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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, June 4, 2021


From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: June 4, 2021


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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

 

California Educators Together

This week, in collaboration with the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, the California Department of Education (CDE) launched California Educators Together, a one-of-a-kind, web-based community of practice to provide districts, schools, and educators equitable access to a high-quality digital environment with a comprehensive and growing collection of diverse, open digital resources.

During the pandemic, just like our students, educators were no longer able to collaborate in-person with their peers. We saw this as a challenge that needed to be solved. One silver lining of this global pandemic is that CDE, through the generous support of the AT&T Foundation and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, identified an important need and invested in building a platform to ensure educators can engage and share their learning resources and best practices with one another into the future.Learn more and start connecting by visiting https://www.caeducatorstogether.org

California STEAM Symposium artwork shows the dates of the Symposium, October 21-23, 2021, and the Pre-Conference, August 3, 2021, with the word virtual and an image of North America highlighted.

2021 California STEAM Symposium Opens Registration and Call for Proposals

CDE is excited to announce the ninth annual California STEAM Symposium will take place online October 21–23, 2021, and the Back-To-School Pre-Conference will be August 3, 2021, both presented by Chevron. Co-hosted by CDE, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, the STEAM Symposium brings together passionate people seeking inspiration, energizing engagements, and the opportunity to collaborate with STEAM education experts to expand STEAM learning opportunities for everyone in California and beyond. Learn more and register at https://cdefoundation.org/cde_programs/steam/ Presentation proposal submission deadline is June 16, 2021.

Blue text reads National Cyber and white text reads Scholarship

Celebrating California’s Cyber Scholars

I am proud to announce that 70 of California’s most promising high school students have earned the coveted title of “National Cyber Scholar” after winning a rigorous 48-hour competition designed to evaluate aptitude in combating cyber threats and showcasing the best of what California’s schools have to offer. It is exciting to see students thinking critically to address real-world challenges that have potential impacts on our government, defense, financial institutions, and critical infrastructure. Twenty-first century education means that we are focused on preparing students for college and the careers of the future. Students in this competition must assume the role of cyber expert to solve computer security problems and/or capture and defend computer systems through simulations. Through their outstanding performances, Californiastudents earned more than $385,000 in scholarships and training combined.

 

CDE Celebrates June as Pride Month

CDE celebrates June as Pride Month as part of an ongoing effort to acknowledge, recognize and honor the diverse histories and backgrounds of CA students, staff and families. Watch for news, opportunities and resources throughout the month.

News Releases, The Week Ahead & Announcement

California Department of Education Announces First of its Kind Statewide Online Community of Practice and Collaboration Network for Educators (June 4, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel46.asp

Seventy High School Students Named “National Cyber Scholars” After Winning Nationwide Competition to Identify Rising Stars in this Critical Sector (June 4, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel45.asp

Invitation to Participate in the 2022 California Schools to WatchTM Program (June 4, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr21ltr0604.asp

2021 California STEAM Symposium Opens Registration and Call for Proposals (June 3, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr21ltr0603.asp

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces New Statewide Benefit Program to Help Feed Children Amid Child Care Closures (June 2, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel44.asp

2022 California Teachers of the Year Program (June 2, 2021)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr21ltr0602.asp

The Week Ahead
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.

Partnerships and New Possibilities with Families: Special Education Focus Part 2: Practitioner Panel Conversation—Lessons Learned (June 8, 2021, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.)

Seeds of Partnership, along with CDE Family Engagement and the 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.

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 is available 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

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students: A Virtual Roundtable about CA Education Code 218 (June 9 at 3 p.m.)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and the California Department of Education will be celebrating Pride 2021 with a webinar series.

Superintendent Thurmond will host a conversation with Mayor Todd Gloria, author of Assembly Bill 493, Rich Chavez Zbur, executive director of Equality California, and the LGBTQ Legislative Caucus on the importance of supporting LGBTQ+ students and the development of CA Education Code 218.

Register for the Zoom webinar event https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F0zrhH5CQo6RZVnsQhlPQQ. To stay up-to-date on all the Pride celebrations, please the CDE on our social media platforms. (Links at the bottom of this page)

Announcements
CA Labor Management Institute Virtual Summer Institute (June 22-23, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Extended Registration: The CA Labor Management Initiative Virtual Summer Institute has extended its registration deadline. Your labor-management team now has until June 18, 2021, to register for the conference.This virtual event will provide labor-management teams an opportunity to learn about labor-management partnerships, work with collaborative tools & frameworks, and plan together for the upcoming year. Join otherdistrict and countyofficelabor-management teams for both half-daysessions of the Summer Institute.Register earlier to participate in the June 14 pre-conferencefor new teams.The $55 per person cost includes the pre-conference.

Join State Superintendent Thurmond and State Board President Linda Darling Hammond and your state employee association leaders, for this joint learning and team building Institute. You will hear presentations from experienced teams across California that have made significant strides by making labor-management collaboration a priority and learn how to take substantive steps together to build deeper partnerships.For more information and to register, visit https://web.cvent.com/event/da90c870-1b79-46b5-b69b-52b55ee8d21c/summary.

Please relay this opportunity to your classified and certificated union presidents and board members to participate as a team.

Program Updates

Educator Excellence and Equity Division
New Resources to Support LGBTQ+ Youth Now Available

The Educator Excellence and Equity Division (EEED) is pleased to announce that new web pages supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth, their families, and California’s educators who work with LGBTQ+ youth and their families are now posted on the CDE website at https://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ee/supportlgbtq.asp

The web pages fulfill the requirements of Assembly Bill 493, enacted as Education Code (EC) Section 218. EEED staff collaborated with LGBTQ+ stakeholders from across the state to develop these resources, which are intended for use in training school site staff to support LGBTQ+ students and improve overall school climate.

These web pages are being released in acknowledgment and celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. A series of webinars are also being planned during the month of June to showcase these web pages and to bring a spotlight to the need for the support of LGBTQ+ youth, their families, and the educators who work with these youth. The first webinar, a virtual roundtable, will be held on June 9, 2021, at 3 p.m. Please plan to join us and register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F0zrhH5CQo6RZVnsQhlPQQ

Multilingual Support Division
Newsletters

The Multilingual 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

Webinars - Recap and Upcoming

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 and the Region 15 Comprehensive Center at WestEd are 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 are the featured presenters for each webinar. Webinar series information is available on the Improving Education: Research to Practice web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/improvingmleleducation.asp

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/

Partnerships and New Possibilities with Families: Special Education Focus

Seeds of Partnership, along with CDE Family Engagement and the 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 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 is available 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:

High-Leverage & Evidence-Based Practices
  • Effective Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting Facilitation

Join the SILs and Key2Ed, a national authority on IEP facilitation and conflict resolution, to learn skills and strategies that allow you to prevent and/or work through conflict during the IEP process.

Work collaboratively to develop skills, knowledge, and mindset for the following areas:

    • Guiding IEP groups toward their objectives
    • Assist people in building understanding and agreement
    • Prevent, reduce, and resolve conflict
    • Bring out the best in all group members

Each workshop series is five days and embeds a blended instruction, including self-study modules and group sessions with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning:

    • Session #1: June 7–11, 2021
    • Session #2: June 21–25, 2021
    • Session #3: July 12–17, 2021
    • Session #4: July 26–30, 2021

Each five-day series will adhere to the following schedule:

    • Monday: 9 to 10 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.
    • Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
    • Friday: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Registration for this webinar series can be found on the Key2Ed web page at https://key2ed.com/index.php/california

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

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

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

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 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

Designing Inclusive Preschools: The Myths, the Barriers, and Creative Solutions An Interactive Virtual Conference (June 15, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

This interactive virtual conference, hosted by the SIP team, will involve a panel discussion with the CDE Special Education Division and Early Learning and Care Division staff as well as voices from the field. It will focus on dispelling myths, breaking barriers, and providing out-of-the box solutions/guidance for designing inclusive preschools.

Registration for this webinar can be found on the SIP Designing Inclusive Preschools: The Myths, the Barriers, and Creative Solutions An Interactive Virtual Conference web page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/designing-inclusive-preschools-tickets-156270426051

If you have any questions regarding this subject, contact Katie Maloney-Krips, Education Programs Assistant, by email at KMaloneyKrips@cde.ca.gov

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