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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, May 14, 2021


From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: May 14, 2021


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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Healthy School Campuses

Image of two teenagers embracing. Text reads: Youth 12+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines--learn more--Vaccinate ALL 58

This week we welcomed a host of good news for students, schools, and families. On Monday, we learned that the FDA extended emergency authorization eligibility of the Pfizer vaccine to children twelve to fifteen years old. Now middle school students as well as high school students can get their vaccinations, providing another layer of safety and reassurance for our schools. Even as we in invest in personal protective equipment as well as ventilation upgrades and rapid, robust coronavirus testing of asymptomatic school staff and students as a key safety measures to reducing potential spread, vaccines for students and school staff offer more schools their best chance at accelerating a return to in-person learning. Most schools are already open for in-person learning, and the outlook is very positive that all students will be returning to campuses and classrooms in the fall.

Funding for CA Schools and What Students and Families Need

On Wednesday, I joined Governor Newsom for the CA Roars Back for Schools announcement External link opens in new window or tab. of unprecedented investments proposed for class-size reduction; learning acceleration; afterschool programs; universal transitional kindergarten; and wraparound mental health, social, and family services so critically needed to put students and families back on track as California continues to make its way out of the pandemic. I am grateful to the Governor for recognizing that this $15 billion proposal for K–12 education includes the much-needed investments in social-emotional and mental health supports that will create more equitable outcomes and make the difference, especially for those students and families traditionally underserved and those who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic. I saw this important work first-hand in San Diego County this week when I spent time at two elementary schools open for in-person learning External link opens in new window or tab. There I was proud to see how student and staff mental health and wellness needs were prioritized with robust and integrated strategies that layer school-based social work and counseling, vaccination efforts, community health offerings, staff mental health supports, and more.

Congratulations to one of California’s Own—Cindy Marten, Deputy Secretary of Education

Cindy Marten, Deputy Secretary of Education

Cindy Marten, Deputy Secretary of Education

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Cindy Marten, Superintendent of San Diego Unified since 2013, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this week as the new Deputy Secretary of Education. She will join Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to manage the U.S. Department of Education and implement the new administration’s extensive education agenda.

Celebrating Our School Nurses

Happy National School Nurse Day - May 2021

As part of celebrating our school employees in May, this week we honored the cadre of school nurses whose love, care, talents, and contributions improve the safety, health, and success of California’s students!

Announcements & News Releases

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Visits San Diego County Schools Open for In-Person Learning that Utilize Strong Safety Measures and Social-Emotional Supports

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel39.asp

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Praises Governor’s Proposed $15 Billion for Schools Plan for Putting Needs of Students and Families First

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel38.asp

ScholarShare 529, California’s College Savings Plan

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr21ltr0513.asp

The Week Ahead
New Webinars to Support Connectedness and Mental Health (May 18 and May 19, 2021)

May 18, 2021, 5 to 7 p.m. The CDE is sponsoring an A Trusted Space webinar, which will be an opportunity for participants to view the documentary, created for adults who work with or parent children and youth, followed by a live panel discussion. The documentary and its accompanying curriculum help educators and school staff set up trusted spaces in school and virtually to help students navigate and address their feelings.

Please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_na6J_pESTtyT-pflhvgsmg.

May 19, 2021, 3:30 to 5 p.m. CDE and NAMI California will host the Ending the Silence External link opens in new window or tab. (ETS) webinar. Participants will be able to see an ETS presentation; learn how to schedule ETS for staff, students, and/or parents; and learn how to become a speaker to share lived experiences as part of ETS.

Please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9xDMdVUiSL6paLgtAxi-FQ

CDE and State Superintendent Thurmond 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

Stop the Hate: A Conversation About Anti-Asian Racism & Behavioral Health (May 21, 2021, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has been targeted and experienced acts and crimes of hate and violence.

Sponsored by the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, this webinar will highlight the experience of AAPIs and convene a group of legislators and community representatives to address current legislation, best practices, and have discussions around what our state is doing to address the experience of the AAPI community during this pandemic.

Speakers include a variety of legislators and community leaders such as Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-District 8); Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-District 27); Cynthia Choi, Co-Executive Director, Chinese for Affirmative Action and Founding Partner, Stop AAPI Hate; and Mandy Diec, Director of California Southeast Asian Resource Action Center of California.

Please register via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OQrRjA26TliESkyFEkuiDw

Webinar Series on COVID-19 Guidance for Early Learning and Care Contractors (May 21, 2021, from 11 a.m. to noon)

To address the needs from the field during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 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 next webinar will provide the following updates:

  • 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 Early Learning and Care COVID 19 Guidance web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/elcdcovid19.asp

Announcements

STEM Summer Opportunities for Students
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

In-Person Instruction (IPI) Grant—Assembly Bill 86

The CDE added a List of LEA Certification Forms Received to the COVID-19 Relief and School Reopening Grants web page Since all eligible LEAs are required to submit the form by June 1, 2021, the list of forms received will be updated frequently.

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/), 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
Seeds of Partnership E-Communication

Seeds of Partnership supports various California Department of Education Special Education Division statewide initiatives and activities related to professional development, monitoring requirements and improvement, family engagement, youth leadership, early learning, and the Family Empowerment Centers.

Explore featured spotlights, upcoming community presentations and events, news, and actionable resources related to special education, family engagement, and early learning by subscribing to the Seeds of Partnership E-Communication at https://cdn.forms-content.sg-form.com/a8b432ec-9d6a-11eb-b8ca-5ed3ee187757

For more information, visit the Seeds of Partnership website at https://www.seedsofpartnership.org/

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

Tier 2 Interventions

Below are Tier 2 programs and resources that can support students’ behavioral and social-emotional needs.

  • Academic Seminar: The High School Behavior Education Program, 2nd Edition

This Tier 2 intervention is meant for middle- and high-school-age students with a primary focus on supporting organizational skills. This resource includes a comprehensive manual with lesson plans and reproducible materials that can be accessed at the following web page: https://assets.website-files.com/5d3725188825e071f1670246/5d72cc107d51710cc9746041_acdemic_seminar_handbook_second_edition.pdf

  • Resilience Education Program (REP)

This package of Tier 2 intervention strategies is intended for students in grades four to eight and is currently under active development and evaluation by a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The REP also includes explicit cognitive-behavioral instruction and materials for parents and caregivers to support students with internalizing difficulties at home and can be found on the School Mental Health Collaborative REP Home web page at https://smhcollaborative.org/rep/

Additional materials for students in grades four to eight and for families can be found on the School Mental Health Collaborative Materials web page at https://smhcollaborative.org/rep-materials/

For more information on these resources, contact Dr. Austin Johnson at Austin.johnson@ucr.edu

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.

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

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 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 1st, 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 module 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
The Asian American Education Project: Teaching About Asian Americans in K–12 Classrooms (May 13, 2021, at 4 p.m.)

State Superintendent Thurmond joined social justice activist and high school social science educator Jayson Chang for this webinar that showcased lessons available on the Asian American Education Project website while diving into how teaching about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) helps to combat the model minority myth and perpetual foreigner stereotype. As a curriculum developer and workshop trainer for the Asian American Education Project, Chang emphasizes the importance of AAPI representation in school curriculum by sharing the resources offered by this organization.

If you missed this event, you can view it under videos on the CDE Facebook webpage at https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation

Upcoming Webinars
New Webinars to Support Connectedness and Mental Health (May 18, May 19, and May 25, 2021)

May 18, 2021, 5 to 7 p.m. The CDE is sponsoring an A Trusted Space webinar, which will be an opportunity for participants to view the documentary, created for adults who work with or parent children and youth, followed by a live panel discussion. The documentary and its accompanying curriculum help educators and school staff set up trusted spaces in school and virtually to help students navigate and address their feelings.

Please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_na6J_pESTtyT-pflhvgsmg

May 19, 2021, 3:30 to 5 p.m. CDE and NAMI California will host the Ending the Silence External link opens in new window or tab.(ETS) webinar. Participants will be able to see an ETS presentation; learn how to schedule ETS for staff, students, and/or parents; and learn how to become a speaker to share lived experiences as part of ETS.

Please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9xDMdVUiSL6paLgtAxi-FQ

May 25, 2021, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Building a Network of Safety for School Communities Suicide Prevention Webinar Series for the 2020-21 school year: Safe Messaging on Suicide Prevention and Planning Activities for the 2021-22 School Year delivered by Dr. Shashank Joshi, Stan Collins, and Jennifer Baker.

Please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l9uaDt04TdyQ63qDF6gYiw

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/

Partnerships and New Possibilities with Families: Special Education Focus

Seeds of Partnership, along with the CDE Family Engagement Department and Special Education Division, are pleased to announce a two-part webinar series, Partnerships and New Possibilities with Families: Special Education Focus. This webinar series is an orientation to the Family Partnership Mastermind Initiative.

  • Part 1: Building Alliances with Families and Promoting Partnerships (May 25, 2021, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.)

The recent pandemic revealed the importance of building alliances with families, especially if their children receive special education services. Dr. Amy Pleet-Odle will update attendees on the national Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family Partnerships and implications of the Endrew F. v Douglas County Supreme Court decision. She will facilitate an exploration of ways participants could promote empowering family partnerships.

  • Part 2: Practitioner Panel Conversation—Lessons Learned (June 8, 2021, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.)

Dr. Amy Pleet-Odle will facilitate a panel of practitioners who will share approaches they have used to build powerful family partnerships and lessons learned in the process.

Registration for this two-part series can be found on the Seeds of Partnerships Webinar Registration web page at https://scoe.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rsEL19MPSmKgG2U9FTSVBQ

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

Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Resource Leads

The Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) System Improvement Leads Project provides professional learning and improvement coaching to educational agencies throughout California with the goal of building capacity in the areas of data use and governance, continuous improvement, and high-leverage and evidence-based practices. Below you will find upcoming webinars under these categories:

Continuous Improvement
  • Root Cause Analysis: Investigating Problems in Our School System (May 17 and 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

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 Special Education Plan (SEP) and/or other improvement efforts.

Registration for this webinar series can be found on Root Cause Analysis: Investigating Problems In Our School Systems—May 2021 web page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/root-cause-analysis-investigating-problems-in-our-school-systems-may-2021-registration-144693579391

  • Introduction to Improvement Science (May 19 and 21, 2021, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.)

In this two-part workshop, participants will be introduced to key improvement science principles and explore methods that drive improvement. Improvement science is a disciplined approach to educational innovation that supports educators, leaders, and researchers in collaborating to solve authentic problems of practice. Attendees will engage in hands-on activities to explore tools and strategies designed to support understanding problems of practice, including how Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles can support rapid learning

Registration for this webinar series can be found on the Introduction to Improvement Science web page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-improvement-science-part-1-tickets-140442710929

  • Together with System Improvement Leads (SIL): Leadership Series (May 19 and 26, 2021, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.)

Join Together with SIL, a networking event, to connect with colleagues around the state and discuss various topics related to expanding in-person learning opportunities for students with disabilities. Join thought partners, share resources, and spread promising ideas across a supportive network of educators dedicated to equitable access for students with disabilities.

    • Session #2: Extended School Year
    • Session #3: 2021-2022 School Year Re-entry

Registration for this webinar series can be found on the Together With SIL: Leadership Series web page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/together-wsil-leadership-series-tickets-151123641881

High-Leverage & Evidence-Based Practices
  • Together with SIL: Teacher Series

Together, we inspire educators to leverage school reopening as an opportunity to center the needs of students with disabilities, connect educators with job-alike colleagues to provide thought partnership and support, and innovate together by spreading promising ideas throughout the state

    • Session #3: Instruction: Adapting & Reimagining Learning For All Learning Styles
    • Session #4: Social-Emotional/Behavior: Ensuring Student Well-Being

Registration for this webinar series can be found on the Together with SIL: Teacher Series web page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/together-wsil-teacher-series-tickets-151124855511

If you have any questions, contact SIL at info@systemimprovement.org

Designing for Literacy Development in the Hybrid Classroom Webinar Series
  • Session #7: Reflection and Goal-Setting (June 14, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.)

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

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

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

Get To Know This Valuable Resource: Independent Living Centers (May 25, 2021, from 7 to 8 p.m.)

Parents Helping Parents invites you to this webinar for high school students, adult individuals, parents, and professionals working with the special needs community to learn about Independent Living Centers (ILCs). An ILC is a nonprofit, non-residential disability rights and service organization that empowers people with all types of disabilities to advocate for and navigate care systems such as housing, budgeting, self-care, transportation, and more. There are many ILCs throughout California and nationwide.

Registration for this webinar can be found on the Webinar Registration web page at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0LxlL4oTSuKY0tcvK64E5w

Get To Know This Valuable Resource: Achieve Independence and Meaningful Employment with Help from the Department of Rehabilitation (June 8, 2021, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.)

Join Parents Helping Parents and WarmLine Family Resource Center (Sacramento) for this webinar for transition youth, adult individuals, and parents of children with disabilities to learn about the Department of Rehabilitation, a statewide resource that helps people with a broad range of special needs. Additionally, we are pleased to welcome the Director of California Department of Rehabilitation, Joe Xavier, to this event.

Registration for this webinar can be found on the Webinar Registration web page at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dFihtzfVTRKj6h30krVwgw

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, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Session #2: June 9, 2021, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Session #3: June 16, 2021, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Session #4: June 23, 2021, 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

  • Session #5: Systems Conference (July 18, 2021, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. ET)

Registration for this eventwill be provided in the near future.

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 12 p.m.
  • Session #2: May 17, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Session #3: May 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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 530-295-2470 at least 48 hours in advance so we can meet your needs. For additional questions, contact info@systemimprovement.org.

Real Talk About Co-Teaching (May 19, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.)

The first session in the new Change Through Conversation series will help special education and general education teachers explore co-teaching models, barriers, and practical solutions for effective co-teaching. Real Talk About Co-Teaching builds on a 15-minute video and short readings as resources to inform the session work.

Registration for this webinar can be found on the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Real Talk About Co-Teaching web page at https://sdcoe.k12oms.org/2341-201740

For more information on this event, contact Alicia Moyer at amoyer@sdcoe.net

Students with Individualized Education Plans (May 26, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.)

SDCOE continues to elevate student voices and engage with their experience through listening.

Registration for this webinar can be found on the SDCOE Students with Individualized Education Plans web page at https://sdcoe.k12oms.org/2341-190548

For more information on this event, contact Alicia Moyer at amoyer@sdcoe.net

Students with Individualized Education Plans (May 26, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.)

SDCOE continues to elevate student voice and engage with their experience through listening.

Registration for this webinar can be found on the SDCOE Students with Individualized Education Plans web page at https://sdcoe.k12oms.org/2341-190548

For more information on this event, contact Alicia Moyer at amoyer@sdcoe.net

Session #7: Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice Webinar, Chapter 4: Early Learning and Care for Multilingual and Dual Language Learners Ages Zero to Five, (June 22, 2021, 3:30–5:00 p.m.)

The CDE Multilingual Support Division, with the support of the Region 15 Comprehensive Center at WestEd, is hosting 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 final webinar in the series, go to https://bit.ly/CDE-EL-06-22-21

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 (May 20, 2021, 3:30 to 5 p.m.)

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) (June 1, 2021, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.)

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/

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

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 20, 2021)

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

Questions:   California Department of Education | COVID19@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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