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Release: #14-108
October 31, 2014
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

Education Roundup for Week Ending October 31, 2014

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issued this week's roundup of education-related announcements of public interest.

Expansion of Program to Identify Likely Gifted Children

The CDE is partnering with two organizations to expand a pilot program called Project CHANGE that trains teachers to identify potentially gifted preschool to grade two students.

Staff from the CDE, the University of Southern California, and the California Association for the Gifted will visit school sites to start other Project CHANGE programs around the state.

The goals are to let people know there are educational services to help gifted children flourish; increase the number of such students in underrepresented groups, schools, and districts; and to reduce attrition from these programs.

The USC's Rossier School of Education [] External link opens in new window or tab. announced earlier this month that it received a $328,743 grant from the federal Jacob R. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program to support Project CHANGE during its first year. It may qualify to receive up to $1.7 million over five years.

The CDE's involvement in Project CHANGE furthers State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's A Blueprint for Great Schools initiative designed to meet the needs of the whole child and strengthen the state's teacher corps.

CDE Director Receives Prestigious Certification

CDE Director Kathleen Moore received a Certified Educational Facilities Planner designation this month from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International [Note: this organization has changed its name to the Association for Learning Environments [] External link opens in new window or tab..

Moore heads the CDE's School Facilities and Transportation Services Division. She is responsible for helping school districts and their communities create well-planned learning environments for students that are safe, clean, and up-to-date.

The certification is considered a mark of excellence reflecting the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a competent educational facility planner. In order to keep this prestigious certification, Moore must undergo continuing education about facility planning, and recertify her qualifications every three years.

The certification is designed to promote professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify people who demonstrate the knowledge needed in the practice of facility planning.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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