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CDE Today for October 29, 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.


CDE Virtual Open House Offered Personal View of People and Projects

This week, the California Department of Education (CDE) kicked off its first Virtual Open House with State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and his executive staff discussing pandemic response and addressing learning gaps; the creation of an Equity Branch; and historic investments to support our students, educators, and families. Over the course of the three-day event, registrants heard a breadth of ways specific CDE divisions, offices, programs, and initiatives support schools, learners, and communities. In the coming weeks, video presentations from each session will be available for review on the CDE Open House web page.

SSPI Thurmond Receives COVID Booster at Vaccine Event in Southeast LA

On October 27, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond joined AltaMed Health Services to promote the ¡Ándale! ¿Qué Esperas? campaign External link opens in new window or tab. to reach over 4.45 million Latinos through a public education campaign and over 2.25 million Latinos in direct outreach in partnership with clinic partners in San Diego County, Orange County, Los Angeles County, the Central Valley, and Northern California. At Wednesday’s event in southeast Los Angeles, Superintendent Thurmond also received his COVID-19 booster shot and spoke about the rollout of pop-up vaccination events for primary education school sites statewide in preparation for vaccine expansion after the FDA committee voted Tuesday in favor of granting emergency use authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in children ages five to eleven.

State Board of Education to Consider LCAP, NBPTS, Community Schools Plan Next Wednesday and Thursday (November 3-4, 2021)

The State Board of Education (SBE) on Wednesday will consider revisions to the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Template in response to recent statutory changes. The revisions are aimed at ensuring that local educational agencies (LEAs) are both planning for, and following through on, actions and services that increase and improve services for our students from low-income families, English learners, and foster youth. In so doing, the new template will help LEAs realize one of the fundamental goals of the Local Control Funding Formula. The agenda item and attachments can be found on the SBE Agenda for November 2021 web page.

Also on Wednesday, the Board will consider for approval the administration of the $250 million National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification Incentive Program. This five-year program will provide stipends to teachers who seek NBPTS certification and up to $25,000 in incentive awards to NBPTS-certified teachers who teach in high-priority California public schools.

On Thursday, the Board will consider an application process and administration plan for the state's significant investment to expand and support community schools, particularly to serve high-need students. Community schools use a student-centered, holistic approach to supporting student and family health and learning. With nearly $3 billion invested over the next seven years, the CDE is proposing a plan to grow and support community schools in partnership with a broad range of partners, including families, educators, LEAs, nonprofits and other state and local governmental agencies. Find the agenda item on the SBE Agenda for November 2021 web page.

School Health, Safety and Support

California Becomes First State in Nation to Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Added to List of Required School Vaccinations

California students will be required to be vaccinated for in-person learning starting the term following FDA full approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for their grade span (7–12 and K–6). Learn more in the California to Require COVID-19 Vaccines for Students news release External link opens in new window or tab. and the School Vaccine Mandate Fact Sheet External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Program Highlights

School Construction Funds Flow to LEAs

On October 27, the State Allocation Board (SAB) approved approximately $755 million for school construction projects. This will fund 248 projects across 97 LEAs throughout the state. These state matching funds for School Facility Program projects are distributed to LEAs to help finance shovel-ready school construction projects or reimburse districts for projects already completed using local funds. Superintendent Thurmond is represented on the SAB by Juan Mireles, Director, School Facilities and Transportation Services Division.

CDE Releases New Stability Rate Data Reports

This week, CDE announced the release of new Stability Rate (SR) reports on DataQuest. These reports were developed in response to requests from educators, policy-makers, and partners from across the state and to fulfill a recommendation from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Improving Data Collection 2019 Workgroup. The SR reports identify the number and percent of students who receive a “full year” of learning in the same school. California’s Stability Rate measure is not an accountability measure. The information provided in the SR report is intended to serve as a tool for users to better understand the complex needs of students and schools. Learn more on the CDE Information about the Stability Rate Report web page. Contact the Data Reporting Office at with questions.


DataQuest Stability Rates Report External link opens in new window or tab.

DataQuest Stability Rates Report (with County Data) External link opens in new window or tab.

CDE Stability Rate Downloadable Data Files.

Principal Apportionment Data Collection Transition to Web-based Application and Informational Webinar—November 9, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.

In early October, the CDE released the new Principal Apportionment Data Collection (PADC) web-based application, designed to replace the PADC desktop software beginning with fiscal year (FY) 2021–22. Additional information and resources are available on the CDE PADC web page. On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., the CDE’s Principal Apportionment Section will present a webinar to introduce the new PADC web-based application to LEA staff who are users of the software.

Register for the Principal Apportionment Data Collection webinar External link opens in new window or tab..

Events and Opportunities

High School Student CyberStart Challenge—Register Now

CyberStart America is a free national program for high school students to master cybersecurity as a gateway to the industry, improve their digital skills, and compete for college scholarships. This week, the Governor announced a challenge for California high school students External link opens in new window or tab. to expand their cybersecurity knowledge. Through the program, students have access to cybersecurity learning resources written and developed by industry professionals that can be used to train and qualify for a National Cyber Scholarship External link opens in new window or tab.. Teachers and students can visit the CyberStart America website External link opens in new window or tab. for more information and to register today.

Supporting LEAs with Spending Federal Stimulus and EDGAR—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 is offering a two-series workshop on the Federal Education Stimulus Funds and EDGAR. The second session will be held on November 4. 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 the CDE Federal Stimulus web page for additional information on registering. Please email Evelyn Sanchez at with any questions on registering.

Supporting Your Children During an Uncertain School Year: Tips for Managing Anxiety Parent Webinar—November 2 at 6 p.m.

Anxiety is the most prevalent mental health disorder among children and adolescents, affecting one in four youths over their lifetime. Join us on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 6 p.m. to learn about coping strategies, tools, and resources to support your children/teens who might be feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious. For more information, contact Monica Nepomuceno, Education Programs Consultant, School Health and Safety Office, at

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

Join State Superintendent of Public Instruction 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 Universal Meals Listening Session on Zoom External link opens in new window or tab..

Universal Design for Inclusive Literacy 9-Part Webinar Series—Session #3: Barriers—November 8 at 3:30 p.m.

Identifying barriers is essential to designing and facilitating equitable learning environments. In this session, we will explore how to anticipate barriers and examine strategies to minimize the barriers in service of literacy development and content-area knowledge. Register for Session 3 on Barriers by the California Coalition for Inclusive Literacy (CCIL) External link opens in new window or tab..

For additional information on this webinar series and future sessions, visit the CCIL Webinar Series web page External link opens in new window or tab.. If you have further questions, contact Michelle Bello, Education Programs Consultant, Special Education Division, at

Trauma-Informed Skills for Educators (TISE) Informational Webinar—November 9 at 10 a.m.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) represent a critical public health issue with significant negative health and societal impacts. The Trauma-Informed Skills for Educators (TISE) curriculum, developed by the University of Southern California’s Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resilience, Hope, and Wellness in Schools, is designed to enhance educator knowledge about trauma and its impact on students and to equip educators to engage with and support youth who have been exposed to trauma. Join us to learn about the TISE curriculum, results from the TISE pilot study, and information about accessing the in-person and online curricula. Contact Monica Nepomuceno, Education Programs Consultant, School Health and Safety Office, at for more information.

Register for the Trauma-Informed Skills For Educators webinar 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 Webinar—November 9 at 3:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., join this webinar offered in partnership with educational leaders in Shasta County Office of Education, Stockton Unified School District, and Santa Barbara County Office of Education as we 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 information on how upcoming funding opportunities across early learning, expanded learning, and nutrition services can support a P-3 frame.

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2021 Lights On Afterschool Expanded Learning Leadership Awards Celebration

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond congratulated the four CDE 2021 California Expanded Learning Leadership award winners. The awards are part of Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide event celebrating the role of afterschool programs in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and helping working families. Congratulations to the winners! Read more about the awardees in the October 28, 2021, CDE news release, and watch the full event on the California AfterSchool Network YouTube page External link opens in new window or tab..

Important Dates and Deadlines

November is:

  • California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month
  • National Native American Heritage Month

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