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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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The California ASCD Board of Directors would like to recognize and thank every educator who is serving our CA students during this pandemic.  Your heroic and innovative efforts in these last few weeks demonstrate the creativity and resilience at work in schools today and every day.  Your dedication and expertise has always been amazing; now you are facing this new challenge with compassion, caring and empathy while working tirelessly to ensure every child is healthy, safe, supported, engaged and challenged.  

Thank YOU!

California ASCD, in collaboration with Creative Leadership Solutions, is pleased to present:

Dr. Douglas Reeves - FREE Webinar

  "Seven Ways to Prepare for The Opening of the 20-21 School Year" - June 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific time)

Dr. Reeves is the author of 40 books on educational leadership and student achievement.  He leads the nonprofit Equity and Excellence Institute in Boston.

Please don't miss this excellent opportunity to interact with this renowned educator and author!   


To Register for 6-3-2020 webinar click this link

To watch the 4-28-2020 Effective Feedback and Grading Webinar click this link 

To watch the 5/13/2020 Seven Ways to Prepare for Summer Webinar 2020 click this link

2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams and Educator Resources

The health and safety of educators and students is the AP® Program’s highest priority. As schools and communities navigate the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the College Board will support AP students with free, optional virtual learning and at-home AP testing.  These resources will give students the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement they’ve been working toward all year.  

For the 2020 AP Exam administration only, College Board developed secure, online free-response exams for each course.  The exam content will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. 

To help them prepare, students and teachers now have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These optional, mobile-friendly classes are designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools. Teachers who are already providing remote instruction can continue to leverage AP Classroom, an online platform introduced at the start of this school year. 

Educators are encouraged to visit the AP Coronavirus Updates website for exam information and remote teaching resources.

Introducing IBM a leader in Artificial Intelligence, together with

MindSpark Learning 


 CASCD is seeking your input

CASCD is interested in learning about the contextual factors that make education technology (edtech) work well in one setting but not so well in others.

We need input from practitioners on 10 commonly used terms and how clear, understandable, and useful they are for the field.  This would help revise the terms and definitions so they are meaningful to teachers and administrators directly implementing edtech in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

We appreciate your interest and hope that you are willing to assist in this effort.  The first 600 educators who complete the survey will receive a $25 e-gift card.  Thank you in advance for assisting us with this project.

Here is a one-page informational flyer

Please use this link to access the consent form and survey.

We know that AI will change 100% of jobs over the next 10 years. We also know that students today will need to understand AI to be successful in the modern workforce, regardless of their career path. It’s imperative for teachers to have the tools to prepare students for a modern workforce, and through this PD experience, teachers will be able to equip their students to think about how AI impacts their lives and what it means for their professional futures. The IBM AI Education experience will educate and inspire educators at all levels and in all content areas around what AI is, the ethics behind AI, and tools and resources to bring AI into your classroom or school.   

IBM, a leader in Artificial  Intelligence (AI) is partnering to bring you IBM AI Education, an immersive, interactive professional learning opportunity of virtual events designed by and for educators.  Attendees will learn how to infuse their curriculum and instruction with the knowledge, skills, and values driving innovation in AI today.

Events are FREE for all educators.  

More information to come soon.



A golden opportunity to work from home while keeping connected to California's fast-paced educational community, collaborate with schools to personalize Professional Development as a partner with an international educational organization.  

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P.O. Box 1841

Oroville,  CA  95965



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In meeting the needs of the Whole Child, schools, teachers and educator preparation programs continue to evolve their practices to address the reality of how trauma impacts children as people and as learners. In this issue, we offer a collection of original articles, videos and tools created by pioneering voices addressing this significant challenge. We hope these resources help frame the issue for you as you continue to learn, teach and lead. See more quality ASCD resources on this topic here.​​

​​Interested in digging deeper? Feel free to contact this issue’s contributing subject matter experts directly! Their contact information is included with each article.​​

​​Have valuable, original contributions you’d like to add to this theme? Want to offer feedback on this issue? 

​​Please email them to Walter McKenzie at Thank you!​​


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 as little as 12 months

For more information please contact:  

Cameron Whitcomb | (323) 514-1367 |

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Capturing Kids' HeartsR

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by Chris White

  1. Realize that you're the thermostat in most rooms you enter.  Regardless of your title at work, if you are reading this you have influence.  Your words carry weight and even your silence on a topic can speak volumes.  When you are positive (or not), other people follow along.  Own this and be more intentional next time you kick off a discussion, answer a phone call or share something in a virtual conference call.
  2. Be optimistic AND realistic.  Don't mislead people or minimize the reality, but still be a source of hope.  If you are positive about the future it will spill over to others.
  3. Make sure your language centers around people not just work challenges.  When discussing a recent setback or challenge, make sure your words revolve around the people impacted.  Talk about your team, not just work processes and recovery strategies. 
  4. Check in with people...and really listen.  Even if you are busy, a quick check in could mean a lot, such as sending someone a text or leaving a voice mail to let them know they are valued and remembered in this season.  When you ask someone in person "How are you doing?" or "What has been the hardest part of this?", be sure to validate their feelings and concerns.
  5. Stresses can be constructive-how you think about them is the key.  You can view today's challenges as a workout or a threat.  you can see them as a chance for you to get stronger or as a perilous danger to avoid at all costs.
  6. Shift focus to what you can control.  It's easy to get caught up in countless outside factors and what-if's, so fight that reflex.  Redirect your energy and conversation to the parts you do have a say over.
  7. Remember there are likely bigger problems out there...without minimizing yours.  Be careful of using this one as a reason to suppress your own emotions, but it's still constructive to remind yourself that we need to keep our own challenges in perspective.  Stop and think about what you do have and it can help you deal with what you don't.
  8. Realize that fuses are shorter.  With the stresses people are under, be aware that fuses will likely be shorter and that others may be more on edge.  And don't forget this includes your fuse length too!  
  9. Allow yourself to feel.  Be careful of just suppressing your emotions, especially your "negative" ones - they won't just evaporate!  Give yourself permission to grieve and be disappointed.
  10. Give yourself grace.  These are unchartered waters so don't let an internal opponent win.
For additional guidance on leading through crisis, please watch our recent webinar with General Robert "Van" VanAntwerp (Ret.),

The Privilege to Lead:  An educator's guide to growing through adversity.  

Please click here

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State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Working with State and National Leaders to Study Possibility of Schools Reopening Earlier

            SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today announced that he is working with groups of leaders from throughout California and the nation to study in-depth the questions that must be answered, and what measures must be in place, before it is determined whether schools can safely re-open as early as July.
            “We look forward to working closely with Governor Gavin Newsom and our partners in education to ask the right questions and seek the urgent answers schools need to determine their next steps in this new, uncharted future,” said Thurmond. “We share the Governor’s aspirations for re-opening our schools as soon as possible. If we are going to do this, it can only be done when we are sure we can protect the health and safety of everyone in our school communities.
            “Our students, families, teachers, and classified staff have been amazing and inspiring in their hard work to shift to distance learning under unprecedented circumstances,” Thurmond added. “Even if schools re-open sooner than anticipated, it’s possible we will need to continue some form of remote learning to maintain social distancing. What will that look like, and what resources need to be in place to make that possible? Our broad coalition of leaders from across California and beyond will rise to this challenge by seeking answers to these hard questions.”
Thurmond has convened a statewide working group of collaborators charged with exploring what factors need to be considered before schools can safely re-open, and what must be accomplished to protect the health and safety of students, families, teachers, and classified staff. The group includes the Governor’s Office, superintendents from throughout California, the State Board of Education, the California Office of Emergency Services, the Department of Finance, California Health and Human Services, employee group leadership representing teachers and classified staff, and associations representing school administrators and business officials.

            Additionally, Thurmond has invited state school chiefs from throughout the country to examine considerations and best practices for reopening schools, drawing from their experiences across the nation.

The California Department of Education is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education’s website. You may also follow Superintendent Thurmond on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube.

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MIND Research Institute is a nonprofit, neuroscience, social impact organization.  MIND's flagship program, ST Math, is a PreK-8 visual instructional program that leverages the brain's innate spatial-temporal reasoning ability to solve mathematical problems.  ST Math's unique, patented approach provides students with more equitable access to deep conceptual learning.

At  MIND Research Institute, our mission is to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging problems.  With schools across the country temporarily closing, we're providing resources and no-cost access to ST Math so the learning can keep on happening at home.  Learn  more at:

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