Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, October 9, 2020
From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Date: October 9, 2020
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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond
Dear School Communities and Partners:
Saturday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day . I have had the privilege of speaking at numerous virtual events this week focused on mental health and equity. When we discuss equity, it is clear that as educational leaders, we must do more to uplift our most vulnerable students and provide them the opportunities they need to achieve academic success. But we cannot address equity and strategies to improve student outcomes without also looking at equity and disparities in mental health.
The coronavirus pandemic, racial and social unrest, natural disasters, and a turbulent election year have created increased feelings of stress, isolation, and anxiety at levels none of us have never experienced before.
Earlier this year, I created a counseling coalition—convening leaders from the California Association of School Counselors, the California Association of School Psychologists, the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, and the California Association of School Social Workers—to begin sharing resources and ideas for creating a framework and identifying and securing funding and resources for students in need. We are continuing our conversations with mental health professionals to help identify funding and increase services for students. If you or someone you know wants to get involved, please reach out to email@example.com.
The effects of the pandemic have magnified all of our roles in creating close and meaningful connections with students, especially in the challenging environment of distance learning. Later this month, the CDE’s School Health and Safety Office in the Educator Excellence and Equity Division is launching a special webinar series, titled “Building a Network of Safety for School Communities.” The goal is to equip all school staff with the knowledge, skills, and resources to help support students in crisis.And in the meantime, please remember that the CDE has numerous resources for educators, families, mental health providers, and students, including resources for students in crisis.
Announcements & News Releases
Seeking Educators with Expertise in Native American Studies for Virtual Roundtable (October 15, 2020, at 4 p.m.)
As we continue our fight against racism, bias, and acts of hate against historically underrepresented and underserved groups, education offers us the opportunity for positive change.
The California Department of Education (CDE) is inviting educators and thought leaders in Native American Studies to join in a virtual conversation about how we can improve teaching and learning in K–12 classrooms.
Please register at https://bit.ly/3iJ1if5 and obtain a Zoom link.
- Assemblymember Monique Limón, author of AB 738, which requires the development of a model curriculum in Native American Studies
- Mark Macarro, Tribal Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
- Assemblymember James Ramos, co-founder of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ Cultural Awareness Program and co-author of legislation to fund the development of a model curriculum in Native American Studies
- Dr. Niki Sandoval, Education Director for Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and Former Member of the California State Board of Education
Please forward this invitation to anyone who you think could offer valuable experience, expertise, or insight regarding Native American Studies in K–12 settings. If you have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Strategies to Strengthen EPP and LEA Partnerships During COVID-19 (October 2, 2020)https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr20ltr1005.asp
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
FEMALEAs impacted by wildfires in the counties that are part of the August 2020 wildfires major disaster declaration (FEMA-4558-DR-CA ) are encouraged to attend Applicants’ Briefings and submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA). The briefings are for LEAs that provided an essential social service related to the fires in Butte, Lake, Monterey, Napa, Nevada (Added), Plumas, San Mateo, Santa Clara (Added), Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo, and Yuba counties. The schedule of the briefings is located on the Cal OES web page, https://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/public-assistance/applicants-briefings. The RPA deadline for DR-4558 is October 30, 2020.
Educator Excellence and Equity Division
The CDE’s SMHPW Suicide Prevention Committee has recently formed a Statewide Suicide Postvention Response Team (SSPRT) which is comprised of suicide prevention experts, advocates, and parents who have lost children to suicide in the state. Our team members are available to provide technical assistance, resources, and supports to LEAS or schools who have lost a student or staff to suicide to address postvention strategies in an effort to support the school community and avert suicide contagion. For more information, please visit the CDE’s Youth Suicide Prevention web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/cg/mh/suicideprevres.asp.
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 newsletters are published monthly.
The September EL Updates Newsletter covers distance learning, assessment, the Educator Workforce Investment Grant, the State Seal of Biliteracy, curriculum, mental health, and webinars. The September Distance Learning Parent Newsletter focuses on resources for parents to help support social emotional 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) ImplementationThe two EWIG ELR 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 English Learner Roadmap Implementation for Systemic Excellence (EL RISE!) (https://californianstogether.app.box.com/s/3neu9gbzqfe31nhdwz444xjtvxj53jl6), please visit the CDE Educator Workforce Investment Grant: EL Roadmap Policy Implementation web page https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/rm/ewigelrmpolicy.asp. The Upcoming Webinars section below includes details on upcoming EL RISE! and MCAP webinars.
Webinars - Recap and Upcoming
Multilingual CA Project (MCAP) Fall 2020 Webinar Series
Part I: Designated ELD-Sentence Unpacking in Small Groups Promoting Equity for English Learners During Distance and Hybrid Instruction (September 23, 2020)
This session focused on distance learning teaching strategies for grades K–12 that can be implemented during Designated ELD to actively engage English learners in grade level core content instruction.
Webinar recording available at https://youtu.be/luHV3-R7KTU.
Presentation slides available at
Part II: Promoting Oracy in Spanish Instruction (October 7, 2020)
This session has been conducted fully in Spanish with a focus on oral language development in a dual language classroom. This session presents a strategy that will promote the strategic use of academic language in the classroom. (Recording Coming Soon)
EL RISE! Communities of Practice Webinar Series for Administrators
This three-part leadership webinar series has been 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. All webinars will be archived for asynchronous access.
Part I: Developing Learning Continuity and Attendance Plans that Embrace our English Learners (August 18, 2020)
Webinar recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Modclw9qbks.
Presentation slides available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nDlQXYppFFa2NaIAwmyPRAFu2YqRn3hi/view
Part II: Reopening School Districts: Embracing Our English Learners (August 25, 2020)
Webinar recording available at https://californianstogether.box.com/s/imjvkpzd494xyglw3zunltce4dnro1p9
Presentation slides available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jnL_QvkCyDdtb_BnmbS86ZQ76V2ul4G3/view?usp=sharing
Part III: Supporting Families and Knitting Strong Home-School Partnerships in Pandemic Era (September 29, 2020)
Webinar recording available at https://californianstogether.box.com/s/igqbe8g9azeostjsd5jta0xrsgt0hkqb.
Presentation slides available at https://californianstogether.app.box.com/s/6dqo1knyyae0twgwojdme3y66pibdj4u
EL RISE! Meeting the Needs of English Learners in Distance Learning
This fall webinar series for kindergarten through grade six educators has been designed to address the immediate needs of teachers in meeting the needs of English learners in distance or hybrid learning contexts.
Part I: Welcoming, Affirming, and Inclusive Classrooms for English Learners (September 2 & 9, 2020)
Webinar recording available at https://californianstogether.box.com/s/dhrq0fw6i1fkgefidx5rrdpbbapw23am
Presentation slides available at https://californianstogether.box.com/s/fbomg9dgtveogynzerggg1n8sm5aaw1i
Part II: Critical Conditions for English Learners in Distance Learning (September 16 & 23, 2020)
Webinar recording available at https://californianstogether.box.com/s/qwjzeaoos1po9s70hql7m66k0dvv54zw
Presentation slides available at https://californianstogether.box.com/s/d6zf2ndfx14f74m6fx07jrfmgsvnc6r2
Part III: Creating and Sustaining Family Partnerships in Distance Learning (September 24 & 30, 2020)
Webinar recording available at https://californianstogether.box.com/s/80yd2ohbzjs32s2zgo83us7l5bypms2x
Presentation slides available at https://californianstogether.box.com/s/p3dj85ydxfasjw5jwc3l47n9qfvmjp1o
Project Cal-STOP: Cost-Free Trainings to Promote Student Connectedness and Wellness (October 13, 2020, at 3 p.m.)
The CDE is partnering with Sandy Hook Promise to offer two of its Know the Signs Trainings to schools: 1) Start with Hello trains and empowers students to recognize social isolation and reach out for help; and 2) Say Something trains secondary students to look for warning signs and threats of harm in their peers, especially in social media, and speak to a trusted adult and get help. Each training will be delivered virtually and lasts 45 minutes.
The CDE also offers Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training to equip school staff who do not have a mental health background with tools to identify, reach out, and refer students with emotional distress or in a mental health crisis. The YMHFA training will be delivered virtually.
Please join us for this informational webinar to learn how your school can receive these free trainings for students and staff to increase student connectedness, identify warning signs, and provide initial supports. You may register for this webinar at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIudemuqzIuH9d56sjkZwCb4wtLlqcGYYX9.
More info about Project Cal-STOP is available on the CDE Project Cal-STOP web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/cg/mh/projectcalstop.asp.
Understanding & Recognizing Dyslexia for California Educators (Available through October 31, 2020)
In support of October's Dyslexia Awareness Month, we have extended our partnership with Glean Education to provide their online Understanding & Recognizing Dyslexia for California Educators for free to all California educators and administrators. The course will be available until October 31, 2020. To enroll, visit https://courses.gleaneducation.com/courses/dyslexia-ca?coupon=cateachers.
This course was designed for all educators (general education and special education), so please spread the word to your colleagues about this professional development opportunity. Administrators, if you'd like your school or district staff to take this free training as a cohort, please contact Jessica at email@example.com to arrange for a whole-staff training announcement.
Building A Network of Safety for School Communities: 2020-21 Webinar Series
Webinars will be held monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m.
Webinar One: Building the Internal Resilience of Front-Line Workers; Our Teachers, Administrators and Other Staff (Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 10 a.m.)
- The Physical, Emotional and Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on Educators
- Emotion Regulation
- Coping Skills
- Wellness Strategies
- Self-Care (Physical)
- Dealing with Depression and Anxiety
- When to Seek Help