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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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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

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.


The Imagine Learning Suite of online PreK-8 Literacy, Math, and Assessment solutions ignites engagement, maximizes personal relevance, amplifies confidence, and inspires breakthroughs for all learners.  With our expertise grounded in language develpment, Imagine Learning accelerates learning and empowers each student to fulfill their unique potential. 

Join us as we reimagine learning together!

                   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


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.

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Are you a member of California ASCD?

CASCD members are active and involved in the changing face of education.  Join CASCD and become empowered with innovative solutions to support the success of all learners.

Sign up to become a member or renew your membership today!


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. 

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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Cameron Whitcomb | (323) 514-1367 |

In case you missed it, please click the link for the video recording "Filling Your Cup:  Self-Care Strategies for School Staff through RISE" webinar.   Passcode for recording  zCv!9wwY

Webinar from National TS Series

Join Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools for our next webinar as we hear directly from the education community about reopening buildings for in-person learning and what others are doing to prioritize health.  

#SchoolHealth #SafeAndHealthy

Want to learn how parents, educators, and district leaders prioritizing health as they reopen buildings for in-person learning?  Join Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools for the next webinar to hear their stories and learn about resources to support you.  


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.

Members of the STEM Careers Coalition are united by the common goals of empowering educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom, fostering and promoting quality education, and building the next generation of STEM solution-seekers with intentional focus on racial and gender equity. Representing a range of industry sectors, the STEM Careers Coalition seeks to prepare 10 million students for the future of work by 2025 by providing equitable access to digital content and experiences that engage students in instruction, build foundational STEM knowledge, and develop the critical skills students need for college and career success. To view the complete list of STEM Career Coalition partners, visit the partnership webpage here.

In addition to the Coalitions national work, members also engage in regional approaches to workforce development and support students’ explorations in STEM. STEM Career Coalition partners underwrite critical academic and career content available through the award-winning, flexible K-12 learning platform and STEM Connect, an interdisciplinary K-8 resource blending dynamic digital content with ready-to-use lessons and hands-on activities to enhance core curriculum.

“Black History Month offers a wonderful opportunity to continue exploring the many remarkable people, events, and accomplishments that shaped our nation. TheSTEM Careers Coalition helps bring new dimensions to powerful milestones by connecting students to Black professionals leading STEM innovation,” said Marla Wilson, Executive Director of the STEM Careers Coalition. “These leaders, and the resources and events from the Coalition, help students see the STEM in them, by providing all students equitable access to STEM education.”

Learn more about STEM Careers Coalition here and find out how your organization can support the work of the STEM Careers Coalition. All resources are available at no-cost at, and through Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform on the STEM Careers channel.

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.

About STEM Careers Coalition
A coalition of industry partners are joining forces with Discovery Education to impact the culture of STEM education in K – 12 schools nationwide. The all-new STEM Careers Coalition’s™ mission is to empower educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom, foster equity and access to quality education, and build the next generation of solution-seekers.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at

Grace Maliska
Discovery Education
Phone: 240-839-4239

Stephen Wakefield
Discovery Education
Phone: 202-316-6615

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. 

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To our Nation’s Educators and Education Stakeholders:  

Thank you for giving your all for students during this unprecedented year.  

As the Commissioner of Education in Connecticut, I experienced firsthand the disruptions schools and communities faced as the pandemic unfolded. As a former teacher and principal, I understand how challenging it has been to work under these conditions. As a parent of a daughter and son in high school, I know how critical it is to stay engaged with students, and to help them stay engaged in learning.  And, as your Secretary of Education, I pledge to do everything I can to listen, to learn and to act in the best interests of our nation’s students.   

Our top priority in the coming months must be to work together to safely reopen all schools for in-person learning, beginning with children in grades K-8. The data, and daily experience, show our children need us to find a way to take this step. My career experiences have taught me that education is primarily a state and local endeavor, and I know students, educators, administrators, staff, and families have performed heroically under these difficult circumstances to take steps toward reopening and to support students wherever they are learning. From a federal perspective, our role is to provide support, guidance, and directions on how to do it safely.  

I also know that leadership and support from the federal government is needed in the immediate and long-term – so you have the funds, facts and guidance to make the best decisions for your students and communities. As part of this effort, the Department has released our COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools, to help you implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s K-12 operational strategy. We’re working on the second volume, which will provide schools with practical implementation plans to address the extraordinary disruption created by COVID-19 for students, educators, and parents — especially for historically underserved students and communities that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.  

Together, we can ensure our efforts are always grounded in science and proven practices, so we do what is most effective for students and families.  As we open classrooms, the health and safety of our students and educators must remain the highest priority.  The research is conclusive: when they can do so safely, students are better off learning in school, in person, rather than remotely. The need is most acute in our underserved communities and among students of color, who have suffered disproportionately during this time.  

In Connecticut, we offered clear, expert-driven guidance and communicated with teachers and staff, administrators, parents, and students. We connected medical experts with schools, and supported flexibility for districts to revise and revisit plans based on local health data. Our approach to tackling this issue nationwide must be the same.   

In addition to helping you create conditions in which students can safely return to the classroom, we’ll work to close the large funding gap between majority-white and non-white districts, improve teacher diversity, ensure teachers receive the support and respect they need and deserve, expand access to high-quality preschool, and support high-quality career and technical education.   

These ambitious goals and needed changes can only be accomplished if we remove silos in education, share our breakthroughs and successes, and cultivate schools and colleges as places of innovation.  States have always been leaders of innovation, and the pandemic has spurred schools, institutions, and individuals to find new ways to meet students’ needs.  We will capture and elevate those stories through a best-practices clearinghouse.  And, I will always keep students at the forefront of all we do. (Here’s a video about the path ahead.)

I have full confidence in our shared ability, and in the power of our partnership. I want you to know that you have a strong advocate in Washington who is committed to communication, accountability, transparency, inclusivity, and results. Together, we will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever. We will empower our students as never before and equip them for the bright futures they deserve.   

Once again, thanks for all you do. I’m eager to work with you to help all students achieve their dreams.  


Secretary Miguel Cardona  

Five Resources to Support Safe Schools Reopening 
Safe Schools Reopening Map 

In partnership with the Administration and the county offices of education (COEs), CCEE supported the development of the Safe Schools Reopening Map, which can be found on the Safe Schools for All Hub. The interactive map displays data from school districtscharter schools, and private schools, indicating status on reopening, safety planning, and COVID-19 supports. Click here to learn more. 

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Updated Health & Safety Guidebook 

Now available as a document, the Health & Safety Guidebook has been updated to reflect the guidelines and considerations from California’s COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools, issued by the California Department of Public Health on January 14th. Click here for a comprehensive overview of the guidance updates.

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CDC and California's K-12 Guidance Crosswalk 

On February 12th, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance on safely resuming in-person instruction in K-12 schools. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently released a document that compares the CDC guidance released last Friday (2/12) with California’s COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools. The crosswalk is now available on the Safe Schools for All Hub

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K-12 Schools Reopening Framework and Guidance Q&A 

The California Department of Public Health has released FAQs to address questions related to the K-12 Schools Reopening Framework and Guidance. Click here to view the most frequently asked questions.

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COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP)

If LEAs have already reopened for in-person instruction or are planning to reopen for in-person instruction, they must complete and publicly post the COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP), which consists of two components. Both the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) and the COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist can be found on the Safe Schools for All Hub

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CCEE posts Addendum to the RFP for the Development & Delivery of Resources and Services to Support Professional Learning for LEAs
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We encourage active membership in our parent organization, ASCD!

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.  

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.

If you are working from home or have changed positions and contact information, please make sure to change your contact information with CASCD. To make changes, email

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. 

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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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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