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CDE Today for June 10, 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 Joins World Leaders at the Summit of the Americas

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond joined President Joe Biden, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and other world leaders this week in Los Angeles as the United States hosts the Ninth Summit of the Americas. The Summit brings together leaders from the countries of North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean to address shared challenges such as climate change, education, and economic resiliency. This year’s theme is “Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future,” and the event is scheduled from June 6 to June 10. Read more at the CDE news release web page.

State Superintendent Thurmond Attends Community Schools Press Conference

On Monday, State Superintendent Thurmond joined Governor Newsom, State Board President Linda Darling-Hammond, education leaders, parents, and students to highlight California’s investment in community schools. In his remarks, Thurmond highlighted California's incredible investment in building Community Schools—$3 billion over seven years and additional $1.5 billion in the May Revise to help ensure the right conditions and partnerships are provided for students to be happy, healthy, and thriving at school. You can watch part of Thurmond’s remarks on the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

Program Highlights

CDE and County Offices of Education Coordinate Emergency Preparedness Efforts

Between June 7–9, the CDE and county offices of education gathered in the Statewide School Emergency Manager Assembly to focus on disaster preparation. This meeting provided a touchpoint between the state and counties regarding emergency management in schools and where resources and updates for ongoing emergency efforts are provided. This month, the meeting focused on active shooter events. Existing preparedness information can be found on the CDE Disaster and Emergency Resources web page. The CDE will also be hosting a webinar for all our education partners focused on wildfire preparedness in the near future. For questions, please contact

LGBTQ+ Book List to Celebrate #PrideMonth

Are you looking for a new book to read over the summer? Did you know that the CDE has a recommended literature list that includes LGBTQ+ friendly titles? As we celebrate #PrideMonth, check out the CDE Recommended Literature List, which is a searchable database of culturally appropriate books for children and teens that helps students, teachers, and families entertain, inform, and explore new ideas and experiences. The CDE welcomes these inclusive books as part of the effort to create a welcoming, safe, and affirming learning environment for students.

Celebrating Healthy Meals and Summer Meals

Farm to Summer Week is June 20 to June 24, a time to celebrate local foods on school menus by offering students taste-testing and agricultural learning opportunities. Also, the CA Meals for Kids app makes it easy for families and caregivers to find summer and after school meal locations. Summer meals provide children with access to essential nutrition during school closures throughout the summer break. You can download the CA Meals for Kids app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Microsoft app store through your phone or via the CDE website. To find meal services in your area, go to the CDE 2022 Summer Meal Service Sites web page.

State Superintendent Thurmond Highlights English Language Development Supports

On June 8, State Superintendent Thurmond spoke with leaders at the English Learner Roadmap Implementation for Systemic Excellence project (EL RISE!) Superintendent’s Forum. EL RISE! takes a comprehensive approach to address the assets and unique needs of multilingual learners, integrated and designated ELD, and dual language instruction. Superintendent Thurmond highlighted the importance of dual language programs, literacy and biliteracy by third grade, and equity for California’s 2.3 million students who speak a language other than English at home.

School Health, Safety & Support

CDPH/CDC Request Form for COVID Over-the-Counter (OTC) Tests

Please note that the CDC OTC Antigen program is ending on June 17. All organizations who serve K–12 students (including preschools, camps, etc.) can place their order for their needs for summer and early fall on the CDC Test Order web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Tests will be delivered in late June/early July, so organizations need to be able to store tests for their summer/early fall uses in a temperature-controlled place (less than 85 degrees).

Events and Opportunities


Building a Foundation of Language and Literacy for Students with Complex Communication Needs (June 13)

The Diagnostic Center, Northern California (DCN) has a professional development opportunity on June 13 that is open to the public. Join DCN from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a foundation of language and literacy skills which is essential for social, functional, and academic progress for all students. This workshop will explore how we can help students with significant disabilities build the language and literacy skills they need. Participants will address: how to assess current levels and create measurable goals that will make meaningful change in students’ lives, how to create a communicative environment including communication tools, and how to provide integrated language and literacy interventions. Content will be applicable for all professionals serving students with complex communication needs of all ages and grade levels. Register in advance for Building a Foundation of Language & Literacy for Students with Complex Communication Needs webinar External link opens in new window or tab.. For more information, email

Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Office Hours (June 22)

Join the CDE for virtual office hours every other Wednesday afternoon. These are targeted for local education agencies, and attendees are encouraged to come, ask questions, and receive technical assistance about completing required plans for Universal PreKindergarten implementation. The CDE has posted resources for UPK, including information from the first three UPK webinars and guidance in planning for UPK implementation. Register for the next UPK Office Hour, taking place on Wednesday, June 22, from 4–5 p.m., on the CDE UPK Office Hour web page.


Virtual California Elementary Literacy Conference: Everyone Has the Right to Read! (June 16)

This free one-day conference is hosted by the Sacramento County Office of Education and sponsored by the CDE in collaboration with the California Collaborative for Excellence in Education through the Expert Lead in Literacy grant. Join teachers, administrators, district and site colleagues, as well as other partners interested in literacy, on June 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as we learn about evidence-based practices in elementary literacy, grades TK–6. Learn more and register at the Education Speakers Network website External link opens in new window or tab..

August 2022 High School Equivalency Summer Convenings

The CDE Proficiency, Equivalency, and Physical Testing Office is hosting a no-cost, in-person, three-session training series this August: the High School Equivalency (HSE) Summer Convenings. These sessions will be key for HSE chief examiners, HSE test site administrators, high school counselors, and others who have a connection to this alternate route for students. The sessions—which will be presented by the CDE, the HiSET Program, and GED Testing Services—will be held at various locations throughout the state. The 2022 HSE Summer Convenings flyer (PDF) provides more information about this HSE professional development opportunity. Please forward this flyer to school site staff who may benefit from the information. Registration is available on the HSE Summer Convenings registration web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Questions about the convenings can be emailed to Melissa Stockbridge, Sacramento County Office of Education, at

2022 California Assessment Conference (October 18–20; register or submit session proposal today)
Registration for the 2022 California Assessment Conference (CAC) is now open. The CAC offers a unique chance for educators to connect with peers to discover assessment tools and strategies for improved learning and teaching. Do not miss out on the keynote address by Professor Nancy Frey. With the theme of Partners in Progress: Harnessing the Power of Student Assessment, the conference will feature knowledgeable K–12 educators from across the state who have developed and implemented best practices for using assessment resources in their classrooms. For more information about the conference, to register, and to submit a session proposal visit the CAC website External link opens in new window or tab..


CDE Celebrates Our CDE/Rockefeller Fellows!

This week, 30 CDE/Rockefeller Fellows were honored at a ceremony at the University of Southern California for their contributions to supporting schools during the pandemic. As part of the School Based Pandemic Response Interdisciplinary Navigation Teams (SPRINT) project, these graduate students were selected as fellows to support Los Angeles County school districts that have the most difficulty designing, accessing, and operationalizing COVID-19 testing programs. The program was formed through a unique partnership among the CDE, USC Keck School of Medicine, the California Department of Public Health, and the Rockefeller Foundation. The fellows worked with districts to administer COVID-19 tests, manage stakeholder engagement, and assist in executing internal and external communication plans of lessons learned. Congratulations and a big thanks to the CDE/Rockefeller Fellows!

Sacramento Bus Trip for Education

Last month, State Superintendent Thurmond met with hundreds of constituents from Senator Dave Cortese’s district in the Bay Area for an annual bus trip to Sacramento to discuss the greatest challenges facing California’s public education system. Thurmond highlighted several programs, strategies, and key pieces of legislation he is sponsoring to help transform schools, such as recruiting 10,000 mental health professionals to support schools and youth throughout the state. Read more highlights from Senator Cortese’s trip in his San Jose Spotlight op-ed External link opens in new window or tab..

Important Dates and Deadlines

LGBTQ Pride Month

The CDE encourages you to annually recognize June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The CDE celebrates Pride Month as part of ongoing efforts to acknowledge, recognize, and honor the diverse histories and backgrounds of California students, staff, and families. Every student deserves an education free from discrimination and harassment.

Juneteenth (June 19)

The CDE celebrates Juneteenth on June 19, a federal holiday. On June 19, 1865, the Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Black history is American history, and we continue to prioritize efforts to address racism and bias, promote equitable education in California, and work to reverse the impact race has on opportunity gaps in our schools. As we celebrate Juneteenth together, let’s use this moment to renew our commitment to creating opportunities for all of California’s students to thrive.

National Safety Month

The CDE encourages you to annually recognize June as National Safety Month to help keep each other safe from the workplace to anyplace. It is a time to reflect on the working conditions around the country and how we can create a safer environment for those who work hard for honest pay.

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