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California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD)

The California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD) is a diverse community of educators throughout California committed to promoting exemplary practices that ensure all learners reach their fullest potential.

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Black History Month resources for schools

recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center finds that schools are failing to teach the history of slavery and the civil rights movement in the United States effectively (you can test your own knowledgehere). Teaching resources for February's month-long recognition of Black History Month abound online, and can be a useful resource. Here are a selection of free lesson plans and multi-media resources:

·         Scholastic offers "28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month" with links to source material such as an online photo archive of civil rights marchers, and an audio recording of author Maya Angelou reading her poetry.

·         National Education Association offers a curated set of lesson plans for Black History Month for grades K-12, including links to original slave narratives and a lesson on the Harlem Renaissance that connects to audio clips of artists like Duke Ellington. 

·         The story of Ruby Bridges and her courageous stance against school segregation is especially resonant with young students. In my own child's classroom, students strongly identified with the first-grader who had to be escorted to school by U.S. Marshals. Several organizations offer source material and lesson plans centered around Bridges, including this onefrom Stanford University.

Deb Delisle has a commentary piece on Education Week addressing the lack of action by elected officials to keep our kids safe. The link is below.

Congress Has Failed Our Students on Gun Violence. What's Next?

Enough is enough. The U.S. Department of Education must take action on school safety, writes Deborah S. Delisle.

Congress Has Failed Our Students on Gun Violence. What's Next?

“Have a great day at school!” These should never be the last words a parent speaks to their child. Yet, for more than a dozen parents in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, that is what happened. Those last words represented a moment in time that will never be repeated.

Unfortunately, the script for this tragedy is now all too familiar to educators, families, and students. A system struggles to care for a troubled student, lax gun laws allow military-style weapons into the hands of civilians, a deadly shooting is followed by thoughts and prayers, and then we go back to our lives until the cycle repeats itself. This needs to stop. Parents should never question if their children will be safe at school. Teachers should never worry that they’ll have to jump in front of a student to save a life, and students should never be forced to cower under desks as bullets fly overhead.  Click the link for above for the full article.

 Deborah S. Delisle is the executive director and CEO of ASCD. 

Smarter Balanced Seeking Educators for Assessment Development Activities

  • The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is recruiting qualified educators for several assessment development activities in 2018:
  • Item authoring—Write sets of items for English language arts/literacy (ELA) or mathematics (mid-July).
  •  Item review—Review test items, considering content, fairness, and accessibility criteria (October).
  •  Range finding—Review student responses to field test items and confirm scores related to the scoring rubric (early August).
  • Data review—After the range finding process, complete the review of the items (December).
  • Participant qualifications are as follows:
  • Currently certified or licensed to teach ELA or mathematics in a K–12 public school or certified to teach English learners and/or students with disabilities
  • Currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school, district, or state education entity, including higher education
  • Within the past three years and in grades three through eight and/or high school—Have taught ELA or mathematics or have worked in a classroom content support role (e.g., literacy or district or state content specialist); and/or have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners or have worked in a support role (e.g., district/school coordinator or instructional specialist)
  • Have previously reviewed part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in working

Please note that:

  • For item writing, educators must submit a statement of interest that describes (1) the reasons for their interest in developing items for Smarter Balanced assessments; and (2) their qualifications for doing so.
  • Educators who have documented expertise in the areas of science and/or social science may apply for ELA item review.
  • Some activities will have additional preferred experience criteria.

Smarter Balanced and its contractors will make the final selection of educators to serve from each Consortium member state. The goal is to achieve a balance of geographic regions, grade levels, years of experience, and other demographic data. Selected participants and alternates will be notified by Smarter Balanced beginning in March and extending through October, depending on the associated activity.

  • For activities that require participant travel, airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be covered by Smarter Balanced, as will the cost of substitute pay.
Qualified teachers and other educators interested in these opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply! The online application must be completed and submitted by Friday, February 9.


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The Curriculum Feed is the monthly newsletter of the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Federal government finds flaws in California's plan to improve lowest-performing schools

Credit: Alison Yin / EdSource (2017) The U.S. Department of Education has cited substantive flaws in California's plan detailing how it will improve low-performing schools and use billions of dollars of federal... Read More

As End of DACA Looms, an 'Anxious Time' for Immigrant Educators and Students

As the deadline for the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals nears, each week hundreds of young people who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents are losing the permits that allow them... Read More

Most Americans say U.S. STEM education is middling, new poll finds - The Hechinger Report

One of the biggest education priorities of recent years has been readying more young people for the job-friendly fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In 2006, President Bush announced the... Read More

Gov. Brown's California budget proposes fully paying for K-12 funding formula in his last year

Governor also wants to base community college funding on the same idea: more money for high-needs students. Read More

Schools become a 'safe haven' for Salvadoran students in wake of crackdown

More than 50,000 U.S.-born students in California have Salvadoran parents who had temporary protected status.Read More

After Loss of 'Net Neutrality,' Districts Weigh How to Protect Themselves

As school districts weigh the impact of losing assurances of "net neutrality," a professional organization is encouraging them to protect themselves up-front against a potential decline in the speed and quality of... Read More

A focus on writing in every class is key to success in this rural California district

Culture shift included schoolwide writing, comprehensive teacher training, teambuilding, new classes, and stressing importance of standardized tests. Read More

Funding, teacher training top educators' wish lists for science education in 2018

High-quality training in the new science standards needs to be a priority for districts in 2018, some leading educators say.Read More

California sues Trump administration on behalf of students seeking debt relief

California is suing the Trump administration for what it says is the U.S. Department of Educations refusal to provide debt relief to more than 13,000 students that courts have found were defrauded by the... Read More

How to hire a teacher: Report offers California schools advice

The Burlingame School District highlights its Maker Spaces and technology program. The Belmont-Redwood Shores district promotes its partnership with a Columbia University reading and writing workshop. Tiny Bayshore... Read More

School Ambassador Fellowship Program

School Ambassador Fellowship Program

The School Ambassador Fellowship empowers leaders from our nation's public schools to contribute their knowledge and experience to the national dialogue about public education, and provides them an opportunity to... Read More

CASCD is excited to offer several workshops this year focused on developing and implementing a trauma-sensitive environment.  We will be offering the initial training with additional training to follow and is being scheduled in April.  Location and detailed information to be added soon.  

Childhood trauma is real, it is prevalent and it impacts students, their learning and the adults in their lives quite significantly.  In this engaging, relevant and practical session, learn from childhood trauma expert Kristin Souers, MA LMHC, (author of "Fostering Resilient Learners:  Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom").

Check out the dates and locations below under Professional Development Events.  If your district is interested in hosting one of these events, please contact us!

Professional Development Events

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California ASCD Announces 2018 Outstanding Instructional Leader

California ASCD is proud to announce Charlene Stringham, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for Tulare County Office of Education as the winner of the 2018 Outstanding Instructional Leader Award.

Charlene Stringham supports educators in Tulare County in their work with students to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As a leader in Tulare County, she is a strong advocate for all students and has garnered partnerships with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Stanford University to improve elementary math instruction. In addition to her work in instructional services for Tulare County, she has presented on topics related to policy analysis, curriculum and instruction, and instructional leadership.

The Outstanding Instructional Leader Award is given annually to California educators who have significantly impacted/influenced public education in California either through influence, advocacy, leadership, or teaching. The award is given in recognition of Helen Hefferman who provided California with outstanding service, keen insight, vision and leadership in curriculum and instruction.

Mrs. Stringham will be publically recognized at a board meeting this spring.

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EL Excellence Every Day: 6 Essentials to Raise EL Achievement

EL Excellence Every Day: 6 Essentials to Raise EL Achievement

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by Tonya Ward Singer

Join Tonya Ward Singer, author of EL Excellence Every Day, to learn how every core teacher can effectively empower our ELs with academic literacy and language in the context of teaching to reach all students. Get inspired with specific actions you can take immediately to amplify your impact and ignite EL excellence in every classroom every day across every school.


Courageous Leadership: Developing the Practices to Lead and Teach in Our Nation’s Schools

Courageous Leadership: Developing the Practices to Lead and Teach in Our Nation’s Schools

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by Cathy Lassiter

School leaders cannot be effective if they lack the courage to embrace accountability, build trust, and take risks. In this webinar, Dr. Cathy Lassiter describes four types of courageous leadership that can be applied to the most difficult school leadership challenges.


The Opportunity of a Wrong Answer in K-8 Mathematics

The Opportunity of a Wrong Answer in K-8 Mathematics

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by John SanGiovanni

Do you take advantage of wrong answers? Do you consider what they tell you, why they happened, or what you might do next? In this webinar, John SanGiovanni addresses actions that teachers can take to mine the gaps in student understanding. It examines a process for selecting quality tasks, anticipating student thinking, determining evidence of understanding and misunderstanding, and identifying next steps. The webinar will feature mathematics tasks K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade bands.


From Labs to Lifelong Learners: Visible Learning in the Science Classroom

From Labs to Lifelong Learners: Visible Learning in the Science Classroom

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by John Almarode

Based on the new book, Visible Learning for Science, Grades K-12, this interactive webinar will unpack what works best in science teaching and learning. Drawing from John Hattie’s ground-breaking research, participants will engage in an overview of how this research best supports teaching and learning in science. From surface to deep to transfer learning, find out how we can provide challenging and engaging learning experiences that promote growth and achievement for all of our students.


When White Women Teach Black Boys

When White Women Teach Black Boys

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by Eddie Moore Jr.,Ali Michael and Marguerite Penick-Parks

Schools that fail Black boys are not extraordinary. In fact, they’re all-too ordinary and if we’re to succeed in shifting outcomes for Black boys, we must first change the way school is “done.” That’s where the eight in ten teachers who are White women fit in. This webinar is designed to help us all embrace the deep realities and thrilling potential of this crucial American task.


10 Mindframes for Visible Learning: Teaching for Success

10 Mindframes for Visible Learning: Teaching for Success

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by John Hattie

John Hattie’s landmark Visible Learning research concluded that one of the most important influences of student achievement is how teachers think about learning and their own role. The 10 Mindframes, which should underpin every action in schools, are founded on the principle that teachers are evaluators, change agents, learning experts, and seekers of feedback who are constantly engaged with dialogue and challenge.


Real Talk About Classroom Management: Connecting with the Hard-to-Reach Student

Real Talk About Classroom Management: Connecting with the Hard-to-Reach Student

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by Serena Pariser

This webinar is for any teacher in grades K-12 who wants to learn practical classroom management strategies that can be immediately implemented into any classroom. Serena Pariser’s new book Real Talk About Classroom Management departs from the traditional approach of teaching obedience and instead shares how to empower students, build positive relationships, and create independent and curious learners. Serena shares her story of growing from a teary-eyed first year teacher to Teacher of the Year, international consultant, and Fulbright scholar.


Fostering Collective Efficacy: 3 Enabling Conditions

Fostering Collective Efficacy: 3 Enabling Conditions

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by Jenni Donohoo

What matters most in raising student achievement? Research identifies collective efficacy—the shared belief that what we do really matters—as the number-one factor. When teachers believe that, together, they can positively impact student learning, it results in a number of productive patterns of behavior: deeper implementation of high-yield strategies, increased teacher leadership, high expectations, and a strong focus on academic pursuits. Join us to learn more about what collective efficacy is, why it's important, and how to foster efficacy to ensure equity, promote well-being, and enhance public confidence in education.


Grading for Impact: Raising Student Achievement Through a Target-Based Assessment and Learning System

Grading for Impact: Raising Student Achievement Through a Target-Based Assessment and Learning System

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by Tom Hierck and Garth Larson

Assessment, grading, and reporting represent the foundational elements in most schools and districts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Educational systems continue to look for ways to maximize learning, increase achievement, and provide honest and accurate results to students and families as relate to both academic and behavioral expectations. Attend this webinar to hear Tom Hierck and Garth Larson report on one method that provides educators with a practical way to achieve these goals: target-based assessment, grading, and reporting.


Leading School Teams: Going Beyond PLCs to Impact Teams

Leading School Teams: Going Beyond PLCs to Impact Teams

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by David Horton

Is your team in a rut? Do you find yourselves off-track in your conversations or spending a majority of team time on topics not directly connected to student learning? Presented by David Horton, author of Leading School Teams, this webinar for busy teams and busy school leaders will explore three easy ways to get teams moving, focused, and making improvements to impact student learning.N MORE

FREQUENCY: An average 2 webinars per month 

WHEN: Almost always on a Monday afternoon

 DURATION: One hour TIME: 3:30 PDT 6:30 EST 

COST: Free!

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The California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD) is a diverse community of educators throughout California committed to promoting exemplary practices that ensure all learners reach their fullest potential.


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