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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
September 2019 Volume 2

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

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The California Department of Education (CDE) recognizes September 2019 as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Read More

School Crisis and Bereavement Resources

The University of Southern California (USC) National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement offers free professional development presentations, complete with speaker notes, on Supporting Grieving Students in Schools. Read More

Using Title IV funds to secure student safety

Schools today face a slew of threats to student safety, including cyberbullying, school violence, and mental health issues and suicides. Since students rely on online tools for most of their communications, their... Read More

How Collective Teacher Efficacy Develops

Collective teacher efficacy is all the rage these days. We read about it in education publications, talk about the related research at meetings and conferences, and do our best to put it into practice in our schools. Read More

CharacterStrong Podcasts

The CharacterStrong Podcast provides educators with insightful stories and incredibly practical tools and strategies with expert guests from around the 10 minutes or less! Twice a week, make your drive a... Read More

Five things to know now about California's new vaccine law | CalMatters

Doctors will no longer be the final authority on medical exemptions and could be investigated if they write too many. Opponents say physicians may now be afraid to provide waivers, even for kids who need them.... Read More

California law bars suspensions for talking back to teachers

California's elementary and middle school students won't be suspended for things like falling asleep in class or talking back to the teacher under a bill signed by the state's governor. Democratic Gov. Read More

12 Ways School Leaders Can Support Immigrant Families

As a new school year begins, it's a great time to think about how you as a school leader can support your immigrant students and families. This topic is especially urgent given the recent immigration raids in... Read More

California's charter schools soon to enter an uneasy era

Charter schools in California will face an uncertain future under legislation that the Legislature approved on Tuesday and sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his expected signature. The bill introduces questions that... Read More

Teachers Nationwide Now Have Access to Open-Source Science Curriculum

When Susan McClarty's district made the switch to open educational resources, the 6th and 7th grade science teacher at Centennial Middle School in Broken Arrow, Okla., initially struggled to find quality materials... Read More

Educating the Whole Child: Improving School Climate to Support Student Success

Each year in the United States, 46 million children are exposed to violence, crime, abuse, homelessness, or food insecurity, as well as a range of other experiences that cause psychological trauma. These experiences... Read More

Teachers Still Believe in 'Learning Styles' and Other Myths About Cognition

Almost all teachers believe persistent myths about learning, a new survey finds. More than three-fourths of teachers think that people are either right-brained (creative) or left-brained (analytical), and that those... Read More

Film captures benefits of arts education in California

The California Alliance for Arts Education has released Something is Happening in Chula Vista, a short film that explores the value of arts education through the experiences of students in Chula Vista Elementary School District, whose 30,000 children live along the Mexican border in San Diego County. The district has made a major investment in arts education as a strategy to improve student outcomes and address the needs of its children; one-third of students are English learners and half participate in the free and reduced lunch program. Read More

Free Constitution Day Resources

History lessons on various topics are available for different grade levels, including:

• Voting Trends in America, 1964-2014 (grades 5-6)

• Population Profile of Our New Nation: A Comparison of the 1790 and 1800 Censuses (grades 7-8)

• Trends in Congressional Apportionment (grades 9-10)

• Exploring 19th Century Population Growth through interactive Maps (grades 11-12) Read More

Upcoming Professional Development

Character Strong - Building a Positive and Safe School Culture

October 9, 2019 - Clovis, CA: Clovis Unified Professional Learning Center-Register by 9/25 and register for $279 with discount code: csclovis

November 12, 2019 So. California: Location Riverside Register by 11/1 and save 20% with discount code: cscalifornia

December 4, 2019 - Yolo, CA: Yolo COE - Register by 9/25 and save 20% with discount code: cscalifornia Read More

Partner News

New STEM Program Inspires Middle School Students to Connect Science and Healthy Living Through Experiential Learning Resources

AstraZeneca, Learning Undefeated and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today launched generation Health: How Science Powers Us, a dynamic program designed to make the connection between students’ health and the science behind the prevention and treatment of disease. This program offers standards-aligned experiential learning resources for students in grades 6-8, where students investigate both preventative measures, and innovative solutions to key health concerns with a focus on the following areas: oncology, cardiovascular and respiratory. Read More

Last Call to Submit Application to Serve on ASCD's Board of Directors!

The Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates to run for two open positions on the ASCD Board of Directors in 2020. The application process closes on September 30, 2019.Visit for information on qualifications for office and the time commitment involved.Please contact Barbara Woolley if you need additional information. Read More

Online Resources

10 Student-Tested Chrome Extensions

Starting a new school year means new students, new supplies, a newly cleaned and organized classroom—and new technology tools for students. After I spend some time getting to know my students each year, I... Read More

New tech program to identify threats to student safety in county schools

As an additional safety measure, the Williamson County School District has implemented a technology program Gaggle, which tracks and identifies red flags that indicate threats or harm to students. Superintendent Jason... Read More

Internet Resources

STEM Resource Roundup: 5 free tools

Whether you're a veteran STEM educator or just getting started, you need tools and resources that engage students and provide a rigorous learning experience. We got you covered. In this STEM Resource Roundup, we shine... Read More

Google for Education launches originality reports to curb student plagiarism, outlines Assignments for higher ed | ZDNet

Google for Education launched a new feature designed to check students' work for originality and plagiarism across its Assignments and Classroom learning platforms. The feature, called originality reports, allows... Read More

Nationwide project provides free science materials to meet California's new standards

While California students began taking a new statewide science test this past spring, school districts were still struggling to get teaching materials aligned to the state's new science standards into classrooms. A... Read More

Michael McCormick (Val Verde Unified) receiving the CASCD OIL Award

Discovery Education | Math Techbook™ Efficacy Study

Math Techbook is a digital math textbook designed to connect students to math through real-world problems worth solving. Discovery Education has contracted with McREL to conduct an efficacy study of Math Techbook in middle and high schools offering 8th- or 9th-grade Algebra 1 or Math 1 Integrated courses during the 2019–20 school year. Read More

Upcoming Professional Development

Workshops with highly sought-after presenter Dr. Kate Kinsella will be offered this winter

Save the dates: January 24, 2020 - Clovis, CA

January 28, 2020 - Monrovia, CA - Day 1

January 29, 2020 - Monrovia, CA - Day 2

February 6, 2020 - Panama-Buena Vista, CA Read More


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Discovery Education
The Flippen Group
Grand Canyon University
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Lexia Learning
Lozano Smith LLP
Safe and Civil Schools

California Science Teachers Association
Project Tomorrow - FEA

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