December 5, 2014
Education Roundup for Week Ending December 5, 2014
SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issued this week's roundup of education-related announcements of public interest.
CDE Launches ELA/ELD Framework Events
The CDE will offer four teacher learning opportunities through February on the new 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (ELA/ELD Framework).
The publication is the first in the nation to guide educators on how to teach students reading, writing, and communicating using the Common Core State Standards, with added support for English learners using the California English Language Development Standards. The Common Core remodels the state's education system by teaching students 21st century skills that prepare them for college and careers.
The first session on December 9 in San Diego provides information in the ELA/ELD Framework with a focus on administrators. The second session on December 10, also in San Diego, supports all educators and goes more deeply into how to use the publication and its research for classroom instruction.
There will also be other sessions next January in Redwood City and in February in Fresno. To sign up, visit the
CDE's ELA/ELD Framework Launch Events Web page [Note: the preceding Web page is no longer active].
These professional learning events further State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Educator Excellence initiative designed to strengthen California's teacher corps.
State Workgroup Expands Efforts to Prevent Prescription Opioid Misuse
In response to alarming increases of misuse and deaths related to prescription painkillers, several state departments are combining their expertise and resources to educate health care providers, pharmacists, and the public about this epidemic and identify solutions.
The Prescription Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Workgroup was formed to expand prevention strategies of the medications that were once used for treatment of short-term pain, but are now being used for ongoing pain management.
The Workgroup includes the California Department of Public Health [https://www.cdph.ca.gov/] the Departments of Health Care Services, Justice, Education, and Consumer Affairs, California State Board of Pharmacy, Medical Board of (California, Dental Board of California, Emergency Medical Services Authority, and California Conference of Local Health Officers.
One of the Workgroup's goals will be to help provide information about revised guidelines for prescribing controlled substances for pain recently approved by the Medical Board [http://www.mbc.ca.gov/Licensees/Prescribing/Pain_Guidelines.pdf] (PDF).
In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared prescription drug abuse a nationwide epidemic [https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/index.html] . The Association of State and Territorial Health Officers issued its President's Challenge 2014 [http://www.astho.org/Rx/2014-Presidents-Challenge-Fact-Sheet/] , with the goal of bringing together state health officials and their partners to identify ways to reduce the toll associated with prescription drug misuse, abuse, and overdose.
CDE Honors Two Principals for Receiving Prestigious Award
The CDE congratulates two California principals for their outstanding leadership. Alicia Aceves and Mario Marcos were each awarded the Terrel H. Bell Award by the U.S. Department of Education last month in Washington, D.C., during the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools [https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/] Award Ceremony.
Aceves is the principal at Andrews School in Whittier (Whittier City Elementary School District, Los Angeles County). When student scores on the standardized tests yielded disappointing results at her school in 2011, she made changes to improve their achievement. Aceves analyzed the scores, got educators together to come up with ways to provide individualized instruction to each student, provided teacher training, and more. This resulted in student scores lifting to their highest proficiency scores in English language arts and mathematics within the district.
Marcos is the principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Compton (Compton Unified School District, Los Angeles County). When he first arrived at the school in 2011, it was on the verge of going into a federal program to improve academic achievement, student proficiency in mathematics and English was low, and most of the children were underprivileged. Marcos got his staff together and made changes to improve the school climate, and provide teachers coaching, support, and instructional resources. Students also received instruction tailored to their needs. This caused the school's Academic Performance Index to soar and earned it a Title I Academic Achievement Award and recognition as a California Distinguished School.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100