Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, August 21, 2020
From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Date: August 21, 2020
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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond
Dear School Communities and Partners:
This has no doubt been one of the most trying periods of time, personally and professionally, for all of our school communities.
On top of the strains of the pandemic and a mostly virtual back-to-school period, for many of us, our lives have been disrupted by wildfires and blackouts roiling the state. We are all working harder than ever under impossible circumstances.
Be kind to yourself, and take it one day at a time. This is not easy, and there is no playbook for the times we’re in. At the CDE, we will continue to provide you the support you need, connect you to resources, and advocate on your behalf.None of us ever anticipated this is what 2020 would look like, but I continue to be inspired by how our educators, families, and students have risen to these challenges. We truly are stronger together.
Announcements & News Releases
Collaboration with Apple and T-Mobile to Secure Devices
In the two weeks since we announced a unique collaboration with Apple and T-Mobile to free up hundreds of thousands of internet-enabled iPads for California schools, roughly 70 school districts are already in talks to secure technology for their students in need.
At a time when there is a worldwide shortage for computers and hundreds of thousands of devices are on backorder for months—this arrangement with Apple and T-Mobile is the only opportunity to secure devices during the back-to-school period. An estimated 100,000 iPads are available within four to six weeks and can run any online learning platform, so now is the time to act.
To place an order or for more information, contact your Apple or T-Mobile Education Account Manager.
If you aren’t sure who your representative is, call 877-386-4246 and a dedicated education agent will set up a live meeting for your school district with a T-Mobile representative.
Submit a lead to https://www.t-mobile.com/business/government and T-Mobile will follow up within 24 hours.Questions: email@example.com.
School Fiscal Services Division
The School Fiscal Services Division has posted the following additional instructional time, attendance accounting, and attendance reporting guidance for distance learning for the 2020-21 fiscal year (FY):
- New frequently asked questions on attendance and record keeping in FY 2020-21 and select updated FAQ at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/pa/pafaqs.asp.
- A combined daily and weekly engagement template that local educational agencies may adapt for their use, or use as a reference when developing their own daily participation and weekly engagement forms at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/pa/documents/template.pdf.
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.
The August EL Updates Newsletter covers funding, COVID-19 guidance, parent notification, distance and hybrid learning, accountability, assessment, immigrant resources, and webinars. The August Distance Learning Parent Newsletter focuses on resources for parents to help them start the school year off strong during distance learning.
To read the newsletters, go to the CDE EL Updates Newsletters web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/elnewsletters.asp.
Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG): English Learner Roadmap (ELR) Implementation
The two EWIG ELR grantees, Californians Together (CalTog), and the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) share the goals of preparing educators to enact the vision and principles of the CA English Learner Roadmap Policy and build system mechanisms to centralize the needs of English Learners. CABE’s Multilingual California Project (https://www.gocabe.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/FINAL_Abstract_EWIG_Multilingual_California_Project.pdf) and CalTog’s English Learner Roadmap Implementation for Systemic Excellence (EL RISE!) (https://californianstogether.app.box.com/s/3neu9gbzqfe31nhdwz444xjtvxj53jl6) 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. See the “Upcoming Webinars” section below for details on EL RISE! webinars.For more information, please visit the CDE Educator Workforce Investment Grant: EL Roadmap Policy Implementation web page https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r28/elroadmap19rfa.asp.
Webinars - Recap and Upcoming
Maintaining Strong Relationships and Connections (Thursday, August 27, 2020, 1 p.m.)
The Educator Excellence and Equity Division is pleased to present the second of a series of Social and Emotional Distance Learning webinars. This webinar is designed to support teachers and showcases the Three Signature Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) practices. The webinar will be facilitated by Wendy Baron from the California SEL State Team and will feature a recorded presentation by Ed De la Vega, a teacher leader from Bakersfield. Please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtdumrrDkvH9zQwb3XQyT9G4uXk9HD0OQa.
EL RISE! Communities of Practice Webinar Series for Administrators (August 18, 2020, August 25, 2020, and September 29, 2020. All three webinars are from 4 to 5:30 p.m.)
The EWIG ELR subgrantee, Californians Together, and its partners, known collectively as EL RISE!, are hosting a three-part leadership webinar series. This series is designed to address immediate needs of school leaders and administrators in opening schools with a focus on meeting the needs of English learners in distance learning. Administrators may select to participate in one, two, or all three webinars. All webinars will be archived for asynchronous access.
Webinars in the administrator series:
- Developing Learning Continuity and Attendance Plans that Embrace our English Learners (Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.)
- Reopening School Districts: Embracing Our English Learners (Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.)
- Supporting Families and Knitting Strong Home-School Partnerships in Pandemic Era (Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.)
Registration: To register for one or more of the webinars in this series, fill out the EL RISE! Google form at https://bit.ly/3g8jGxr.
The EWIG ELR subgrantee, Californians Together, and its partners, known collectively as EL RISE!, are hosting a two-part teacher webinar series.
- Part I: Partnering with Families in the First Month of Dual Language Programs, Kindergarten/Grade One (September 3, 2020, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.)
- Part II: Planning for Biliteracy in Distance Learning: Spanish Dual Language Programs, Kindergarten/Grade One (August 26, 2020, or September 10, 2020, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.)
Part I: At this critical moment in California’s history, we are at risk of losing the many significant gains we have made to build and expand our dual language immersion programs. As we work to welcome and integrate our kindergarten and grade one learners into a dual language immersion model, families are integral partners. This is especially true in this time of increased social and linguistic isolation, creating a heightened need and focus on access and equity in distance learning. In this webinar, kindergarten and grade one dual language immersion teachers will receive support, strategies, and frameworks to deepen their work in partnering with families at the beginning of the school year. These will include ideas for creating family cohorts; involving families in the learning, building understanding, and buy-in for the bilingual model; and supporting students with strengthening their bilingual identities. This webinar will focus on Spanish dual immersion programs with consideration for both 90:10 and 50:50 models.
Part II: Kindergarten and grade one dual language immersion teachers have an especially unique challenge and opportunity during distance learning when welcoming their youngest learners joyfully into the bilingual community. They are tasked with supporting their students in building biliteracy, many of whom are in the early stages of acquiring a second language. In this webinar, teachers will gain structures and examples of research-based best practices in planning for biliteracy, designated ELD, and teaching for transfer. Through a combination of oral language strategies and teacher examples, we will look at the most effective ways to foster language development and positive bilingual identities for our students. Teachers will understand how dual language models, routines, and schedules transition to distance learning and be prepared to plan accordingly.
Registration: To register, fill out the EL RISE! Google form at https://bit.ly/31uzx3p.
The EWIG ELR subgrantee, Californians Together, and its partners, known collectively as EL RISE!, are hosting a three-part teacher webinar series. This fall webinar series for kindergarten through grade six educators is designed to address the immediate needs of teachers in meeting the needs of English learners in distance or hybrid learning contexts. Teachers may select one, two, or all three webinars for participation.
- Welcoming, Inclusive, and Affirming Classrooms for English Learners (September 2 or 9, 2020, 2:30-4:30 p.m.)
- Critical Conditions for English Learners in Distance Learning (September 16 or September 23, 2020, 2:30-4:30 p.m.)
- Creating and Sustaining Family Partnership in Distance Learning (September 24 or September 30, 2020, 2:30-4:30 p.m.)