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CDE Today for February 4, 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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Welcome to CDE Today, a weekly publication from CDE Communications designed to provide you with clear, consistent updates on what is important to California schools.

Updates

State Superintendent Thurmond Testifies at State Senate and Assembly Budget Committees

This week, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond testified at both the State Assembly Budget Subcommittee 2 and at the State Senate Budget Subcommittee 1 hearing on education. He shared his thoughts on the proposed state budget as well as opportunities to further invest in helping students heal from the trauma of the pandemic, accelerate learning recovery, and advance student progress so California students can thrive. Watch part of Thurmond’s remarks to the State Assembly on the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

State Superintendent Thurmond Visits Golden Bell Award-Winning El Rancho Unified

On January 31, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond joined El Rancho Unified School District (ERUSD) Superintendent Frances Esparza to visit El Rancho High School to see the school’s award-winning Student Services Mental Health Program, which recently won a Golden Bell Award for innovative programs that improve student achievement and mental well-being. In his first in-person school site visit since the Omicron surge, Thurmond met with teachers, students, counselors, staff, administrators, and members of the Board of Education. Since 2009, ERUSD has increased both mental health services and student referrals to community agencies, reduced mental health stigma on campus, successfully launched telehealth services, and more.

Renaissance Digital Reading Partnership Extended through February

On January 25, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced that unlimited access to myON digital books and daily news articles for students in California has been extended until Monday, February 28, 2022. A partnership with Renaissance Learning, Inc., was originally announced in December to give students from pre-K to twelfth grade The Gift of Literacy External link opens in new window or tab. and provide them an opportunity to engage in reading at home, at school, and in the community. The digital reading partnership is part of Superintendent Thurmond’s statewide literacy campaign to help all California students reach the goal of literacy by third grade by the year 2026. Read more in the CDE news release about the digital reading partnership and on the extension.

School Health, Safety & Support

Get Students Protected Today!

The COVID-19 vaccination remains one of the strongest tools we have for moving beyond the pandemic and for protecting the most vulnerable among us. Vaccines are safe and effective for children ages five and up, and providing vaccinations at school can reduce barriers for students and families to get protected. School-located vaccination events are being held across the state in the coming months.

If you are interested in hosting a vaccination event at your school, it’s not too late to request a mobile team. Please visit the California Coronavirus COVID-19 Response Toolkit Mobile Vaccinations web page External link opens in new window or tab. to make your request. Whether it’s at school or elsewhere, we hope that you’ll encourage your students to get vaccinated. For resources to promote vaccination, visit the California Department of Public Health Vaccinate All 58 website External link opens in new window or tab..

CalPERS Circular on Governor’s Executive Order

CalPERS has publicly posted its circular related to Governor Newsom’s issued Executive Order N-3-22 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) on staffing flexibilities. Find the PDF online at CalPERS Circular 200-017-22 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Program Highlights

Free Summer Meal Programs Applications Now Open

On January 31, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced that applications are available for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO), both federally funded, state-administered programs that serve free meals to children eighteen and younger when school is out of session. Summer meals provide children with access to essential nutrition during school closures and the summer break. From January 2021 through November 2021, nutrition programs including SFSP and SSO have provided more than 967 million meals to children throughout the state. Applications are due by May 15, 2022. Learn more about Summer Meal Programs and read about the application in this recent CDE news release about the summer meals programs.

Announcing Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Office Hours—Every Friday

The California AfterSchool Network (CAN), in partnership with the CDE Expanded Learning Division and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, is excited to announce weekly Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) Office Hours. More about Office Hours:

  • Every Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • The first 30 minutes of the office hours will include an ELO-P 101 presentation
  • The remaining hour will be time for Q&A and discussion

Register in advance for each week’s session at CAN’s Announcing ELO-P Office Hours web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Announcing the Release of the Dashboard Additional Reports

The CDE has released two notable reports connected to the California School Dashboard (Dashboard): the College/Career Additional Report and the Graduation Rate Additional Report. Both reports are based on the latest graduation rates and college/career readiness data available for the 2020–21 school year. With the absence of state indicator data reported on the 2022 Dashboard, these reports offer continuous reporting of Dashboard-related data reflecting current performance and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students and schools across the state.

The publication of these reports marks the close of a series of 2020–21 reports that the Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division has published that also includes the 2021 Dashboard and the 2021 suspension rates, expulsion rates, chronic absenteeism rates, absenteeism by reason, four-year adjusted cohort graduation rates and outcomes, five-year adjusted cohort graduation rates and outcomes, and stability rates DataQuest reports.

Read more on the CDE COVID-19 and Data Reporting web page.

State of Student Mental Wellness Report 2022

The Office of School-Based Health Programs provides resources and promotes initiatives to help address the broad health needs of students. As such, we are interested in hearing from and supporting student-led initiatives that can help us paint a better picture of needs and solutions. To address these broad health needs, we must use reliable current data to help drive our efforts. Too often, data is two to three years old. The ACLU’s Youth Liberty Squad has been collecting valuable data through their Student Wellness Surveys that were started at the onset of the pandemic to measure the mental health needs of our students. The students, along with support from the California Association of School Psychologists, California Association of School Counselors, and Children Now, will share and discuss the findings of their surveys at a virtual event on Monday, February 7, 2022 at 4 p.m. Register on the ACLU Student Wellness Report Zoom web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Read more at the ACLU State of Student Mental Wellness Report 2022 web page External link opens in new window or tab.. For more information contact Monica Nepomuceno, Interim Education Administrator, at mnepomuceno@cde.ca.gov.

Events and Opportunities

WEBINARS

Responsive Design: How Deep Listening Can Transform Teacher Professional Learning—February 9

This webinar is hosted by the California Academy of Sciences in partnership with CDE. What happens when we take the time to listen to teachers? And when they take the time to listen to their students? Join us to learn from one case study of responsively designed teacher Professional Learning—the Bayview Science Institute External link opens in new window or tab.—that is transforming the culture of science teaching and learning in the Southeast corner of San Francisco Unified. In this free, interactive workshop, we’ll share the concrete tools we used to listen to educators and to co-design a cross-school teacher support network. Learn more and register at California Academy of Science Teacher Workshops web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The CDE’s Educator Excellence and Equity Division collaborated with the California Academy of Sciences on this workshop; contact Shannon Gordon, Education Programs Consultant, Educator Excellence and Equity Division, at sgordon@cde.ca.gov if you have questions.

Resilient Practices for Educators, Staff Members, Administrators and Teams—February 17

Build a Positive Work Culture by Leveraging Team Members’ Strengths

Apply strengths-based values to increase team effectiveness. We will reflect on our identities, values, and unique contributions to boost team dynamics. All school and district staff are welcome to join, including cafeteria workers, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, teachers, and administrators. Register in advance via Zoom for the Resilient Practices for Educators, Staff Members, Administrators and Teams webinar External link opens in new window or tab.. For more information, contact Monica Nepomuceno, Interim Education Administrator, at mnepomuceno@cde.ca.gov.

Building a Network of Safety for School Communities Webinar Series: Suicide Risk Screening in Schools—February 22

This training provides a free opportunity for school staff to learn about best practices in school-based screening for suicide risk and how to respond effectively to keep youth and students safe. The training also incorporates content on Suicide Safety Planning Intervention, data and tracking related to suicide risk screening, and cultural considerations. Attendees will receive materials necessary for implementation. Presenter: Stan P. Collins, Suicide Prevention Specialist/Consultant, Mental Health Services Oversight Accountability Commission. Register in advance for this webinar on Zoom External link opens in new window or tab.. For more information, contact Monica Nepomuceno, Interim Education Administrator, at mnepomuceno@cde.ca.gov.

Building a Robust, Diverse, Effective, and Well-Supported P-3 Workforce—February 17

On February 17, the Opportunities for All Branch at the CDE will host a webinar focused on supporting local educational agencies and their partners as they begin the process of (1) building a robust and diverse P-3 teacher pipeline and (2) identifying professional development needs and implementing programs to ensure an effective and supported P-3 teacher workforce, with a focus on Universal Prekindergarten (UPK). To attend the webinar, please register via Zoom at Building a Robust, Diverse, and Well-Supported P-3 Workforce External link opens in new window or tab.. For information on Department news related to our P-3 initiative, email “subscribe” to subscribe-cdep3updates@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

Mind Out Loud Virtual Student Event—March 12

The CDE is pleased to partner with Wellness Together School Mental Health and the San Diego County Office of Education to co-sponsor the second annual Mind Out Loud (MOL) Virtual Student Mental Health Event. This event will encourage middle and high school students from across California and the U.S. and around the world to hear from each other about mental health and wellness; gain practical tools and resources to advocate for their peers on campus; and learn MOL's Four Pillars of Mental Health: Personal Wellness, Suicide Prevention, Support for Marginalized Communities, Awareness and Advocacy. For more information on involving your middle and high school students in the MOL 2022 event and the ongoing MOL Student Rep Program, please visit the MOL website External link opens in new window or tab.. For more information, contact Monica Nepomuceno, Interim Education Administrator, at mnepomuceno@cde.ca.gov.

OPPORTUNITIES

Pivotal Program Practice Award—Deadline February 11

Applications for the California Pivotal Practice Award Program for 2022 are now open. As part of the CDE's California School Recognition Program, this is one of many ways we can celebrate excellence in education and honor exemplary schools, districts, teachers, students, and classified employees.

The award is being utilized by California in 2022 in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program to celebrate districts and schools that have completed an online application highlighting an innovative practice that was implemented during the 2020–21 school year, when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are due on February 11, 2022.

More information about the award is available on the CDE California Pivotal Practice Program web page. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Awards Unit at awards@cde.ca.gov.

Nominations Open for California High School Counselor Award—Deadline February 28

Each year, the California Student Aid Commission solicits nominations recommending a California high school counselor who demonstrates effectiveness for serving students in preparing for and pursuing their higher education. The candidate may be nominated by his or her district and county leadership, fellow school counselor/teacher, school principal, or another site administrator. The Arthur S. Marmaduke High School Counselor Award, which includes a plaque and a $1,500 check, is presented at the awardee’s high school or virtually via Zoom. The application process and criteria are available on the California Student Aid Commission website External link opens in new window or tab., and the deadline to apply is February 28, 2022.

2022 All-America City Award Applications Open—Deadline March 1
Applications are open for communities to apply to become an All-America City in 2022. The awards are offered every year by the National Civic League to recognize communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation to successfully address local issues. Apply through the National Civic League 2022 All-America City Awards web page External link opens in new window or tab. by March 1, 2022. Learn more about the All-America City Awards External link opens in new window or tab..

Celebrations

News on Mental Health Film Program for Adults Serving Students

On January 31, Monica Nepomuceno, an administrator in CDE's Office of School-Based Health Programs, spoke with ABC7 Bay Area about the new mental health film-based program “A Trusted Space.” State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and the CDE have partnered with the California Department of Health Care Services' CalHOPE program to expand school-based health services to address increasing mental health challenges faced by students since the pandemic. Watch the interview on the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

This week, CDE celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 2. Participation in sports is one important way young women build the confidence, strength, and character that help them become strong leaders in sports and life. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Throughout the year, CDE will share updates and efforts to honor the progress and continual struggle for gender equity.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Presidents’ Day (February 21)

The CDE is closed Monday, February 21, in honor of Presidents’ Day, a California public school holiday and a state holiday.

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