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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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A publication of California ASCD - April 2019

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The Curriculum Feed
April 2019 Volume 1

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

Kamala Harris's plan to boost teacher pay would cost $315 billion over 10 years

Providing more details about her hugely ambitious plan to boost teacher pay, Sen. Kamala Harris, the California Democrat who is running for president, says she wants to increase the average teacher's salary in the... Read More

After Suicides of Parkland Survivors, Here's What Educators Should Know About Supporting Students

Parkland, Fla., is experiencing a fresh wave of grief after the recent suicides of two students who survived the mass school shooting there last year. A swell of coverage of those deaths-and of an apparent suicide of... Read More

State auditors officially take up LCFF spending review

Some Democratic lawmakers continue to be skeptical of how school districts are using state money provided under the Local Control Funding Formula, and have now asked that a formal audit be undertaken. Read More

How to Teach Students Historical Inquiry Through Media Literacy And Critical Thinking

"I think that the lessons of history are exactly the kind of thing we should be talking about in history class," Wineburg said. "But rather than teaching them as rules or things fixed in time or set in amber, these... Read More

Q&A: California's first-ever surgeon general on her plans to tackle toxic stress in children

Gov. Gavin Newsom made it clear throughout his campaign that improving the health and welfare of California's children and young families would be among his signature issues. Read More

Another push to expand use of SAT in California amid criticism of test

Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell, D-Long Beach, remains undeterred in his quest to give school districts the option of replacing the state's current 11th-grade standardized test with the college entrance exams SAT or ACT... Read More

California schools find success building student confidence and campus culture

When Christopher Gonzalez first entered John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, he noticed that students generally kept to themselves and their own cliques. "It was like a line you didn't cross," said Gonzalez, now... Read More

Newsom names two to state's education board: former superintendent and early ed advocate

Gov. Gavin Newsom has nominated a former superintendent of Sanger Unified and an early childhood advocate to two positions on the State Board of Education. Matt Navo and Kim Pattillo-Brownson will join Newsom's... Read More

Kindness: 12 Minutes to a Better Mood

A sure-fire antidote to the blues is to focus on others, a new study suggests. "Walking around and offering kindness to others in the world reduces anxiety and increases happiness and feelings of social connection,"...Read More

High School Voter Education Weeks April 15 - 26, 2019

Resources for your school from the California Department of Education and the California Secretary of StateThe California Education Code designates the last two weeks of April as High School Voter Education Weeks and authorizes schools to designate students as voter outreach coordinators. Teachers can help eligible students pre-register or register to vote either on a paper form or online. Voter outreach coordinators can lead registration drives and other school activities aimed at civic participation. Read More

2021 Math Framework Input Needed

The California Department of Education is recruiting educators to apply for appointment to a focus group to inform the content and guidance in the 2021 Math Framework. Current K–12 educators are encouraged to apply. If appointed, the commitment is for one two-hour meeting at one of the locations below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the focus group must be educators at the time of appointment. 
Focus group meetings are scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. the following dates and locations:
August 19, 2019, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA
August 20, 2019, Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA
August 20, 2019, Humboldt County Office of Education, Eureka, CA
*August 20, 2019, Shasta County Office of Education, Redding, CA
August 22, 2019, Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, CA
*August 22, 2019, Fresno County Office of Education, Fresno, CA
August 26, 2019, Baldwin Park Unified School District, Baldwin Park, CA
An asterisk (
) in front of a date indicates that participants will give their input via video conference.
You will be asked to select one location when you complete the online application at More

Upcoming Professional Development

Tackling Attendance Challenges: School- and Classroom-Based Approaches Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 3:00 PM EST

Student absenteeism has a pervasive negative impact on our students, our classrooms, our schools, and our communities.
In this webinar, join national education consultants Jessica Sprick and Tricia Berg, authors of School Leader's Guide to Tackling Attendance Challenges and Teacher's Guide to Tackling Attendance Challenges, as they share a wealth of practical strategies for school leaders and teachers.
Participants will learn how to effectively monitor attendance data and create tiered systems of support to address absenteeism. Further, participants will see examples of how educators can shift from reactive and punitive models towards proactive and positive approaches to improve all students' attendance.

P.S. If you can't make the live webinar, be sure to register anyway and we'll send you a link to the archived recording afterward. Read More

5/20/19-Instructional Tools and Proven Practices to Advance Academic Language Proficiency Across the School Day (Grades 3-12) with Presenter Kate Kinsella, Ed.D.

8:30 AM Calexico USD, 641 S. Rockwood Ave., Calexico, CA 92231 (formerly Aurora High School) Read More

Teacher Clarity for Literacy & PLC+ Institutes In San Diego

Keynote Speakers: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Dave Nagel, and Karen Flories

Teacher Clarity for Literacy: June 17-19 - $449.00

PLC+: June 20-21, 2019 - $399.00

Teacher Clarity for Literacy & PLC+: June 17-21, 2019 - $798.00

The Teacher Clarity for Literacy & PLC+ Institutes are two events designed to provide teachers and teacher leaders with space to engage in deep discussions, in order to better understand what students need to learn and their impact on student learning. Join our award-winning authors and consultants as they discuss high-impact literacy practices you can create in your PLCs that are engaging and build clarity from the onset of instruction.

Enjoy $50 off registration with promo code: CAASCD Read More

Partner News

The CharacterStrong Podcast

Check out our first ever Podcast as we sit down with John Norlin & Houston Kraft and they talk about what the CharacterStrong podcast is all about and how CharacterStrong got its start. Read More

Boeing and Discovery Education today launched FUTURE U.

Boeing and Discovery Education today launched FUTURE U., a new innovative initiative to train the next generation of STEM professionals in aerospace exploration. The program will provide students with digitally immersive curriculum resources and experiences, including hands-on STEM activities, to help 6-12th grade students embrace their potential to make an impact on the future of aerospace. Read more below and visit to learn more. Read More


Character Strong
Corwin Press
Discovery Education
The Flippen Group
Grand Canyon University
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Lexia Learning
Lozano Smith LLP
National Geographic Learning/Cengage
Safe and Civil Schools

California Science Teachers Association
Project Tomorrow - FEA

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