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CDE Today for May 13, 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.


State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement on Governor Newsom’s May Budget Revision

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised budget for the fiscal year 2022–23: “As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, California public schools will see a much-needed infusion of investments at a time when students and schools, especially those that have been traditionally underserved, require more support than ever before. The revised budget directs $128.3 billion to education, lifts up the most critical needs including historic funding for school mental health,recruitment and retention of teachers, and literacy strategies necessary to allow students to heal and recover after two very challenging years. Read State Superintendent Tony Thurmond's full statement on Governor Newsom's May Budget Revision. View the Governor’s May Revise budget summary External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) on the Department of Finance budget website.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2022 Civic Learning Award Recipients

State Superintendent Thurmond announced 25 schools will receive the 2022 Civic Learning Award, which honors public schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning. The awards celebrate programs, projects, classes and individuals engaging students in civics, particularly during the pandemic. Now in its 10th year, the awards program is co-sponsored by State Superintendent Thurmond and Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, and is part of the Chief Justice’s Civic Learning Initiative. Read more in the May 9, 2022 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 Thurmond is inviting 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. Learn more in the April 26, 2022 CDE news release and any questions or suggestions you have may be directed to

State Superintendent Thurmond Encourages Youth Vote with CA Secretary of State

On May 6, State Superintendent Thurmond participated in the 2022 California Youth Voter Summit with California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber and the Students Vote Project. Thurmond urged students to vote, stay involved, and encouraged students to use their voices to make a difference in the world around them. Watch a clip of Thurmond’s remarks by going to the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

Imagine Learning Free Resources for Summer

CDE is happy to announce that Imagine Learning is offering resources supporting California's Summer Reading Initiative. The Imagine Language & Literacy program is available for free for participating students in grades K–3. To learn more about how your district/LEA can engage in this opportunity, register for the Imagine Language & Literacy Summer Program webinar External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) on May 24 at 10 a.m. Applications for districts/LEAs to participate in this program are due by June 24 and are available on the the Imagine Language & Literacy Summer Program website External link opens in new window or tab.. A Guide to Summer Learning External link opens in new window or tab. is available to support parents as they guide students through the program over the summer.

Program Highlights

Workshop Addressing Natural Disasters

Over the last five years California has experienced the largest, deadliest, and most destructive fires in the state’s history. This year’s drought is increasing the possibility of yet another devastating fire season. It is critical that schools are prepared to manage the potential impacts of wildfires. To help prepare schools, CDE partnered with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), the Division of the State Architect (DSA), and the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) to provide schools with information on planning for and addressing natural disasters. Each agency demystified their roles in the recovery process for LEAs, and provided tips for preparing for the worst. Watch the recorded May 5, 2022 Joint State Agency Workshop webinar External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 2:25:14).

School Health, Safety & Support

Updated Toolkit: Safe Schools for All in Time for Graduation Season

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated the Safe Schools for All toolkit External link opens in new window or tab. with new social media and fact sheets to help Californians reduce COVID-19 risk this graduation season. The Safe Schools for All toolkit includes new social media messages and the following fact sheet PDFs:

Masking Is Strongly Recommended

The CDPH is asking that we please help share CDPH Twitter messages External link opens in new window or tab. reminding Californians that masks are still strongly recommended in crowded indoor public spaces, such as schools, public transit, and shopping centers. This helps continue to protect our most vulnerable communities and loved ones against COVID-19.

Order Free Antigen Tests From CDC

Schools and organizations serving K–12 students can order free over-the-counter antigen tests from the CDC for the summer from the CDC website External link opens in new window or tab..

Preparing for the COVID Vaccine for Those Under Five Years Old

A COVID-19 vaccine for those under the age of five is expected to be authorized this summer. The CDPH is asking early care and education sites to help increase access to this important vaccine by hosting pop-up vaccine events. Please complete this Request Mobile or Pop-up Events form External link opens in new window or tab. if you are interested. More information about hosting is available in the CDPH Early Care and Education Campaign flyer External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), or questions can be submitted to

Events and Opportunities


Strengthening Local School Mental Health Systems (May 16)

Join the California Center for School Climate and Project Cal-Well for their School Mental Health Matters: Strengthening Local School Mental Health Systems webinar. 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 External link opens in new window or tab. 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 Strengthening Local School Mental Health Systems webinar External link opens in new window or tab.. Contact Hilva Chan at for more info.

Integrating Student Support Programs to Foster Mental Wellness (May 24)

Join the Office of School Based Health Programs and Project Cal-Well on May 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, to hear about a wide array of mental health resources and programs available for students and staff. A panel of more than 15 organizations will showcase their work in the areas of peer support, professional development, suicide prevention, and mental health awareness. Participants will be able to gather information and make informed decisions on what programs fit their school communities that will make the greatest impact. Register for the Integrating Student Support Programs to Foster Mental Wellness webinar External link opens in new window or tab..

Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Office Hours (May 25)

The Early Education Division will be hosting virtual office hours on Wednesday afternoons for attendees from local education agencies (school districts, charter schools, county offices of education) to ask questions and receive technical assistance about completing required plans for UPK implementation. The first 15 minutes will be a quick review of UPK and the latest developments. Registration is limited to 500 participants per session and will be open to all regions of California. CDE has posted resources for UPK on the Elementary school resources web page, including information from the first two UPK webinars and guidance in planning for UPK implementation. Register for the next UPK Office Hour, to be held on Wednesday, May 25, from 4 to 5 p.m., on the UPK Office Hours web page. Please note: We will not host office hours on May 18, and beginning May 25, we will switch to offering UPK Office Hours every other week.

Curriculum and Assessments for Preschool Through Third Grade (June 2)

CDE is pleased to announce the next installment of the Opportunities for All Branch preschool through third grade (P–3) webinar series, Curriculum and Assessments for Preschool through 3rd Grade, will be held on Thursday, June 2, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The webinar is designed to support local educational agencies, community-based organizations, and their partners to understand the importance of P–3 curriculum and assessment. The webinar will feature presentations and a brief panel discussion from researchers and practitioners on effective curriculum and assessment practices that equip teachers to support all students to thrive in P–3 settings. Register for the Curriculum and Assessments for Preschool Through Third Grade webinar External link opens in new window or tab..


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 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 through 6. Learn more and register at the Education Speakers Network website External link opens in new window or tab..


Six California Students Named 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars

Congratulations to the six California high school students selected as 2022 US Presidential Scholars! The six students are among 161 national student scholars chosen for their outstanding education accomplishments. Read more from the U.S. Department of Education news release External link opens in new window or tab..

CA Day of the Teacher

CDE celebrated California Day of the Teacher on May 11. Did you know the recognition arose out of legislation co-sponsored by the Association of Mexican American Educators in 1982? California patterned its celebration after the traditional Día del Maestro festivities observed in México and other Latin American countries. Thank you to ALL our wonderful CA teachers for the incredible work that you do for students, families, and the school communities that you serve—and ensuring our students’ right to receive a quality education.

National School Nurse Day

CDE recognized 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 ready to learn in the classroom. Thank you to all our school nurses for all you do!

Los Angeles County Teacher Honored with Milken Educator Award

On May 10, State Superintendent Thurmond joined the Milken Family Foundation in presenting the Milken Educator Award to Angelica Gunderson, an outstanding science teacher from Los Alisos Middle School in Norwalk. Gunderson was surprised with a $25,000 check for her dedication leading Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District’s Project Lead the Way, a three-year science program that covers coding, robotics, and her efforts to further close gender and equity gaps and empowering students to become critical thinkers to pursue futures in STEM. Congratulations to Angelica! Read more about Angelica Gunderson's incredible work from the Milken Family Foundation External link opens in new window or tab..

Important Dates and Deadlines

National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that we can each play a pivotal role in the life of a youth in foster care. CDE recognizes the important role that foster parents, caregivers, mentors, advocates, social workers, and educators play in the life of a youth in foster care. The purpose of National Foster Care Month is to increase the visibility of the needs of youth in foster care. We use this time to renew our commitment to ensuring bright futures for the more than 32,000 foster youth enrolled in California’s schools. For more information regarding the programs and services provided to foster youth in California, please visit the CDE Foster Youth Services web page.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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 that centers the AAPI community.

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. 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 fallen US soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country over the years.

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