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CDE Today for May 20, 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.


California State Board of Education and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announce First Round of Grants for Community Schools Partnership Program

On May 18, the State Board of Education approved a historic $649 million in California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP) grants—much needed funding that will help hundreds of under-resourced schools improve student outcomes by creating the right conditions for learning. The awards approved by the Board are the first round of grants in a seven-year, $3 billion program that is part of California’s overall strategy to improve learning through a “whole child” approach. The state’s commitment to community schools is the most ambitious in the nation and key to addressing inequities that limit college and career options for vulnerable students. Read more in the May 18 CDE news release.

State Superintendent Thurmond Visits Fire Zone in Orange County

On May 13, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond visited local school administrators from Capistrano Unified School District, which was affected by the devastating Coastal Fire in Orange County. He joined local educators to hear about efforts made by schools moving quickly and efficiently to ensure students did not fall behind while evacuations were in place. He also offered support with food vouchers, gift cards, and other monetary resources to help the families and students that have been affected by the Coastal Fire. Read more in the May 13 CDE news release.

Calling All Schools: The Plan to Ensure all Students Learn to Read by Third Grade

As part of his literacy efforts, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond invited all school districts and staff engaged in literacy efforts to an all-district virtual meeting to discuss statewide efforts to ensure all students learn to read by third grade by the year 2026. Learn more in the April 26 CDE news release and any questions or suggestions you have may be directed to

State Superintendent Thurmond Responds to Governor’s May Revised Budget

On May 13, State Superintendent Thurmond issued a statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May 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 a total of $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 the full statement in the May 13 CDE news release and watch part of Superintendent Thurmond’s remarks while testifying to the State Senate Committee on Education External link opens in new window or tab. on May 18.

State Superintendent Thurmond Celebrates LGBTQ+ Book Donation to Bay Area Schools

On May 17, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond celebrated the donation of hundreds of LGBTQ+ friendly books to nine Bay Area school districts from Gender Nation at Nystrom Elementary in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Thurmond expressed gratitude for the continued efforts to encourage literacy and having culturally appropriate books for children and families across California. Thanks to Gender Nation, 234 schools in the Bay Area received a total of 3,500 of these inclusive books as part of the effort to create a welcoming, safe, and affirming learning and working environment for students. Watch a clip of Superintendent Thurmond’s remarks on the CDE Facebook page External link opens in new window or tab..

State Superintendent Thurmond Applauds Passage of National Mental Health Awareness Month Resolution

State Superintendent Thurmond is proud to co-sponsor resolutions SR 86 (Wiener) and HR 108 (Irwin) that recognize May 2022 as National Mental Health Awareness Month in California to enhance public awareness of mental health. The resolutions were adopted on May 16 in the State legislature. There is an unprecedented need for youth mental health support as we emerge from two years of a global pandemic that has affected every community but often hit hardest in communities of color, leaving some of the most vulnerable students with additional trauma and disproportionate gaps in learning, engagement, and development. One key piece of legislation co-sponsored by Thurmond is SB 1229 (McGuire), that would add 10,000 mental health professionals to support schools and youth throughout the state.

School Health, Safety & Support

SHARE: School Health Repository of Experiences

The latest edition of the School Health Repository of Experiences (SHARE) External link opens in new window or tab., published on May 11, 2022, by the California Department of Public Health, includes COVID-19-related health and safety practices and experiences by and for California schools and local health workers. This month’s edition of SHARE includes resources on children and youth vaccination efforts, a webinar Q&A session addressing community questions on pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations in Spanish, a decision tree for non-healthcare non-congregate COVID-19 exposures, a manual on how to enroll providers to bill Medi-Cal for school-based mental health services, and the California Energy Commission’s notice of funding availability for the CalSHAPE Ventilation Program.

Program Highlights

Request for Applications (RFA) for Lead Local Educational Agency Medi-Cal Billing Specialist Project: Due June 10, 2022, 5 p.m.

The California Department of Education (CDE) Whole Child Division is pleased to announce that the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Lead Local Educational Agency (LEA) Medi-Cal Billing Specialist project is now available on the CDE Funding web page. The grantee will assist and support other LEAs statewide in securing federal reimbursement through the Medi-Cal Billing Option Program (LEA BOP).To be considered for this grant, applicants must have been participating in the LEA BOP and claiming LEA BOP services for a minimum of three years immediately prior to the initial project period start date of June 27, 2022. A technical assistance webinar to review all parts of the RFA will take place on May 26, 2022, from noon to 1 p.m. (Please note the original webinar date was May 20, 2022 from 1-2 p.m.) Register in advance for the Lead LEA BOP Informational webinar External link opens in new window or tab. . Applications must be submitted as a PDF via email to by Friday, June 10, 2022, by 5 p.m.

Events and Opportunities


Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant (Assembly Bill 86 Funding: COVID-19 Relief and Reopening Grant) Assurances Submission: Due by June 1

The Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant (ELO-G) Assurances must be completed by LEAs as a condition of receiving funding. To access the assurances, LEAs must use the same login information for other federal stimulus funding (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund, etc.). LEAs may reference the ELO-G Search External link opens in new window or tab., which will display the assurance submission status of LEAs for the ELO-G funds. To submit the assurances, LEAs must use the Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Assurances page External link opens in new window or tab.. Please submit assurances by June 1, 2022.


Imagine Learning Free Resources for Summer (May 24)

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 to attend the California 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 at the registration page External link opens in new window or tab.. A page for families interested in 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.

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 and will make the greatest impact. Register for the Integrating Student Support Programs to Foster Mental Wellness webinar on Zoom 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 targeted for local education agencies (school districts, charter schools, county offices of education) for attendees 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 at the elementary school resources web page, including information from the first two UPK webinars and guidance to use 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: 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 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 3rd Grade webinar on Zoom External link opens in new window or tab..


Applications Open for #CaliforniansForAll College Corps Fellows in the Inland Empire

Do you know someone enrolled at UC Riverside, Riverside City College, Moreno Valley College, Norco College, College of the Desert, CSU San Bernardino, San Bernardino Valley College, or Crafton Hills College? The #CaliforniansForAll College Corps is a statewide service initiative that helps low-income students graduate on time and with less debt. Students will receive $10,000 for their service while helping to take climate action, tutor and mentor low-income students, support food insecurity, and more. Over the next two years, 6,500 College Corps Fellows will tackle challenging issues facing our state—this program is roughly the size of the entire Peace Corps. For the first time, AB 540 California Dream Act students will also have the opportunity to participate in a state service program. Learn more on the California Volunteers Californians for All College Corps web page 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 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 through six. Learn more and register at the Education Speakers Network website External link opens in new window or tab..


Classified School Employee Week (May 15-21)

This week, the CDE recognized and celebrated Classified School Employee Week. 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 thanks and sends our appreciation to our Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) as May 18 was National Speech Pathologist Day. SLPs study and 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.

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 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 API 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.

Memorial Day (May 30)

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 our country over the years.

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