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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, June 5, 2020


From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: June 5, 2020


All Coronavirus (COVID-19) SSPI Communications

Next week is “Teacher Appreciation Week” and we want to make sure that we all take the time to thank our teachers for their resilience and incredible efforts to continue our students’ education through distance learning.

Please check back regularly to www.cde.ca.gov as we are constantly updating it with valuable and timely information. To subscribe to this weekly update, please email join-covid19-update@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

If you aren’t already following us on social media, please find us on Facebook at @CAEducation and on Twitter @CADeptEd for updates throughout the week.

If you want to donate technology items or money to purchase technology, please email donatetech@cde.ca.gov.

If you have general COVID-19 questions not previously addressed on our website, email COVID19@cde.ca.gov

Annoucements & News Releases

SPI Thurmond Makes Heartfelt Comments Addressing George Floyd Death (June 1, 2020)

https://youtu.be/UCYu3C2qKOg.

Thurmond Calls for Action to Address Racism (June 1, 2020)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr20/yr20rel40.asp.

SPI Announces Initiatives on Implicit Bias and Racism (June 4, 2020)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr20/yr20rel41.asp.

SPI Weekly Media Check-in (June 4, 2020)

https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation/videos/549899515702218/.

CDE Announces Release of Guidance to Safely Reopen Schools (June 8, 2020)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr20ltr0605.asp

Fedral Updates

The CDE has posted updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund). The updated FAQs can be found on the CDE CARES Act web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/cr/.

U.S. Department of Education (ED)

On June 4, 2020, ED released FAQs on the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Requirements Applicable to CARES Act Programs. Under two of these programs—the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund and the ESSER Fund—states are required to maintain fiscal effort on behalf of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education. The documents can be found on ED’s website at https://oese.ed.gov/offices/education-stabilization-fund/governors-emergency-education-relief-fund/ and https://oese.ed.gov/offices/education-stabilization-fund/elementary-secondary-school-emergency-relief-fund/.

Program Updates

English Learner Support Division

The English Learner Support Division (ELSD) is publishing two newsletters during the COVID-19 school closure: The Distance Learning Parent Newsletter and the English Learner (EL) Updates Newsletter. These formerly weekly newsletters are published monthly starting with the June 2020 issues. All previous issues of the newsletters are available now on the CDE EL Updates Newsletters web page linked below.

ELSD newsletters: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/elnewsletters.asp.

Webinars - Upcoming

Upcoming Webinars:

Supporting Secondary English Learners in the Social Studies Classroom (June 8, 2020, at 4 p.m.)

This webinar is hosted by the California Teachers Association (CTA) with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center Network and the CDE. Structuring opportunities for students to participate in quality and sustained interactions where they engage in rigorous back-and-forth discussions about a historical topic in a virtual environment can present some challenges. One approach to help teachers make lessons more accessible to English learners is integrating the use of carefully selected multimodal texts such as historical maps, photographs, and video into the design of lessons. This webinar will deepen teachers’ understanding of the development of oral language for English learners and provide some strategies that can be applied to distance learning environments.

The following topics will be addressed in this session:

  • Introduction to oral language development and its importance for English learners
  • How to enable oral language development in a distance learning environment
  • What resources support quality interactions for English learners
  • Using multimodal texts to invite interactions

Please register at the WestEd Meeting Registration web page at https://tinyurl.com/ELWebinarJune8.

Analyzing Text Themes in Grades Three Through Five: The Development of Oral Language in a Distance Learning Environment (June 10, 2020, at 4 p.m.)

This webinar is hosted by the CTA with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center Network and the CDE. Oral interactions promote the development of conceptual understandings and language proficiency. Ensuring English learners have multiple opportunities to practice language and discuss grade-level content is essential. In this webinar, upper elementary teachers learn how to support grade three through five students’ oral language development by asking questions that promote student analysis of a text’s key themes in distance learning environments.

The following topics will be addressed in this session:

  • Introduction to oral language development and its importance for English learners
  • Strategically designing questions to support text analysis and language development using grade-level texts
  • Increasing opportunities for student talk in distance learning environments

To register, go to the WestEd Meeting Registration web page at https://tinyurl.com/ELWebinarJune10.

Distance Learning and Instructional Materials Webinar (June 11, 2020, 1 to 2:30 p.m.)

CDE and CalCurriculum will guide districts to think about high-quality instructional materials, including during distance learning. It is also designed for districts to consider how they will plan for next school year.

To register for this event, click here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Nh_UWYD8Tc20gWgYL11Fng.

Questions:   California Department of Education | COVID19@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Friday, June 5, 2020
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