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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, April 29, 2021


From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: April 29, 2021


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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Dear School Communities and Partners:

This week, I was so proud to engage directly with students, educators, and families as we accelerate a pathway to recovery. Smiles and emotions emanated from students I greeted on Tuesday as they returned to campus and classrooms at the California School for the Deaf in Riverside for first time in a year. At Los Angeles Unified on Wednesday, I got a taste of insatiable student energy and passion as I walked classrooms and spoke with students in elementary and high school. I saw first-hand a successful literacy program for high-needs first-graders and witnessed an award-winning Automotive Academy providing a pathway for high-demand careers. At a virtual student-led townhall with Inglewood Unified School District, I listened to students describe sobering experiences during this tense year that have challenged their mental health, physical and emotional safety, and their sense of social justice, but I was also inspired by their positivity and how they feel empowered for change.

I am proud of the efforts taking place across our state as we work together to craft strategies that help California students recover from this prolonged crisis. As we close out Public School Recognition Month, I can honestly say that bearing witness to the dedication of our schools, the passion of our educators, and the resilience of our students brings immense joy and hope.

As we look ahead, I want to add my voice to the loud chorus that will be celebrating our school employees throughout the month of May. We kick off the month next week with Teacher Appreciation Week as well as with special employee recognitions—Monday, School Principal Day; Tuesday, National Teacher Appreciation Day; and Friday, School Lunch Hero Day, which honors the contributions of our nutrition workers. Please join me in recognizing our school employees, especially for their steadfast commitment in this challenging year.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond visits students at the California School for the Deaf Riverside and at Los Angeles Unified as they return to campus.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond visits students at the California School for the Deaf Riverside and at Los Angeles Unified as they return to campus.

 

Announcements & News Releases

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2021 California Exemplary Arts Education Awards (April 29, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel36.asp

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Additional 2021 California Distinguished Schools (April 27, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel35.asp

Mind Out Loud: Heighten Students’ Mental Health Awareness (May 4–6, 2021, 3:30 to 5 p.m.)

Wellness Together School Mental Health, in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and the California Department of Education (CDE), will host Mind Out Loud—a free three-day virtual event for middle and high school students. This event will convene students to boldly discuss mental health, connect with peers across California, hear from engaging speakers to become equipped with practical tools for wellness, increase mental health awareness and advocacy for themselves and friends, learn about suicide prevention, and reduce stigma associated with mental health. Rapper/singer Big Sean will be joining this exciting event as well as keynote speakers Angie Thomas External link opens in new window or tab. The Hate U Give: Finding Your Activism and Turning the Political into the Personal, and Max Stossel External link opens in new window or tab. The Social Dilemma and We've Been Sneaking Into Your Brains.

Please register for this free event External link opens in new window or tab.

Educators who host a watch party will get free pizza!

Calling All Educators! A Whole Child Approach to the AB 86 Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant Convening (May 5, 2021, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

The California AfterSchool Network, the CDE Expanded Learning Division, and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) are collaborating to offer California educators and educational leaders from all sectors an opportunity to participate in a free virtual convening to support A Whole Child Approach to the Assembly Bill 86 ELO Grant.

As part of the Assembly Bill 86 COVID-19 relief package, $4.6 billion will be distributed to local educational agencies throughthe Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant, which can be used for extended instructional learning time, learning supports, health, counseling, mental health and social emotional learning, community learning hubs, supports for credit-deficient pupils, and training for school staff.

Speakers include:

Morning Welcome & Keynote

  • Mind Body Awareness Project External link opens in new window or tab.
  • Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent for Public Instruction
  • Karen Pittman, Co-Founder and Senior Fellow,The Forum for Youth Investment
  • Michael Funk, Director, Expanded Learning Division, CDE

Lunch Plenary

Closing Plenary

  • Tony Smith, Founder, Whyspeople; FormerIllinois State Superintendent of Education; Former Superintendent Oakland Unified School District
  • Jorge A. Aguilar, Superintendent, Sacramento Unified School District
  • Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District
  • Tom Rooney, Superintendent, Lindsay Unified School District

A multitude of workshops External link opens in new window or tab. on various topics will be offered that build the capacity of educators to provide the supports that can be funded from this grant, including supporting mental and emotional well-being, homeless and foster youth, students with disabilities, English learners and migratory students, and more.

For more information and to register, visit the ELO Convening web page External link opens in new window or tab.

It is highly recommended to attend as a team to maximize this opportunity—we encourage you to invite your colleagues and look forward to you joining the event!

STEM Summer Opportunities for Students
Google (Deadline to apply is May 7, 2021)

CSSI: Online provides graduating high school seniors with an interest in computer science an opportunity to virtually learn what their future careers may hold and inspires them to complete their work toward a technical degree. Students can expect a specially designed, project-based curriculum to help prepare for their CS studies, daily development sessions to help them prepare for future job opportunities, interaction directly with Google engineers, and exposure and insight into Google’s internship programs and technical career opportunities. To apply, students will need to complete this application form External link opens in new window or tab. High school seniors in the Central Valley, Bay Area, and Sacramento areas are encouraged to apply by May 7, 2021.

For more information, please see a one-page summary of the program External link opens in new window or tab. or more details on the linked Google document External link opens in new window or tab.

Application form for the summer CSSI work External link opens in new window or tab.

For additional questions and more information, please email doli.rodriguez@kaporcenter.org.

UC Davis
UC Davis C-STEM Center—Schools and Districts can host C-STEM Camps for Accelerated Math Learning for grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

UC Davis C-STEM is a UC-Approved Educational Preparation Program External link opens in new window or tab. for undergraduate admission to all UC campuses. The C-STEM Math-ICT Curriculum External link opens in new window or tab. which includes 17 UCOP A-G Approved HS courses External link opens in new window or tab. with four honor courses, provides K–12 students with 13 years of hands-on integrated learning of math and CS/STEAM with coding and robotics. A sample pathway for using the C-STEM Math-ICT curriculum from kindergarten to twelfth grade can be found in the linked PDF External link opens in new window or tab.

The UC Davis C-STEM Camps External link opens in new window or tab. below address learning loss due to the pandemic and are usually offered free to students and hosted by schools and districts.

1.Camp A (Grades K-2): C-STEM Camp for Accelerated Math Learning — Early Elementary External link opens in new window or tab.

2.Camp B (Grades 3-5): C-STEM Camp for Accelerated Math Learning — Upper Elementary External link opens in new window or tab.

3.Camp C (Grades 6-8): C-STEM Camp for Accelerated Math Learning — Middle School External link opens in new window or tab.

4.Camp D (Grades 9-12): C-STEM Camp for Accelerated Math Learning — High School External link opens in new window or tab.

These camps focus on the cognitive and social-emotional aspects of learning, alleviate some of the distress caused by the pandemic, and bring joy and fun back to learning. They provide for deeper learning through robotics projects and challenges and the solution of real-world problems using math concepts and at the same time provide students with recreational and collaborative teamwork opportunities. Visit the UC Davis C-STEM Center web site External link opens in new window or tab. for more information.

The C-STEM Center will provide comprehensive professional development External link opens in new window or tab. (PD) from May to July 2021 as well as site-specific PD for K–12 teachers to implement the C-STEM programs.

Program Updates

Multilingual Support Division
Newsletters

The Multilingual Support Division (formerly English Learner Support Division) is publishing two newsletters during the COVID-19 school closure: the Multilingual Parent Newsletter (formerly known as 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 April Multilingual Updates Newsletter covers State Board of Education updates, guidance, resources, and webinars. The April Multilingual 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 (EL) Roadmap Implementation

The two EWIG EL Roadmap 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 EL Roadmap Implementation for Systemic Excellence (EL RISE!) (https://www.californianstogether.org/el-rise/ External link opens in new window or tab.), 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.

Special Education Division
New English Learners with Disabilities Web Page

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

Webinars - Recap and Upcoming

Webinar Recaps
Creating Brave Spaces in Early Childhood Conversation Series: Strategies to Disrupt and Counteract Bias, Racism, and Hate(April 26, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m.)

Over 1,000 teachers, providers, administrators, and parents from across the nation and Canada came together for a deep, courageous, conversation about the impactsofbias, racism, and hate on young children, their families, and on early childhood education. Participants heard compelling research, stories, and strategies, and plans to support, guide, or inspire their own journeys to understand implicit bias and disrupt racism and hate. In addition to the conversation and stories from the panelists, other voices from the field were included via prerecorded clips to include even broader diversity.

If you missed it, a recording of the event will be available soon. Leading the discussion was Senta Greene, Founder of Full Circle Consulting Systems, and the following 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
Designing for Literacy Development in the Hybrid Classroom Webinar Series
  • Session #3: Engaging in Literacy (February 8, 2021, 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, 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
Opportunities for All Branch: Creating Brave Spaces in Early Childhood Conversation Series (May 10, 2021, 6 to 8 p.m.)

REGISTER NOW! Join us for the Creating Brave Spaces in Early Childhood Conversation Series: How Excluding, Suspending, and ExpellingHurts Children.The series is hosted by the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.

Return on May 10, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. for the second session of collective discourse scheduled to create systemic impactwith California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, moderator Senta Greene, and the following panelists:

  • Dr. Walter Gilliam, Mears/Jameson Professor, Director, Edward Zigler Center, Yale Child Study Center
  • Maurice Sykes, Author, Doing the Right Thing for Children: Eight Qualities of Leadership, Executive Director, Early Childhood Leadership Institute
  • Nadia Jaboneta, Author, Children's Lively Minds, Children’s Teacher and Adult Educator
  • Dr. Tunette Powell, Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Community at the Mirman School, Parent Engagement Research Consultant and Instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Kadija Johnston-Independent Consultant and Faculty, Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development

The discussion will 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 indispositions,behaviors, and systems to meet the needs of all young children. Additional voices from the field will join via prerecorded sessions to expand the diversity beyond the panel. We welcome you to join us.

Register to attend this webinar at https://surveys2.cde.ca.gov/go/cbs-webinar2-registration.asp For questions about this series, please email DeputySuperintendent-OFAB@cde.ca.gov.

CDE Equity Thought Leader Series

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

May 20, 2021, 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, 3 to 4 p.m. Dr. Tolani Britton will be presenting “Strategies for Increasing College Access and Success Through Dual Enrollment in High School."

Registration link is coming soon.

Please visit the Department's Equity Thought Leader Series web page for updates to the series: https://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ee/equitythoughtleaders.asp. All Equity Thought Leader Series events will be presented via Zoom and available at https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation/

CDE Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice Webinar Series
Session #6: Chapter 4: Early Learning and Care for Multilingual and Dual Language Learners Ages Zero to Five (May 4, 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 sixth webinar in the series, go to http://bit.ly/CDE-EL-05-04-21

MCAP Innovations

Between February and July 2021, local educational agencies (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 (May 6 and 20, 2021, 3:30 to 5 p.m. each day)

This program includes six webinars for bilingual paraprofessionals in California who 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 (EL) 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 implementation of the EL Roadmap 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; 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 County Office of Education (see below) or Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, EL RISE! Project Administrator, at info@elroadmap.org.

Ventura (May 13, 2021)

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

Integrated and Designated ELD: Teacher as Language Coach TK–6 grade focus (in partnership with SEAL)

How can teachers easily and effectively build language proficiency for their English learner/dual language learner students throughout their daily lessons? This two-hour interactive webinar, including one hour of pre-session asynchronous work, provides teachers with a construct and set of practices that can be quickly integrated into existing lessons and practices, including designated ELD. Aligned to Principle 2 of the EL Roadmap Policy, participants will learn to effectively identify and address the strengths and needs of English learners by providing targeted scaffolds and supports to actively deepen students’ use of sophisticated academic language for speaking and writing, tapping into their linguistic genius. Teachers will be prepared with tools and resources that can be implemented the next day in their virtual and in-person classrooms. Our students’ brilliance shines through when we create the conditions for educational equity and access.

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.

Imperial (May 20, 2021)

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

San Diego (May 18, 2021)

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

San Mateo (May 4, 2021)

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

Tulare (May 20, 2021)

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

Integrated and Designated ELD Institute for Secondary Teachers (in partnership with Californians Together)

Integrated and designated ELD in conjunction with culturally and linguistically sustaining practices are the foundational components of effective and responsive secondary schools for meeting the needs of English learners. In this institute participants will:

  • Build an understanding of how to integrate support for language development with disciplinary content knowledge
  • Learn how to plan responsive, designated ELD that is linked to academic content
  • Become acquainted with high-leverage instructional strategies, and
  • Focus on all four domains of language.

Participants will become acquainted with the guidance provided in key California Department of Education resources, including the EL Roadmap Policy, the ELD Standards, the ELA/ELD Framework, and the newly published Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice.

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

Santa Cruz (May 6 and May 20)

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

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 #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, 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 & 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.

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 Thought Leader Conversation (TLC) Series

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 theWestEdNCSI’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 multi-faceted 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:

  • 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 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.

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