The Curriculum Feed is the monthly newsletter of the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Five Strategies for Implementing Accelerated Learning (Opinion)
The new question-of-the-week is: What is accelerated learning? What are specific accelerated learning strategies, and do they have a place in the classroom this year and in the future? This column is the latest in a... Read More
Critical Race Theory and the New 'Massive Resistance'
Why some are comparing the national backlash against anti-racist teaching to Virginia's strident campaign to resist school desegregation after Brown v. Board of Education Arnold Ambers was still a teenager when he... Read More
Many small districts complain California shorted their funding during the pandemic
A year ago, the Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom promised school districts they would be held harmless financially for the 2020-21 school year for a drop in student attendance. Lawmakers recognized the havoc that the... Read More
Video: Reopening K-12 Schools-A Conversation with Linda Darling-Hammond - Public Policy Institute of California
The president of the California State Board of Education talks with PPIC's Mark Baldassare about key challenges and opportunities as students return to school for the fall term. Read More
Seven Ways Educators Will Be Teaching Differently This Year and in the Post-COVID Era (Opinion)
The new question-of-the-week is: How will your lessons, teaching, and classes look different this year and in the post-COVID 19 era from how they did in previous years? Classroom lessons will be different this year... Read More
How California teachers are welcoming back English learners - with language and community
As students return to in-person classes, some California teachers are focused on giving English learners lots of time to talk and write about their feelings. In order to learn to speak, read and write fluently in... Read More
Schools across U.S. staff up to address mental health
Selma City Schools in Alabama didn't have any of its own social workers last year. Over the next few months, the district plans to hire four. A few of its eight schools lacked a full-time counselor last year, too.... Read More
Governor makes it easier for retired teachers to fill staffing shortages at schools
An executive order signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom today allows retired school staff to return to school campuses to help fill staffing shortages without waiting 180 days after their retirement, as has previously been required.
The governor also waived the requirement that the school board vote to exempt retired workers from the 180-day requirement and that teachers submit the board resolution to the California Teachers Retirement System. Read More
Upcoming Professional Development
Creating a Learning Culture: Learning to Learn with Presenter James Nottingham
Virtual On-Demand for 30 days
When: Monday, September 27, 2021 - 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (PT)
During the pandemic, we have all realized just how important it is to have efficacious learners who are armed with the skills and attitudes necessary to take charge of their own learning. With the right tools and strategies, we can all create a culture that is focused on the learner experience and the development of expert learners. This session will provide strategies and frameworks to teach students how to learn as well as what to learn. Read More
The Right Drivers for School & System Change in Post-Pandemic Times with Presenter Michael Fullan
When: Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (PT)
Post-pandemic times create a tangible opportunity for school leaders to make positive change happen. The pandemic phenomenon has exposed silver linings and golden pockets that can serve to accelerate system transformation. Read More
Para Power Series: "The Invisible Backpack: Meeting Students in the Moment" with Presenter Michelle Trujillo
When: Friday, October 8, 2021 - 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Pacific time)
This workshop is designed to provide paraprofessionals with an understanding of the importance of meeting each student in midst of the moment. Throughout the COVID pandemic, many students and staff members have experienced personal and unprecedented traumatic events. Read More
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Upcoming Educator Opportunity: CSA Development
Your voice is important! The CDE is looking for educators who are bilingual and biliterate in Spanish to participate in the continued development of the California Spanish Assessment (CSA). Participation in this work offers many opportunities to have powerful input on the development and administration of the CSA.
Virtual three-day meetings will be held September and October:
Item Writer Workshop, September 14-16, providing educators an opportunity to learn about the construction of items for the CSA and brainstorm topics and items that may be used in future years.
Item Review Meeting, October 19-21, providing educators an opportunity to examine items for content and potential bias and sensitivity concerns.
Substitute teacher expenses will be reimbursed, and honorariums may be available. To apply, please contact the CAASPP Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at email@example.com.
Join the Hour of Code Movement!
If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history. 100 million students have now discovered how accessible and fun CS can be by doing just one Hour of Code. MindSpark's Hour of Code Training is an introduction to prepare educators to celebrate CS, starting with 1-hour coding activities.
Engaging the Disengaged Learner
Learn how to engage the disengaged learner as Dr. Douglas Reeves builds a case using evidence of engagement, causes of disengagement, and practical solutions. Finally, he addresses envisioning a better world for students, facilities, and communities. Read More