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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, November 20, 2020

From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: November 20, 2020

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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Dear School Communities and Partners:

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, I want to express my gratitude for your flexibility, resilience, and resourcefulness during an extremely difficult school year.

2020 has unleashed challenges on our educators and school leaders that we never could have anticipated, and more await us in the weeks and months ahead. While I know this holiday will look different for all of us—the need to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe during the COVID surge we’re experiencing will mean temporary sacrifices this year—I hope each of you will take the time to rest, reflect, and appreciate the things in our lives we can be grateful for.

I know I am thankful for all of our school communities and the outstanding work you do for California’s students.

Enjoy your hard-earned holiday next week, and be well.

Announcements & News Releases

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and Scholars Present Latest Recommendations to Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (November 19, 2020)

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Educators Discuss Approaches to Teaching Native American Studies During First Event in Education to End Hate Virtual Classroom Series (November 18, 2020)

Program Updates

Multilingual Support Division (formerly the English Learner Support Division)
New Publication: Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recently announced the release of the new CDE publication, Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice. The publication is designed to support local educational agencies (LEAs) to implement the English Learner Roadmap Policy in schools and improve instruction for both English learners and other students learning multiple languages.

The CDE Multilingual Support Division led the development of this publication with assistance from well-known and respected experts in their fields. The publication demonstrates how LEAs have implemented research-based practices that positively impact multilingual and English learner students as it relates to social emotional learning, early learning and care, integrated and designated English language development, multilingual education, systems improvement, teacher development, and parent engagement.

The publication is available for free download on the CDE Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice web page at Printed copies of the publication are available for purchase on the CDE Press Online Ordering web page at


The Multilingual Support Division (formerly English Learner Support Division) is publishing two newsletters during the COVID-19 school closure: the Distance Learning Parent Newsletter and the Multilingual Updates Newsletter. These newsletters are published monthly.

The November Multilingual Updates Newsletter covers resources, assessment, data, early learning, funding, and webinars. The November Distance Learning Parent Newsletter is coming soon.

To read the newsletters, go to the CDE Multilingual Updates Newsletters web page at

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), 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) ( and CalTog’s English Learner Roadmap Implementation for Systemic Excellence (EL RISE!) (, please visit the CDE Educator Workforce Investment Grant: EL Roadmap Policy Implementation web page The Upcoming Webinars section below includes details on upcoming EL RISE! and MCAP webinars.

Webinars - Recap and Upcoming

Webinar Recaps

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 is 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

Presentation slides available at

Part II: Promoting Oracy in Spanish Instruction (October 7, 2020)

This session is conducted fully in Spanish with a focus on oral language development in a dual-language classroom. This session will present a strategy that will promote the strategic use of academic language in the classroom.

Webinar recording available at

Presentation slides available at

Part III: How to Design Engaging ELD resources to Maximize EL Student and Parent Access (October 21, 2020)

This session showcases how to maximize English learner access and participation with free designated English language development distance learning resources.

Webinar recording available at

Presentation slides available at

Part IV: Supporting English Learners in the Rural Setting (Wednesday, November 4, 2020)

This session focuses on connecting with learners, learning, and language by providing resources for districts and schools located in rural areas of California. This session uses Considerations for Inclusivity and Support within Designated English Language Development in Remote Learning, a tool developed by statewide partners to highlight best practices.

Webinar recording available at

Presentation slides available at

Upcoming Webinars:

English Learner Roadmap Aligned LCAP Toolkit Workshops: Using Research-based Tools to Promote Equity for English Learners (dates vary by county from November 12, 2020, to March 18, 2021)

This interactive workshop will help LEA teams design an LCAP that is aligned to the research-based California English Learner Roadmap Policy and focuses on identifying actions, services, programs, and resources that ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes for English learners. The training will help LEA teams to identify the Dashboard data and how to use the additional features that are a click away to focus on the achievement of English learners and more effectively understand the achievement and status of their English learners.

Participants will engage with the resources included in the Toolkit and explore the ways they might be used to identify and analyze the needs of their English learners. Alignment with EL Roadmap principles and elements will be highlighted. Specifically, the English Learner Research Aligned Rubrics will be reviewed to understand how they can be used as a tool to:

  1. Analyze the strengths and limitations of their proposed English learner programs and services in their existing LCAP
  2. Prioritize focus areas to refine and bolster future annual LCAP development, refinement, and updates.

For more details, please contact the county offices of education that are offering these workshops:

  • Santa Cruz
  • Imperial
  • Solano
  • Orange
  • San Diego
  • Sacramento
  • Riverside
  • Contra Costa
  • San Mateo
  • Tulare
  • Ventura
  • Kern
  • Santa Clara
  • Yolo
Coaching for Co-Teachers in Brick and Mortar, Virtual, and Blended Environments for English Learners with Disabilities (December 10, 2020, 1 to 4 p.m.)

The Imperial County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Content Lead team will host Dr. Richard Villa and Dr. Jacqueline Thousand, who will present on the topic of “Coaching for Co-Teachers in Brick and Mortar, Virtual, and Blended Environments for English Learners with Disabilities.”

Registration for this event can be found on the Imperial County Office of Education’s Coaching for Co-Teachers in Brick and Mortar, Virtual, and Blended Environments for English Learners and Students with Disabilities web page at

At-Promise and Pushed Out (December 10 and 16, 2020, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and December 17, 2020, 3:30 to 5 p.m.)

The South County SELPA Content Lead team will host Valentin Escanuela and Julie Goldman, who will present a three-part professional learning series: “At-Promise and Pushed Out.” Attendees will have the opportunity to explore how educators and school staff members can create the conditions and environment necessary to support our most vulnerable students. Lessons from experts and researchers, as well as data from San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Juvenile Court and Community Schools will give educators tools and actionable ways to pull our students in and help them feel valued and connected.

Registration for this event can be found on the SDCOE At-Promise and Pushed Out web page at

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Last Reviewed: Monday, November 23, 2020
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