disabilities. The final objective is to identify the systemic beliefs, policies, procedures, and practices that contribute to racial inequities for Black students who are, or may be, identified as having disabilities.

Webinar recording available at https://vimeo.com/478031131.

Presentation slides available at https://ncsi.wested.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/NCSI-TLC-Foundational-Session.pdf.

Session #2: Focusing on Equity-Driven, Culturally Responsive Data Literacy (December 15, 2020)

This session is focused on understanding what equity-driven, culturally responsive data literacy looks like and thinking about the role of data from a different perspective. Moreover, the session explores strategies and resources for collecting, analyzing, and making meaning of data to achieve equity for Black students with disabilities or those who may be (mis)identified as having disabilities.

Webinar recording available at https://vimeo.com/491646209#t=7m35s.

Presentation slides available at https://ncsi.wested.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/NCSI_Pursuing_Equity_for_Black_Students_in_K-12_Education_TLC_Data_Literacy_Session.pdf.

If you are having trouble with any of the recording links, please contact Tanner Petry (tpetry@wested.org) for assistance.

Multilingual California Project Universal Design for Learner (UDL)/EL Webinar Series 2020
Understanding the Core Concepts and Principles of UDL to Support English Learners Virtually (December 8, 9, and 10, 2020)

Participants will take away a snapshot of the history of universal design, the core concepts and design process of UDL, and explore strategies connected to the framework to support English learners in a distance learning environment.

Upcoming Webinars:

CDE Integrated and Designated ELD Video Series
Session #1: ELD Video Series Overview (January 19, 2021, 3:30 to 5 p.m.)

The CDE Multilingual Support Division, with the support of the Region 15 Comprehensive Center at WestEd, will host a series of webinars on the CDE Integrated and Designated ELD Video Series. The webinars are designed to engage the field and support educators in incorporating the ELD Video Series in professional learning settings.

To register for the first webinar in the series, go to http://bit.ly/CDE-EL-Video-Jan19.

SAVE THE DATE! CDE Equity Summit 2021: Friday, January 29, 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.

State Superintendent Thurmond and the California Department of Education would like to invite educators, staff, and administrators who are invested in equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives at their schools, districts, or LEAs to join the upcoming inaugural equity summit. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for registration information.

Designing for Literacy Development in the Hybrid Classroom Webinar Series
Session #3: Engaging in Literacy (February 8, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.)

Supporting learners to be active readers and writers takes intentional planning. Learners must feel invested in their own learning and be able to maintain their effort and persistence in sometimes difficult circumstances. Use this session to design options for sustained engagement in your literacy program.

Registration for this event can be found on CAST’s Webinar Registration web page at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZGQ1g4SVRoeIooelhi8kgQ.

Session #4: Executive Functions (March 8, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.)

Changes in our learning context can create barriers to our own executive functions. The skills we have developed in the face-to-face classroom often may not be sufficient to manage this new environment. Use this session to support and build your learners’ executive functions so they can be strategic in their literacy learning.

Registration for this event can be found on CAST’s Webinar Registration web page at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ut-Iv2nHQ1iWwV2Ghlygnw.

Session #5: Building Comprehension (April 12, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.)

Supporting learners to make meaning of and connect to rigorous texts can be even more of a challenge in the hybrid environment than in a traditional classroom. Use this session to consider practices that help learners take information and make it meaningful and usable knowledge.

Registration for this event can be found on CAST’s Webinar Registration web page at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EBpc9Q1hQUG4n8trD6gYoA.

Session #6: Expression and Communication (May 10, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Learners are more likely to take academic risks when they see varied models of success and know there are many paths they can take to demonstrate their skills. Use this session to design unique ways for learners to communicate learning and express their abilities.

Registration for this event can be found on CAST’s Webinar Registration web page at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BYTfpjw3SkKi9RVeEcVaXQ.

Session #7: Reflection and Goal-Setting (June 14, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.)

The move to hybrid literacy instruction has revealed barriers to literacy learning that may have always been there, but for which we now need to plan more intentionally. What have you learned from this past year? What do you want to continue to do next year? Use this session to reflect and plan for your literacy instruction moving forward.

Registration for this event can be found on CAST’s Webinar Registration web page at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZigoHXHuSWSby2UdyHztkg.

For more information on this webinar series, contact Aaron Christensen, Education Programs Consultant, Special Education Division, at SEEWIG@cde.ca.gov.

Pursuing Equity for Black Students in K–12 Education: Exploring the Intersection of Race and Disability Thought Leader Conversation (TLC) Series

The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) continues to host this webinar series that centers the conversation of race and disability across the national landscape through their TLC series.

Registration for the below TLC events will be provided in the near future.

  • Session #3: Stakeholder and Family Engagement (February 16, 2021, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. ET)
  • Session #4: Research-Informed Practice (May 18, 2021, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. ET)
  • Session #5: Systems Conference (July 18, 2021, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. ET)

Information on this webinar series and additional resources can be found on the WestEd NCSI Pursuing Equity web page at https://ncsi.wested.org/resources/pursuing-equity/.

Webinar Series: Integrated and Designated English Language Development (ELD) Video Series
Session #2: Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice Webinar Series

The CDE Multilingual Support Division and the Region 15 Comprehensive Center at WestEd will host a series of webinars on the new CDE publication, Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice. The webinar series is designed to engage the field and support educators in incorporating the publication in professional learning settings. The publication chapter authors will be the featured presenters for each webinar. The webinar series registration is now open. The information for the second webinar in the series is below.

  • February 17, 2021: Chapter 1: The Power and Promise of California’s Multilingual Learners—A Deeper Dive for Administrators and Teachers New to the Field, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Registration: https://bit.ly/CDE-EL-Feb-17-21
EL RISE!: English Learner Roadmap Aligned Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Toolkit Workshops: Using Research-Based Tools to Promote Equity for English Learners (in partnership with the Center for Excellence for English Learners)

This interactive workshop will help local educational agency (LEA) teams design an LCAP that is aligned to the research-based California English Learner Roadmap Policy and focuses on identifying actions, services, programs, and resources that ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes for English learners. Participants will engage with the resources included in the Toolkit and explore the ways they might be used to identify and analyze the needs of their English learners. The training will help LEA teams identify the Dashboard data and how to use the additional features that are a click away to focus on the achievement of English learners and more effectively understand the achievement and status of their English learners.

For more information or registration on these professional development opportunities, please contact your local County Office of Education (see below) or Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, EL RISE! Project Administrator, at info@elroadmap.org.

Contra Costa (January 26 and February 2, 2021)

Contact Sonia Trujillo, EL Specialist Coordinator, Title III, Region IV, at strujillo@cccoe.k12.ca.us

Kern COE (February 18 and 23, 2021)

Contact Lisa Vargas, Title III/EL Coordinator, C & I, Accountability, at anvargas@kern.org

Riverside (January 22 and March 19, 2021)

Contact Lisa Winberg, Administrator, at lwinberg@rcoe.us

Sacramento (January 14 and 21, 2021)

Contact Graciela Garcia-Torres, Curriculum Specialist, at gtorres@scoe.net

San Diego (January 29 and February 1, 2021)

Contact Izela Jacobo, Coordinator, at izela.jacobo@sdcoe.net

San Mateo (January 26 and February 2, 2021)

Contact Gracie Hough, Coordinator, at ghough@smcoe.org

Tulare (February 4 and 11, 2021)

Contact Alesha Moreno-Ramirez, Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist, at alesha.ramirez@tcoe.org

Ventura (February 9 and 16, 2021)

Contact Leticia Ramos, Director, English Learner and Dual Language, at leramos@vcoe.org

EL RISE!: ELD for Elementary Teachers and Administrators Institute (In partnership with Sobrato Early Academic Language)

These four sessions, with embedded pre-work, will support teachers in designing responsive designated ELD lessons that build upon students’ knowledge across the disciplines. Teachers will expand their understanding of backward planning to identify English learners’ strengths and needs to provide targeted language instruction. Scaffolds and supports presented in these sessions include language functions, graphic organizers, differentiated frames, language transfer strategies, and formative assessments that ensure students effectively engage with complex texts and tasks.

To support deep learning and application of concepts, the County Office of Education will facilitate two Communities of Practice (CoPs) to develop a network of practitioners in order to engage in discussing, sharing, applying, and reflecting best practices to build a repertoire of resources and ideas that apply to your local context. These CoPs will take place in between synchronous learning sessions.

For more information or registration for these professional development opportunities, please contact your local County Office of Education (see below) or Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, EL RISE! Project Administrator, at info@elroadmap.org.

Riverside (January 21, February 10, March 3, and April 6, 2021)

Contact Lisa Winberg, Administrator, at lwinberg@rcoe.us

Santa Cruz (January 13, February 3 and 24, and March 13, 2021)

Contact Sofia Sorensen, Multilingual Coordinator, at ssorensen@santacruzcoe.org

Tulare (January 25, February 18, April 8, and May 6, 2021)

Contact Alesha Moreno-Ramirez, Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist, at alesha.ramirez@tcoe.org

EL RISE!: Leading School Improvement with English Learners at the Heart: The English Learner Roadmap for Administrators Strand of Five Modules (in partnership with Californians Together)

This series of five modules (over a two-year period) is designed to support district and site administrators as they take up the challenge of enacting the comprehensive EL Roadmap Policy. Each module of the Leadership/Administrator Strand involves participants in specifically examining their role in leading improvement processes and supporting evidence-based practice and results in a plan for inquiry and implementation to pursue before the next module. Each module also provides a volume of the EL Roadmap Administrator’s Toolkit with tools, readings, resources, and activities.

For more information or to register for these professional development opportunities, please contact your local County Office of Education (see below) or Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, EL RISE! Project Administrator, at info@elroadmap.org.

Kern COE (January 22 and 29, March 24, and April 9, 2021)

Contact Lisa Vargas, Title III/EL Coordinator, C & I, Accountability, at anvargas@kern.org

Los Angeles (January 28, February 17, and March 10 and 23, 2021)

Contact Mirna Miranda-Welsh, Coordinator II/Title III EL Specialist, at Miranda-Welsh_Mirna@lacoe.edu

Riverside (January 21, February 10, March 3, and April 6, 2021)

Contact Lisa Winberg, Administrator, at lwinberg@rcoe.us

Sacramento (January 26 and 29, February 16, and March 12, 2021)

Contact Graciela Garcia-Torres, Curriculum Specialist, at gtorres@scoe.net

Tulare (January 20 and 27, March 2, and April 29, 2021)

Contact Alesha Moreno-Ramirez, Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist, at alesha.ramirez@tcoe.org

Structuring District and School Site Support for Newcomer Students In partnership with Californians Together

Every year, at all points in the school year, immigrant students enroll in California schools as newcomers. These newly arrived students from other nations enter our schools with a set of unique needs. This workshop, designed for site and district administrators and EL directors/coordinators, provides an overview of who these newcomers are and their needs and effective school and district responses. Learn about newcomer program models, supporting effective instruction, approaches to assessment and placement, and creating safe havens. Tools and resources will be provided for inquiry, planning, and strengthening services.

For more information or to register for these professional development opportunities, please contact your local County Office of Education (see below) or Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, EL RISE! Project Administrator, at info@elroadmap.org.

Contra Costa (February 11 and February 25, 2021)

Contact Sonia Trujllo, EL Specialist Coordinator, Title III, Region IV, at strujillo@cccoe.k12.ca.us

Sacramento (February 3 and March 3, 2021)

Contact Graciela Garcia-Torres, Curriculum Specialist, at gtorres@scoe.net

Santa Clara (February 24 and March 17, 2021)

Contact Yee Wan, Ed.D., Director of School Climate, Leadership, and Instructional Services Department at yee_wan@sccoe.org

Tulare (March 18 and May 3, 2021)

Contact Alesha Moreno-Ramirez, Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist, at alesha.ramirez@tcoe.org

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Last Reviewed: Friday, January 22, 2021
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