Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, December 11, 2020
From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Date: December 11, 2020
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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond
Dear School Communities and Partners:
As California experiences a surge in COVID-19 infections and new stay-at-home orders are issued, we must keep in mind how these dramatic events affect the emotional and mental health of our students.
I am strongly encouraging districts to review their suicide prevention policies, protocols, and procedures and ensure mental health resources are widely shared with students, staff, and families.
Be sure to check the CDE Model Suicide Prevention Policy for guidance. I also encourage you to review and share the following resources: Help for Students in Crisis; LivingWorks Suicide Prevention OnlineTraining ; AB 1767 Resource Guide for Elementary Schools ; Teen Mental Health Guide and Teen Mental Health Guide in Spanish .
I would also like to invite you to two upcoming CDE webinars to continue support for schools, educators, and students.
The first webinar is a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Workshop for School Well-Being on Monday, December 14 between 3-4 p.m. Coordinated in partnership with Beyond Differences and the Social Emotional Learning Alliance for California , this interactive event for educators will provide resources and strategies for building supportive connections with students in the virtual world across K–12 grade levels.
The second webinar focuses on Effective Distance Learning Practices and Home-School Connections. It is scheduled on Wednesday, December 16, 3:30-5 p.m. Coordinated in partnership with the California Association of Bilingual Education , the Education Trust-West , and the Parent Institute for Quality Education , this event will highlight evidence-based distance learning strategies that are working for students, with an emphasis on reaching and supporting students who are historically underserved in public schools.
Both of these webinars will be available via Zoom and on CDE Facebook Live. Please see registration details in the Webinars section below.Please continue to stay safe and be well during this challenging time.
Announcements & News Releases
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and Experts Discuss Approaches to Countering Anti-Semitism in Education to End Hate Virtual Classroom Series (December 9, 2020)
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Additional Educator Trainings and Grants to Address Equity and Learning Gaps (December 8, 2020)
Instructional Quality Commission (IQC)
At its November 18–19, 2020, meeting, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) recommended the revised draft Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum to the State Board of Education (SBE) following a 45-day public comment period. The IQC incorporated edits, including those recommended by the California Department of Education (CDE), that strengthen the content and honor the four traditional disciplines of African American, Native American, Asian American, and Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x studies and better reflect the diversity of experiences and contributions of groups that have been marginalized and understudied. Additionally, the IQC updated and expanded an existing set of resources—where all sample lessons are housed—to further explore communities and raise the voices of identities whose experiences intersect with the core disciplines of ethnic studies, such as Arab Americans, Armenian Americans, Jewish Americans, and Sikh Americans.
This revised draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum is in alignment with state law (Education Code Section 51226.7) and the State Board of Education-adopted guidelines, which can be found on the CDE’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Guidelines web page.
The model curriculum draft has been posted for a final 45-day public review period. State law requires the SBE to take final action on the model curriculum by March 31, 2021.
More information on the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum can be found on the CDE Model Curriculum Projects web page. Individuals or groups may submit public comment on the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum at email@example.com.
We are excited to continue to engage in this collaborative process and to put forth a bold, balanced, humanizing, and inclusive guide for our educators and students that can be a model not just for California, but the nation.
Mathematics Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (Math CFCC)
The Mathematics Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (Math CFCC) will hold its eighth and final meeting on December 16–17, 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 webcast information, is posted here. 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.
Special Education Division
Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG): Special Education
The EWIG Special Education grantee, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), has created a video series on universally designing assessments in the virtual classroom and will release one video in the series every two weeks. The series also comes with a playbook that is available for free. For additional information on CAST, visit the website at https://www.cast.org/.
Information on the available videos is below:
Intro to Assessments
Why are assessments important? How can we improve assessments? What are some barriers or challenges in assessing student learning, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic? Four CAST assessment experts will guide you through the answers to these questions and more so that we can better assess each student as an individual.
To watch this resource, visit the CAST YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akMRUeEkIQw&feature=youtu.be
Ready to understand how assessments are designed? Want to know some of the fundamental components of assessments? In this second video in our assessment series, we help you develop strategies to effectively evaluate assessments to ensure they (1) accurately measure the intended learning goal and (2) measure what students really know and can do.
To watch this resource, please visit the CAST YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKEIQBiANyQ
If you have any questions regarding this subject, contact Aaron Christensen, Education Programs Consultant, Special Education Division, at SEEWIG@cde.ca.gov.
Multilingual Support Division (formerly the English Learner Support Division)
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.
To read the newsletters, go to the CDE Multilingual 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://www.californianstogether.org/el-rise/), please visit the CDE Educator Workforce Investment Grant: EL Roadmap Policy Implementation web page at 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 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 https://youtu.be/luHV3-R7KTU
Presentation slides available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1itTLweFeWvIHl4nQB1UufBwr2b179xlb/view?usp=sharing
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 https://youtu.be/cTdg8RSRHhQ
Presentation slides available at https://mcap.gocabe.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/MCAP-Fall-Webinar-Session-2-Resources.pdf
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 https://youtu.be/bHVfA5uXHQA
Presentation slides available at
Part IV: Supporting English Learners in the Rural Setting (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 https://youtu.be/rof32M5VjSg
Presentation slides available at https://mcap.gocabe.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/MCaP_Webinar4_Resources.pdf
Part V: Designated and Integrated SLD with GLAD® en Español Pictorial Input Chart (November 18, 2020)
This session will provide an overview of GLAD® en español. This session focuses on one key instructional strategy to support Spanish language development (SLD) and biliteracy within a dual language setting. This session explores application in a biliterate environment where the target language is Spanish. This session highlights how this strategy can be utilized with both designated and integrated SLD. This session was conducted in both Spanish and English.
Webinar recording available at https://youtu.be/XCn33uXaFNY
Presentation slides available at https://mcap.gocabe.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/MCAP-Peardeck-Awareness-final-45-min-content.pdf
Part VI: Using an Equity Lens for Writing Instruction (December 2, 2020)
This session focuses on an equity-centered, culturally and linguistically responsive kindergarten through grade twelve instructional literacy approach. The San Diego County Office of Education’s Writing Redesigned for Innovative Teaching and Equity (WRITE), a national academic excellence model for professional development, supports schools and districts to implement this approach to prepare students for college, career, and civic participation.
Webinar recording available at https://youtu.be/8fhRiwGDDNc
Presentation slides available at https://mcap.gocabe.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/MCAP_WRITE.pptx.pdf
Multilingual California Project (MCAP) Universal Design for Learner (UDL)/EL Webinar Series 2020
Understanding the Core Concepts and Principles of UDL to Support English Learners Virtually (December 8, 9, and 10, 2020)
Participants will take away a snapshot of the history of universal design and the core concepts and design process of UDL and explore strategies connected to the framework to support English learners in a distance learning environment.
Webinar recordings/presentation slides coming soon
The California Department of Education (CDE) and I would like to invite you to two upcoming webinars to continue our support for schools, educators, and students during the pandemic and provide training and guidance that help educators address equity and learning gaps.
The webinars will focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Effective Distance Learning and will be held on December 14 and December 16, 2020.
Both workshops will be available for viewing via Zoom and on CDE Facebook Live.
SEL Workshop for School Well-Being (Monday, December 14, 2020, 3:00-4:00 p.m.)
Coordinated in partnership with Beyond Differences and the Social Emotional Learning Alliance for California, this interactive professional development webinar for educators will provide resources and strategies for building supportive connections with students in the virtual world across K–12 grade levels.
Zoom Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Zm2y6tkaSz6YhFo344nEdA
CDE Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/caeducation
Addressing Equity through Preschool, Early Intervention, and P-3 Alignment in California Webinar (December 14, 2020, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.)
We invite you to attend a webinar focusing on the future of preschool, early intervention services, and preschool to third grade alignment at the CDE. In this session, we hope to partner with you to begin co-creation of a vision for high-quality preschool, early intervention, and P–3 in California, and participants will have opportunities to share valuable comments.
Registration for this event can be found at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_STqXu1HVTaaU-JNXKSD3Mw.
For more information, contact P3-Alignment@cde.ca.gov.
Building A Network of Safety for School Communities Webinar Series: Be Sensitive, Be Brave for Mental Health: A Foundational Guide to Mental Health and Mental Illness (December 15, 2020, at 12:30 p.m.)
The Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup Suicide Prevention Committee is offering the webinar series Building A Network of Safety for School Communities, which will address topics within the spectrum of suicide prevention to help educators and school staff gain skills and resources for supporting students, at a distance. This month’s webinar, Be Sensitive, Be Brave for Mental Health: A Foundational Guide to Mental Health and Mental Illness, will provide an overview of mental health, illness, and how to identify, support, and refer students who may be experiencing suicidal ideation. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l9uaDt04TdyQ63qDF6gYiw.
Effective Distance Learning Practices and Home-School Connections (Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 3:30-5 p.m.)
Coordinated in partnership with leading equity groups the California Association of Bilingual Education, the Education Trust-West, and the Parent Institute for Quality Education, this webinar will highlight evidence-based distance learning strategies that are working for students, with an emphasis on reaching and supporting students who are historically underserved in public schools.
Zoom Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UchvGNTgRECzcf8RxIuhZg
CDE Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/caeducation
Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do (December 17, 2020, from Noon to 2 p.m. English and December 21, 2020, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Spanish)
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GxHyxXCKS2CINbcKqPtH3A or join the CDE Facebook Live Event.
The same webinar will be offered in Spanish on December 21, 2020, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Register for Spanish at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q3Kay4YCTT61ipEnY6tAXA o únase al evento en vivo de Facebook del Departamento de Educación de California.
At-Promise and Pushed Out (December 16, 2020, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and December 17, 2020, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.)
The South County SELPA Content Lead team will host Valentin Escanuela and Julie Goldman, who will continue to present their three-part professional learning series on the topic of “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 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 these events can be found on the SDCOE At-Promise and Pushed Out web page at https://sdcoe.k12oms.org/eventdetail.php?id=194819.
For more information on this event, contact Alicia Moyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designing for Literacy Development in the Hybrid Classroom Webinar Series
Session #1: Becoming Expert Readers and Writers (December 14, 2020, 3 to 4 p.m.)
Having a clear vision of what successful readers and writers do is essential to designing educational experiences to get them there. In this session, we will use the concept of an expert learner to craft a vision of what we are trying to achieve in our classroom. Use this session to set goals for your own practice and choose a place to start in supporting learners to become expert learners.
Registration for this event can be found on CAST’s Webinar Registration web page at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7H6G7g6kTiiaJR8vX4U_Yg
Session #2: Accessibility in Hybrid Literacy (January 11, 2021, 3 to 4 p.m.)
The first essential building block to an effective literacy approach is to consider the accessibility of the experience. Modeling and practicing tools to make language accessible will increase learners’ ability to focus on new learning. Use this session to experience tools and resources that make literacy instruction more accessible for all learners.
Registration for this event will be provided in the near future.
- Session #3: Engaging in Literacy (February 8, 2021, 3 to 4 p.m.)
- Session #4: Executive Functions (March 8, 2021, 3 to 4 p.m.)
- Session #5: Building Comprehension (April 12, 2021, 3 to 4 p.m.)
- Session #6: Expression and Communication (May 10, 2021, 3 to 4 p.m.)
- Session #7: Reflection and Goal-Setting (June 14, 2021, 3 to 4 p.m.)
For more information on this webinar series, contact Aaron Christensen, Education Programs Consultant, Special Education Division, at SEEWIG@cde.ca.gov.
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. 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:
- Analyze the strengths and limitations of their proposed English learner programs and services in their existing LCAP.
- Prioritize focus areas to refine and bolster future annual LCAP development, refinement, and updates.
For more information, please contact your local County Office of Education (see below) or Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, EL RISE! Project Administrator, at email@example.com.
Contra Costa (January 26 and February 2, 2021):
Contact Sonia Trujllo, EL Specialist Coordinator, Title III, Region IV, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Imperial (December 3 and December 10, 2020):
Contact Jeanette Montano, Senior Director, Curriculum & Instruction, at email@example.com
Kern (February 18 and 23, 2021):
Contact Lisa Vargas, Title III/EL Coordinator, Curriculum Instruction & Accountability, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Angeles (March 9 and 22, 2021):
Contact Mirna Miranda-Welsh, Coordinator II/Title III EL Specialist, at Miranda-Welsh_Mirna@lacoe.edu
Orange (December 8 and 15, 2020):
Contact Trish Walsh, Administrator of Humanities, at email@example.com
Riverside (January 22 and March 19, 2021):
Contact Lisa Winberg, Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento (January 14 and 21, 2021):
Contact Graciela Garcia-Torres, Curriculum Specialist, at email@example.com
San Diego (January 29 and February 1, 2021):
Contact Izela Jacobo, Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
San Mateo (January 26 and February 2, 2021):
Contact Gracie Hough, Coordinator, at email@example.com
Santa Clara (March 2 and 16, 2021):
Contact Yee Wan, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Cruz (November 12 and December 1, 2020):
Contact Sofia Sorensen, Multilingual Coordinator, at email@example.com
Tulare (February 4 and 11, 2021):
Contact Alesha Moreno-Ramirez, Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ventura (February 9 and 16, 2021):
Contact Leticia Ramos, Director, English Learner and Dual Language, at email@example.com
Yolo (March 4 and 18, 2021):
Contact Deborah Bruns, Director, Curriculum & Instruction, at firstname.lastname@example.org