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


From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: June 19, 2020


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Announcements & News Releases

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Free Statewide Online Suicide Prevention Training Program (June 17, 2020)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr20/yr20rel44.asp

Superintendent Thurmond Hosts Virtual Student Support Circle on Institutional Racism and Implicit Bias (June 19, 2020)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr20/yr20rel45.asp

Federal Updates

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Professionals who operate school, office, and commercial buildings should consult the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) guidance for information on ventilation and filtration to help reduce risks from the virus that causes COVID-19. In general, increasing ventilation and filtration is usually appropriate; however, due to the complexity and diversity of buildings types, sizes, construction styles, HVAC system components, and other building features, a professional should interpret ASHRAE guidelines for their specific building and circumstances.

ASHRAE’s resources for reopening schools are located at https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/resources.

EPA’s COVID-19 resources are located at https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus.

Program Updates

Assessment Development and Administration Division

A preview of the new Tools for Teachers website at https://www.smartertoolsforteachers.org/ is now available to all California local educational agency (LEA) staff! As the new formative assessment component of the Smarter Balanced assessment system, replacing the Digital Library, Tools for Teachers features a collection of instructional and professional learning resources that support K–12 teachers in their use of the formative assessment process during daily instruction to adjust teaching to improve student learning.

On June 22—next Monday—from 3–4 p.m., all California educators are invited to a CDE-hosted webinar to view a demonstration of the Tools for Teachers website. All California educators are encouraged to attend! Registration details can be found at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iC_5UjUbT3ie_5b83smZYA

LEA staff who had a Digital Library account in May 2020 when it was decommissioned have automatic access to Tools for Teachers. Self-registration is available for new users with an LEA email address. The website can be accessed by selecting the “Tools for Teachers” button on the CAASPP website at http://www.caaspp.org/ or ELPAC website https://www.elpac.org/.

For more information about Tools for Teachers and other formative assessment resources, visit either of these websites or the CDE Smarter Balanced Tools for Teachers web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/tools-for-teachers.asp.

Assessment Spotlight archives are available at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/assessmentspotlight.asp.

Curriculum Frameworks and Instruction Resources Division

The Mathematics Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (Math CFCC) will hold its second of six meetings on June 24–25, 2020. The Math CFCC is revising the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Mathematics Framework). The meeting will be entirely virtual.

The meeting agenda, which includes the meeting login information, is posted at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ma/cf/junmathcfccagenda.asp.

Please visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ma/cf/ for more information about the revision of the Mathematics Framework. Send comments and questions about the Mathematics Framework revision to the MATHFRAMEWORK@cde.ca.gov mailbox.

English Learner Support Division

The California Teachers Association (CTA), with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center Network and the CDE, have released a series of webinars focused on supporting English learners during distance and hybrid learning. To access the archived webinars, visit the WestEd Webinars web page at https://www.wested.org/webinars-home/.

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

Recap of This Week’s Webinars:

How to Prepare Dual Language Elementary Students to Engage in Conversations Around Central Ideas with High-Quality Texts (Monday, June 15, 2020, at 4 p.m.)

This webinar was presented by the CTA, with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center Network and the CDE. Given the pervasive practice of engaging students with the text without building the field or inviting prior knowledge to make sense of it, a common design challenge faced by teachers of bilingual and emerging-bilingual students is how to structure invitations for students to engage their own experiences and knowledge to support the intellectual work of the lesson. This webinar highlighted the importance of surfacing students’ prior experiences and activating their prior knowledge in dual-language classrooms. The following topics were addressed in this session:

  • Inviting students’ prior experiences and knowledge: Why is it so important?
  • Student-centered activities to incorporate their prior knowledge and experiences: How can we do it?

School Nutrition Town Hall #3 (Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 2 p.m.)

The Nutrition Services Division hosted a School Nutrition Town Hall meeting where the panelists (Hunger Heroes) discussed plans for reopening food services when schools reopen, including the district model that is going to be used or considered. Speakers shared strategies for serving quality meals, implementing meals in the classroom, adapting new practices for farm-to-school, and engaging community partners. The Hunger Heroes include: Cody Williams, Director, Food and Nutritional Services, Novato Unified School District; Tawny Cowell, Director, Nutrition Services, Redding School District; Gail Gousha, Director, Nutrition Services, Escondido Union School District; and Eric Span, Director, Nutrition Services, Sweetwater Union High School District.

How to Engage Dual Language Elementary Students with High-Quality Texts (Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 4 p.m.)

This webinar was presented by the CTA, with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center Network and the CDE. This webinar built from the webinar, How to Prepare Dual Language Elementary Students to Engage in Conversations Around Central Ideas with High-Quality Texts, and introduce dual language educators to teaching and learning approaches and processes that support elementary students’ abilities to access and engage in disciplinary literacy practices with high quality, complex texts. Instruction designed to ensure high quality interactions with texts allow students to develop metacognitive and metalinguistic practices while building and practicing their understanding of language.

These topics were addressed in this session:

  • The critical thinking and literacy practices needed to succeed in the twenty-first century
  • A research-based approach to meaningfully engaging elementary dual language students with high quality texts that lead to:
    • The development of metacognitive and metalinguistic practices;
    • Deepened understandings of key concepts and themes within and across texts; and
    • Rich understandings of language.

Making Community Eligibility Provision Work for your District in School Year 2020–21 (Thursday, June 18, 2020, 2 p.m.)

The Nutrition Services Division partnered with No Kid Hungry California to co-host a webinar to discuss Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This webinar was targeted towards districts that are considering adopting, expanding, or renewing CEP at their school sites. Attendees heard from a panel of speakers who provided an overview of CEP participation, discussed the benefits of CEP from the local perspective, and identified some best practices for maximizing your identified student percentage.

Student Support Circle on Implicit Bias (Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 4 p.m.)

We encourage you and your students in the middle or high school age range to attend the second Virtual Student Support Circle hosted by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and the California Department of Education in partnership with the National Equity Project. It will feature students from across the state speaking about what they have experienced and talk about practical solutions to institutional racism and implicit bias in public schools.

Digital Divide Hearing (Friday, June 19, 2020, at 1 p.m.)

Co-chaired by Sen. Connie Leyva, the latest Closing the Digital Divide Task Force Hearing provided a status update on commitments from internet service providers to expand free or low-cost services to underserved households. The task force also discussed its continued work to increase donations of devices so that students can connect with their teachers as schools plan for the next academic year.

Upcoming Webinars:

Tools for Teachers Webinar (Monday, June 22, 2020, at 3 p.m.)

All California educators are invited to a CDE-hosted webinar to view a demonstration of the Tools for Teachers website.

A preview of the new Tools for Teachers website at https://www.smartertoolsforteachers.org/ is now available to all California local educational agency (LEA) staff! As the new formative assessment component of the Smarter Balanced assessment system, replacing the Digital Library, Tools for Teachers features a collection of instructional and professional learning resources that support K–12 teachers in their use of the formative assessment process during daily instruction to adjust teaching to improve student learning.

Registration details can be found at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iC_5UjUbT3ie_5b83smZYA

Supporting Secondary English Learners in the Science Classroom (Monday, June 22, 2020, at 4 p.m.)

This webinar is presented by the CTA, with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center Network and the CDE. Oral language development and disciplinary discourse are indispensable for the development of knowledge and growth in language proficiency. Drawing upon recent recommendations regarding evidence-based instructional practices, science teachers will learn about ideas and activities for developing English learner’s oral language by interacting with peers and engaging in the learning and doing of science and engineering.

The following topics will be addressed in this session:

  • Introduction to oral language development and its importance for English Learners
  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Analyzing and interpreting data, and
  • Engaging in argument from evidence

Please register at the WestEd Meeting Registration web page at https://tinyurl.com/ELWebinarJune22

Facilitating Secondary ELA English Learners’ Oral Language Development While Engaging in Distance Learning (Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 4 p.m.)

This webinar is presented by the CTA, with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center Network and the CDE. Based on the premise that learning takes place through social interaction, participants of this webinar will consider the difficulties that distance learning presents for English learners. Participants will receive tangible tools and processes for supporting oral interactions and language development of secondary English language arts students in distance learning environments that promote literacy development.

The following topics will be addressed in this session:

  • Introduction to oral language development and its importance for English learners
  • Modeling of three ways to scaffold and support English learners’ oral language development in distance learning

Please register at the WestEd Meeting Registration web page at https://tinyurl.com/ELWebinarJune24

Universal Design for Learning in Distance Learning for Early Childhood (Thursday, June 25 at 10 a.m.)

Hosted by the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division in collaboration with the Early Learning and Care Division and the California Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Coalition, this webinar will provide information on UDL and its application to distance learning for early childhood education.

Kelly Wylie and Kathy Wahl from the Santa Clara County Office of Education will provide a broad overview of UDL and guidance on integrating UDL principles as educators plan and deliver instruction in a distance learning format for preschool students.

To register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fTxP_LjsTHaf9tPzSt41Hg

Learning with Our Global Colleagues: Re-Engaging School Communities (Tuesday, June 23, 2020, from 3:30-5 p.m.)

Following the cancellation of in-person classes in March to contain the spread of COVID-19 and the trauma experienced by communities as a result of violence against people of color, California educators are seeking ways to cultivate compassion and appreciate systems that influence people’s feelings, thoughts, and actions. Mignon Weckert from Australia and David Derosa from British Columbia will share their experiences and strategies to support the reopening of their school communities. Join this session to learn with our global colleagues and understand how they have worked to strengthen emotional connections through empathy and compassion as you plan to re-enter school and re-engage your school community this summer and fall. This webinar is being presented by the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence through the work of California’s System of Support and will feature CDE leaders on the panel discussion.

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vsvq5-2FTuWeeLkq6RZD_w


Questions:   California Department of Education | COVID19@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 25, 2020
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