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Year 2017

Current year correspondence from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

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October

November is Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month
October 20, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding November as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.

Resources for California Wildfires
October 20, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding resources for California wildfires.

ASVAB Career Exploration Program
October 18, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the ASVAB Career Exploration Program.

Educational Stability Requirements for Students in Foster Care
October 12, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding educational stability requirements for students in foster care.

Announcing the 2018 California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators Professional Development Summit
October 4, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2018 California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators Professional Development Summit.

The Race to Submit Initiative
October 4, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the Race to Submit campaign.

Collaboration in Common—Online Professional Learning Community and Resource Exchange Platform
October 3, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Collaboration in Common.

California's New Accountability System and System of Support
October 2, 2017: Letter to District Superintendents regarding the roll out of California's School Dashboard.

September

New Funding Opportunity: The Commission On Teacher Credentialing CalEd Grant Initiative
September 29, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Commission On Teacher Credentialing CalEd Grant Initiative.

Fall Digital Citizenship Week: October 16-20, 2017
September 28, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding Fall Digital Citizenship Week which is from October 16-20, 2017.

English Learner Roadmap Policy
September 21, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the English Learner Roadmap Policy.

2017 California Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Symposium
September 21, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding the 2017 California Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Symposium.

Cal Grant Grade Point Average Submission Reminder
September 19, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, High School Principals, and High School Counselors regarding the October 1 deadline for GPA submissions for Cal Grant awards.

Request to Maintain Funding for Title II, Part A (PDF)
September 18, 2017: Joint letter to Congress urging them to maintain funding for Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in the FY 2018 appropriations act.

2017–2018 Civic Learning Awards
September 15, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Principals regarding applying for the 2017–2018 Civic Learning Awards.

2018 Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project
September 15, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, School Principals, and Scholarship Coordinators regarding the 2018 Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project conference for high school juniors and seniors.

School Emergency Preparedness: Guidance from Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center
September 13, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding school emergency preparedness.

Educational Art Contest
September 12, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding an educational art contest for students, "Éste es mi México: The Monarch Butterfly and its life cycle in North America."

Importance of the State Seal of Biliteracy
September 12, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the importance of the State Seal of Biliteracy.

Supporting the Directing Change Program Student Film Contest
September 11, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the 2018 Directing Change Program and Student Film Contest.

Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program: 2017 Request For Applications
September 6, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Interested Parties regarding Request for Applications for the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program.

California Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Program: Request for Applications 2017–18
September 6, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding Request for Applications for our California Green Ribbon Schools recognition program.

Annual Mandated Reporter Training
September 1, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators and School Principals regarding annual mandated reporter training.

Updated Physical Education Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on CDE Web site
September 1, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding an update to the physical education Frequently Asked Questions Web page regarding Temporary Athletic Team Coach certification requirements.

August

Attendance Awareness Month (September): Engaging Communities to Reduce Chronic Absence
August 31, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding September as Attendance Awareness Month.

Request for Experts to Revise the World Language Content Standards for California Public Schools Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve
August 30, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Interested Individuals and Organizations regarding recruitment for participating on the World Language Standards Advisory Committee to revise the World Language Content Standards for California Public Schools Kindergarten through Grade Twelve.

Request for Experts to Revise the California Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards
August 29, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Other Educators regarding recruitment for the revision of the California Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards.

Updated Board Of Education Waiver Request Requirements for Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten
August 28, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding updated Board of Education waiver request requirements for kindergarten and transitional kindergarten.

2017 Feria de Educación, Education Fair
August 28, 2017: Letter to Select High School Superintendents and Principals regarding the 2017 Feria de Educación.

Response to Charlottesville
August 24, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Charlottesville incident.

State Board of Education Call for Applications For Instructional Quality Commission
August 23, 2017: Joint letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding a Call for Applications for the Instructional Quality Commission.

High School Voter Education Weeks (September 18-29, 2017)
August 17, 2017: Joint Letter to County and High School Principals regarding High School Voter Education Weeks.

2018 United States Senate Youth Program
August 16, 2017: Letter to High School Principals, Counselors, and Scholarship Coordinators regarding the 2018 United States Senate Youth Program.

2017–18 Specialized Secondary Programs Grants
August 15, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding grants available for Specialized Secondary Programs.

Transitional Kindergarten Professional Learning Modules
August 10, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Elementary School Principals regarding Transitional Kindergarten Professional Learning online modules.

Focusing On Children Under Stress Program
August 9, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Focusing On Children Under Stress Program.


July

Model School Attendance Review Board Recognition Program 2017–18
July 31, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2017–18 Model School Attendance Review Board Recognition Program.

Instructional Shifts in the New History–Social Science Framework
July 18, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the instructional shifts and new content in the History–Social Science Framework for California Schools adopted by the State Board of Education on July 14, 2016.

Budget Act for 2017–18
July 17, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and County Chief Business Officers regarding the 2017–18 Budget Act.


June

Better Together: California Teachers Summit for 2017
June 29, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit on July 28, 2017.

California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Request for New Applications 2017–18
June 27, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding California Career Technical Education Incentive Grants.

Addition of Award-Winning Titles to Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve
June 9, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding new titles added to Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve.


May

Cal Grant Grade Point Average Submission and Graduation Verification Changes
May 23, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, High School Principals, and High School Counselors regarding state-funded financial aid.

Transitional Kindergarten Professional Learning Training Modules
May 22, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Elementary School Principals regarding transitional kindergarten professional learning training and deadlines.

2017–18 Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage Program
May 19, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Middle School Principals regarding the 2017–18 Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage Program application.

California Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Symposium
May 16, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2017 California Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Symposium.

California Labor-Management Initiative Summer Institute
May 15, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents regarding the 2017 California Labor-Management Initiative Summer Institute.

Model Youth Suicide Prevention Policy
May 10, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Model Youth Suicide Prevention Policy.

Request for Reviewers: Kindergarten Through Grade Eight Instructional Materials in Science
May 5, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and interested individuals and organizations requesting their assistance to recruit individuals to participate in the evaluation of kindergarten through grade eight (K–8) instructional materials for the 2018 Science Adoption.


April

Great California ShakeOut
April 13, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Great California ShakeOut on October 19, 2017.

Exceptional Education Leaders
April 5, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Middle and High School Principals requesting recommendations for exceptional education leaders.

High School Voter Education Weeks
April 4, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding High School Voter Education Weeks on April 17–28.


March

National Conference on Science Education
March 21, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles on March 30–April 2, 2017.

School Library Standards and Survey
March 17, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding school library standards and survey.

California Science Standards Communication Toolkits
March 13, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the release of the California Alliance for Next Generation Science Standards Communication Toolkits.

Inaugural California Student Mental Wellness Conference
March 9, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the inaugural California Student Mental Wellness Conference.

Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment Requirement
March 3, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment Requirement (Assembly Bill 1433).


February

Essay and Visual Arts Scholarship Contest to Increase Awareness of the Armenian Genocide
February 27, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding high school students to participate in an essay and visual arts contest to increase awareness of the Armenian Genocide.

California Earned Income Tax Credit Opportunity For Your Parents And Teachers
February 24, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding the Earned Income Tax Credit opportunity for California parents and teachers.

Free Firefighter Career Expositions
February 23, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Middle and High School Principals regarding the upcoming free Firefighter Career Expos for students.

Spread The Word! California Dream Act Application Deadline—March 2. Help Undocumented Students Receive Financial Aid For College
Spread The Word! California Dream Act Application Deadline—March 2. Help Undocumented Students Receive Financial Aid For College - Spanish Version
February 21, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, High School Principals, and High School Counselors regarding the California Dream Act Application.

Cal Grants: Grade Point Average Submissions Due
February 3, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, High School Principals, and High School Counselors regarding grade point average submissions for Cal Grants.

National Youth Science Camp
February 1, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2017 National Youth Science Camp nomination process.


January

2017 California Paraeducator Conference
January 26, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Principals, and Human Resource Directors regarding the 2017 California Paraeducator Conference.

Procedures for Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy
January 26, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding procedures for awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy.

2017 Classified School Employees of the Year Program
January 25, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2017 Classified School Employees of the Year program.

Amended Legislation to Redefine Duties of Attendance Supervisors
January 20, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding information about the new and expanded responsibilities for attendance supervisors identified in Assembly Bill 2815.

Great Kindness Challenge Week
January 20, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Great Kindness Challenge Week of 2017.

California Launches New Groundbreaking Accountability System
January 19, 2017: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the groundbreaking accountability and continuous improvement system to help evaluate student progress in schools and districts.

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