January 9, 2015
Education Roundup for Week Ending January 9, 2015
SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issued this week's roundup of education-related announcements of public interest.
State Offers First Leadership Conference for Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Educators are invited to sign up for California's inaugural Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) Leadership Institute [https://ca-ameschools.net/] on April 7–8, 2015 in San Diego. This is a professional learning opportunity where teachers, administrators, and industry professionals can share strategies on how to better prepare students for careers in AME—the state's fastest growing industries.
Because California is a world leader in the entertainment and creative industries, what students should know to be "career ready" in AME is included in the state's Career Technical Educational Model Curriculum Standards. Currently, more than 145,000 students are enrolled in high school AME classes in California.
There is room for 100 participants in the Institute. Attendees can share strategies for implementing the new AME standards in classrooms, review high-quality curriculum, and share data about AME. There will also be a special focus on the newest AME Career Pathway Game Design and Integration, focused on the game design industry. A career pathway program helps students chart the classes they need in high school and postsecondary education to prepare for work in a particular industry.
The AME Institute furthers State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate initiative to build awareness that teaching the arts is essential to a well-rounded education and supports the state's economy.
State Partnership Receives National Award for Diversity
The CDE's California Partnership Academy (CPA) and the State Bar of California's collaborative Law and Legal Services Academies received the American Bar Association's Alexander Award [https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/diversity_pipeline/projects_initiatives/alexander_award/] this month for their work to support racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.
The CDE worked with the State Bar to develop the CPA Law and Legal Services Academy program designed to encourage underrepresented student groups to enter the legal profession, ranging from legal assistants to judges. Another goal is to diversify the legal profession to reflect the population they serve. There are currently 10 such academies statewide. The CDE and the State Bar will accept the award on behalf of the academies this year at a meeting in Houston, Texas.
A CPA is a three-year program structured as a school-within-a-school. CPAs integrate academic and career technical education, business partnerships, mentoring, and internships. The program gives students hands-on, real-world experience that prepares them for college and careers. CPAs are designed for disadvantaged students at-risk of dropping out of school. The program has been very successful with CPA students passing at higher rates that non-CPA students in the High School Exit Exam, graduation rates, and meeting college entrance requirements.
The creation of the CPA Law and Legal Services Academies furthers Torlakson's Career Readiness initiative designed to strengthen career technical education in California.
Three Additional Rural California Counties Added to Early Head Start Grant
Three additional rural Northern California Counties will be among eight already named to receive $4.4 million in federal funds that will be used to enhance child development services for 260 high-need infants and toddlers.
Being added to those already identified last month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families—Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sutter, Trinity, and Yuba—are Lake, Colusa, and Plumas counties.
The Early Head Start—Child Care Partnership is a new competitive grant that supports the partnering of Early Head Start programs with child care providers to expand the number of high-quality slots for infants and toddlers.
Children served in the Partnership will receive comprehensive services which include education, health, child development, and family support services under Early Head Start and benefit from high-quality services that meet state and federal standards.
For more information on the grant, please visit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [https://archive-it.org/collections/3926?fc=meta_Date:2014] Web site.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100