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.
Two Powerful Voices. One Global Movement.
Creating the future of education by supporting the whole educator.
It’s official—ISTE and ASCD will unite and become divisions of a new education nonprofit organization. As one collective group, the two organizations will expand their influence to serve all educators throughout their careers and set a course to design the future of education by modernizing instructional practices that close access and equity gaps.
- Uniting technology with pedagogy to design the future of education.
- Setting the pace for innovation in education.
- Expanding support for the whole educator with evidenced-based learning.
- Building a larger community of passionate, life-changing educators.
- Leading with courage and conviction to reimagine education.
ASCD empowers educators to achieve excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Richard Culatta, ISTE CEO and recognized global education leader, will lead the newly formed organization. Prior to joining ISTE in 2017, he served as the chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island and was the director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology. Richard and family live in Virginia.
"Bringing together ISTE's leadership in innovation and technology with ASCD's expertise in inclusive pedagogy creates an organization uniquely positioned to reimagine learning."
2023 Outstanding Instructional Leader Award (OIL Award)
⭐ Accepting Applications Now! ⭐
CASCD’s OIL Award is designed to honor educators who have made significant contributions in the areas of student learning, influencing and advocating for professional growth and demonstrating instructional leadership that ensures the success of all learners.
Click Here to access the 2023 OIL Award Application
2023 Nomination Timeline:
December 15, 2022 - Application Acceptance Deadline
January 2023 - Application Review Process
February 2023 - CASCD Board Vote
March 2023 - Public Announcement of OIL Award Recipient
PLEASE NOTE: 2023 Nomination timeline has been extended to January 15, 2023 for application acceptance!
Virtual Early Education Virtual Symposium
In partnership, California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools invites early education teachers, paraprofessionals, coaches, and administrators to engage in our first virtual symposium for Universal Pre-Kindergarten educators.
Participants will have access to free recorded professional learning sessions via the Canvas Learning Management System to increase understanding and capacity around supporting young learners. Emphasis will be placed on developmentally informed practices and strategies to support the domains of the California Preschool Learning Foundations.
Open registration begins on October 1, 2022
Event content will be available throughout the 2022-2023 school year.
Audience PreK, TK, and kindergarten teachers, paraprofessionals, coaches, site/district administrators No Fee Registration for 2022-2023 access https://sbcss.k12oms.org/2695-226319
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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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CASCD's committees are a great way to get involved.
More information here: interest form.
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Youth Media Challenge: Call for Change
Young people are leading the way as advocates for change on a local, national and global level. Help your students reach beyond the classroom and share their ideas for how to make the world a better place with this audio or video commentary project.
Youth Media Challenge: Perspectives
Perspectives is a radio commentary show on KQED that asks listeners to submit personal stories about something they learned, a challenge they overcame or something extraordinary that happened to them. Now it’s your turn. Write about something in your life—a powerful memory, life-changing moment, a lesson learned—using vivid, precise language and word choice that bring the story to life in the mind of the listener.
Youth Media Challenge: Engineering for Good
The world is full of problems that need smart solutions. That’s where engineers come in. Engineers go through a design process to understand a problem, design a solution, test and improve their design, then build it.
Above the Noise: How does the Landback Movement Challenge How We Think About Our Relationship to the Land?
The Landback Movement calls for the return of all lands to indigenous communities to repair the harms of the past, like forced removal and genocide, and restore human society's relationship to the land as caretakers, not overlords. Sound impossible? Watch this episode to learn more about how the Landback Movement in the United States and worldwide calls into question the whole notion of "owning" land, and how indigenous land caretaking practices heal the Earth--and can even protect against climate change.
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2022 School Counselor of the Year
Congratulations to Alma Lopez, lead school counselor at Livingston Middle School in Livingston, Calif., and the district school counseling coordinator, the 2022 School Counselor of the Year (#SCOY22).
“Alma Lopez embodies the full spirit of school counseling. The deep commitment she has to her community, her relentless focus on providing equitable outcomes for her students and her implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program were evident throughout her application and interview process,” said Valerie Hardy, School Counselor of the Year Selection Committee member. Read more about Alma. Discover what inspires alma and learn about her home state in a short video. Learn more about Alma's school counseling journey in Episode 22 of ASCA's
“Each year, this School Counselor of the Year program shows us what the research tells us – that school counselors have a significant impact on students’ academic achievement, social/emotional development and plans for life after graduation,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “Through her dedication, contributions and excellence, Alma Lopez has demonstrated her commitment to the values and mission of the school counseling profession.”
Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) Resources
General Universal Prekindergarten Guidance
This collection houses resources and guidance that local educational agencies and partners can use in preparation for the implementation of Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) in California. State and local implementers, leaders, and practitioners of UPK can find information on early learning and care programs, key local partners that can assist in UPK planning efforts, archived webinar materials, and more. Additional guidance will be added to this collection as they are developed.
KINDER L.I.G.H.T.S. podcast
It’s all about raising the profile of early learning and celebrating wonderful Kindergarten educators, as they share stories of their highs, lows and some of the wild fun in between!
You’ll hear unvarnished truths and advice about teaching in Kindergarten learning spaces, shared by educators, who are L.I.G.H.T.S. of hope, joy and love for their students.
Preparing Young Children for School - Practice Guide
Recent research has identified practices that have the potential to prepare young children to benefit from the learning opportunities they will encounter in school.
In collaboration with expert panelists, the What Works ClearinghouseTM (WWC) distilled that research into practical recommendations for preschool educators to use to help prepare children for school. The Preparing Young Children for School Practice Guide details seven evidence-based practices designed to be used by teachers; center and program directors; district or state personnel involved in adopting curricula for preschool programs; and parents and caregivers.
Please click the link below for more information.
California ASCD Congratulates our 2022 Outstanding Instructional Leader Award Recipient
Dr. Gina Potter
Dr. Gina Potter, San Ysidro School District Superintendent has been named CASCD Outstanding Instructional Leader (OIL) Awardee.
The OIL Award is given annually to recognize an individual educator who has significantly contributed to education in California. Dr. Gina Potter has served in the field of education for over 30 years within 7 culturally diverse school districts throughout California. Dr. Potter is a third-generation educator in south San Diego County, having followed in the footsteps of both her parents and grandfather who are all retired South Bay educators. Dr. Potter is currently the Vice President Legislative Action for Association of California Schools Administrators (ACSA).
Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction summarized Dr. Potter's many contributions to education as follows, "I have had the opportunity to personally work with and observe Dr. Potter addressing the needs of our students learning the English language. She has extensive experience in leading curriculum adoptions and ensuring that students receive the proper tools to help them succeed. She is a strong advocate for holding our schools and school systems accountable to maximize student learning at all levels."
In addition, Dr. Potter has established exemplary instructional programs such as International Baccalaureate, Dual Language and STEM Academies in schools and districts throughout the state with the highest percentages of English Language Learners, poverty and unhoused youth. Most recently, during the recent pandemic crisis, Dr. Potter has provided exemplary leadership for the students and staff of San Ysidro School District.
OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTIONAL LEADER AWARD - NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2023!
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, 2022.
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.
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.
We encourage new members and renewing members. For more info, click the gold box below.
ASCD - Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
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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.