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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, May 21, 2021


From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: May 21, 2021


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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Classified School Employee Week: May 16–22, 2021

A cartoon image depicts a bus driver, office employee, custodian, and school lunch worker riding a bus. Text reads: Happy Classified School Employee Week! Celebrating our school employees, May 2021

Happy Classified School Employee Week! This week we celebrated the talented professionals who keep our schools safe and clean, drive our buses, support classroom learning, prepare and serve healthy meals, and much, much more. Please join me in closing out Classified School Employee Week by celebrating our school employees and their contributions and thanking them for making a difference every day.

Celebrating 100 Years at the California Department of Education

Logo of the Department of Education, State of Caifornia with a 100th Anniversary banner across the logo: 1921 to 2021.  The logo shows an image of a lamp on top of a pile of books with a ruler and a pencil in front of the books.

On Tuesday of this week, the California Department of Education (CDE) kicked off the CDE's 100th anniversary (1921-2021) celebration with a virtual staff celebration focusing on our agency's history and future. In the coming months, CDE staff will continue to celebrate the centennial with events and through communications that commemorate the people and the work that has evolved through the century to support the success of more than six million students.

Supporting Students and Families Post-Pandemic

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is pictured behind a podium at a Monterey County school. The sign on the podium is purple and says California Roars Back.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Speaks at Governor Newsom’s California Roars Back for Schools Press Conference

As the extraordinary 2020–21 school year comes to a close, we at CDE remain focused on pathways to recovery through safe in-person instruction, social emotional learning, a focus on mental health and well-being, and strategies that can accelerate learning.

Most importantly, we are listening to our educators, administrators, students, and families about where the gaps, concerns, and opportunities exist. I continue to work to convene our school leaders and legislators so that schools have the opportunity to be at the center of education discussions and decisions and we make sure that we talk about and fund the areas of greatest student need. Governor Newsom’s proposed budget revisions set historic levels of funding for our students and schools, and we need to use this critical time to ensure that as we look ahead to the summer and fall, we do our best to provide our schools, students, and families with the tools, investments, and resources for them to succeed.

The Week Ahead

Building a Network of Safety for School Communities Suicide Prevention Webinar Series: Safe Messaging on Suicide Prevention and Planning Activities for the 2021–22 School Year (May 25, 2021, 10 to 11:30 a.m.)

The webinar series will focus on various topics related to preventing suicides in school communities with a specific focus on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.

Presented 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
Strategies for Increasing College Access and Success Through Dual Enrollment in High School (May 25, 2021, 3 to 4 p.m.)

Dr. Tolani Britton will be presenting.

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OE2sj0BeRQuJKdZqQdP7_A

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/

Tuesday @ 2 (May 25, 2021, 2 to 3:30 p.m.)

On May 25, 2021, at 2 p.m., the Nutrition Services Division (NSD) continues the discussion for operating School Nutrition Programs (SNP) as local educational agencies navigate multiple nationwide waivers during the 2020–21 school year, summer, and upcoming school year. Join NSD for Tuesday @ 2 Virtual Town Hall events on the fourth Tuesday of the month where CDE shares updates regarding program requirements and schools and partners share best practices. The May Town Hall will be devoted primarily to answering sponsor frequently asked questions and clarifying recent policy guidance. In addition, Natalie Cole, Bureau Chief from the California State Library, will share how libraries connect children to summer meals and the impact this partnership has on families and their communities. For more information, please visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/tuesdaysat2webinar.asp

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/), 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 CDE 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

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

Assessment Development and Administration Division

The following sections provide updates on California assessment programs. For more information related to California’s statewide assessments, including California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), English Language Proficiency Assessments forCalifornia (ELPAC), and California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE), as well as other statewide assessments, visit the CDE Testing web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/. For test administration, coordination, and training information, visit theCAASPP websiteat https://www.caaspp.org/, theELPAC website at https://www.elpac.org/, and the CHSPE website at https://www.chspe.org/.

2021 California Assessment Conference: Call for Shared Practices Proposals!

At last year’s California Assessment Conference (CAC), sessions featuring school and district practices were some of the highest rated parts of the conference!We are now looking for teams of educators from across the state to lead our Shared Practice sessions forthis year’svirtual CAC, which will take place October 12–14.

Knowing that thepowerof peer-to-peer learning is well-understood and appreciated by California educators, we are planning for Shared Practices sessions that will feature teachers, teams, and school sites that have developed best practices for implementing assessment resources in support of teaching and learning.

For more information and a link to the submission form, visit the CAC Call for Presenters web page. All proposals must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on June 30, 2021.Please share this information with your local educators and encourage all who are interested to apply!

Registration Open forNew Coordinator Training—Summer ELPACSessions

Calling all LEA ELPAC coordinators who are new to their role or want a refresher! The 2021–22 New Coordinator Training—Summer ELPAC sessions, hosted by our county office of education partners, will take place in June.Duringthe first ELPAC coordinator training, participantswill:

  • Become familiarwith the Initial and Summative ELPAC processes.
  • Reviewthe responsibilities of the ELPAC coordinator.
  • Learn aboutsuggested time frames for completing activities.
  • Explore procedures and practices to support a successful ELPAC administration.

Visit the ELPAC Training Opportunities web page to register for a training date in your county/region—or any dateconvenientfor you!

Register Now for the 2021 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series!

The engagingInterim and Formative Assessment Training Serieswill provideparticipants withdirect, online training focused on leveraging the interim and formative components of the Smarter Balanced comprehensive system of assessments to inform teaching and learning.This online trainingis designed for teachers, instructional coaches, and educators on special assignment, but administrators and LEA CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators also may find this training useful to further support educators locally.

Thetraining serieswillconsist ofthree distinct, independent components:

  • Module 1—Using the Formative Assessment Process and Tools for Teachers Website to Boost Instruction
  • Module 2—Gauging Student Progress with the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Related Online Systems
  • Module 3—Interim Assessment Hand Scoring

Participants may attend one or more of the modulesand will havemultiple opportunities—in both the summer and fall—to attend. Sessions in thesummer andfall willcoverthe same content.

More information, includingmoduledates and the link to register, can be found on the2021 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series event website. Questions regarding this training series should be directed to ETS by email at CalOutreach@ets.org

Webinars - Recap and Upcoming

Webinar Recaps
Using AB 86, ESSER I/II, & GEER I Funding for Capital Improvement Projects (May 19, 2021)

The CDE provided information on how local educational agencies may utilize AB 86 and ESSER I/II & GEER I funding for capital improvement projects. An LEA representative shared how they used this one-time funding for their construction projects. Webinar resources are posted to the School Facilities and Transportation Services Division’s What’s New web page

Upcoming Webinars
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 to 5 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/

Dual Language Preschool (Dates to be determined)

In partnership with the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (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) Module 4: Instructional Intentionality (May 27, 2021, 1 to 4 p.m.)

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/

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 SELPA System Improvement Leads (SIL) 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 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon)

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

  • Together with System Improvement Leads (SIL): Leadership Series

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 #3: 2021-2022 School Year Re-entry (May 26, 2021, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.)

Registration for this webinar series can be found on the Together w/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 #4: Social-Emotional/Behavior: Ensuring Student Well-Being (May 26, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.)

Registration for this webinar series can be found on the Together w/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

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

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

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