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CDE Today for April 22, 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 Tony Thurmond Announces Creation of Task Force to Combat Declining School Enrollment

On April 20, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced a new effort to support and improve a systemwide approach to addressing the challenges of declining student enrollment in the state of California with the creation of a new task force. Under the leadership of Superintendent Thurmond and co-chairs Dr. Lande Ajose, Vice President and Walter and Esther Hewlett Chair in Understanding California’s Future, Public Policy Institute of California; Jeff Freitas, President, California Federation of Teachers; Dr. Edgar Zazueta, Executive Director, Association of California School Administrators; and Tatia Davenport, Chief Executive Officer, California Association of School Business Officials, the task force will lead an effort to investigate the details and reasons behind the drops in enrollment, specifically the declines that are being observed in a number of urban areas statewide. Read more in the CDE news release.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces the 2022 California Green Ribbon Schools Award Honorees

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, today on Earth Day, announced that 18 schools, two school districts, and one county office of education earned 2022 California Green Ribbon Schools awards. Among the state honorees are five “Green Achievers” nominated by the State Superintendent to receive US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition. California’s honorees are among 27 schools, five districts, and four postsecondary institutions being honored nationally. To see the list of honorees, read the full CDE news release.

Meeting of All CA School Districts: Building the Plan to Ensure all Students Learn to Read by Third Grade - May 20

As part of his literacy efforts, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond invited all school districts and staff engaged in literacy efforts to an all-district virtual meeting on Friday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to noon, to discuss statewide efforts to ensure all students learn to read by third grade by the year 2026. During this meeting, districts will share their vision, plans, and resources that they intend to use to reach this goal as part of the strategy to promote literacy in the state. Technical assistance and tools for reaching this goal will be provided in the meeting along with updates regarding all state resources that can be accessed now and those expected to be available in the future. Any questions or suggestions you have may be directed to

SPI Thurmond Testifies in Support of Bills

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond testified before the Assembly Education Committee yesterday on Assembly Bill 2465 Family Engagement Literacy Support (Bonta), a bill he is sponsoring to ensure all children reach literacy by third grade. The bill passed with bipartisan support and will next be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee in May. Thurmond also testified before the Senate Education Committee for another bill he is sponsoring, Senate Bill 830 Enrollment Funding (Portantino), a bill that would use supplemental funding to local education agencies based on enrollment. Again, the bill passed and will be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Watch a clip of Superintendent Thurmond’s support of AB 2465 on the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

Program Highlights

State Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council Application - Deadline May 5

The CDE will be launching the first State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Parent Advisory Council. The Parent Advisory Council will work directly with the office of the State Superintendent to provide input and feedback on matters affecting youths throughout the state. The purpose of group is to create a council of diverse parents that will directly work with policymakers and educational partners to provide equitable change to California’s education system through authentic parent voices. The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 5. For questions and applications, please email

Arts Framework Resources Now Available

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

Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements in Schools

On April 14, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that “California will not initiate the regulatory process for a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the 2022-2023 school year and as such, any vaccine requirements would not take effect until after full FDA approval and no sooner than July 1, 2023.” Read the CDPH news release External link opens in new window or tab..

Because vaccines remain the most powerful weapon against hospitalization and serious illness due to COVID-19, CDPH strongly encourages all eligible Californians, including children, to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Request for Application (RFA) for the Mental Health Student Services Act (MHSSA)

The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) is seeking applications in response to the MHSSA to incentivize partnerships between behavioral health departments and education agencies for the purpose of increasing access to mental health services in locations that are easily accessible to students and their families. The final application due date is June 17, 2022, by 4 p.m. See details at the MHSOAC website External link opens in new window or tab.. For more information, contact Monica Nepomuceno, Education Administrator, at

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 Senate Bill 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

Events and Opportunities


Early Education Teacher Development (EETD) Grant RFA - Due May 6

The EETD grant provides funding on a competitive basis to 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. A technical assistance webinar was held on April 14 to orient applicants to the RFA’s purpose, content, and requirements. More information about the webinar, the RFA and all accompanying documents can be accessed on the RFA web page or by emailing


Building a Network of Safety for School Communities Webinar Series: Youth Suicide Awareness Training - April 26, 10–11:30 a.m.

School based suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention plans are not just a good idea, they are required by law. This presentation will discuss some of the aspects of Assembly Bill 2246 and Assembly Bill 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 External link opens in new window or tab..

Universal Prekindergarten Office Hours – April 27, 4–5 p.m.

CDE is excited to host weekly Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) office hours so that attendees can come and ask questions and receive technical assistance about UPK implementation. Registration is open to all regions but limited to 500 participants per session. Registration for each week’s Office Hour opportunity will open the Friday afternoon before each Wednesday’s event. The CDE has posted resources for UPK at Elementary - Grade Spans (CA Dept of Education), including information from the first two UPK webinars and first round of guidance to use in planning for UPK implementation. The next UPK Office Hour will be on Wednesday, April 27, from 4–5 p.m. To register, visit Universal Prekindergarten Office Hours - Elementary (CA Dept of Education).

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 for the event via Zoom 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 on ECF that can be referenced–-in addition to registering for future events–-at its Live Sessions page External link opens in new window or tab.. Schools that are unfamiliar with the ECF program and may be applying for the first time are encouraged to visit the following web pages for further information:

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

Thursday, April 28, 3 to 4 p.m.: 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. Register in advance via Zoom External link opens in new window or tab.. For more information, contact Monica Nepomuceno at

Strengthening School Communities for Resilience Virtual Event - April 28

The California Center for School Climate (CCSC), a CDE initiative, is hosting three webinars on April 28. This is a multipart event to address topics including culturally responsive practices, restorative practices, and student mental health.

  • Beyond Heroes and Holidays: Expanding Understanding and Practices of Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Approaches - April 28, 10 a.m.
    Research shows that culturally responsive and sustaining practices (CRSP) strengthen students’ social and academic well-being, and offer similar benefits for adults when the practices are woven into the culture of the school district and school community. Join us to learn more about CRSP in which asset-based approaches—both at the      individual and system levels—will be discussed, and resources and tools to support CRSP implementation will be shared. Register at the CCSC web page External link opens in new window or tab..
  • Restorative Practices: Using Data to Strengthen Your Practice - April 28, 10 a.m.
    Schools throughout California have adopted restorative practices as a means to curb the use of exclusionary discipline, allay racial disparities in discipline, and improve school climate. However, many school leaders lack means of tracking staff use of these practices, which constrains their ability to improve implementation. Join us to explore how school leaders can use existing data systems to measure school utilization of restorative practices and identify inequities in student exposure to these practices. Together we will consider new, purpose-built data systems that can drive deeper understanding of students’ experiences and catalyze school practice improvements. Register at the CCSC web page External link opens in new window or tab..
  • Addressing Mental Health: The Role of Mental Health and Wellness Data in Shaping Student Supports - April 28, 2 p.m.
    What can schools 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. 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. Register at the CCSC web page External link opens in new window or tab..
CA 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 CA 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 on Eventbrite External link opens in new window or tab..


State Superintendent Thurmond Donates Books on Jackie Robinson Day

On April 15, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond joined the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to honor and celebrate the life of Dodgers and baseball legend, Jackie Robinson. Thurmond spoke to students and donated 600 books to students at Longfellow Elementary School in the Pasadena Unified School District to kick off the Jackie Robinson LA Reads series. April 15 marked the 75th anniversary of Robinson, whose No. 42 was retired by the league in 1997, breaking the major league color barrier in diversifying professional sports. View photos from the visit on the CDE Facebook 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 your school 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. Resources and information available at the CDE news release.

California High School Proficiency Exam Registration - Deadline April 30

Registration is now open for the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) summer administration and will close on April 30. The locations and times are provided on the CHSPE website External link opens in new window or tab.. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and a waiting list will be established for those who are interested. Email or call 1-866-342-4773 (toll-free) for questions.

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week May 1–7

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week reminds us to reflect on the importance of caring for youth mental health, reinforcing that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development, their academic success, and their ability to thrive in life. Hear from State Superintendent Thurmond about SB 1229, the bill that he is sponsoring to hire 10,000 new mental health professionals to support California schools at the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

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 every school day to provide nutritious meals to California’s students and to promote healthy eating and well-being. Learn more at the School Nutrition Association School Lunch Hero Day web page External link opens in new window or tab..

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