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The Curriculum Feed

The Curriculum Feed—concise information and timely resources for California educators




Published monthly, The Curriculum Feed focuses on what's happening in education in California. We sift through a range of news sources and do our best to provide CASCD members with a manageable set of leads on critical topics in curriculum, policy, professional development, and technology.  We also feature occasional articles and relevant news from our educational and corporate partners.


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The Curriculum Feed
May 2022 Volume 2

The Curriculum Feed is the bi-monthly newsletter of the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.




May 15-21 is Classified School Employee Week! This week, California salutes the important contributions of classified school employees and this year's theme is we are classified! We bring it every day! Thank you to all our classified school employees who go above and beyond to make sure our school campuses operate smoothly and support students either behind the scenes or in the classroom. We see you and appreciate you.


School Accountability Is Restarting After a Two-Year Pause. Here's What That Means

For a moment, the COVID-19 pandemic succeeded in doing what periodic protests about school accountability could not: Halting it. For the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, states did not have to use the results of... Read More


Senate, Assembly agree California schools should receive billions more in unrestricted funding

Credit: Julie Leopo / EdSource Credit: Julie Leopo / EdSource Legislative leaders agreed this week that giving schools billions of dollars more in unrestricted funding would be their top priority in negotiations with... Read More


Billions more for California schools, colleges under Newsom's revised budget

Credit: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli With state revenues continuing to defy projections, schools and community colleges would receive a record $128 billion in funding in 2022-23 under Gov. Gavin Newsom's revised state... Read More


Students Need Summer Learning That Doesn't Feel Like School

Last spring, we looked to summer with hopes that the 2021-2022 school year would be different, easier, better. In many ways it was. Students returned to their school buildings, we had months of lower COVID rates and... Read More


Will California teachers be ready to teach ethnic studies? Some say training needed

Credit: Jose Medina/a61.asmdc.org Credit: Jose Medina/a61.asmdc.org California high school teachers will need to be prepared to teach ethnic studies in several years, but there's debate over whether they will be. Last... Read More


New Research Looks for Better Ways for Schools to Recruit Teachers of Color

America is getting increasingly diverse. But you wouldnt know it by looking at the makeup of public-school teachers, who are overwhelmingly white. Over the past two years, the nonprofit digital promise has been... Read More


Busting Myths About Grading - Creative Leadership Solutions

MythBusters is the longest running television series in the history of the Discovery Channel. During its 14 years on the air, the show, featuring Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, have conducted 2,950 experiments,... Read More


Teacher Salaries Aren't Keeping Up With Inflation. See How Your State Compares

Soaring inflation is chipping away at any progress made to teacher salaries in recent years, according to a new report by the nation's largest teachers' union. In its annual report that ranks and analyzes teacher... Read More


What California law requires in teaching about LGBTQ people in public school

Gay pride videos shown in a glendale third-grade classroom have added an intense local chapter to a national debate over how and when lessons on gender identity and sexual orientation should be broached in public schools. Read More


Substitute teacher shortage hits California's low-income students harder

California schools with large numbers of high-needs students - low-income, English learners and foster youth - have always struggled to find substitute teachers, but this year's COVID-19 omicron surge brought them to... Read More


Here's what's driving the nationwide teacher shortage

Burnout continues to be a driving force behind a nationwide teacher exodus that has left the industry with roughly a half-million fewer teachers. But COVID-19 has only exacerbated a nationwide shortage that is decades... Read More


California set to launch hundreds of community schools with $635 million in grants

Photo by Allison Shelley for EDUimages Photo by Allison Shelley for EDUimages Next week, California will jumpstart a seven-year initiative to convert potentially thousands of schools into full-service, parent-focused... Read More


A day in the life of a school social worker

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Just before 7:20 a.m. on the day before February break, the black Ford SUV was the first vehicle to pull into the school parking lot. Inside, Nathaniel Wylie listened to the last refrains of the... Read More


Thurmond Issues Statement on Governor's May Revise - Year 2022 (CA Dept of Education)

California Department of EducationNews Release California Department of EducationNews Release SACRAMENTO-State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today issued the following statement in response to... Read More


COMMENTARY: Computer Science is everywhere in our world but almost nowhere in California schools

Alison Yin/EdSource California leads the world in technological innovation, and our economy benefits from a tech sector that generates more than $520 billion annually. Nearly 2 million Californians have already staked... Read More


Corporate Partner Offering

Academics and SEL: Yes, there is enough time in the day - McREL International

In our last two posts, we reviewed how intertwined SEL and academic instruction can and should be, and promised that teachers can excel at both without adding to their workload. If your reaction is Yeah, right, we... Read More


CASCD Conference Offering

Summer Kindergarten Virtual Conference with Presenters Matt Halpern & Katie Mense!

Virtual Conference on 7/27/2022 from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (PT)

Spend the Day with Matt Halpern and Katie Mense

California ASCD and IL ASCD will partner during the summer of 2022 to provide CASCD members with an opportunity to attend this engaging webinar especially for Kindergarten and TK Teachers.

Topics: 

Shared Reading 101 - A Critical Tool for Reading Success

Vocabulary Rocks

Can We Do That Again?  Fun Ways to Develop the Basics of Number Sense

I'm Done with Centers...Now What?

Registration link is on our HOME page.  Please join us for this amazing summer event!

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Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Capturing Kids' Hearts
Character Strong
College Board
Discovery Education
Grand Canyon University
Great Minds
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imagine Learning
Kaiser Foundation
Learner's Edge
Lexia Learning
McREL
MIND Research
MindSpark
PBLWorks
Reading Horizons


EDUCATION PARTNERS
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TICAL | ASCD
California Association of Science Educators
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The Curriculum Feed
August 2021 Volume 2

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

LIVE ONLINE

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


Partner News

Are you ready to build your CS K-12 Pathway?

Make the most of available CS program funding for your school or institution. MindSpark is uniquely positioned to help in the grant planning process, with a comprehensive set of offerings for educator professional development, and with the design and execution of successful CS learning experiences for students.


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 edopportunities@scoe.net.


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


CORPORATE PARTNERS


Capturing Kids' Hearts
Character Strong
College Board
Discovery Education
Grand Canyon University
Great Minds
Imagine Learning
Kaiser Foundation
Learner's Edge
Lexia Learning
McREL
MIND Research
MindSpark
PBLWorks

And our newest Corporate partner:  

Reading Horizons

EDUCATION PARTNERS
ACSA | CUE
TICAL | ASCD
California Association of Science Educators
Project Tomorrow - FEA

September 2021 Volume 1

The Curriculum Feed is the monthly newsletter of the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.


CASCD adds Board Member

CASCD is pleased to announce the selection of Derrick Lawson, Principal at Indio High School in the Desert Sands Unified School District, as the newest member of the CASCD Board of Directors. Mr. Lawson has a Master's degree in Educational leadership and Administration as well as 30+ years of experience as an educator. In 2021, he received the Distinguished Service Award from NASSP. He was also recognized as the California Middle School Principal of the Year in 2012 and served as Region XIX President in 2014. CASCD is pleased to welcome Mr. Lawson to the CASCD Board.


Safety, Agency, Connection: Priorities to Help Students Transition Back to School - MindShift

To prepare for the start of the school year, Vicklund is concentrating on building learning skills. "It's not so much that they didn't learn about algebra this year. It's more so that they didn't have a chance to grow... Read More


How to Prioritize Student Well-Being This Year (Opinion)

Use the Student Thriving Index to find out where your kids stand. Because you cannot manage what you cannot measure. Read More


California will give a short version of its standardized math and English tests next spring

The "Smarter Balanced" standardized tests in math and English language arts that California students will take in the spring to measure their academic progress will have fewer questions and take less time than the... Read More


Not enough subs: California schools face severe teacher shortage

Kelly Rhoden, the principal at Nevada Union High School, spent her morning Monday scrambling to find substitutes for her absent teachers. The school, about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento, has 86 teachers. Thirteen... Read More


Can an AI tutor teach your child to read?

When Jaclyn Brown Wright took over as principal of Brewbaker Primary School in Montgomery, Alabama, she knew she needed to figure out a way to boost literacy rates. Read More


NASA helps students launch into new school year with space-related educational resources

As students head back to school, NASA is ready with resources for students, teachers and families. From kindergarteners to college students and beyond, NASA has resources and opportunities available that are designed... Read More


This Is Our Moment: A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona - ASCD

Miguel A. Cardona, the former commissioner of education in Connecticut, became the U.S. Secretary of Education on March 2, 2021, taking office in the midst of an historic pandemic that had profoundly reshaped the... Read More


Cal OES - Office of Emergency Management

Cal OES is responsible for overseeing and coordinating emergency preparedness, response, recovery and homeland security activities within the state of California. Read More


Teachers face the challenges of returning to the classroom

Teachers are returning to the classroom with mixed feelings of excitement and anxiety as they ease students back into classrooms after 17 months of distance learning, according to a panel of educators during an... Read More


Legislature reaffirms quarantined students must be in independent study to be funded

Before heading home for the year Friday, state lawmakers adopted a measure intended to make it easier for districts to educate students during a Covid quarantine, along with a way for districts to get funding if they... Read More


Upcoming Professional Development

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) - LIVE ONLINE

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.


Join Michael Fullan as he shares ways to effectively lead our schools forward, using the most powerful "drivers" as levers for continuous improvement. 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) - WEBINAR

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


Partner News

3 Tips for Starting School Right - Capturing Kids' Hearts

The first month of school brings on a full range of emotions...excitement, motivation, anxiety, anticipation, competitive drive, you name it! It's a time of fresh starts and new beginnings. As an educator, you know... Read More


CORPORATE PARTNERS


Capturing Kids' Hearts
Character Strong
College Board
Discovery Education
Grand Canyon University
Great Minds
Imagine Learning
Kaiser Foundation
Learner's Edge
Lexia Learning
McREL
MIND Research
MindSpark
PBLWorks
Reading Horizons


EDUCATION PARTNERS
ACSA | CUE
TICAL | ASCD
California Association of Science Educators
Project Tomorrow - FEA

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