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CDE Today for May 6, 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 Tony Thurmond Announces 2022 California Classified School Employees of the Year

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond yesterday honored nine outstanding classified school employees for their dedication to California’s public-school students. Two of the nine winners will be nominated for the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award, a national honor which will be announced by the US Department of Education in 2023. Find out more information regarding this year’s CSEY winners in the CDE news release.

State Superintendent Thurmond-Sponsored Bills on Mental Health and Improving Equitable Outcomes Progress Toward Becoming Law

Several bills sponsored by State Superintendent Thurmond are on their way to becoming law. One of those key pieces of legislation is Senate Bill 1229, authored by Senator Mike McGuire (D-North Coast). Last week, Thurmond testified in support of the bill, which will add 10,000 mental health clinicians to support schools and youth throughout the state. “Given the struggles students have faced during the pandemic, I believe that this could be one of the most important bills that we act on this year. At this time, addressing the social–emotional needs of our students is job number one,” said Thurmond. A full list of the bills endorsed by the State Superintendent that are moving forward is available in the 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 is inviting all school districts and staff engaged for the 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. Learn more in the CDE news release and any questions or suggestions you have may be directed to statewideliteracycampaign@cde.ca.gov.

State Superintendent Thurmond Joins 2022 California Youth Voter Summit

State Superintendent Thurmond today joins California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D., and the Students Vote Project for the 2022 California Youth Voter Summit. This virtual informational event focuses on the importance of civic engagement and voting, AB 963 (the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act), how to create an effective action plan, and other critical skills pertinent to the implementation of AB 963. Catch the event on the Secretary of State’s Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

Program Highlights

Medi-Cal Billing Specialist Project RFA

The California Department of Education (CDE) Whole Child Division is pleased to announce that the Request for Applications (RFA) for the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Specialist project will be available next week.

The lead LEA partner, or consortium, will assist and support other LEAs statewide in securing federal reimbursement through the Medi-Cal Billing Option Program (LEA BOP) for services provided to Medi-Cal enrolled students under the age of twenty-two. The grant period is June 25, 2022 through June 30, 2026 and funds are dependent upon approval of the CDE. The total for all five years must not exceed $1,250,000 over the life of the grant. Applications are due Tuesday, May 31, 2022, by 5 p.m.

A technical assistance webinar to review the RFA will take place on May 12, 2022, from 10 to 11 a.m. Register in advance for the Lead LEA BOP webinar on Zoom External link opens in new window or tab.. If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Monica Nepomuceno, Education Administrator in Office of School-Based Health Programs, by email at mnepomuceno@cde.ca.gov.

School Health, Safety & Support

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The CDE and California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency partnered to highlight Mental Health Awareness Month and Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which is taking place May 1–7, 2022. Resources for school communities are available on the California Health and Human Services Agency Mental Health Resources for Youth website External link opens in new window or tab.. Both agencies are working together to bring more counselors and funding to schools in order to support the mental health needs of students. Read a joint letter from State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and CHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on how schools can focus on supporting student wellness.

Events and Opportunities

GRANTS

Early Education Teacher Development (EETD) Grant RFA (Due May 13)

The EETD grant provides funding on a competitive basis to local educational agencies 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 13.  More information about the RFA and all accompanying documents can be accessed on the RFA web page or by emailing UPKWorkforceRFA@cde.ca.gov.

WEBINARS

Medical Therapy Program Webinar (May 10)

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and CDE invite education partners to learn about the California Children’s Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Program (MTP) External link opens in new window or tab.. The program provides medically necessary physical therapy, occupational therapy, and medical therapy conference services to children and young adults who have disabling conditions, generally due to neurological or musculoskeletal disorders. This webinar will be held on May 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. Register for the CCS webinar on the Zoom registration page External link opens in new window or tab.. For more information, contact Monica Nepomuceno, Education Administrator, at mnepomuceno@cde.ca.gov.

Universal Prekindergarten Office Hours (May 11)

The Early Education Division is excited to host weekly Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Office Hours. The division will host virtual office hours on Wednesday afternoons targeted for school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education. Attendees can ask questions and receive technical assistance about UPK implementation. More information is available on the Universal Prekindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Resources web page. Please register for the next UPK Office Hour, Wednesday, May 11, from 4 to 5 p.m., on the Universal Prekindergarten Office Hours web page.

CA Expanded Learning Opportunities 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 “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 Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs (ELO-P) implementation. There will also be speakers, workshops, resources, innovative ideas, and peer learning. Register for the DevELO-Ping Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs; From Planning to Practice webinar on Eventbrite External link opens in new window or tab..

Strengthening Local School Mental Health Systems (May 16)

Join the California Center for School Climate and Project Cal-Well for their session on School mental health matters: Strengthening Local School Mental Health Systems. Now more than ever, mental health is a priority for California schools. Learn how the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System can help schools and districts build capacity for a more comprehensive school mental health system. SHAPE is a free, web-based platform available to schools, districts, and states looking for a suite of resources and tools to facilitate continuous quality improvement. Register for the School Mental Health Matters webinar on Zoom External link opens in new window or tab.. Contact Hilva Chan at hchan@cde.ca.gov for more info.

EVENTS

Fourth Annual Summer of CS Kick-Off (June 6)
The Sacramento County Office of Education, county offices of education from across California, and member organizations of the CSforCA coalition are excited to announce the fourth annual Summer of CS Kick-Off on June 6 and Professional Learning Week from June 13–17. California teachers, counselors, and administrators are invited to join the Summer of CS Virtual Kick-Off event on June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate equity-minded computer science (CS) education. Space is limited so be sure to register for the Summer of CS Kick-Off on Eventbrite External link opens in new window or tab. today. Bring a team and expand the vision for CS education in your class, school, district, or county during the Summer of CS Professional Learning Week starting June 13 External link opens in new window or tab.! There is no cost to participate. Check out all the Summer of CS events on the 2022 Summer of CS Eventbrite page External link opens in new window or tab..

Celebrations

State Superintendent Thurmond Talks About Student Mental Health Needs on Podcast

On May 4, State Superintendent Thurmond was featured on the Merced Union High School District’s “Impact: An MUHSD Podcast” to discuss Senate Bill 1229, a bill he is sponsoring to recruit 10,000 mental health clinicians to serve California students, and how schools can help students and families living with mental health issues during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Listen to the full interview on Spotify External link opens in new window or tab. or SoundCloud External link opens in new window or tab..

Public Service Recognition Week (May 1–7)

This week, CDE has been celebrating Public Service Recognition Week, honoring the individuals who serve our nation working in public service at the federal, state, county, and local levels as government employees. Thank you to all CDE employees and to all public service employees serving our state, communities, and our students!  Read more at the Public Service Recognition Week website External link opens in new window or tab..

National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2–6)

This week, CDE has been honoring teachers as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Join us as we tip our hats to our state’s educators who have played big roles in shaping the lives of our children.

School Nutrition Employee Week and School Lunch Hero Day (May 2–6)

This week CDE also recognized School Nutrition Employee Week and is celebrating School Lunch Hero Day today, 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. Read more at the School Nutrition Association School Lunch Hero Day web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Important Dates and Deadlines

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The CDE celebrates May as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month as part of ongoing efforts to acknowledge, recognize, and honor the diverse histories and backgrounds of California students, staff, and families! This year, the CDE AAPI Heritage Month Committee is focusing on the theme of “Resilience and Recovery.” Stay tuned for information on a planned mental health roundtable and other events, and social media content centered on the AAPI community.

National School Nurse Day (May 11)

The CDE encourages you to recognize May 11 as National School Nurse Day to honor and celebrate more than 95,000 school nurses across the US who make a difference in the lives of our students every day. School nurses ensure our children and young adults are safe, active, and are ready to learn in the classroom. Thank you to all our school nurses for all you do!

Classified School Employee Week (May 15–21)

The CDE encourages you to recognize May 15–21 as Classified School Employee Week. This week, California salutes the important contributions of classified school employees and this year’s theme is “We are Classified! We Bring it Every Day!” Thank you to all our classified school employees who go above and beyond to make sure our school campuses operate smoothly and support students either behind the scenes or in the classroom. We see you and appreciate you.

National Speech Pathologist Day (May 18)

The CDE encourages you to annually recognize May 18 as National Speech Pathologist Day. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) study, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders. The CDE recognizes our SLPs who offer a wide range of services for students of all ages.

Memorial Day (May 30)

The CDE will be closed on Monday, May 30, as Memorial Day is a public school and state holiday. We honor the many fallen US soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country over the years.

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