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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, January 22, 2021


From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: January 22, 2021


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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Earlier this week, we heard a powerful national call for unity for all Americans. And we were also asked, despite our many differences, to work together with civility in order to overcome our shared national obstacles.

I want to echo that sentiment and join the call to work together, but I hope we can also take it one step further and challenge ourselves to treat others with kindness. This year CDE continues its partnership with the Great Kindness Challenge® (GKC), and I’m again encouraging all our schools, educators, and students to participate, even if it’s virtually this year. Below in the Programs section, you will find more information about the GKC and you can find more tools and resources to participate at https://thegreatkindnesschallenge.com/. CDE will also share one kindness challenge per day on our social media channels next week.

Last September, I created the Education to End Hate Initiative to leverage the power of education in our shared battles against hate, bigotry, racism, bias, and prejudice in schools. The GKC aligns with this initiative by providing positive solutions and resources that actively engage staff, families, and communities in creating a culture of kindness, compassion, acceptance, and mutual respect.

On the topic of creating a more equitable education system, next month we will also be sharing more tools and resources for educators in the CDE Equity Summit 2021. Intended for K–12 educators, administrators, and staff who are dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion, this summit will be a space for learning, unlearning, and sharing as well as highlighting the use of local data to inform interventions of parents, students, and staff. The summit takes place on Friday, January 29, 2021, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Registration information will be emailed to all state superintendents and charter school administrators. Please email equitysummit@cde.ca.gov for more information.

Announcements & News Releases

Strategies to Address Pandemic’s Impact on Student Learning Focus of State Superintendent’s “Pathways to Recovery” Event (January 20, 2021)
https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel05.asp

Program Updates

2021 Arts Education Instructional Materials Adoption

The State Board of Education (SBE) appointed reviewers for the 2021 Arts Education Instructional Materials Adoption at its January 13 meeting. These reviewers, comprised of teachers and content experts and administrators, parents, local school board members, teachers, and members of the public, will be assigned to panels and trained in virtual meetings open to the public April 12–16, 2021. The reviewers will receive arts education programs submitted by interested publishers for their independent review during the months of April–July, reconvening to virtually deliberate the programs July 12–16, 2021. Again, these meetings are open to the public. At their September 2021 meeting, the Instructional Quality Commission will discuss the results of reviewer panel findings and make recommendations to the SBE. The SBE will act on the Arts Education Instructional Materials Adoption at their November 2021 meeting. Please visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/vp/im/ for more information.

Nutrition Services Division

The Great Kindness Challenge Week: January 25–29, 2021

The California Department of Education (CDE), in partnership with the Great Kindness Challenge® (GKC), encourages all teachers, staff, and students of child care centers, preschools, and schools to participate in the GKC the week of January 25–29, 2021.

Sign up at http://www.greatkindnesschallenge.org to get instant access to the free online GKC tools (including GKC toolkit, checklists, translations, and more).

What Is the GKC Initiative?

The GKC, presented by Kids for Peace, is a global, proactive bullying-prevention initiative used in schools to create a culture of kindness. A free, customizable kindness checklist provides prompts and recommendations suitable for everyone to practice kindness and make a positive impact. Additionally, the CDE has provided staff with a customized workplace-friendly kindness checklist to help celebrate the GKC Initiative.

The theme for this year’s GKC is Kindness Unites. Now, more than ever, our communities need to experience the healing and unifying power of kindness. The GKC is a powerful tool to celebrate diversity and champion our common humanity. It is through the cumulative effects of sometimes small acts of kindness that we can begin to counter bias, bullying, and racism.

What Is the Purpose of Participating in the GKC?

The GKC helps foster a culture of kindness. The GKC theme is also in step with a new CDE initiative called Education to End Hate. The initiative was designed to empower educators and students to confront the hate, bigotry, and racism rising in communities across the state and nation. The GKC supports this effort by providing positive solutions and resources that actively engage students, staff, families, and communities in creating a culture of kindness, compassion, acceptance, and mutual respect.

So what are you waiting for? Embrace the GKC as a powerful tool to celebrate each other, our community, and our work together—sign up today! http://www.greatkindnesschallenge.org

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 covers the COVID-19 response; the California State Board of Education meeting; federal updates; world languages; and new resources, publications, and webinars. The January Distance Learning Parent Newsletter is being released today.

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 - Upcoming

Upcoming Webinars:

Tuesdays at 2 School Nutrition Town Hall (January 26, 2021, at 2 p.m.)

The Nutrition Services Division (NSD) continues the discussion, policy guidance, and sharing of best practices for operating School Nutrition Programs (SNP) as local educational agencies persevere with offering quality services in the school year 2020–21 while mitigating the spread of COVID-19, navigating over 70 nationwide waivers, and adjusting to various distance and hybrid learning models. Join NSD for Tuesday @ 2 virtual town hall events on the fourth Tuesday of every month, where schools are provided an opportunity to learn about program operating requirements and hear from their peers. Three SNP directors will discuss their food service operations and how they are serving meals during COVID-19 and managing program requirements while promoting program participation. For more information, please visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/tuesdaysat2webinar.asp.

CDE Integrated and Designated English Language Development (ELD) Video Series
Session #2: Engaging in Professional Learning Using the Grades Nine Through Twelve ELD Videos (February 2, 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.

The recording of the first webinar in the series will be posted at a later date.

To register for the second webinar in the series, go to http://bit.ly/CDE-EL-Video-Feb2.

CDE Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice Webinar Series
Session #2: Chapter 1: The Power and Promise of California’s Multilingual Learners—A Deeper Dive for Administrators and Teachers New to the Field (February 17, 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 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 recording of the first webinar in the series will be posted at a later date.

To register for the second webinar in the series, go to https://bit.ly/CDE-EL-Feb-17-21.

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 on these professional development opportunities or to register, 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 Clara (January 28, February 25, March 18, and April 27, 2021)

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

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 (EL) 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 Administrators Toolkit with tools, readings, resources, and activities.

For more information on these professional development opportunities and to register, 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, 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 on these professional development opportunities or to register, 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

English Learner Roadmap 101 for Parents and Families (in partnership with Sobrato Early Academic Language)

Families play a crucial role in the success of their children’s academics. Ensuring they are informed about the EL Roadmap will serve as an important bridge to foster stronger school relationships, personal investment, and robust implementation of the English EL Policy. In this session, district and school site personnel will be prepared to deliver EL Roadmap workshops to their families so they are:

  • Familiar with the EL Roadmap context, policy, and principles
  • Poised to understand their role in effective implementation the EL Roadmap Policy at their child’s school

All print and media resources will be provided in English and Spanish so district and school site personnel are able to empower families to support schools in centralizing the needs of English learners.

For more information on these professional development opportunities or to register, 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 (March 11, 2021)

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

Los Angeles (February 23, 2021)

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

Santa Clara (April 26, 2021)

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

San Diego (March 8, 2021)

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

San Mateo (April 22, 2021)

Contact Erica Ng, EL Coordinator, at eng@smcoe.org

Ventura (May 13, 2021)

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

Questions:   California Department of Education | COVID19@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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