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CDE Today for March 25, 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 Addresses Mental Health Concerns on CBS “Sunday Morning”

On March 20, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond sat down with Susan Spencer on CBS News “Sunday Morning” for a discussion on what steps are being taken to address the mental health needs of children. Thurmond highlighted legislation he is co-sponsoring to help recruit 10,000 professionals to help support the growing mental health needs of students in California. Watch Superintendent Thurmond’s comments on YouTube (Video; 7:35) External link opens in new window or tab..

Comment Period Open for Mathematics Framework Revision

The second 60-day public review of the draft Mathematics Framework began on March 14, 2022. A revised draft has been posted to the CDE Mathematics Framework web page. The posted draft reflects input from California parents, educators, students, and others who commented during the first 60-day field review period in early 2021 and during the Instructional Quality Commission’s May 2021 meeting. Also available are revised Frequently Asked Questions about the current draft. Comments will be accepted at through May 16, 2022. All comments received will be forwarded to the State Board of Education, which is expected to take final action on the framework at its July meeting.

Planting the Seed: California Farm to School Working Group and Report

Last week, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond met with members of the Farm to School Interagency Working Group to discuss policy goals and recommendations for transforming farm-to-school (F2S) programs. F2S programs build on the investment in universal school meals by moving to more locally sourced scratch-prepared foods, offering more whole foods, and enhancing the classroom education and hands-on school gardening opportunities. Learn more about the benefits of F2S programs in the Planting the Seed report External link opens in new window or tab..

Program Highlights

California Digital Learning Integration and Standards Guidance

The new California Digital Learning Integration and Standards Guidance is now available in web format on a new mobile-friendly website hosted by the Sacramento County Office of Education. The site, which includes short introductory videos, provides support for educators who wish to integrate digital learning in both in-person and virtual settings. It also offers educators ways to think about how to cluster English language arts and English language development standards that are provided by the authors of the English Language Arts/English Language Development frameworks. And it includes suggestions for clustering math standards into big ideas that are provided by the authors of the draft Mathematics Curriculum Framework. Access the guidance directly on the California Digital Learning Integration and Standards Guidance website External link opens in new window or tab..

Events and Opportunities


Special Hearing on Literacy and Reading by Third Grade—March 30

The State Superintendent's Task Force on Literacy and Reading by Third Grade will hold a special hearing to gather input on a number of literacy strategies that are being proposed in legislation and the state budget—including designated reading coaches and family outreach to support literacy. This meeting is open to the public. Please join and share your input. Register for the Special Hearing on Literacy and Reading by Third Grade External link opens in new window or tab., or watch on the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

Recommendations for Diversifying California’s Educator Workforce—March 30

Now more than ever, California must increase the ethno-racial diversity of its educator workforce. CDE's Educator Diversity Advisory Group, convened by Superintendent Tony Thurmond and chaired by Dr. Travis Bristol, will highlight key findings and recommendations from the group's report to diversify California’s educator workforce. Dr. Bristol is an Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education. Guest panelists include Shelly Gupton, Teacher and California Teachers Association Director; Daniel Helena, Teacher and Teach Plus Fellow; and Sarah Lillis, Executive Director, Teach Plus. Please join the event on March 30 at 11 a.m. Register for the Recommendations for Diversifying California's Educator Workforce event External link opens in new window or tab., or view on the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

California STEAM Symposium Call for Proposals—Deadline March 25

The California STEAM Symposium is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and those interested in presenting can apply today to submit a proposal for the STEAM Symposium External link opens in new window or tab.. This year's theme is “Advance Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion in STEAM: Access, Awareness, Opportunities, & Outcomes.” Throughout the event, we will come together to explore high-quality strategies to cultivate systems that promote lifelong learning for everyone through inclusive and targeted practices and high-impact techniques and policies, whether from a classroom or organizational point of view. These approaches promote a sense of belonging and ignite student passion for learning as well as support the social-emotional development of our education community. The deadline for submissions is March 25, 2022, and primary presenters will be notified by mid-May whether their presentations have been accepted. Multiple submissions and co-presenters are encouraged.

Universal PreKindergarten Office Hours

The Early Education Division is excited to announce weekly Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) office hours. The division will be hosting virtual office hours on Wednesday afternoons for local educational agencies (including school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education). Attendees can ask questions and receive technical assistance regarding UPK implementation. The first 15 minutes will be a quick review of UPK and latest developments. Registration will be limited to 200 participants per session and is open to all regions of California. Please register ahead of time. The next session will be on March 30, 2022, from 4 to 5 p.m. Register on the CDE UPK Office Hours web page.

Essay and Visual Arts Scholarships to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide—Deadline April 8

The California Armenian Legislative Caucus is holding two scholarship contests for the 2022 commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in ninth through twelfth grade are invited to participate in an essay contest and/or a visual arts contest to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide. The submission deadline for both contests is Friday, April 8, 2022. Read more about the Essay and Visual Arts Scholarships to Raise Awareness of the Aremenian Genocide in this CDE letter.

2022 National Youth Science Camp Applications—Deadline March 31

The CDE and the National Youth Science Foundation are excited to announce that applications for the 59th annual National Youth Science Camp are open. The camp will be held virtually from June 27 to July 20, 2022. As part of the program, scientists from across the nation will present lectures and seminars and linger to interact informally with student delegates. Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members. The submission deadline for applications is March 31, 2022. For more information and to apply, read this 2022 Youth Science Camp CDE letter and visit the National Youth Science Camp web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Financial Aid Application Filing Deadline Extended—April 1

The state priority application deadline has been extended to April 1 for all four-year institution-bound students to submit a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). Students should apply on the Federal Student Aid Complete the FAFSA Form web page External link opens in new window or tab. for the FAFSA or on the California Student Aid Commission California Dream Act web page External link opens in new window or tab. for the CADAA. For more information, contact the California Student Aid Commission Program Outreach and Marketing Unit at or the CDE College Preparation and Postsecondary Programs Office, Career and College Transition Division, at 916-323-6398.

Funding Opportunity—Learning Communities for School Success Program

The Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP) provides funds to local educational agencies (LEAs) to support programs aimed at improving student outcomes by reducing truancy and supporting students who are at risk of dropping out of school or are victims of crime. The LCSSP is the result of Proposition 47, which reduced the penalties for certain non-serious, non-violent offenses and allocated 25 percent of the resulting statewide savings for LEA grants. LEAs with a high rate (exceeding the state average) of chronic absenteeism, dropout, and out-of-school suspension will be given priority, and those with a significant representation of foster youth or in a community with a high crime rate are eligible. Learn more on the CDE LCSSP web page.

2022 Classified School Employees of the Year Applications Open—Deadline April 8

Applications for the 2022 Classified School Employees of the Year (CSEY) Program are open. Presented by the CDE, the California School Employees Association, and California Casualty, the CSEY Program highlights the contributions of classified school employees who support the education of California’s more than six million public school students. The program identifies and honors exemplary classified school employees throughout the state in the following nine occupational specialties: paraprofessional, clerical and administrative services, transportation services, food and nutrition services, custodial and maintenance services, security services, health and student services, technical services, and skilled trades. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 8, 2022. The 2022 CSEY application and more information are available on the CDE CSEY web page.


Spring Early Literacy Virtual Professional Learning Network (PLN)—March 30

The Sacramento County Office of Education hosts this literacy event, sponsored by the CDE, in collaboration with the California Collaborative for Excellence in Education through the Expert Lead in Literacy grant. Join county office of education, district, and site colleagues, as well as collaborators interested in literacy, in learning about evidence-based practices in early literacy, grades TK–3. This event is free, but registration is required via the Education Speakers Network web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Strengthening School Communities for Resilience—April 13 and April 28
The California Center for School Climate (CCSC), a CDE initiative, provides free support and training on school climate and data use to LEAs in California. The CCSC invites California school, district, and county office of education staff to attend a free two-day virtual event, Strengthening School Communities for Resilience. The event will include virtual sessions on topics related to restorative practices, family engagement, and culturally responsive practices. Each day will offer two concurrent sessions from which to choose. Please register via the CCSC registration web page External link opens in new window or tab. for one webinar session on each day. For more information, contact Hilva Chan, Education Programs Consultant, at


Teamwork Helps Plumas Charter School Reopen

Seven months after the Dixie Fire ripped through Plumas County, including Greenville, the rebuilding of its charter school is shining a light in a town on the path to recovery. The CDE worked with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), the California Department of General Services, Plumas County, and other local partners to secure portable classrooms so students could return to in-person instruction at Plumas Charter School in Taylorsville. Read more on the CalOES News web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Important Dates and Deadlines

Thursday, March 31 is César Chávez Day

The CDE will be closed for the state and national holiday. On this day, we celebrate and honor the late Mexican-American civil rights activist and labor leader. Committed to the tactics of nonviolent resistance, Chávez founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers of America) and won important victories to raise pay and improve working conditions for farm workers in the late 1960s and 1970s.

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