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CDE Today for October 22, 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.

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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.

Updates

State Superintendent Thurmond Shares Updates on Facebook Live

On Wednesday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond provided important education updates on Facebook Live, addressing COVID-19 mitigation and the creation of statewide literacy and Black student achievement taskforces to address learning gaps. He also underscored the importance of the California Department of Public Health announcement External link opens in new window or tab. that continues the state's successful masking requirements in schools. Watch the full video on CDE's page on Facebook External link opens in new window or tab..

Get to Know the CDE (October 26–28, 2021)

Join us for a special virtual open house so you can Get to Know the CDE!

Our virtual event starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 26, with a welcome and opening remarks from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, followed by Deputy Superintendent Lisa Constancio presenting on Emergency Response and Deputy Superintendent Sarah Neville-Morgan speaking on Universal Meals and Universal Transitional Kindergarten (TK).

Throughout each day, we will feature live presentations highlighting programs, projects, and initiatives from early childhood to adult education. See the full schedule of presentations on the CDE Get to Know You web page.

We hope you will tune in via Zoom as your time permits to see CDE divisions showcase the important work happening today to support students, families, and educators and to carry out Superintendent Thurmond’s initiatives.

Register in advance for the CDE’s Virtual Open House 2021 External link opens in new window or tab..

Supporting LEAs with Spending Federal Stimulus and EDGAR: Two-Series Webinar—October 28 and November 4

The CDE continues to work with LEAs to spend COVID-19 relief funds and to help LEAs prioritize investments to address multi-year stressors on our schools, students, and educators in accordance with all state and federal requirements. As part of our efforts, the CDE and Brustein and Manasevit, PLLC will be offering a two-series workshop on October 28 and November 4 on the Federal Education Stimulus Funds and EDGAR. These workshops are designed to help LEAs understand the Federal Stimulus funding requirements and the flexibilities offered as a result of disruptions caused by COVID-19. See CDE’s Federal Stimulus web page for additional information on registering for one or both sessions. Please email Evelyn Sanchez at esanchez@bruman.com with any registration questions.

Mental Health and California Schools—Dr. Daniel Lee Speaks at State Assembly on Senate Bill 75

Last week, Dr. Daniel Lee, Deputy Superintendent for CDE's Equity Division, joined an Assembly Committee on Education hearing on Senate Bill 75 (Mental Health Student Services Act, 2019) to speak about supporting the mental health needs of California students. The CDE is committed to addressing the increasing mental health challenges faced by students and improving mental wellness for students, staff, and families.

Watch the full Assembly Joint Hearing Education And Health And Budget Subcommittee No. 2 On Education Finance And Budget Subcommittee No. 1 On Health And Human Services on October 13, 2021 External link opens in new window or tab. on the California State Assembly Media on Demand web page.

School Health, Safety and Support

CDE and Ándale Qué Esperas Team Up for Vaccine Outreach

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced the Ándale Qué Esperas public education partnership with AltaMed Health Services to expand access to lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines throughout the state of California. This vaccine effort is focused on helping schools connect with community health centers to not only get the vaccines for eligible students and family members, but also to help find the best times and spaces to provide the vaccinations, such as mobile clinics at convenient locations or even pop-up sites at school events. Read more about the partnership and watch Thurmond’s PSA on vaccine outreach External link opens in new window or tab. (Video).

County Office of Education Application to Oversee School Climate Survey Study

The CDE Equity Branch is issuing a Request for Consideration to identify and contract with a County Office of Education (COE) to conduct a school climate survey study. The selected COE should have proven experience and expertise in school climate improvement, survey methodology, and interpretations and use of school climate data to support schools and districts in creating a positive school climate. The selected COE will be awarded a 12-month contract for up to $145,000. Interested COEs should submit a narrative response and budget to the CDE by November 30. Please contact Hilva Chan, Education Programs Consultant, Educator Excellence and Equity Division, at hchan@cde.ca.gov with questions.

Program Highlights

Interview with SAUSD Staff about Successful ELO-P Implementation

State Superintendent Thurmond and the CDE have prioritized closing the opportunity gap for students who need additional support beyond the K–12 instructional day. With the new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P), LEAs can benefit from $1.75 billion dollars in funding to holistically support students before school, after school, and during intersession. Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division at CDE, recently joined the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) and the California AfterSchool Network for a discussion about the new program and how SAUSD is leveraging this exciting opportunity and funding to support students in the district in truly innovative and integrated ways.

Watch the full interview on the California Afterschool Network YouTube channel External link opens in new window or tab. and learn more at the CDE Expanded Learning web page and the CDE Statewide System of Support for Expanded Learning Contacts web page.

Homeless Education Technical Assistance Centers (HE TACs) Selected

Congratulations to the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Contra Costa County Office of Education, and San Diego County Office of Education for being selected by CDE as Homeless Education Technical Assistance Centers (HE TACs). The HE TACs will provide support and technical assistance to other county offices of education, in a regional approach, to ensure they have the capacity, resources, and tools required to support their LEAs with implementation of the Education for Children and Youth (EHCY) Act. The provisions of this act are designed to improve the identification, educational stability, access, support, and academic achievement of children and youth experiencing homelessness. For more information regarding the HE TACs, please send an email to homelessed@cde.ca.gov.

Now Available: Tribal Consultation Toolkit

The CDE Student Achievement and Support Division recently developed and posted a Tribal Consultation Toolkit for local educational agencies on how to conduct meaningful tribal consultation. The toolkit can be found on the CDE Tribal Consultation web page. If you have any questions regarding tribal consultation, please contact Judy Delgado by email at judelgado@cde.ca.gov.

Count•Play•Explore—Discover the Power of Math

Looking for playful, simple ways to foster young children’s success with math? Visit the Count•Play•Explore website External link opens in new window or tab., the early math website developed through the California Statewide Early Math Initiative. The website is built around 30 humorous, motivational short films; children's literature that promotes mathematical understanding; and a wide variety of original activities of a playful nature. It provides ideas for mathematical fun with commonly available materials. The website is free, diverse, and available in English and Spanish.

California Dyslexia Initiative Presents Webinar Series 

Join Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and the California Dyslexia Initiative (CDI) for a free seven-part webinar series. Learn from national experts why some students struggle with reading, how to recognize risk factors, and how to support students with reading difficulties and dyslexia. Registration for this event is available on the SCOE CDI Webinars and Videos web page External link opens in new window or tab.. For more information, contact Tami Wilson, Project Lead, adyslexia@scoe.net.

Angst: Building Resilience Mental Health Support Program Available Now

State Superintendent Thurmond announced the Angst: Building Resilience film-based youth mental health support program, available starting in October to districts that serve middle and high school students, to help address the increasing mental health challenges faced by students. Read more in the CDE news release. To bring the program to your school district at no cost, visit the IndieFlix Education web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Events and Opportunities

California STEAM Symposium—October 21–23

Join us at the California STEAM Symposium through October 23. This incredible event brings together passionate people seeking inspiration, energizing engagements via numerous peer-led breakouts, and the opportunity to collaborate with STEAM education experts. Dr. Moogega Cooper, Gabby Rivera, Kate Stanforth, and Dr. Marissa Pei will be keynoting. Learn more about them and register at the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation's California STEAM Symposium web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The symposium is co-hosted by the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the CDE, and the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation.

California Foster Youth Outcomes: Recommended Practices from Four Successful Districts—October 27, 10 a.m.

The CDE Student Achievement and Support Division invites you to a webinar to hear from a panel discussion of LEAs on how to improve foster youth outcomes. Join us October 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Register for California Foster Youth Outcomes webinar via Zoom online External link opens in new window or tab. and send questions to fosteryouth@cde.ca.gov.

LGBT History Month: Hearing the Student Voice—October 27, 3:30 p.m.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond invites you to honor and celebrate LGBT History Month with a webinar series to learn about and discuss the importance of teaching LGBTQ+ history. Join a panel of students from across California as they share their experiences in learning LGBTQ+ history. Register for LGBT History Month webinar on Zoom External link opens in new window or tab., or watch on the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

Nutrition Services Division Tuesday @ 2 Virtual Town Hall—October 26, 2 p.m.

The Nutrition Services Division continues the discussion for operating School Nutrition Programs (SNPs) as local educational agencies navigate multiple nationwide waivers and persevere with planning quality services in the 2021–22 school year. The CDE will share program policy updates, and schools and partners will share best practices. The October Town Hall will feature Anna Apoian, Director of Nutrition Services at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. Join us on October 26 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Register for the Zoom session at Tuesday @ 2 School Nutrition Town Hall webinar External link opens in new window or tab.. For more information, please visit the CDE Webinar: Tuesdays @ 2 School Nutrition Town Hall web page. For questions, contact Julie BoarerPitchford at jboarerpitchford@cde.ca.gov.

Understanding the Investment of Mental Health: Continuing the Conversation—October 28, 3:30 p.m.

State Superintendent Thurmond invites you to join a roundtable discussion to continue the conversation about the importance of mental health on October 28 at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Daniel Lee, Deputy Superintendent of CDE's Equity Division, will be facilitating the conversation with panelists. Among the topics to be covered include who or what agencies should be at the table; what supports can be provided to families and staff; and how to bridge school, community, and home support to address mental health needs. Register for the Understanding the Investment of Mental Health discussion on Zoom External link opens in new window or tab..

California Universal Meals Program Listening Session—November 2, 2 p.m.

Join SSPI Tony Thurmond and Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) on November 2 at 2 p.m. for the next listening session about the California Universal Meals Program. This is the second in a series of ongoing virtual meetings to support schools with the successful implementation of the Universal Meals Program that begins in the 2022–23 school year. Attendees can learn more about strategies for maximizing access to nutritious foods by creating strong school breakfast programs, minimizing food waste, and strengthening direct certification processes. Register for the California Universal Meals Program Listening Session on Zoom External link opens in new window or tab..

Celebrations

2022 California Teachers of the Year

State Superintendent Thurmond named five exceptional educators as the 2022 California Teachers of the Year. These educators are ambassadors for the profession and serve as representatives of the state for the calendar year. Read more about the winners on the CDE California Teachers of the Year Awardees 2022 web page.

Alondra Diaz, a third grade teacher from Ralph A. Gates Elementary in the Saddleback Valley USD in Orange County, is also California’s nominee in the National Teacher of the Year Program.

Nichi Avina is a seventh grade science, environmental science, and ecology teacher from Cielo Vista Charter in the Palm Springs USD in Riverside County.

Sovey Long-Latteri is an Adult Transition Program (ATP)—Severe Special Ed (SDC) teacher from La Sierra High School in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District in Orange County.

Tiffany Jokerst is a high school math and engineering teacher from West Hills High School in the Grossmont Union High School District in San Diego County.

Virginia Vasquez is a high school English (AP Language and Composition) and PODER (Pursuing Our Dreams through Education and Responsibility) teacher from San Gabriel High School in the Alhambra Unified School District in Los Angeles County.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Red Ribbon Week Activities

The CDE is pleased to support the implementation of annual Red Ribbon Week activities in California schools. These activities aim to reduce the appeal and use of drugs, including tobacco, vaping, and marijuana, and recognize the harmful effects of their use, particularly on children and adolescents. Visit the Tobacco-Use Prevention Education website to view the Triangulum Fact Sheet and more information as well as additional resources on the Orange County Department of Education's Red Ribbon Week Tool Kit External link opens in new window or tab. .

LGBT History Month

The CDE encourages you to honor and celebrate October as LGBT History Month, an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. The CDE will present a webinar series to explore and discuss the importance of teaching LGBTQ+ history. Stay tuned for details. Learn more at the LGBT History Month website External link opens in new window or tab..

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