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.
May 24 2022
The school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, is the latest horrifying act of violence in our country.
This senseless loss of life will be difficult for adults to process on their own while trying to support children and young people. Our students want and need to talk about what they see, remember, and are feeling now; they need the guidance and safety of adults in their lives to be able to navigate their own emotions and trauma in a healthy, safe, and productive way. Adults need to be able to acknowledge and address their own emotional responses in order to best support young people.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) tips for parents and educators to talk with children about violence suggests adults:
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Nomination to California ASCD Board of Directors
For the 2022-2023 term California ASCD will have at least one open Board position. All CASCD members are eligible to apply for a Board position. Board members serve a two-year term. Board meetings are held monthly and all but 2 are via Zoom. In January and June/July the Board meets in person. Please click the link below for additional information and for the Nomination form.
Download and complete the nomination form and send to CASCD email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Two California Principals Receive National Honors!
Two principals from the same district have been recognized by the national associations for elementary and secondary school principals.
Willow Elementary School Principal Eveline E. Huh, Ed.D., and Whitney High School Principal John K. Briquelet have received honors from the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, respectively. ACSA is a state affiliate of both NAESP and NASSP.
Both principals lead schools within the ABC Unified School District. Superintendent Mary Sieu said the leaders were congratulated for their outstanding work in each of their schools.
"Every district should have Principals of the Year such as Dr. Eveline Huh and John Briquelet," she said. "I applaud them for their willingness to stand by the district's side as we move forward.
NAESP's National Distinguished Principal program recognizes one outstanding elementary and middle-level principal from each state who ensures that America's children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement.
Huh was selected for this honor by ACSA's Elementary Education council and ACSA NAESP Liaison Scott Borba.
"Eveline Huh epitomizes what it means to be recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Principal. Her work at the school site and within her district speaks for itself, " Borba said. "Beyond what she does to support her community, Eveline has passionately represented CA principals as President of the ACSA Elementary Education Council and CA State Representative for NAESP."
Prior to her arrival in 2016, morale at Willow Elementary School was low, student discipline levels were high, and the school had the lowest student achievement out of all 19 elementary schools in the district. Huh's leadership began by building relationships with teachers and staff and establishing a trust that would enable a collective re-envisioning of the school's culture. By integrating the AVID system throughout the school and establishing PBIS strategies and multi-tiered systems of support, Huh has been able to close opportunity gaps for students.
"One of the biggest leadership lessons that I have learned in my 13 years as a principal is that the principal cannot do it all. Being a successful and effective principal requires one to effectively distribute leadership and build capacity amongst the staff," Huh said in her application.
Huh will be honored during the National Distinguished Principal Recognition & Celebration event October 7-8 in Washington, D.C.
NASSP's National Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals from all 50 states. Each year, an ACSA Administrator of the Year in either the Middle Grades Principal or High School Principal category is selected for this national award.
John Briquelet was selected as a state finalist by ACSA's Middle Grades and Secondary Education Councils, and ACSA NASSP Liaison Derrick Lawson.
"I am so proud to see John represent California for this prestigious recognition as he has been a champion of equity, connection to school, and fostering a relationship with a caring adult for every student to help give them an advocate, mentor or guide," Lawson said. "His leadership is widely respected beyond his campus, district and community, and is recognized across CA.
Since becoming principal of Whitney High School in 2016, Briquelet has instituted a number of efforts to help students feel safe, have a sense of well-being, and learn productively. These have included anti-racism training to staff, hiring wellness counselors and improving grading practices to open opportunities to more challenging coursework for all students. These and other efforts have garnered Whitney HS national attention and a ranking as the 2022 US News and World Report #1 High School in California (#14 in the US).
"Because Whitney High School is frequently ranked as one of the top three high schools in California, some people believe we do not need to change and that our status quo is just fine," Briquelet said in his application. "I have never believed this to be the case; instead, I genuinely believe that if we are to give kids our very best, we must always strive for improvement."
From the state winners, three finalists are named as contenders for the National Principal of the Year award. All state finalists will be honored at the National Principals Institute in September in Washington D.C.
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OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTIONAL LEADER AWARD
School and division leaders have been faced with enormous challenges in the year 2022. Yet with determination, talent, and outstanding leadership, school is continuing. California is fortunate to have outstanding educational leaders who exemplify the best qualities of learning, teaching and leading. These are people who demonstrate true understanding of curriculum, assessment, and instruction, inspire others through their leadership and have had impact statewide. CASCD’s Outstanding Instructional Leader (OIL) award nominations are open now. Nomination materials are due by January 15, 2023.
The nomination must be made on an official form and submitted to CASCD Executive Assistant, Cheryl Casagrande with “OIL Nominee” in the subject line. These forms are available on the CASCD website under the "About" tab and then click on Outstanding Instructional Leader Award above. If you have any questions, please contact CASCD Executive Director, Kathleen McCreery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California ASCD 2021 Congratulates our Outstanding Instructional Leader Award Recipient
Cynthia "Cindy" Marten was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Secretary on May 11, 2021. Before joining ED, Marten served as the superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District since 2013. She has spent 32 years as an educator, holding various roles of increasing responsibility as a teacher, literacy specialist, vice principal, and principal. She is the author of "Word Crafting: Teaching Spelling, Grades K-6," which places an emphasis on literacy as a key to students' success.
As superintendent, she directed implementation of the district's Vision 2020 commitment to a meaningful graduation for all students, with the district achieving the highest graduation rate among big-city districts in California and the fastest reading growth of large urban districts nationwide, in 2019.
In addition to her emphasis on academics, Marten has been a champion for health and wellness, putting in place an award-winning wellness policy for staff and students. Under her leadership, San Diego Unified received Gold Recognition in the American Heart Association's Workplace Health Achievement Index for efforts to support employee wellness, and multiple San Diego Unified schools received "America's Healthiest Schools" award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Prior to being appointed superintendent, for ten years Marten worked in one of San Diego's most ethnically diverse and economically challenged school communities, at Central Elementary School in City Heights. As a teacher, instructional leader, and later as principal, she established a commitment to educating the whole child through an emphasis on social and emotional learning and the arts, combined with academic rigor.
ABOUT California ASCD Membership - an ASCD Affiliate
CASCD members are active and involved in the changing face of education. CASCD strives to exist as a vibrant and active network that supports paraprofessional, educators, teachers, administrators, site and district leaders, and retirees who seek to support improvements related to quality teaching, leading and learning.
CASCD members frequently volunteer to host workshops and institutes at their local schools, serve on committees, produce newsletter articles or webinars, and serve the association in a variety of ways.
Would you like to be part of a collaborative network of educators? This is a warm and welcoming group! Members can be involved in many aspects by serving on committees or serving as a member of the board of directors! The best part of involvement is the opportunity to network, learn together, and connect with leaders across California and across the country!
Examples include: Support with publications, assist with professional development activities, volunteer at events, support efforts around the "Whole Child," participate in legislative advocacy and more! A complete list of committees for membership involvement can be found here.
If you are a CASCD member and would like an opportunity for greater involvement, please speak with a board member (click here), or Executive Director Kathleen McCreery via email email@example.com about opportunities for involvement.
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