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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, April 16, 2021

News releases and correspondence from Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: April 16, 2021


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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Dear School Communities and Partners:

Each day, additional schools are welcoming more students for in-person learning. More than half of eligible California adults are vaccinated, and all California counties have moved out of the restrictive purple tier. We are on the right track and have many reasons to remain optimistic that conditions will continue to improve and our schools will open fully in-person in the fall.

The transition back to campus is exciting, but there remain challenges. We are doing everything possible to support school openings and to use all the tools available to keep campuses safe and open through the end of the school year. The California Department of Education (CDE) is fully focused on supporting districts with resources and strategies that focus on safety, mental wellness, and equity. We are also cognizant of barriers to attendance and engagement that have been exacerbated during this pandemic, especially in high-need school districts. This spring and into the summer, we will continue to provide family and community engagement strategies to ensure that all students have equitable access to supports that will pave the way for recovery and success.

Announcements & News Releases

Importance of the State Seal of Biliteracy (April 15, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr21ltr0415.asp

New Equity Bill to Level the Educational Playing Field Advances with Bipartisan Senate Education Committee Support (April 14, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel29.asp

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2021 Model School Attendance Review Board Winners (April 14, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel28.asp

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember Mike Gipson, Educators and Scholars Urge Support for First-of-its-Kind Legislation to Diversify the Teaching Workforce (April 13, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel27.asp

No-Cost COVID Testing: How to Secure and Deploy Free Rapid Antigen Testing to Support Safe In-Person Learning (April 19, 2021, at 3:30 p.m.)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond invites California school districts to a special webinar where officials from the CDE and other experts will provide an overview of how schools can access the state’s supply of 5 million rapid antigen tests as an additional tool to facilitate a safe return to in-person learning.

The credit card-sized rapid antigen tests—which can be administered by any trained member of the school staff and can provide results in just 15 minutes—will be free to school districts. The California COVID-19 Testing Taskforce will provide the required training and oversight to participating K–12 schools.

Research from the University of Southern California External link opens in new window or tab. shows rapid COVID tests can detect the most contagious cases before infections spread.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Neeraj Sood, Director, COVID Initiative at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics; Professor and Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs, USC Price School of Public Policy
  • Dr. Lynn Silver, Senior Advisor, Public Health Institute

Register via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ipTDO1BQRRmuoT-8eTMc2w

For questions, please contact: rapidtesting@cde.ca.gov

School districts that are interested in enrolling in the state’s rapid antigen testing program are asked to complete this no-commitment interest form External link opens in new window or tab..

Note: Participants do not need to fill out this form to participate in Monday’s webinar.

Virtual Roundtable: A Conversation with Youth and Community Leaders about the Rise of Anti-AAPI Hate Crimes (April 21, 2021, 4 p.m.)

Please join State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate Dr. Russell M Jeung, along with youth leaders Sabrina Tang, Megan Chan, Thomas Files, Evan Chen, and Zoe Yee, for a roundtable conversation about the rise of anti-Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate crimes. Assemblymember David Chiu will also be giving remarks at the beginning.

This event is meant to elevate the voices (particularly student voices) of AAPI community members as we learn how schools, educators, and educational leaders can assist in stopping AAPI hate crimes.

We have seen a significant rise in AAPI hate crimes over the past year, and the numbers are likely more astonishing as many hate crimes go unreported. (Source: FACT SHEET: Anti-Asian Prejudice March 2021 Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism CSUSB Anti-Asian Hate Crime Reported to Police in America’s Largest Cities: 2019 & 2020) External link opens in new window or tab.

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8ov4AmN5S3G-nRclk7KPUw External link opens in new window or tab.

From Physical Plant to Mental Health: What’s the Best Use for American Rescue Education Funds? (April 22, 2021, 4 p.m.)

Join State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and USC Rossier Dean Pedro Noguera for an interactive dialogue with superintendents and education researchers.

How should districts use the funds coming to the states as part of the federal American Rescue Plan? How should they prepare to re-engage students and staff, some of whom may be hesitant about coming back to school?How should they approach testing and learning loss? As students return to campus and the unprecedented opportunity to rethink our priorities arrives, this webinar will discuss whether practicality should be a guide, or innovation—investing in new, more effective, engaging, and equitable ways of teaching and learning.

This webinar is part of a USC Rossier initiative, A New Vision for Schools External link opens in new window or tab. To register, visit https://uscrossier.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D25ewJXwR1yy_v0kNM-ugg External link opens in new window or tab.

Program Updates

Early Learning and Care Division
Early Education—Creating Brave Spaces in Early Childhood Webinar Series

Please join California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond for the Creating Brave Spaces in Early Childhood Webinar Series.

CDE's Creating Brave Spaces in Early Childhood Webinar Series: Strategies to Interrupt and Counteract Bias, Racism, and Hate (April 26, 2021, 6 to 8 p.m.)

Teachers, administrators, and parents are invited to join us for a deep, courageousconversation about the impactsofbias, racism, and hate on young children, their families, and on early childhood education.Hearcompelling research,stories,and strategies, and lay plans to support,guide,or inspireyour own journey to understand implicit bias and disrupt racism and hate.

Senta Greene, Founder of Full Circle Consulting Systems, will lead a discussion with panelists:

  • Dr. Walter Gilliam, Mears/Jameson Professor, Director, Edward Zigler Center, Yale Child Study Center
  • Frieda Bennett, Member, Quartz Valley Indian Tribe
  • Lisa Lee, Senior Program Officer, First 5 San Francisco
  • Dr. LaWanda Wesley, Director, Early Childhood Education Department, Oakland Unified School District

Register to attend this webinar at https://surveys2.cde.ca.gov/go/cbs-webinar-registration.asp.

SAVE THE DATE! May 10, 2021, 6 to 8 p.m.

CDE's Creating Brave Spaces in Early Childhood Webinar Series: How Excluding, Suspending, and ExpellingHurts Children

Return for the second session of collective discourse to create systemic impactwith California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, moderator Senta Greene, and panelists Dr. Walter Gilliam, Maurice Sykes, Nadia Jaboneta, Dr. Tunette Powell, and Kadija Johnston as they unpack exclusion, suspension, and expulsion in early childhood education, howchildren ofcolor are disproportionately affected, and how we can begin to recognize, talk about,and createchange in dispositions, behaviors, and systems to meet the needs of all young children. Registration link coming soon.

The webinar series will be recorded and available at a later date.

For questions, please email DeputySuperintendent-OFAB@cde.ca.gov.

Special Education Division

The CDE Special Education Division created a new web page that provides information and resources on English learners with disabilities. This resource can be found on the CDE English Learners with Disabilities web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/sr/elpracguideswd.asp.

Primarily, this web page provides a variety of information and resources in support of the California Practitioners’ Guide for Educating English Learners with Disabilities (2019). This guide provides information on identifying, assessing, supporting, and reclassifying English learners who may qualify for special education services and pupils with disabilities who may be classified as English learners. The guide can be directly downloaded as a portable document format from the CDE English Learners with Disabilities web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/ac/documents/ab2785guide.pdf.

Moreover, this web page includes specific information and resources from the CDE Special Education Division, the Multilingual Support Division, and additional CDE-affiliated partners from across California and the United States on the following subjects:

  • Distance learning resources for families
  • Resources for English learners with disabilities
  • Resources for students with disabilities
  • Resources for English learners
  • Special education laws, regulations, policies, and rights

If you have any questions regarding this subject, contact Patrick Garcia-Smith, Education Programs Assistant, by email at PGarciaSmith@cde.ca.gov.

Early Childhood
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA): Remote Screening, Evaluation, and Assessment

ECTA and DaSy have produced new resources on remote screening, evaluation, and assessment. These resources include the following:

  • Determining a Child’s Eligibility Remotely

The following documents and infographics contain guidance, considerations, and resources for determining a child's eligibility for services when you cannot be in the same room with the child:

  • Determining a Child’s Eligibility for Early Intervention Services Remotely
  • Determining A Child's Eligibility for Preschool Special Education Services Remotely
  • Assessment Tools and Potential for Remote Administration

The following tables contain assessment tools that are most appropriate for remote administration, including:

    • Screening Tools for Children Birth to Age Five Years with Potential for Remote Administration
    • Norm-Referenced Assessment Tools for Children Birth to Age Five Years with Potential for Remote Administration for Eligibility Determination
    • Assessment Tools for Planning Instruction and Monitoring Young Children's Progress Remotely

For access to these resources, visit the ECTA Remote Screening, Evaluation, and Assessment web page at https://ectacenter.org/topics/earlyid/remote.asp .

Additional resources for when Child Outcome Summary (COS) teams are unable to meet in person can be found on the ECTA COS Completion web page at https://ectacenter.org/eco/pages/cos-distance.asp .

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.

Webinars - Recap and Upcoming

Webinar Recaps
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.

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
Private School Equitable Services (April 21, 2021, 1 to 3 p.m.)

The California Department of Education will be hosting a Private School Equitable Services webinar on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m. This webinar will focus on the federal requirements for eligibility, participation, and private school consultation under Titles I, II, III, and IV under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Please join the Zoom meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87964246154

Meeting ID: 879 6424 6154

Passcode: 850886

If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia Hanna at shanna@cde.ca.gov.

Supporting Student Resilience by Using Outdoor Spaces for Health, Learning, and Play (April 28, 2021, 3 to 4 p.m.)

In this second of a two-part webinar series sponsored by the California Department of Education, the founding partners of the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative—Green Schoolyards America, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, Ten Strands, and San Mateo County Office of Education—and key collaborators will share resources and ideas related to the benefits of using the abundant fresh air and access to nature to reduce virus transmission and improve students’ physical and mental health and well-being, learning, and play during the pandemic and beyond.

Webinar 2: Using Outdoor Spaces for Teaching and Learning

Date: April 28, 2021, 3 to 4 p.m.

Speakers:

Craig Strang, Associate Director, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley

Nicole M. Ardoin, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford

Karina Salazar, Principal, Kingsley Elementary, LAUSD

Andra Yeghoian, Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Coordinator, San Mateo County Office of Education

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Cr5N5iAAQ-WbK5ku5zaKxw

CDE Equity Thought Leader Series

We are pleased to announce the next webinars in State Superintendent Thurmond’s new Equity Thought Leader Series.

April 20, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m., Dr. Kenneth Wesson will be presenting “Merging Research from Brain Science with Asset-Based Education.” Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Hoe1hmoLRp-5BnSjm4zwcA

May 20, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m., Dr. Greg Peters will be presenting “The Illusion of Returning to Normal: How Prepared are we to Serve our Students in Person—Post COVID-19?” Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eWy2AZkERIOx92qf2mqxgA

May 25, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m., Dr. Tolani Britton will be presenting “Strategies for Increasing College Access and Success Through Dual Enrollment in High School." The registration link for this webinar is coming soon.

Please visit the CDE Equity Thought Leader Series web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ee/equitythoughtleaders.asp for updates to the series.

All Equity Thought Leader Series events will be presented via Zoom and available at https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation/

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Webinar Series: In Pursuit of Equity in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

This five-session series begins April 21, 2021. DEC and the ECTA Center will host various experts in the field of early childhood special education and early intervention in disrupting the pervasive inequities of our systems. Topics will include troubling notions of "at risk," challenging biases about families in home-based services, suspension and expulsion in early childhood settings, counteracting racism and ableism in early childhood systems, and engaging in systems change in pursuit of equity. Sessions will be offered live as well as recorded and available on the DEC website at https://www.dec-sped.org/ for future viewing.

  • Session #1 (April 21, 2021, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. ET)

*Information on future webinar sessions will be provided in the near future

Registration for this webinar series can be found on the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qf-irrzsqGdX_sW1eaa3U3vJbjl06MIzp

Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning Webinar Series Presented by Andratesha Fritzgerald

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 #2: Engagement: Learning to Drive, Chapters 4–5 (April 20, 2021, from 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, from 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, from 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 #6: Expression and Communication (May 10, 2021, from 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, 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 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 .

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

Pursuing Equity for Black Students in K–12 Education: Exploring the Intersection of Race and Disability TLC Series (May 18, 2021, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. ET)

The NCSI continues to host this webinar series that centers the conversation of race and disability across the national landscape through their TLC series.

  • Session #4: Research-Informed Practice (May 18, 2021, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. ET)

Registration for this eventcan be found on the WestEd NCSI’s Thought Leader Conversation Series web page at https://wested.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qbYHSYrnTveUk9ZO0igDUA

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/

Root Cause Analysis: Investigating Problems in our School Systems

California’s special education monitoring processes are shifting from a compliance focus to a continuous improvement approach. LEAs identified for monitoring are now required to develop an annual Special Education Plan (SEP). Now more than ever, LEAs have the opportunity to leverage monitoring processes and the development of the SEP to reveal inequities in their systems and affect real and sustainable improvement. Given the complexities of our school systems, identifying the root causes of systemic inequities can be challenging. To promote meaningful improvement that proves to be sustainable over time, leadership teams must engage in deep, thoughtful, and multifaceted root cause analysis. This approach to root cause analysis provides key information that will empower school teams to develop improvement plans resulting in better outcomes for students with disabilities.

Participants will participate in the following:

  • Discuss key system thinking concepts, with an emphasis on identifying and managing our mental models.
  • Explore three components of a thorough root cause analysis: data analysis, accessing user perspective, and process mapping.
  • Create a root cause analysis investigation plan to inform the development of the SEP and/or other improvement efforts.

For a more comprehensive learning experience, participants are asked to register for all three sessions in this series.

  • Session #1: May 10, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Session #2: May 17, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Session #3: May 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon

Registration for the webinar series can be found on the RCA: Investigating Problems In Our School Systems (three-part series) - May 2021 web page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/root-cause-analysis-investigating-problems-in-our-school-systems-may-2021-registration-144693579391

The System Improvement Leads team is committed to making this event accessible to attendees. If ADA accommodations are necessary, please email sil@edcoe.org or call Arianna Barrera at 530-295-2470 at least 48 hours in advance so we can meet your needs. For additional questions, contact info@systemimprovement.org

CDE Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice Webinar Series
Session #5: Chapter 7: Creating Schools and Systems That Support Asset-Based, High-Quality Instruction for Multilingual Learners (April 21, 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 recordings of webinars one through four in the series will be posted at a later date.

To register for the fifth webinar in the series, go to https://bit.ly/CDE-EL-04-21-21

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.

Parent and Family Engagement Leadership Building Multilingual and Multicultural Communities (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 (April 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) (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/

English Learner Roadmap 101 for School Board Members (in partnership with Californians Together)

This session for School Board members provides a basic overview of the comprehensive and visionary English Learner Roadmap state policy. It is designed to address the role of local governing bodies in supporting and overseeing planning, resource allocation, and implementation of responsive and effective programs and services for English learners that are aligned with the state policy. What questions should you be asking? What opportunities does this assets-oriented and visionary state policy open up for your schools? How can you ensure your schools are enacting the vision, mission, and principles of the EL Roadmap? Sign up and gain answers and tools to focus on the needs of the English learner students in your district. This workshop is open to all School Board members in California.

For more information or registration on this professional development opportunity, please contact the Kern County Office of Education (COE) (see below) or Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, EL RISE! Project Administrator, at info@elroadmap.org

Kern COE (April 19, 2021 4–5:30 p.m.)

Contact Anna Lisa Vargas, EL Coordinator, at anvargas@kern.org

Please register here: http://kern.k12oms.org/1510-199366

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy: Creating the Conditions for English Learners to Thrive (in partnership with Sobrato Early Academic Language [SEAL])

Creating an inclusive, linguistically and culturally affirming classroom community is a central priority for effectively serving English learners. By providing students with mirrors to positively reflect their intersectional identities and windows to embrace the diversity of our world, we can create classrooms and communities that respond to our students’ strengths, needs, socio-emotional health, and identities. This two-session webinar series, with embedded pre-session work and follow-up reflection and application, focuses on how teachers can enact Principle 1 of the EL Roadmap in their virtual or in-person classrooms. Teachers will learn specific skills and strategies for leveraging their students’ and families’ cultural and linguistic assets, celebrating and affirming identity, strengthening classroom community, and facilitating collaborative learning spaces.

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

Imperial COE (April 22 and May 6, 2021)

Contact Erika Morquecho, Director of District and School Support, at erika.morquecho@icoe.org

Los Angeles COE (April 26, 2021)

Contact Malane Morales Van Hecke, Coordinator II/Multilingual Support Unit, at morales_malane@lacoe.edu

San Diego COE (April 29 and May 24, 2021)

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

English Learner Roadmap 101 for Parents and Families (In partnership with SEAL)

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 EL Roadmap implementation. 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; and
  • Poised to understand their role in effective implementation of the EL Roadmap 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 or registration on these professional development opportunities, please contact your local COE (see below) or Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, EL RISE! Project Administrator, at info@elroadmap.org.

San Mateo COE (April 22, 2021)

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

Ventura COE (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, April 20, 2021
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