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Insurgency at the U.S. Capitol -

How to respond to students

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 marked a tragic, historic day, threatening the very existence of our cherished democracy. Fortunately order was restored and Congress was able to affirm the election results.

Our California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, posted yesterday on Twitter, "Like so many, I am struggling to process today’s violent attack on democracy at the U.S. Capitol while celebrating an inspiring display of democracy in Georgia...We can choose which future we want for our youth, and today must reinforce our commitment to using the power of education to end hate and bigotry, and to empower communities that have been made vulnerable by systemic inequity. Our students and children are watching closely, and they deserve the absolute best from us."

There is no question that teachers play a crucial role in helping students grapple with the doubt, confusion, and chaos that is playing out across our nation. Fortunately a number of civic-minded organizations are stepping up to provide resources for educators. Here are just a few and many more will follow. Civic learning for all students is of paramount importance. Join the effort with resources such as these and others.

Insurgency at the U.S. Capitol: A Dreaded, Real-Life Lesson Facing Teachers. This EdWeek article may help put yesterday's events into context.

Responding to the Insurrection at the US Capitol. Facing History and Ourselves offers specific guidelines and tips to discuss and debrief the event with students.

The Constitution and the Election. The National Constitution Center offers this list of educational resources to help students understand the election process.

Peaceful Transitions. The Bill of Rights Foundation has compiled a  list of resources considering principles, processes, and examples of constitutionally guided transitions of power.

George Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy, 1783. The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers resources of similar events of the past and a positive example of leadership and the defusing of a potentially violent event.

2020 has been a year like no other; challenges seem to continue to mount and CASCD vaulted into action to support you.  As the year comes to a close, we would like your participation in this survey so that we can better support you and all CA educators during these unprecedented times.

Survey Link: CASCD 2020 Survey


ASCD strongly condemns the attack on the U.S. Capitol this week intended to disrupt the Congressional electoral vote confirmation.  Like you, we watched in horror as political divisions in this country devolved into unjustifiable violence and chaos.  Although we are dismayed and heartbroken by the current inability for this country and its citizens to dialogue and debate in ways that result in a common unified direction, we hold hope and confidence that our elected leaders and citizens alike can move forward together with a renewed purpose toward civility, decency, and common purpose.  

At the heart of any healthy democracy is a well-educated and informed citizenry.  Indeed, education is the bedrock for democracy and civic discourse.  Among the critically important services educators provide is your work instilling our children with knowledge, inspiration, hope, and compassion every day.

We know that this endeavor is the key to building well-rounded adults able to participate in the strengthening of our communities, states, and this nation.  We commit to support you.

To assist you as you navigate conversations with your students and staff about the events of this week, we have made available free, targeted resources that will be immediately helpful to guide classroom discussions, as well as resources for district and school leadership teams (see below).

As Nelson Mandela famously said, "The power of education extends beyond the develpment of skills we need for economic success.  It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation."  Nothing could be truer.  Our greatest hopes for enduring peace and prosperity are parents and educators.

We commit to being part of the solution, and we have you--educators doing such heroic work with our students every day--as inspiration.

Engaging Students in Civics

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.


Health & Safety Guidebook

Minimize Risk to Accelerate Learning in the Era of COVID-19

As we all know, this coming school year will be like none other, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic—and fallout from the extended school facility closures it has caused—adds complexity to the already challenging work of starting a new school year. Now, more than ever, school systems will need to pay particular attention to keeping students safe while ensuring that all students—especially those who are members of vulnerable populations—have access to targeted instruction and the support they need in order to succeed. During these next months, school systems must also focus on addressing the social-emotional needs of students, staff, and families, and on maintaining transparent communication with their school communities through this unprecedented era in education. Increased collaboration with public health systems and officials will bring new perspectives to the running of schools and strengthen the public response to COVID-19. Through it all, California educators will continue to rise to the challenge of mitigating risk while accelerating learning in the era of COVID-19.

In collaboration with California State Board of Education and other technical assistance partners, CCEE has facilitated the development of the Health and Safety Guidebook to support LEA leadership teams plan for and maintain a safe return to in-person instruction that maximizes future equity outcomes and addresses the diverse needs of California’s students while adapting to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Building on the COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Schools and School Based Program, these guidelines and considerations are based on the best available public health data at this time, international best practices currently employed, and the practical realities of managing school operations, as new data and practices emerge. 

The Health & Safety Guidebook is intended to provide streamlined access to the most up-to-date state and federal guidance around health and safety decisions that school communities are facing, with rationales, examples, tools, and resources to support decision-making and implementation of efforts to help students re-enter schools, and focuses on the following key areas: 1) Community Health Context, 2) Facilities and School Operations, 3) Safe School Environments, and 4) Cohorts for Safe Learning.
The Guidebook will be available at, and will be updated regularly as new information, resources, and guidance are available. 

2021 Presidential Inauguration

Instructional Resources

Inauguration 2021: A Call to Action for All Americans

Take the Oath of Citizenship

A Civic Education Lesson for Students, Grades 5-12

This concise lesson is designed to help students understand the history of the Oath of Office as an American tradition, the circumstances and significance of Inaugural Addresses, and the importance of fulfilling the responsibility of citizenship by calling upon citizens to create and uphold a commitment to practice responsible citizenship.


Lessons and resources on the Presidential election and inauguration.

American Memory of the Library of Congress

"I Do Solemnly Swear . . ." Presidential Inaugurations

A collection of approximately four hundred items and two thousand digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to Donald Trump’s inauguration of 2017. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.

Inauguration Quiz!

The National Archives for Educators and Students

Test your knowledge about past Presidential inaugurations in this online activity.

The Avalon Project, Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

Yale Law School

Lillian Goldman Law Library

The Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents

Find the inaugural addresses of 37 presidents from George Washington’s first and second terms to Barack Obama’s 2009 address.

National Endowment for the Humanities

A number of resources on Presidential Inaugurations

Education World

Hail to the Chief: Inauguration Lessons

Ten activities to help students, grades K-12 learn about and commemorate the inauguration. Included: Activities in which students write letters to the president, create presidential portraits, complete an inauguration trivia hunt, and much more.

Lesson Planet, The Search Engine for Teachers

Includes 122 Presidential Inauguration lessons plans developed, used, and rated by teachers. Once at the site, search for: Inaugural Speeches or Presidential Inauguration

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Herczog, Ed.D.

Coordinator III, History-Social Science

Los Angeles County Office of Education

New Advanced Placement Course Pacing Guides!

Last month, the Advanced Placement (AP) program made a few exciting announcements about the May 2021 AP exams.  We know students and teachers have been working diligently this year to prepare for the exams, especially in these extraordinary circumstances.  We also recognize the need for enhanced resources to support student success and preparation.  

Just released, new optional pacing guides provide AP teachers who are facing lost instructional time with one way to plan their spring semester and catch up. Aligned to course and exam descriptions, these guides help teachers expose students to the full scope of their course by using the existing on-demand resources in AP Classroom.    

These pacing guides - designed for classrooms that have only completed around 25% of typical course content by January—illustrate one way to use AP Daily videos in lieu of some assignments teachers would ordinarily give, to help students complete all course topics by May.  If students are ahead of this pace, teachers will be able to incorporate additional days or weeks to spend more time on challenging topics, practice course skills, or begin reviewing for the exam. 

Download the guides and watch a short video on how teachers can implement them here

More information on the 2021 AP Exam administration will be available in early February. 

In case you missed it here's the link to the recording for, McREL's presenter, Bryan Goodwin's Webinar on 12/9 "Engaging Learners Online: Digital Learning that Sticks".

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Webinar link from 1/14/21 "CASCD: Recovery from 2020:  Regaining Equity in the Aftermath of Historic Challenges" with Douglas Reeves.

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Webinar link entitled "Too Many Standards, Too Little Time" on 9/23/2020 with Dr. Douglas Reeves.

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Virtual webinar link for "Ensuring Equitable Opportunities for Students with Disabilities" on 6-24-2020 with Dr. Douglas Reeves and Kate Anderson Foley.  

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Webinar link on 6/17/2020 for "No Matter What:  Leadership in Uncertain Times" with Dr. Douglas Reeves.

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Easily design PBL projects using this new online planning tool

With the uncertainty everyone is facing this year, PBLWorks is thrilled to bring you something to make your job a little easier: the new Project Designer.  Whether you're new to PBL, or you're a busy PBL teacher, Project Designer gives you a shortcut to implementing high quality PBL in your classroom.

Adapt one of 72 Gold Standard PBL projects - or create your own project - that's ready to use in the classroom or online. The user-friendly format walks you through each step of designing a project for your students’ needs.  

72 Gold Standard PBL projects included

Choose from 72 standards-based high quality PBL projects, across subject areas and grade levels (K-12). Each project includes detailed instructional activities, editable rubrics, project information sheets (3-12), family letters (K-2), and modifications for at-home learning. 

Learn more >>


Don't forget to stay active in California ASCD through Twitter and Facebook. Be sure your contact information with CASCD is current.

Stay in touch and share on CASCD Twitter and Facebook page. Sharing our successes, ideas and thoughts during these challenging times is a gift to your colleagues.

Also, if you're working from home, you may want to change your preferred email to receive information from California ASCD.  Please contact Member Services Department to make the change by calling Cheryl at 530-520-9412.  

                   ASSISTANT                       EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NEEDED:

Newly retired?  Looking for a leadership position that supports CA educators? 

California ASCD is looking for an experienced leader that will support the strategic and operational work of a statewide professional association.  A background in curriculum and instruction is desirable. 

Please contact us via email at: or send a resume and 2-3 letters of recommendation to: 

P.O. Box 1841, Oroville,   CA  95965

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We encourage all interested members to take advantage of opportunities for engagement with CASCD.

CASCD strives to exist as a vibrant and active network where anyone who cares about quality teaching, leading and learning is welcome and can find meaningful ways to engage. Our members frequently volunteer to host workshops and institutes at their schools, serve on committees, produce newsletter articles or webinars, and serve the Association in a variety of ways. If you are a CASCD member and would like an opportunity for greater involvement, speak with a Board Member or our Executive Director, Kathleen McCreery at 916-206-8103, about opportunities. 

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Did you know that when you register for conferences or make purchases from ASCD, our CA affiliate can benefit?  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.  We thank you!

We are excited to welcome our newest Corporate Partner:

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.  Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education.  Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world's leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.  Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success - including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program.  The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.  

Character in Context - Elementary Lesson

Slide deck & discussion questions you can use with your students for the election.

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California ASCD 2020 Congratulates our Outstanding Instructional Leader Award Recipient

Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County Superintendent, was selected as the CASCD Outstanding Instructional Educator (OIL) Award for many reasons.  She has vast experience spanning over 30 years in education.  She has done extensive work in early learning, launching the Strong Start Coalition composed of community leaders and organizations to expand high quality early learning opportunities throughout Santa Clara County.  She also demonstrates her commitment and focus on equity through the Inclusions Collaborative to provide more opportunities for students with disabilities to be meaningfully included.  Her leadership also led to the My Name, My Identity - asking educators to pledge to pronouncing students' names correctly to foster a sense of belonging and to build positive relationships within the classroom.

Most recently, as the Santa Clara County Superintendent, she has supported the 32 superintendents in the county in navigating through school closures by providing advocacy and garnering local financial support for connectivity and device needs within districts.  She has organized twice weekly meetings with the Public Health Department and County Counsel to keep the district leaders apprised and supported.  Dr. Dewan stepped forward providing resources and guidance during this most difficult time, advocating and supporting superintendents in a thoughtful, calm and deliberate manner.  Her graceful leadership and critical listening provided the necessary support to allow for collective and timely support to each respective community.  She is certainly an educational leader worthy of emulation.

Don't forget to stay active in CASCD through Twitter and Facebook. Be sure your contact information with CASCD is current.

Please stay in touch and share on CASCD Twitter and Facebook page. Sharing our successes, ideas and thoughts during these challenging times is helpful to your colleagues.

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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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