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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, December 18, 2020


From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: December 18, 2020


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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Dear School Communities and Partners:

I hope that as we enter the holiday season and many of our schools begin their winter breaks, our students, educators, and families can carve out some time to rest and recharge from the intensity of 2020.

Despite the challenges and trauma of this past year, I encourage us all to use the days ahead to find things we can be grateful for and that have kept us going. And be proud of your resilience, perseverance, and all that you have accomplished on behalf of California’s students amidst impossible odds.

And looking ahead, we have much to be hopeful for in 2021. We have clear steps we can take to recover from these challenges, and brighter days await.

Until then, please be well, stay safe, and have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Announcements & News Releases

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Results of 2017-19 Biennial Statewide California Healthy Kids Survey (December 18, 2020)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr20/yr20rel106.asp

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Release of English Language Development Video Series (December 17, 2020)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr20/yr20rel105.asp

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Outlines Actions, Priorities, and Investments Needed to Address Pandemic’s Impact on Students (December 17, 2020)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr20/yr20rel104.asp

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Mini Grants Now Available to Educators to Address Equity and Opportunity Gaps (December 16, 2020)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr20/yr20rel103.asp

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Funding Opportunity through Cal OES
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), has opened its Notice of Interest (NOI) period for mitigation projects until December 30, 2020. This program prioritizes the development/update of hazard mitigation plans, whole community risk reduction, and shovel-ready projects. County offices of education, local educational agencies, school districts, and public schools in any county may apply, and all hazard types will be considered. The NOI is electronic and can be accessed at https://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/disaster-mitigation-technical-support/404-hazard-mitigation-grant-program.

Program Updates

Educator Excellence and Equity Division
New California Health Education website available

The California Health Education website (https://californiahealtheducation.org/Pages/Home.aspx) is a collection of health education information and resources for educators, administrators, families, and community partners to support high quality health education efforts. The new website, developed by the Orange County Department of Education in partnership with the California Department of Education, features valuable resources and guidance provided by the new California Health Education Framework with the goal of helping educators build the knowledge and skills of students that improve their health literacy. Health literate students are able to access, understand, and use both health information and services to maintain their physical, mental, and social emotional health, which also helps them thrive in their learning.

The CA NGSS Collaborative, a joint effort of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association /County Offices of Education, K-12 Alliance @WestEd, California Science Project, California Association of Science Educators, and the California Department of Education, is pleased to present Building Student Sensemaking Through Disciplinary Literacy. This online professional learning experience is designed for K–12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders to deepen their understanding and implementation of teaching practices to advance student understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards. For more information, including registration information,please visit https://sites.google.com/stancoe.org/ca-ngss-statewide-implement/home.

Multilingual Support Division (formerly the English Learner Support Division)
Newsletters

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 December Multilingual Updates Newsletter covers resources, benefits of multilingualism, curriculum, grants, early learning and care, 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) 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) (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.

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 their 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 who 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

Evaluating Assessments

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.

Webinars - Recap and Upcoming

Webinar Recaps

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 recording available at https://youtu.be/8fhRiwGDDNc

Presentation slides available at https://mcap.gocabe.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/MCAP_WRITE.pptx.pdf

Pursuing Equity for Black Students in K-12 Education: Exploring the Intersection of Race and Disability Thought Leader Conversation (TLC) Series

The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) continues to host this webinar series that centers the conversation of race and disability across the national landscape through their TLC series.

Session #1: Foundational Session on How Systems Got Here (November 10, 2020)

This session is focused on understanding the reasons for long-standing inequitable learning conditions and outcomes for Black students who are, or may be, identified as having disabilities. Moreover, increasing awareness within and among state and local education agencies about the importance of the intersection of race/ethnicity and disability when working to improve outcomes for Black students with disabilities. The final objective is to identify the systemic beliefs, policies, procedures, and practices that contribute to racial inequities for Black students who are, or may be, identified as having disabilities.

Webinar recording available at https://vimeo.com/478031131

Presentation slides available at https://ncsi.wested.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/NCSI-TLC-Foundational-Session.pdf

Session #2: Focusing on Equity-Driven Culturally Responsive Data Literacy (December 15, 2020)

This session is focused on understanding what equity-driven, culturally responsive data literacy looks like and thinking about the role of data from a different perspective. Moreover, exploring strategies and resources for collecting, analyzing, and making meaning of data to achieve equity for Black students with disabilities or those who may be (mis)identified as having disabilities.

Webinar recording available at https://vimeo.com/491646209#t=7m35s

Presentation slides available at https://ncsi.wested.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/NCSI_Pursuing_Equity_for_Black_Students_in_K-12_Education_TLC_Data_Literacy_Session.pdf

If you are having trouble with any of the recording links, please contact Tanner Petry (tpetry@wested.org) for assistance.

Upcoming Webinars:

Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do (December 21, 2020, 12 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m.)

This webinar will be presented in Spanish twice on Monday, December 21.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q3Kay4YCTT61ipEnY6tAXA or join the CDE Facebook Live Event.

Designing for Literacy Development in the Hybrid Classroom Webinar Series
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 these events will be provided in the near future.

  • Session #3: Engaging in Literacy (February 8, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • Session #4: Executive Functions (March 8, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • Session #5: Building Comprehension (April 12, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • Session #6: Expression and Communication (May 10, 2021, from 3 p.m.) to 4 p.m.)
  • Session #7: Reflection and Goal-Setting (June 14, 2021, from 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.

EL RISE!: English Learner Roadmap Aligned LCAP Toolkit Workshops: Using Research-based Tools to Promote Equity for English Learners (In partnership with the Center for Excellence for English Learners)

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. 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 ELs, and more effectively understand the achievement and status of their ELs. For more information or registration on these professional development opportunities, please contact your local county office of education (see below) or Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, EL RISE! Project Administrator, at info@elroadmap.org.

Riverside (January 22 and March 19, 2021)

Contact Lisa Winberg, Administrator, at lwinberg@rcoe.us

Sacramento (January 14 and 21, 2021)

Contact Graciela Garcia-Torres, Curriculum Specialist, at gtorres@scoe.net

San Diego (January 29 and February 1, 2021)

Contact Izela Jacobo, Coordinator, at izela.jacobo@sdcoe.net

Contra Costa (January 26 and February 2, 2021)

Contact Sonia Trujllo, EL Specialist Coordinator, Title III, Region IV, at strujillo@cccoe.k12.ca.us

San Mateo (January 26 and February 2, 2021)

Contact Gracie Hough, Coordinator, at ghough@smcoe.org

Kern COE (February 18 and 23, 2021)

Contact Lisa Vargas, Title III/EL Coordinator, C & I, Accountability, anvargas@kern.org

Tulare (February 4 and 11, 2021)

Contact Alesha Moreno-Ramirez, Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist, alesha.ramirez@tcoe.org

Ventura (February 9 and 16, 2021)

Contact Leticia Ramos, Director, English Learner and Dual Language, at leramos@vcoe.org

EL RISE!: ELD for Elementary Teachers and Administrators Institute (In partnership with Sobrato Early Academic Language)

These four sessions, with embedded pre-work, will support teachers in designing responsive Designated ELD lessons that build upon students’ knowledge across the disciplines. Teachers will expand their understanding of backward planning to identify English Learners’ strengths and needs to provide targeted language instruction. Scaffolds and supports presented in these sessions include language functions, graphic organizers, differentiated frames, language transfer strategies, and formative assessments that ensure students to effectively engage with complex texts and tasks.

To support deep learning and application of concepts, the county office of education will facilitate two Communities of Practice (CoPs) to develop a network of practitioners in order to engage in discussing, sharing, applying, and reflecting best practices to build a repertoire of resources and ideas that apply to your local context. These CoPs will take place in between synchronous learning sessions. For more information or registration on these professional development opportunities, please contact your local county office of education (see below) or Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, EL RISE! Project Administrator, at info@elroadmap.org.

Sacramento (December 15, 2020; January 12, February 16, March 9, 2021)

Contact Graciela Garcia-Torres, Curriculum Specialist, at gtorres@scoe.net

Yolo (December 15, 2020; January 12, February 16, March 9, 2021)

Contact Deborah Bruns, Director, Curriculum & Instruction, at deborah.bruns@ycoe.org

Riverside (January 21, February 10, March 3, and April 6, 2021)

Contact Lisa Winberg, Administrator, at lwinberg@rcoe.us

Tulare (January 25, February 18, April 8, and May 6, 2021)

Contact Alesha Moreno-Ramirez, Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist, at alesha.ramirez@tcoe.org

Santa Cruz (January 13, February 3 and 24, and March 13, 2021)

Contact Sofia Sorensen, Multilingual Coordinator, at ssorensen@santacruzcoe.org

EL RISE!: Leading School Improvement with English Learners at the Heart: The English Learner Roadmap for Administrators Strand of Five Modules (In partnership with Californians Together)

This series of five modules (over a two-year period) is designed to support district and site administrators as they take up the challenge of doing all of this to enact the comprehensive English Learner Roadmap. Each module of the Leadership/Administrator Strand involves participants in specifically examining their role in leading improvement processes and supporting evidence-based practice and results in a plan for inquiry and implementation to pursue before the next module. Each module also provides a volume of The EL Roadmap Administrators Toolkit with tools, readings, resources, and activities. For more information or registration on these professional development opportunities, please contact your local County Office of Education (see below) or Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, EL RISE! Project Administrator, at info@elroadmap.org.

San Diego (January 13, February 13, April 1 and 27, 2021)

Contact Izela Jacobo, Coordinator, at izela.jacobo@sdcoe.net

Tulare (January 20 and 27, March 2, and April 29, 2021)

Contact Alesha Moreno-Ramirez, Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist, alesha.ramirez@tcoe.org

Kern COE (January 22 and 29, March 24, and April 9, 2021)

Contact Lisa Vargas, Title III/EL Coordinator, C & I, Accountability, anvargas@kern.org

Los Angeles (January 28, February 17, March 10 and 23, 2021)

Contact Mirna Miranda-Welsh, Coordinator II/Title III EL Specialist, Miranda-Welsh_Mirna@lacoe.edu

Sacramento (January 26 and 29, February 16, and March 12, 2021)

Contact Graciela Garcia-Torres, Curriculum Specialist, at gtorres@scoe.net

Riverside (January 21, February 10, March 3, and April 6, 2021)

Contact Lisa Winberg, Administrator, at lwinberg@rcoe.us

Pursuing Equity for Black Students in K-12 Education: Exploring the Intersection of Race and Disability TLC Series

Registration for these events will be provided in the near future.

  • Session #3: Stakeholder and Family Engagement (February 16, 2021, 3:30-5 p.m. ET)
  • Session #4: Research-Informed Practice (May 18, 2021, 3:30-5 p.m. ET)
  • Session #5: Systems Conference (May 18, 2021, 3:30-5 p.m. ET)

Information on this webinar series and additional resources can be found on the WestEd NCSI’S Pursuing Equity web page at https://ncsi.wested.org/resources/pursuing-equity/.

Questions:   California Department of Education | COVID19@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Monday, December 21, 2020
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