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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Nomination to California ASCD Board of Directors
For the 2023-2024 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
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.
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. Contact ASCD.
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."—Richard Culatta
Two California Principals Receive Award for Outstanding School Leadership from the U.S. Department of Education!
Two principals from the same district are recipients of the 2023 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership from the U.S. Department of Education!
California Principals Pauline Cho of Wedgeworth Elementary School and Danielle M. Kenfield of Glen A. Wilson High School, both in Hacienda Heights, are recipients of the 2023 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership from the U.S. Department of Education.
Nine school principals of National Blue Ribbon Schools were selected for the honor. Two from California.
"Great principals play a pivotal role in building thriving school communities and empowering teachers to meet the diverse needs of every student," stated U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. "As recipients of the Terrel H. Bell Award, you have served as catalysts, fostering positive school cultures, and finding new ways to engage students, parents, families, educators, and staff. You continue to raise the bar as school leaders, and your dedication inspires others to bring their best each day. The prestigious Bell Award is our way of recognizing and celebrating your hard work and indispensable leadership."
The award was named for the second U.S. secretary of education, Terrel H. Bell. It honors school leaders who are committed to education as a powerful and liberating force in people's lives, according to a news release from the Education Department. Principals are nominated by their school communities during the final states of the National Blue Ribbon Schools application process.
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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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WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CORPORATE PARTNERS!
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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.”
CalCurriculum helps districts adopt and implement great instructrional materials through support tailored to the California context. Our website features a Reports tool from EdReports that provides independent reviews of instructional materials across content areas to support local decision making.
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 2023 Outstanding Instructional Leader Award Recipient
Dwight Bonds, Executive Director California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators has been named the CASCD Outstanding Instructional Leader (OIL) Awardee - March 2023
The OIL Award is given annually to recognize an individual educator who has significantly contributed to education in California.
Dwight Bonds, an educator for over 50 years, is the Executive Director of the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA). CAAASA, which is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, is comprised of educational leaders committed to identifying and addressing the critical issues in education that impact all students, but especially issues relative to the status and performance of African-American students in California. Under the outstanding leadership of Dwight Bonds, CAAASA has grown its membership exponentially; strengthened key partnerships to support improving experiences and outcomes for African American students; and is recognized as a critical voice in addressing the underrepresentation of African American teachers and administrators. Dwight Bonds has worked tirelessly during his 16 year tenure as Executive Director to identify and expand opportunities to provide high quality, student-driven professional development and establish professional learning networks with state and local entities focused on eliminating disparities and improving educational systems for students of color. Most recently, CAAASA's mission has broadened to include supporting health and wellness for students and families of color through partnerships and grants that provide health and dental screenings and information, immunizations, school supplies, food, clothing, and other essential resources.
Mr. Bonds has worked in many capacities including School Administrator with Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). He also served as an Associate Director for a federal education teacher training program at the University of Southern California. As an employee of LACOE, he established exemplary educational programs including the Hollywood Entertainment Museum Arts Academy. This High School was created to provide adjudicated students with career preparation and employment in the entertainment art industry. Mr. Bonds also established meaningful work partnerships programs for students with disabilities including Target stores, Vons Company, Johnson & Johnson companies, Paramount Studios and McDonalds national and state corporate offices. Mr. Bonds has spent most of his professional career working with challenged student populations including incarcerated youth, students with disabilities and students in alternative settings.
He serves on the National Alliance of Black School Educators Foundation (NABSEF) Board of Directors, National Council on Educating Black Children (NCEBC) Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Education is a Civil Rights Committee and many other educational civil rights organizations.
In the words of Warren G. Bennis, "Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality." Dwight Bonds has, without question, demonstrated this type of leadership during his entire career and is more than deserving of this years CASCD Outstanding Instructional Leader Award.
Award presented by Katherine Castleberry and Dr. Michele Bowers, CASCD Board of Director members on March 15, 2023 at CAAASA.
CASCD Outstanding Instructional Leader Award
This award will be given annually to recognize an individual educator who has significantly contributed to education in California. This educator will have significantly impacted/influenced public education in educating the whole child through influence, advocacy, leadership, or teaching. The individual being recognized will receive this award at a board meeting or another meeting of their choice. The Membership /Governance Committee and Executive Director will recommend an individual yearly for this award.
Timeline for California Outstanding Instructional Leader Award
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.