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CDE Today for April 15, 2022

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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State Superintendent Thurmond Underscores California Youth Mental Health Needs on “Matter of Fact” with Soledad O’Brien

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond sat down for an interview with Jessica Gomez from “Matter of Fact” for a discussion of growing mental health needs. In the segment, Thurmond highlighted key legislation he is sponsoring to hire 10,000 new mental health professionals to support students in California. View the full segment on the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

CDE Releases 2021–22 Statewide School Enrollment Data

On Monday, the CDE released K–12 public school enrollment data for the 2021–22 academic year. The annual snapshot of fall enrollment shows a fifth year of decline as the state emerges from two challenging years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The release provides yet another data point in the continuing analysis of California’s overall demographic shifts and related pandemic impacts. The information is crucial to understanding how best to plan for a robust recovery in years ahead. Learn more in the CDE Statewide Enrollment Data news release.

State Superintendent Thurmond Spotlights Student Mentorship Program at Corona-Norco Unified School District

On Monday, April 11, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond visited the Corona Norco Unified School District Parent Center and Raney Intermediate School to tour the school’s “Raney ROCKs (Respect, Ownership, Commitment, Kindness)” mentorship program. The mentorship program, as part of the district’s multi-tiered system of supports aimed at transforming school culture, was recognized by the California School Boards Association with a Golden Bell Award in October 2021. The Raney ROCKs program includes student mentor programs, schoolwide social-emotional lessons, all-staff restorative practice training, and schoolwide community building circles. Together, these programs have brought forth student engagement and a sense of community on campus. View photos from the visit on the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

State Superintendent Thurmond, Senator Limón Visit Dual-Language Immersion Program in Oxnard

On April 12, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond joined State Senator Monique Limón at Juan Soria Elementary School in the Oxnard School District for a press conference and school visit to urge support of a bill he is sponsoring, Senate Bill (SB) 952, which provides additional funding to expand the number of schoolwide dual-language immersion programs in California. During the visit, Superintendent Thurmond and Senator Limón met with sixth-grade students enrolled in the school’s dual-language immersion program since kindergarten to talk about the importance of biliteracy to them and their families. Thurmond and partners are expanding efforts to improve literacy skills amidst national reports showing declines in student reading levels during the pandemic. SB 952 recently passed unanimously out of Senate Education and goes next to the Appropriations Committee.

State Superintendent Thurmond Calls for K–12 Mentors Via #CaliforniansForAll College Corps

On April 13, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond joined local education leaders, elected officials, and students at Riverside City College to encourage students to apply for the inaugural class of the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps, a statewide service initiative that helps low-income students graduate on time and with less debt. During his remarks, Thurmond called on college students to volunteer as mentors and tutors as an important way to help K–12 students recover from the pandemic. Learn more on the California Volunteers Californians for All College Corps web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Program Highlights

Arts Framework Resources Now Available

On March 1, 2022, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Statewide Arts Initiative, The California Arts Project, and the CDE hosted a virtual event to roll out the 2020 Arts Education Framework. Resources from this event are now available on the California Arts Education Framework website External link opens in new window or tab..

Video excerpts include:

  • Overview, Purpose, and Development of the California Arts Education Framework
  • California Arts Education Framework Chapter Highlights
  • Equity in Arts Education and Supporting All Learners
Educators are invited to use these resources as they continue to implement the 2019 California Arts Standards. Look for more resources and professional learning opportunities in the upcoming months.

School Health, Safety & Support

Mental Health Professional and Student Mental Health Needs Survey

The CDE encourages school administrators to complete a brief, confidential online survey. The purpose of this survey is to gather information to better understand the mental health needs, necessary supports, and available services for students. Please complete the survey at the University of California, San Francisco 2021-22 California Principals Survey web page External link opens in new window or tab.. This data will inform State Superintendent Thurmond’s effort to recruit 10,000 mental health clinicians to support California students through SB 1229. More information on this initiative is available in the CDE news release. The survey is administered by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with support from the CDE Project Cal-Well mental health initiative. Confidentiality is critical; therefore, your survey responses will be kept private by the UCSF team. The CDE, your staff, students, their parents, and other schools will not see your individual survey responses. For more information, contact Monica Nepomuceno, Education Administrator, Office of School-Based Health Programs, at

State Superintendent Thurmond Joins AltaMed Parent Panel to Talk about Vaccines

On April 6, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond joined AltaMed Health Services to speak with families from Aspire Public Schools Firestone and Gateway Academies in Los Angeles for a parent panel webinar on the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Thurmond shared how California schools are moving forward with updated guidance and specific efforts he is leading to prioritize the social-emotional needs of California students, address learning recovery, and build out the needed resources to support our teachers and the educational workforce. You can watch the full discussion on the Aspire Firestone Academy YouTube page External link opens in new window or tab..

Events and Opportunities


Early Education Teacher Development (EETD) Grant Request for Applications—Due May 6

The EETD grant provides funding on a competitive basis to local educational agencies (LEAs) to identify, recruit, and retain a robust early education workforce and increase specific competencies for early educators. The Request for Applications (RFA) is due by Friday, May 6, 2022. More information about the RFA and all accompanying documents can be accessed on the CDE EETD Grant RFA web page or by emailing


Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) Office Hours—April 20

The Early Education Division will be hosting virtual office hours on Wednesday afternoons targeted for LEAs to ask questions and receive technical assistance about UPK implementation. The first 15 minutes will be a quick review of UPK and the latest developments. Registration will be limited to 500 participants per session and will be open to all regions of California. Registration for each week’s office hours opportunity will open the Friday before each Wednesday’s event. The CDE has posted resources for UPK on the CDE Elementary web page, including information from the first two UPK webinars and the first round of guidance to use in planning for UPK implementation. Please register for the next UPK Office Hour, which will be on April 20, 2022, from 4 to 5 p.m. To register, visit the CDE Universal PreKindergarten Office Hours web page.

Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do—April 20 and April 21

In partnership with the CDE, the California Mental Health Services Authority, the Directing Change Program, and Teen Line invite all parents to this free webinar and Facebook Live event spanning over two days that will provide information about suicide prevention for parents, including warning signs for suicide, how to have a conversation with their teen, actions to take if their teen is having a suicidal thought, and resources. This webinar will be offered in English on April 20 and in Spanish on April 21. Register via Zoom in English for the Suicide Prevention 101 webinar External link opens in new window or tab. or register via Zoom in Spanish for the Suicide Prevention 101 webinar External link opens in new window or tab..

California College Affordability Summit—April 20 and 21

Register for the California Student Aid Commission’s third annual California College Affordability Summit and learn about the best practices and tools available to comply with the new Federal Application for Student Aid/California Dream Act Application completion requirement. This event will be two virtual half-days and include opening speakers, general sessions, and three breakout sessions on Wednesday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Summit will equip K–12 educators, high school counselors, college financial aid administrators, student advocates, and policy leaders with the information, resources, and tools at their disposal to be successful in the implementation of the new financial aid completion requirement for LEAs. This is a crucial time in California around its commitment to increase financial aid awareness and opportunities for low-income and first-generation students. Register online today at the California College Affordability Summit Events web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Supporting Inclusion from Preschool through Third Grade—April 21

This P-3 webinar is designed to support LEAs, community-based organizations, and their partners to understand the importance of inclusive classrooms for young children with and without disabilities, receive information about existing and proposed legislation and funding opportunities to support more preschool and early elementary inclusive classrooms, and learn more about best practices for effective preschool through third grade inclusion. The webinar is taking place on Thursday, April 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and will feature a panel discussion from practitioners on their real-world experiences in supporting inclusion for P-3 students. Register via Zoom for the P-3 webinar External link opens in new window or tab..

Building a Network of Safety for School Communities Webinar Series: Youth Suicide Awareness Training—April 26

School-based suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention plans aren't just a good idea; they're required by law. This presentation, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., will discuss some of the aspects of AB 2246 and AB 1767 and their application in Tulare County through the efforts of the Tulare County Suicide Prevention Task Force, Visalia Unified School District, and Visalia Youth Services. Register in advance via Zoom for the Building a Network of Safety for School Communities webinar External link opens in new window or tab..

Emergency Connectivity Fund and E-rate Webinar—April 28

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced a third application window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). The CDE will host a webinar with the state K–12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) program on Thursday, April 28, at 11 a.m. to review the ECF program and discuss how schools can navigate the application process. This third application window is for equipment and broadband services to support remote learning for a maximum 12-month period starting July 1 and ending December 31, 2023. The application submission deadline will be open starting April 28 and will close May 13, 2022. Register via Zoom for the E-rate webinar External link opens in new window or tab..

In the first and second ECF application windows, California applicants requested over $923 million in funding. To date, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has issued $704 million in commitments for California applicants. The USAC has conducted multiple webinars, posted on the ECF Live Sessions web page External link opens in new window or tab., that can be referenced as well as to register for future events. Schools that are unfamiliar with the ECF program and may be applying for the first time are encouraged to visit the following web resources for further information:

Resilient Practices for Educators, Staff Members, Administrators, and Teams—Give and Receive Feedback for Impactful Relationships—April 28

Use a strengths-based approach for more impactful feedback. Receiving and giving feedback does not always feel good, but strong teams rely on the clarity, accountability, and vulnerable dialogue that feedback provides. We will discuss several types of feedback, the “BOOST” model, and common pitfalls that make feedback challenging in this webinar from 3 to 4 p.m. Register via Zoom in advance for this webinar External link opens in new window or tab.. For more information, contact Monica Nepomuceno, Education Administrator, Office of School-Based Health Programs, at

Addressing Mental Health: The Role of Mental Health and Wellness Data in Shaping Student Supports—April 28

The California Center for School Climate, a CDE initiative, is adding a new mental health webinar to the multi-part “Strengthening School Communities for Resilience” virtual event. This new session, “The Role of Mental Health and Wellness Data in Shaping Student Supports” on April 28 from 2 to 3 p.m., will provide information on what schools can do with mental health data available to them to better support student mental health. This session will highlight the newly available CDE Mental Health Indicator Report for districts that administer the California Healthy Kids Survey. In addition, representatives from the Paradise Unified School District will describe how it has integrated the use of data to continue to educate students through trauma, secondary trauma, PTSD, and psychological scars associated with the Camp Fire, which destroyed four schools and severely damaged another four schools in the district. The multi-part “Strengthening School Communities for Resilience” virtual event continues on April 28. Register on the California Safe and Supportive Schools Strengthening School Communities for Resilience web page External link opens in new window or tab..

California Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Convening: DevELO-Ping Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs; From Planning to Practice!—May 11

Join the California AfterSchool Network, the CDE Expanded Learning Division, and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence for the 2022 California Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) Convening, “DevELO-Ping Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs; From Planning to Practice” event on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This virtual event is designed to support staff, educators, and leadership of all California education-related sectors with the ELO-P implementation. There will also be speakers, workshops, resources, innovative ideas, and peer learning. Register for the California Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Convening on Eventbrite External link opens in new window or tab..


2022 Third Annual C-STEM Symposium—April 21
The UC Davis C-STEM Center, Redlands Unified School District, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, and other partners announce the 2022 C-STEM Symposium on April 21 at the San Bernardino County Office of Education. The theme of this year’s symposium is Integrating Computer Science into Math Education to Close the Achievement Gap. For more information and to register, visit the UC Davis C-STEM Center 2022 Third Annual C-STEM Symposium web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Important Dates and Deadlines

High School Voter Registration Weeks—April 18–29

Civic engagement will always be an ongoing learning experience. As educators, it is important to ensure that students are continuously learning how to become active and engaged participants in our democracy. We encourage schools to participate in High School Voter Education Weeks on April 18–29, 2022, to aid our young and future voters onto the pathway of civic engagement, awareness, and voting. See the resources and information available in the CDE High School Voter Education Weeks (April 18-29) joint letter from Superintendent Thurmond and Secretary of State Weber.

Earth Day—April 22

The CDE encourages you to annually recognize April 22 as Earth Day. Help bring a school garden into existence by having students help draw, color, and plan their ideal garden for next school year! For information and resources, please visit the CDE California's Farm to Child Nutrition Programs web page.

School Lunch Hero Day—May 6

School Lunch Hero Day is a day when schools and community members can show their appreciation for the valuable and important contributions that school nutrition professionals offer each and every school day to provide nutritious meals to California’s students and to promote healthy eating and well-being. More information is available on the School Nutrition Association School Lunch Hero Day web page External link opens in new window or tab..

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