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CDE Today for November 5, 2021

A streamlined weekly publication from the California Department of Education (CDE) designed to provide you with clear, consistent updates on what is important to California schools.

CDE Today, State of California Department of Education, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond

Welcome to CDE Today, a new, streamlined, weekly publication from CDE Communications designed to provide you with clear, consistent updates on what is important to California schools.

Note: In observance of Veterans Day and the Thanksgiving holiday, only two editions of CDE Today will be published this month: November 5 and November 19.

Updates

New CDE Division Name: Early Education Division

As of November 1, the Early Learning and Care Division in the California Department of Education (CDE) is officially known as Early Education Division (EED) under the Opportunities for All Branch. A name change was necessary to reflect the division’s renewed purpose after certain child care and some early learning programs shifted from the CDE to the California Department of Social Services in July 2021.

Under its renewed mission, the EED will lead an innovative, inclusive, and high-performing early education system that advances equitable opportunities that optimize thriving children, families, and communities. The EED will work to support schools and community partners that are ready for children and support the CDE’s Preschool through Third Grade Alignment through the elevation of high-quality, inclusive, and multilingual early education opportunities. The EED also will support continuous quality improvement and early intervention and prevention through implementation of the Early Head Start—Child Care Partnership grant and strong collaboration and partnerships with special education. Questions? Please contact Brianne Rood at Brood@cde.ca.gov.

Can Federal Stimulus Funds Be Used for Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Programs and Strategies?

ESSER and GEER funds may be used for CVI programs and strategies to provide student support to re-engage disconnected youth and reduce community violence in places where COVID-19 has exacerbated inequities and increased community and school violence. For more information on CVI strategies and funding, please reference the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance, How American Rescue Plan Funds Can Prevent and Respond to Crime and Promote Public Safety External link opens in new window or tab. and the White House Fact Sheet External link opens in new window or tab..

School Health, Safety, and Support

Children Ages Five to Eleven Can Now Get a COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S.

On Tuesday, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, endorsed a recommendation for vaccinating children ages five to eleven against COVID-19. All children ages five and up are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and schools can promote that these safe, effective, and free vaccines help ensure children and families stay as safe and healthy as possible. Children are still susceptible to serious COVID-19 complications, and vaccines are the best tool to protect everyone from getting sick. Encourage families to reach out to their family doctor, visit the MyTurn website External link opens in new window or tab., or call 833-422-4255 to schedule an appointment or find a walk-in clinic.

How to Create School Site Vaccination Events

Local health jurisdictions, school districts, and individual schools all play significant roles in the collective effort to keep students healthy and in school. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and CDE continue to partner to support school-located vaccine events for COVID-19 vaccine, seasonal influenza vaccine, and other routine immunizations. Visit the Shots for Schools School-Located Vaccination web page External link opens in new window or tab. for information and resources on how districts can become providers to disseminate vaccines and partner with pharmacies to hold “pop-up” vaccination events.

CDPH Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidance

The CDPH updated its COVID-19 Testing Guidance External link opens in new window or tab. on October 29, 2021. Among other updates, the guidance now reflects that in schools and other settings (excluding healthcare, long-term care, and high-risk congregate settings), “Antigen tests are acceptable to determine both the presence or absence of active infection with SARS-CoV-2 in individuals with or without symptoms. Repeat antigen testing and/or confirmatory molecular testing should be considered in individuals who receive a negative result with an antigen test but have symptoms specific for COVID-19 (such as loss of taste and smell).” More information is available on the CDPH Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidance web page External link opens in new window or tab.. LEAs with questions may contact CDE Deputy Superintendent Jennie Carreon at jcarreon@cde.ca.gov.

Spending Federal Stimulus Funds for Capital Expenditures for COVID Mitigation

This week, CDE presented at the CDPH’s Safe Schools for All Statewide Collaborative meeting to provide an overview on how COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Funds can be used for capital expenditures, specifically for ventilation. The ESSER I, II, III and the GEER I can be used for capital expenditures, which would include HVAC upgrades, window replacements, and enhanced ventilation systems. Details and information on capital expenditures can be found on the CDE Federal Stimulus Funding web page, including Capital Expenditures Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please send questions to EDReliefFunds@cde.ca.gov.

Program Highlights

Educator Workforce Investment Grant: Computer Science—Applications Due December 17

The 2021 Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG): Computer Science request for applications was released on October 25, 2021. Lead applicants must be an institution of higher education or a nonprofit organization with demonstrated expertise in developing and providing professional learning to teachers and paraprofessionals in public schools serving kindergarten and grades one to twelve, inclusive. Completed applications are due Friday, December 17, 2021, by 4 p.m. More information is available on the CDE EWIG Program web page.

Events and Opportunities

State Board Advisory Panels Seek Applicants—Applications Due December 1

Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m. on December 1 for open seats on two commissions that advise the State Board of Education: The Instructional Quality Commission and the Advisory Commission on Special Education. Information and applications can be found on the CDE California State Board of Education Application Information web page.

Biliteracy Pathway Webinar—November 9 at 10 a.m.

The CDE Multilingual Support Division will host an informational webinar providing an overview of the new optional Biliteracy Pathway Recognition Program for preschool through grade eight students.

Register for the Biliteracy Pathway Recognition webinar via Zoom External link opens in new window or tab., or for more information about this program and for information on how LEAs can participate, visit the CDE Biliteracy Pathway Recognition web page. If you have questions, contact Gina Garcia-Smith, Education Programs Consultant, by phone at 916-319-0265 or by email at SEAL@cde.gov.

Educator Effectiveness Funds (2021−26) Block Grant Program Webinar—November 9 at 1 p.m.

The CDE is pleased to announce the California Educator Effectiveness Funds (EEF) 2021 Block Grant Program. The EEF may be used to support professional learning for certificated teachers, administrators, paraprofessional educators, and certificated staff to provide professional learning and to promote educator equity, quality, and effectiveness. A technical assistance webinar for the EEF 2021 Block Grant Program will take place on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 1 p.m. Please visit the CDE Educator Effectiveness web page for an overview and details related to the program.

Register for the EEF 2021 Block Grant Technical Assistance webinar via Zoom External link opens in new window or tab..

Bridging the Emerging Universal Programs to Support UPK & P–3 Alignment: Insight from CDE and Education Leaders—November 9, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The Opportunities for All Branch is pleased to announce that the next installment in our preschool to third grade (P–3) webinar series. Our webinar, Bridging the Emerging Universal Programs to Support UPK & P–3 Alignment: Insight from CDE and Education Leaders, is being offered to provide information regarding this significant moment of universal opportunities. In partnership with educational leaders from Shasta County Office of Education, Stockton Unified School District, and Santa Barbara County Office of Education, we will highlight considerations for successful universal preschool and P–3 alignment implementation using universal preschool, universal meals, and universal expanded learning opportunities. Join us to find out more on how upcoming funding opportunities across early learning, expanded learning, and nutrition services can support a P–3 frame.

Register for the Bridging the Emerging Universal Programs to Support UPK & P-3 Alignment webinar via Zoom External link opens in new window or tab..

Elementary Science Sizzles with Tools for Teachers—November 9 at 3:30 p.m.

Are you curious about the new science instructional resources in Tools for Teachers? Learn all about them at “Making Elementary Science Sizzle with Tools for Teachers,” the next webinar in the Tools for Teachers Webinar Series. Join us for this one-hour webinar for LEA staff, particularly administrators and classroom educators. Members of the CDE will introduce the new elementary instructional resources for science, and some of the California educators who developed the lessons will share best practices for science instruction aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards.

Register for the Making Elementary Science Sizzle with Tools for Teachers webinar via Zoom External link opens in new window or tab.. Questions can be emailed to the California Outreach Team at CalOutreach@ets.org.

Assessment Update Webinar for Coordinators—November 10 at 2 p.m.

CDE staff will present the latest information on statewide assessments as well as answer your questions. All coordinators are invited to register for this webinar. Register at the CAASPP Upcoming Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab. or the ELPAC Upcoming Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Physical Fitness Test Update Webinar—November 12 at 10 a.m.

The CDE is hosting a Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Update webinar for LEA PFT coordinators. In addition to providing the latest updates on the PFT, this webinar will include a question-and-answer session.

Register for the PFT Update webinar via Zoom External link opens in new window or tab..

Important Dates and Deadlines

November is National Family Literacy Month

November is National Family Literacy Month, a celebration raising awareness and fostering family literacy by encouraging parents and guardians to read to their children. Reading to children at an early age can boost a child’s language development, enhances comprehension, and fosters the joy of reading. When students don’t learn to read by third grade, they are at greater risk to drop out of school, and they are at greater risk to end up in the criminal justice system.

State Superintendent Thurmond continues to call for efforts to get books in the hands of as many students and families as possible and encourages those interested in participating in this new literacy effort or who wish to learn more to email statewideliteracycampaign@cde.ca.gov.

November is California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month

The California Legislature has once again designated November 2021 as Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month, honoring the contributions Sikh pioneers have made in California, including farming, technology, transportation, entrepreneurship, social issues, and more. The month provides an opportunity for all Californians to understand, recognize, and appreciate the rich history and shared principles of democracy, equality, and service to humanity by Sikh Americans.

November is National Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and traditions of Native tribes and acknowledge the unique challenges as well as the important contributions of Native people.

Veterans Day

The CDE will be closed Thursday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day, a California public school, state, and federal holiday. Thank you, veterans. We appreciate your service and sacrifice for our country.

Thanksgiving Day

The CDE will be closed Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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