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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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There are moments in time when our values are more than words on a page or phrases in a mission statement.   The ongoing reaction to George Floyd’s death has touched the hearts of people all over the world. This is not about one death; it is about a system of racism that has plagued our country since its birth.  This is a critical time to reflect on what it means to champion equity, to meet the needs of the whole child, every child.  It is a time to stand with the Black community, to have honest conversations with ourselves and those around us, to call out division and hatred, to promote love, unity, and justice.  It is a moment that takes courage and resolve to do what is right.  CASCD stands with educators as they confront racism and injustice.  We support all educators in pursuit of equity in our systems, in our world.  Let us use this tragic moment to bring people together and transform our world.  In the words of one great leader,

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”

 Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

Introducing IBM a leader in Artificial Intelligence, together with

MindSpark Learning 

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.


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.  

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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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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 |

Previous webinar links!

In case you missed the virtual webinar with Dr. Douglas Reeves on August 10, 2020, here's the "Link" for "Fearless Schools"

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In case you missed the virtual webinar with Dr. Douglas Reeves on June 3, 2020, here's the "Link" for "Seven Ways to Prepare for the 2020-21 Opening of the School Year" 

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In case you missed the webinar with Dr. Douglas Reeves on 6/17/2020 here's the link for "No Matter What:  Leadership in Uncertain Times".

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In case you missed it here's the "Link" for virtual webinar "Ensuring Equitable Opportunities for Students with Disabilities" on 6-24-2020 with Dr. Douglas Reeves and Kate Anderson Foley.  

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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.  

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This Teachable Moment:  New eBook for Families on Doing  PBL at home

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SoCalGas Grant helps bring free ST Math to over 700,000 Southern California Students!

Los Angeles, Calif., July 14, 2020 — Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the primary provider of natural gas to Central and Southern California, recently announced a $10,000 grant to MIND Research Institute to help sustain COVID-19 relief efforts in the Los Angeles area and beyond. The grant supports the estimated 200,000 students in SoCalGas’ service regions who utilized ST Math prior to the pandemic’s related school closures, and an additional 500,000 students who have joined the program since.

According to a report published in April 2020 by NWEA, student progress in math is at greatest potential for risk due to COVID-19 related school closures, and students could return to school in the fall “with less than 50% of the learning gains and in some grades, nearly a full year behind what we would observe in normal conditions.” With support from SoCalGas, ST Math can help reverse that trajectory by providing students with access to meaningful math learning.  Please click this link for the full article.

Known for their ST Math program, MIND Research Institute is a nonprofit, organization committed to providing students with a solid foundation in math.  They provide a ton of free printable STEM resources for families, as well as a new video and activity series, Developing Our MathMINDs, dedicated to supporting families that are now teaching and learning math at home.  Their storybook board games, MathMINDs Games, are also available for purchase.

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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