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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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California ASCD is pleased to introduce our new Board members who joined us July 1, 2021, Dr. Michele Bowers and Tracy Robinson along with our newest member, Derrick Lawson on 9/1/2021.  We are honored to have them join the CASCD Board of Directors.  

Dr. Michele Bowers is the Superintendent in Lancaster School District serving students in preK-8.  In 2020 she was named the Los Angeles County Superintendent of the Year by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.  She has more than 20 years experience in public education.  In addition to her job as a Superintendent, Dr. Bowers serves on the board of the California Association of African-American Administrators and Superintendents and is the state chair on absenteeism and truancy.

Tracy Robinson is joining the CASCD Board through our partnership with Association of California School Administrators.  She is the new Senior Director of Educational Services.  Ms. Robinson also comes to us with experience from throughout the state and with a broad understanding of preK-12 teaching and leading background.

Newest Board member as of September 1, 2021:

Derrick Lawson:  CASCD is pleased to announce the selection of Derrick Lawson, Principal at Indio High School in the Desert Sands Unified School District, as the newest member of the CASCD Board of Directors. Mr. Lawson has a Master's degree in Educational leadership and Administration as well as 30+ years of experience as an educator. In 2021, he received the Distinguished Service Award from NASSP. He was also recognized as the California Middle School Principal of the Year in 2012 and served as Region XIX President in 2014. CASCD is pleased to welcome Mr. Lawson to the CASCD Board.

We are delighted to have these  exemplary educators join us to bring their expertise and perspective to the critical work of CASCD.  Welcome Ms. Robinson, Dr. Bowers and Derrick Lawson!  We look forward to an exhilarating 2021-2022 school year.

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NEWS!  See below for Information on current events, upcoming professional development offerings, and announcements!

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Engaging Students

in Civics Education

Video: Public Spirit in the Classroom (Educational Leadership)
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
How schools can teach the common good.

Seizing the Civic Education Moment (Educational Leadership)
Andrew Tripodo and Robert Pondiscio
To bolster students’ understanding of politics and democracy, schools must couple experiential projects with in-depth content study.

Teaching Democracy in Polarizing Times (Educational Leadership)
Jacob Fay and Meira Levinson

What Kind of Citizens Do We Need? (Educational Leadership)
Joel Westheimer
Democracies make special demands on their citizens. Schools must prepare young people to meet those demands.

Facilitating Classroom Discussions

Courageous Conversations for Equity and Agency (Educational Leadership)
Anne Vilen and Ron Berger
Grappling with tough topics strengthens students’ discussion skills, broadens their perspectives, and empowers them as civic actors.

Questioning for Classroom Discussion: Purposeful Speaking, Engaged Listening, Deep Thinking (ASCD Book)
Jackie Acree Walsh and Beth Dankert Sattes
What type of questioning invigorates and sustains productive discussions?

The Power of Protocols for Equity (Educational Leadership)
Zaretta Hammond
Structured protocols can help teachers ensure equitable participation and create more culturally responsive discussions.

How to Talk, and Listen, to Your Students During Times of Crisis (Blog)
Aleta Margolis
Teachers need to talk with their students about the unprecedented events we’re experiencing, about the history that’s being made right at this moment.

Discovery Education is supporting and spotlighting the importance and value of diversity in STEM:

"With the STEM Careers Coalition resources and professional learning opportunities, my students get to meet diverse leaders in STEM. The student’s faces say it all: they see themselves in these leaders and know that they, too, can be STEM leaders,” said Michele Hutson, a 2nd Grade Teacher in the Santa Rosa County School District of Florida.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.

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California Becomes First State in Nation to Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Added to List of Required School Vaccinations 

Students will be required to be vaccinated for in person learning starting the term following FDA full approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and k-6). Background ● California continues to lead the nation with the lowest COVID case rate, the lowest death rate, and the most vaccinations administered. The latest CDC data indicate that youth in California are being hospitalized at less than one-fourth the rate of states like Florida and less than one-half the rate of the nation as a whole. 1 ● This fall, millions of California students returned to their K-12 school classrooms. Thanks to California’s nation-leading measures aimed at keeping campuses safe and open, including universal masking, our state has not faced the same number of outbreaks seen in other parts of the country. ● California’s schools have been open for nearly a month longer than most other states, but have experienced school closures at a far lower rate. California educates approximately 12% of students in the nation, but California schools account for approximately 0.5% of school closures. And those closures have been localized to regions with lower vaccination rates. 2 2 (as of 10/1/2021)

● Educators, public health experts and parents know there is no substitute for in-person instruction, but we also can’t pretend the threat of COVID-19 and its variants are completely behind us. ● Schools are stepping up to keep students safe, and to meet their mental health, social-emotional, and academic needs like never before. The vast majority of schools report that 95-100% of students have opted to return in-person; over 95% of schools have expanded mental health services; nearly 83% have expanded academic supports like high-dose tutoring; and over 74% have expanded after-school programs. 3 ● We continue to urge everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines continue to be the best tool to end this pandemic once and for all. These vaccines are safe and effective, and the data has unequivocally shown that they prevent severe illness and death as a result of COVID-19 – nearly all of those who are ending up in ICU beds and dying are unvaccinated. School Vaccine Requirement ● California is taking bold steps to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. ● Governor Gavin Newsom is directing the California Department of Public Health to add the COVID-19 vaccine to other vaccinations required for in-person school attendance—such as measles, mumps, and rubella—pursuant to the Health and Safety Code sections 120325 - 120380. ● This will be accomplished by regulations promulgated pursuant to section 120335(b)(11), which authorizes vaccine requirements for “any other disease deemed appropriate” by CDPH. This is also consistent with the overall intent of the law to achieve “eventual achievement of total immunization” against dangerous childhood diseases. (HSC section 120325(a)). ● COVID-19 vaccine requirements will apply to all “pupil[s] of any private or public elementary or secondary school[s].” (HSC section 120335(b)). ● COVID-19 vaccine requirements will be phased-in by grade span, grades K-6 and 7-12 This will also promote smoother implementation. ● This mandate will be a condition of in-person attendance. (HSC section 120335(f)). A student who is not vaccinated may remain enrolled in independent study, but may not attend in-person instruction. ● Requirements established by regulation, not legislation, must be subject to exemptions “for both medical reasons and personal beliefs.” (HSC section 120338). 3 (see also ● The Governor has also directed that adults be held to at least the same standards as students for the COVID-19 vaccine. While currently, California requires all K-12 staff to verify their vaccination status or be tested weekly, all staff will be required to be vaccinated no later than when the requirement takes effect for students. 4 ● The current verify-or-test requirement for staff will be converted to a vaccine mandate no later than when the first phase of the student requirement becomes effective. ● Five districts nationwide -- all in California -- have moved forward with a student mandate (in the following order): Culver City Unified; LA Unified; Oakland Unified; Piedmont Unified; and San Diego Unified. Local public health and school officials are encouraged to move forward with their own vaccine requirements. ● While individual counties and schools may accelerate vaccine requirements, the state requirement will create a statewide standard to ensure all staff and students will be vaccinated. Timing ● Students will be required to be vaccinated for in person learning starting the term following FDA full approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and k-6). ● Upon full approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a vaccine for age groups within a grade span, CDPH will consider relevant recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians prior to implementing a requirement, as required by the Health and Safety Code section 120335(b)(11). ● CDPH will then initiate the rulemaking process, which includes public comment. Regulations promulgated pursuant to that process will also address many of the details of the requirement, including the scope of exemptions, etc. ● The regulations will take effect at the start of the following term, meaning either January 1st or July 1st, whichever comes first. (Education Code 37200). This will also give both parents and schools sufficient time to prepare and implement. ● Based on current projections for full approval for ages 12+, we anticipate the requirement would apply to grades 7-12 starting on July 1, 2022. ● Students who are under the age of full approval, but within the grade span, will be required to be vaccinated once they reach the age of full approval (with a reasonable period of time to receive both doses), consistent with existing procedures for other vaccines. 4 ers-and-school-staff-to-get-vaccinated

Professional Development Offerings


-Dr. Douglas Reeves-

Fearless Schools:  Building Trust and Resilience for Learning, Teaching, & Leading

November 18, 2021 

3:30 p.m. (PT)

The world needs fearless schools.  As the world slowly emerges from the global pandemic, fear and uncertainty plague schools.  Students and staff members want to know the anwers to these unanswerable questions:  

  • When will things get back to normal?
  • How will I ever catch up?
  • How can educators and administrators restore relationships with students and colleagues after a prolonged absence?
Educational leaders cannot provide certainty in an uncertain world.  But they can provide an environment that is physically and psychologically safe. 

The essence of fearless schools, Dr. Reeves explains, is psychological safety.  In this interactive keynote presentation, he explains how leaders and teachers build and maintain trust and psychological safety, and how sometimes these ideals are inadvertently undermined. 

Participants will engage in rich discussion and reflection based on a large body of 21st Century evidence.  Special attention is paid to resilience - bouncing back from physical, emotional and psychic injury.

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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.

The Human Connection – Sow The Heart: One Story at a Time

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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 about opportunities for involvement.

We encourage new members and renewing members.  For more info, click the gold box below.

ASCD - Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

CASCD is an affiliate of the national ASCD - learn more about the role ASCD plays both nationally and internationally by clicking here! 

CASCD member registration for conferences and purchases benefit our California Affiliate directly.   Simply place the items for purchase in your ASCD shopping cart and then enter CAAFF in the space for promotional code.  ASCD will return 5% of your conference registration and 2% of your book purchases to us to support programs in California.  

ASCD CaliforniaPhone: (530) 520-9412
Mailing: PO Box 1841
Oroville, CA 95965

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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