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  • 05/20/2017 6:40 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    As part of California’s transition to ESSA, California must submit an ESSA State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education. The State Plan will describe the State’s implementation of standards, assessment, accountability, and assistance programs and will move us toward California’s goal of having a single, coherent local, state, and federal education system. The California Department of Education (CDE) is committed to ensuring a transparent transition to the new law and developing an ESSA State Plan that is informed by the voices of diverse Californians. Below you will find information about the State's stakeholder engagement efforts. If you would like to be notified about new opportunities to participate, please join the CDE ESSA listserv by sending a blank e-mail message to

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  • 05/14/2017 4:41 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    Teaching in the Fast Lane is about crafting lessons that inspire and motivate students to reach their learning targets. The way we plan and implement learning experiences influences work ethic, intrinsic motivation, engagement, and memory.

    Learn more and register.

  • 05/05/2017 5:06 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)
    It's time to submit your proposal to speak at the Fall CUE Conference which will take place October 27-28 in American Canyon, California.

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  • 05/04/2017 7:09 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    CASCD partner Discovery Education and Siemens Foundation have announced that the first ever Siemens’ National Day of STEM – a virtual initiative dedicated to delving into conversations about the STEM field  –  will be held on May 16, 2017, starting at 10:00 am ET.
    Available at no cost, National Day of STEM will provide engaging career information for middle and high school students and facilitate LIVE interaction via social media between educators, Siemens Employees, and STEM professionals.  Learn more.

  • 05/03/2017 12:50 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    Changing Schools, McREL’s award-winning, biannual magazine, explores the topics that matter most to educators with in-depth articles on improving practice, research reviews, interviews with experts, and success stories. Recent issues focus on "measuring what matters" and social-emotional learning.

    Check out the latest issue online, or browse past issues and articles.

  • 04/28/2017 6:18 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)
    The NBA and Discovery Education announced “Careers That Count: A Virtual Field Trip with the NBA”, designed to show middle and high school students how math comes to life through careers in basketball.  Hosted by Miles Brown, star of ABC’s Black-ish and Jr. NBA Ambassador, the 30-minute virtual experience launches for classrooms nationwide Thursday, May 4, with a live Twitter chat featuring NBA guests at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT. We’ll go inside NBA headquarters and Madison Square Garden in New York to learn about real-world math careers through discussions with NBA professionals.

    Discovery Education is a CASCD corporate partner.

  • 04/27/2017 4:47 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    In this 4-minute video, Education Week Teacher blogger Larry Ferlazzo shares five ways teachers can help students make connections across subject areas and the world beyond the classroom.  It's a quick introduction to the topic and a nice reminder for experienced teachers.  To his five ways, I'd add:

    • Teach concepts to mastery.  Easier to transfer learning to situations if you really know it in the first place.
    • Simulate the environment.  Larry's tip about group work relates to this in a general way, but specific simulations can increase the chances learning will transfer.  Role playing is one method to accomplish this.
    I'd also have either omitted the annoying, repetitive sound track or chosen one that was not so boring.  It distracted me from what he had to say.  Good lesson for us when we create such presentations!  Nonetheless, he offers good ideas; if the sound track annoys you too, just try to ignore it.

    Watch the video.

  • 04/19/2017 10:24 AM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    Check  out this free "virtual field trip" co-sponsored by CASCD partner Discovery Education with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and host U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy.

    April 25, 2017 at 10 AM Pacific time

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  • 04/13/2017 5:09 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)
    Technology, Leadership, and Innovation will come together next week at the Leadership 3.0 Symposium in Redondo Beach.  The premier "by administrators, for administrators" event, it will be held April 20-22 at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach Hotel.  Keynote speakers include LeVar Burton and Candace Singh.

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  • 04/12/2017 3:10 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    With many changes being made or proposed in Washington, we face considerable uncertainty as to future funding for education, changes in immigration policies, and other issues.  Emotions run high and, if you're like me, you're receiving daily requests to sign petitions, contact your elected representatives, and participate in other advocacy efforts.

    Today, I came across some excellent advice in a blog post from Spokes, the non-profit resource center that serves San Luis Obispo County.  Here is a summary of the key points.

    1. Re-frame the conversation.
    2. Remember that all 502(c)3 organizations, like CASCD, are required to remain non-partisan at all times.
    3. Don't make decisions out of fear.
    4. Avoid responding to attacks defensively.

    Read the full blog post here.

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