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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, March 12, 2021


From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: March 12, 2021


All Coronavirus (COVID-19) SSPI Communications

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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Dear School Communities and Partners:

As we mark the one-year anniversary of a shift to distance learning, 200,000 California educators are rolling up sleeves for vaccinations while our schools are launching new COVID testing regimens and educating families and students on new health and safety protocols to take all necessary measures to beat back this virus. As improved conditions give us more hope, thousands of schools are announcing their plans for a safe return to in-person learning.

At the California Department of Education (CDE), we are accelerating our efforts to support this long-awaited transition. This week, I convened a session with hundreds of districts across the state to demonstrate how CDE is using rapid COVID-19 testing at our State Special Schools as an important tool to safely return our students to campuses and how others can secure similar resources. I also announced the recipients of mini grants, totaling more than $240,000, that will fund local efforts across the state to address equity and opportunity gaps. Now, as students and teachers gradually return to classrooms, our immediate focus is how to support schools with effective strategies and approaches for expanded learning, summer programs, and other efforts to help students and families recover from this disruptive year.

Announcements & News Releases

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces $240,000 in Grants to Address Inequities that Deepened During Pandemic (March 11, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel17.asp

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Underscores How Rapid COVID Testing Can Facilitate Safe Reopening of Schools (March 10, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel16.asp

Program Updates

Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division

Library Resource Access

Did you know that every public school and student in the state has unlimited access to Britannica, ProQuest, and TeachingBooks resources? The California State Library and Proposition 98 fund these resources, training, and access for all.

If you would like to learn more; explore training for your team; or if you have strategies for helping all of our schools, teachers, and families know how to integrate these materials into instruction, please contact the setup and implementation coordinator Nick Glass at 510-239-7391 or nick@TeachingBooks.net. See the flyer for more information: teachingbooks.net/CAK12ResourcesFlyer

Library Evaluation

The CDE has created an online data collection evaluation tool to meet the Education Code requirement and to develop an accurate picture of the condition of school libraries across the state.

The annual online evaluation is now open to collect information from individual schools about their libraries in 2019–2020. It will be active through Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Prior year evaluation responses are available as well.

For more information, please visit the CDE Library Evaluation web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/lb/schlsurvwelcompage.asp

Special Education Division

Early Childhood
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA): Preschool During the Pandemic Series

This series, a project by ECTA and produced by Larry Edelman, shares the experiences of practitioners and families from across the country, illustrating how the fields of early education and early childhood special education are successfully supporting preschoolers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following episodes are currently available:

  • Episode #1: Overview: Early Childhood Education in Extraordinary Times
  • Episode #2: Teaching Through the Screen, Not On It
  • Episode #3: Reflections on Inclusion in Remote Preschool
  • Episode #4: Equity and Family Support
  • Episode #5: Alia Goes Back to Preschool
  • Episode #6: Bringing a Virtual Classroom to Life
  • Episode #7: My Virtual Preschool Classroom
  • Episode #8: Noah and Pop-Pop Go to Preschool
  • Episode #9: Back to the Classroom: Balancing Social Development and Safety
  • Episode #10: Promoting Social Skills in a Virtual Classroom
  • Episode #11: Rising to the Occasion
  • Episode #12: Engaging Preschoolers with Green Screens

For access to this video series, visit the ECTA Preschool During the Pandemic web page at https://ectacenter.org/topics/disaster/preschoolpandemic.asp?utm_source=Email_marketing&utm_campaign=PSProvVids4Pand2.4.21&cmp=1&utm_medium=HTMLEmail.

Early Start Webinar Series

To address the needs of Early Start during the coronavirus pandemic, this Webinar Series offers the following courses:

  • Telepractice Series, which focuses on web-based strategies to support the development of infants and toddlers in Early Start. This series will continue until May 31, 2021.
  • Wellness, Mental Health, and Resilience Series, which focuses on preventing, recognizing, and addressing stressors for children, families, and professionals. This series will continue until May 31, 2021.
  • Foundations: Understanding Systems, Processes, and Practices, which will focus on the following lessons: family systems, the Early Start system, evidence-based practice, the Individualized Family Service Plan process, coaching, and other help-giving practices. This series will begin on April 19, 2021, and end on June 25, 2021.
  • Skill Base: Facilitating Sensory Processing Development, which will focus on the following lessons: development of sensory processing skills; red flags, common disabilities, and referrals; essentials of assessment of sensory processing; outcomes, services, and coordination; and intervention strategies to work with children and their families. This series will begin on April 19, 2021, and end on June 25, 2021.
    • Skill Base: Facilitating Cognitive Development, which will focus on the following lessons: development of cognitive processing skills; red flags, common disabilities, and referrals; essentials of assessment of cognition; outcomes, services, and coordination; and intervention strategies to work with children and their families. This series will begin on April 19, 2021, and end on June 25, 2021.
    • Skill Base: Facilitating Communication Development, which will focus on the following lessons: development of communication skills; common disabilities and referrals; essentials of assessment of communication; outcomes, services, and coordination; and intervention strategies to work with children and their families. This series will begin on April 19, 2021, and end on June 25, 2021.
    • Skill Base: Facilitating Adaptive Development, which will focus on the following lessons: introduction to adaptive development; sleeping; feeding, self-feeding, and oral-motor skills; dressing, toileting, and personal hygiene; and bringing it all together to address adaptive development through Early Start. This series will begin on April 19, 2021, and end on June 25, 2021.

Registration for these events can be found on the California Early Start website at https://www.cpeionline.net/ where you will first need to login or create an account, enroll in a Webinar Series, and then sign up for individual webinars in these series as they become available.

For more information on this webinar series, contact Annie Baccay, Education Programs Consultant, Special Education Division at ABaccay@cde.ca.gov

Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG): Special Education

The CDE; the California Collaborative for Excellence in Education (CCEE); and the EWIG Special Education grantee, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), have partnered to support educators across the state to learn new techniques addressing the unique challenges teachers and students are facing.

These organizations have created a Padlet with resources that include links to webinar series, recommendations on remote design, video assessments in the virtual class, lesson planning guides, and more.

The padlet is available at https://padlet.com/jlevine_CAST/CCIL

For more information on this resource, contact Shamryn Coyle, Director, California Coalition for Inclusive Literacy, at scoyle@cast.org

Supporting Inclusive Practices (SIP)

The SIP project, funded by the CDE Special Education Division, is dedicated to supporting educators and families across California in the design and intentional redesign of inclusive practices to create more equitable and inclusive systems for students with disabilities.

Equity by Design Webinar Series (Part 1): A Conference in A Box Presented by Katie Novak and Mirko Chardin (Fall 2020)

The Equity by Design conference focuses on the following objectives:

  • Understand how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can help to dismantle inequitable systems and practices to provide all students with equal opportunities to learn at high levels
  • Explore and express the connections between UDL and culturally sustaining pedagogies, trauma-informed practices, and anti-racist teaching practices
  • Design more equitable, linguistically appropriate, and culturally responsive lessons that elevate and celebrate students in ways that are authentically relevant

A padlet of recorded webinars and presentation materials from this series can be accessed at https://padlet.com/SIP_Grant/EBDUDL

Equity In Education Course Presented by Epoch Education: A Series of Nine Self-Paced Web Modules

Epoch Education is offering SIP Grantees and California Educators access to nine prerecorded web modules focused on equity in education. Registration will grant you access to the following nine prerecorded web modules until June 1, 2021:

  • Module #1: Becoming Racially and Ethnically Conscious
  • Module #2: Cultivating Cultural Competency
  • Module #3: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy as A Lens for Equity
  • Module #4: The Impact of Microaggressions
  • Module #5: Supporting Student Empowerment
  • Module #6: Our Role in Confronting and Overcoming Systemic Oppression
  • Module #7: What is Implicit Bias?
  • Module #8: Debiasing Our Thoughts and Actions
  • Module #9: Exploring Issues of Privilege and Entitlement

Registration for this series can be found on the Supporting Inclusive Practices’ Equity In Education Course Presented by Epoch Education: A Series of Nine Self-Paced Web Modules web page at https://www.sipinclusion.org/events/webinar-1-of-3-culturally-relevant-special-education-process-3/

For additional information on these resources, contact Katie Maloney-Krips, Education Programs Assistant, Special Education Division, at KMaloneyKrips@cde.ca.gov

Multilingual 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 have been published monthly but are moving to an every-other-month schedule starting with the February 2021 issues. The next issues of both newsletters will be published in April 2021.

The February Multilingual Updates Newsletter covers funding, resources, State Board of Education updates, and webinars. The February Distance Learning Parent Newsletter provides resources and activities for parents and families.

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 at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/rm/ewigelrmpolicy.asp. The Upcoming Webinars section below includes details on upcoming EL RISE! and MCAP webinars.

Educator Excellence and Equity Division
Professional Learning at a Distance Module and Professional Learning Stories

While more students head back for in-person instruction, remote professional learning for educators continues. The Educator Excellence and Equity Division is pleased to announce the availability of the Quality Professional Learning at Distance Module, which provides guidance and resources for research-based educator professional learning in remote settings aligned to the state's Quality Professional Learning Standards (QPLS). As part of the module, we are happy to share remote professional learning stories from Glendale Unified School District and Long Beach Unified School District. Learn how these two districts planned and delivered remote professional learning opportunities for educators in response to school closures.

To learn more about high-quality professional learning systems, please visit California Professional Learning Stories, a collection of videos and resources showcasing California schools and districts implementing systems aligned to the QPLS. The latest story features Kern High School District and its partnership with the California History-Social Science Project to create a strong professional learning system that supports collaboration and shared accountability.

Webinars - Recap and Upcoming

Webinar Recaps

Designing for Literacy Development in the Hybrid Classroom Webinar Series
  • Session #2: Accessibility in Hybrid Literacy (January 11, 2021)

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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf5WEuPT3xk&feature=youtu.be

  • Session #3: Engaging in Literacy (February 8, 2021)

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.

Webinar recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87zgr-M8UP8

  • 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 may often 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.

Webinar recording available at https://youtu.be/JD_iycYXEx4

Professional Learning Webinar Series for Paraeducators: Building a Community of Support

An effective inclusion program requires all staff to be highly trained in supporting students’ individualized needs. Paraeducators play a critical role in providing access to instruction and resulting post-secondary outcomes. This year-long series will focus on roles/responsibility, behavior support, and universal design for learning. This series will focus on paraeducators, teachers, and administrators.

  • Session #1: Roles and Responsibilities and Maximizing Paraeducator Support
  • Session #2: Leveraging Inclusive Practices: Accommodations and Modifications are the Foundation for Inclusion
  • Session #3: Paraeducate Self-Advocacy
  • Session #4: Behavior Supports
  • Session #5: Data Collection

A padlet of recorded webinars and presentation materials from this series can be accessed at https://padlet.com/SIP_Grant/Paraeducator

Upcoming Webinars
Webinar Series on COVID-19 Guidancefor Early Learning and Care Contractors (March 19, 2021, 10 a.m.)

To address the needs from the field during the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Education (CDE) is hosting a bi-weekly webinar series. The goal of these webinars is to continue to build a partnership with the early learning and care field and foster open communication and transparency. Through these webinars, the CDE will provide guidance and information on the work we are doing and answer questions that come in from the field.

The CDE will provide updates on the following topics:

  • Recently released and ongoing CDE guidance work
  • Program Quality Implementation Updates
  • Fiscal Updates

Registration is not required. In order to access the webinar, please visit:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88081688636

Webinar ID: 880 8168 8636

Passcode: 192841

The webinars are recorded and posted to the CDE website at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/elcdcovid19.asp

Webinar to Solicit Feedback on the Proposed Template and Instructions required by Assembly Bill 86 (March 19, 2021, at 2 p.m.)

The Local Agency Systems Support Office will be hosting a special Tuesdays @ 2 Webinar to solicit feedback related to the proposed plan template and instructions to implement the In-Person Instruction and Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant enacted with the passage of AB 86.

AB 86 requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the concurrence of the Executive Director of the State Board of Education, to develop a template for the required plan and post the template on the CDE’s web page.

Advance registration is required. Please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5-3Fi45oTZO4r2zl5ybHEw or see the CDE Tuesdays @ 2 Webinar Series web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/tuesdaysat2.asp

Please send questions related to this webinar to LCFF@cde.ca.gov

Risk Communication in Schools During COVID-19 (April 16, April 30, and May 7, 2021, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Learn how to effectively use risk communication best practices to enhance COVID-19 prevention, screening, testing, case management, and decrease community transmission at your school. This free, interactive 3.5-hour training for principals and school administrators features UCLA public health risk communication experts Dr. Deborah Glik and Dr. Cathy Lang, the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies, and the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care.

Visit the UCLA Health web page at https://uclahs.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4MVPAXKsEMAHOGG to register. If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact Anna Peare, Program Manager for Schools, at apeare@ucla.edu

More information can also be found on the California Department of Public Health website at https://schools.covid19.ca.gov/pages/virtual-training-academy

Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning Webinar Series Presented by Andratesha Fritzgerald (April/May 2021)

Teachers and leaders will build expressways to success by examining their inclusive and equitable practices in light of the book Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success by Andratesha Fritzgerald. This four-part series will address the impact of racism and bias on outcomes for students of color and students with disabilities and how to begin moving forward differently and effectively.

Session #1: Safety: Two Eyes. One Vision. Two Roads. One Mission. Chapters 1–3 (April 13, 2021, 3 to 4:30 p.m.)

When the two roads of antiracism and universal design for learning (UDL) come together, we purposefully create safe, honoring, challenging, and welcoming learning environments for Black and Brown learners. This session will focus on honor as a vehicle in instructional decision making that brings antiracist strategies together with the inclusivity of universal design for learning.

Session #2: Engagement: Learning to Drive, Chapters 4–5 (April 20, 2021, 3 to 4:30 p.m.)

Driving is equally proactive and reactive. When learning to drive, we have to be safe, but we also must engage with the road when we are comfortable and plan for when we are in uncomfortable situations. No one can fully learn to drive without getting behind the wheel. Our biases and fears about learners can keep us from trusting them to drive their learning. Antiracist practices and UDL, when merged together, help equip participants to engage students and the community in new ways that improve outcomes.

Session #3: Supported and Challenged: Honor in Action, Chapters 6–7 (April 27, 2021, 3 to 4:30 p.m.)

Learning and transfer of learning occur when multiple representations are used because they allow students to make connections within, as well as between, concepts. In short, there is not one means of representation that will be optimal for all learners; providing options for representation is essential. In the same way that on-ramps get us from where we are to an expressway that moves us toward where we want to go, multiple means of representation open up access to learners in a way that fuels their vehicle of learning.

Session #4: Creating Community, Navigating Construction, Chapters 8–10 (May 4, 2021, 3 to 4:30 p.m.)

The UDL framework emphasizes the importance of building expert learners in any context. Learning and expertise are not static. They are continuous processes that involve practice, adjustment, and refinement for every member of the learning community. CAST defines expert learners as purposeful and motivated, resourceful and knowledgeable, and strategic and goal-directed. Expert learning takes shape differently when we create communities of support and construction zones of safe practice.

Registration for this webinar series can be found on Supporting Inclusive Practices’ Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success A Four-Part Series web page at https://www.sipinclusion.org/events/antiracism-and-universal-design-for-learning-building-expressways-to-success-a-four-part-series/

Designing for Literacy Development in the Hybrid Classroom Webinar Series
Session #5: Building Comprehension (April 12, 2021, 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, 3 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, 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 for 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

Equity by Design (Part 2): A Conference in the Cloud: A Five-Part Series

In the fall of 2020, Mirko Chardin and Katie Novak presented the first phase of this series, and they will now present the second phase. This multi-part series will not only feature Chardin and Novak, but they will be presenting with colleague DJ Swiff for professionally produced musical inspiration.

  • Session #3: March 15, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Session #4: March 17, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Session #5: March 24, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Registration for this five-part series can be found on Supporting Inclusive Practices’ Equity By Design (Part 2) A Conference in the Cloud: A Five-Part Series web page at https://www.sipinclusion.org/events/equity-by-design-part-2-a-conference-in-the-cloud-a-five-part-series/

Professional Learning Webinar Series for Paraeducators: Building a Community of Support
Session #7: Universal Design for Learning for Paraeducators (April 8, 2021, 1 to 2 p.m.)

Presented by Katie Novak, Ed.D., Novak Educational Consulting, Founder & Executive Director

Session #8: Universal Design for Learning for Paraeducators (May 13, 2021, from 1 to 2 p.m.)

Presented by Katie Novak, Ed.D., Novak Educational Consulting, Founder & Executive Director

Registration for this webinar series can be found on Supporting Inclusive Practices’ Professional Learning Webinar Series for Paraeducators: Building a Community of Support web page at https://www.sipinclusion.org/events/paraprofessional-professional-learning-building-an-inclusive-community-of-support/

From Surviving to Thriving! Four-Part Webinar Series

Across four webinar sessions, Dr. Michele Borba will guide participants from across California through each chapter of her latest book, Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine. She will outline the seven essential character traits that help children thrive, including the ability to nurture a caring heart, develop a strong mind, and cultivate a determined will. Participants will leave each session with relatable and applicable ideas to help students learn and grow.

This series is designed for families, educators, and all champions for kids and youth and is offered in both spring and summer. The first 1,000 registrants will receive Dr. Borba’s book, Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.

Spring Webinar Series
  • Session #1: April 8, 2021, from 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Session #2: April 15, 2021, from 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Session #3: April 22, 2021, from 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Session #4: April 29, 2021, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Registration for the Spring webinar series can be found on Supporting Inclusive Practices’ From Surviving to Thriving! Spring Series web page at https://www.sipinclusion.org/events/from-surviving-to-thriving-summer-series/

Summer Webinar Series
  • Session #1: June 2, 2021, from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Session #2: June 9, 2021, from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Session #3: June 16, 2021, from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Session #4: June 23, 2021, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Registration for the Summer webinar series can be found on Supporting Inclusive Practices’ From Surviving to Thriving! Summer Series web page at https://www.sipinclusion.org/events/from-surviving-to-thriving-summer-series-2/

If you have any questions, contact SIP Project Coordinator Janelle Mercado at jmercado@edcoe.org or Program Assistant Jessica Takacs at jtakacs@edcoe.org.

CDE Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice Webinar Series
Session #4: Chapter 2: Asset-Based Pedagogy: Student, Family, and Community Engagement for the Academic and Social-Emotional Learning of Multilingual Students (March 17, 2021, 4 to 5:30 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 recordings of webinars one through three in the series will be posted at a later date.

To register for the fourth webinar in the series, go to https://bit.ly/CDE-EL-03-17-21

CDE Integrated and Designated English Language Development (ELD) Video Series Webinar Series
Session #5: Engaging in Professional Learning using Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten–Grade Three ELD Videos (March 30, 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 four webinars in the series will be posted at a later date.

To register for the fifth webinar in the series, go to http://bit.ly/CDE-EL-Video-Mar30

MCAP Innovations

Between February and July 2021, LEAs can explore eight research-based Professional Learning Innovations offered by CABE and five county offices of education. Based on the initial identification of equity gaps through the Liberatory Design framework, LEAs will learn how to implement key Professional Learning Innovations (supporting Principles 1 and 2 of the EL Roadmap) to address gaps in EL opportunities and achievement across the PK–16 pipeline.

For questions regarding MCAP Innovations, please visit the MCAP Innovation Offerings web page at https://mcap.gocabe.org/innovation-page/ or email MCAP staff at mcap@gocabe.org.

Dual Language Teacher Academy (April 10, 2021, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

This program includes two Saturday modules that will prepare dual language teachers and their colleagues with higher levels of academic Spanish and the pedagogical practices to teach in and support a Spanish dual language program. All modules are aligned with the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, third edition, and the California English Learner Roadmap.

For session and registration information, please visit https://mcap.gocabe.org/innovation1-dlta/

Parent and Family Engagement Leadership Building Multilingual and Multicultural Communities (April 10, June 12, and July 10, 2021, 9 a.m. to noon each day)

This program includes four modules that build leadership capacity in families and draw upon community funds of knowledge to inform, support, and deepen relationships in a multicultural and multilingual community.

For session and registration information, please visit https://mcap.gocabe.org/innovation-parent-family-engagement-leadership-building-multilingual-and-multiculural-communities

Bilingual Teacher Pathway (March 18, April 15 and 29, and May 6 and 20, 2021, 3:30 to 5 p.m. each day)

This program includes six webinars for bilingual paraprofessionals in California that are interested in becoming bilingual teachers. Online courses that act as prerequisites to the credential program and/or exam support are offered.

For session and registration information, please visit https://mcap.gocabe.org/innovation-bilingual-teacher-pathway/

Dual Language Preschool (Dates to be determined)

In partnership with the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Office (FCSS), First 5 Fresno County built the Lighthouse for Children. FCSS will offer five professional learning modules for those interested in designing a high-quality dual language preschool program and best practices for developing language in early learners.

For session and registration information, please visit https://mcap.gocabe.org/innovation-dual-language-preschool-preschool-early-literacy-development/

Project Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) (Dates to be determined)

The Project GLAD National Training Center has provided exemplary training for educators both nationally and internationally, resulting in increased student access to quality education and high levels of success. Educators, coaches, and administrators develop deep cognition through well-designed lessons that build upon biliteracy, second language acquisition, and reading and writing research.

For session and registration information, please visit https://mcap.gocabe.org/innovation-project-glad/

Writing Redesigned for Innovative Teaching and Equity (WRITE) (April 5, May 3, and June 1, 2021, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day)

This innovation focuses on an equity-centered, culturally and linguistically responsive K–12 instructional literacy approach in English and Spanish. This national academic excellence model for professional development supports schools and districts to implement an approach to prepare students for college, career, and civic participation.

For session and registration information, please visit https://mcap.gocabe.org/innovation-writing-redesigned-for-innovative-teaching-and-equity-write-institute/

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 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

Santa Clara (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 English Learner Roadmap will serve as an important bridge to foster stronger school relationships, personal investment, and robust implementation of the English Learner Roadmap. In this session, district and school site personnel will be prepared to deliver English Learner Roadmap workshops to their families so they are:

  • Familiar with the English Learner Roadmap context, policy, and principles
  • Poised to understand their role in effective implementation the English Learner Roadmap 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.

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 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

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 to 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

Los Angeles COE (March 22, 2021)

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

Santa Clara COE (March 16, 2021)

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

Yolo COE (March 18, 2021)

Contact Heather Schlaman, Program Specialist, English Learner Services and Assessment at Heather.Schlaman@ycoe.org

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Last Reviewed: Monday, March 15, 2021
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