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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 - February 2021 


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The Curriculum Feed
March 2021 Volume 2

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

Education Secretary Cardona stands firm on standardized testing mandate amid criticism

A day after more than 500 education researchers asked Education Secretary Miguel Cardona not to force school districts to administer federally mandated student standardized tests this year during the coronavirus... Read More

California adopts CDC's recommendation to reduce social distancing in school to 3 feet

In alignment with new federal guidance, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health have halved the minimum social distancing requirement in schools from 6 feet to 3 feet. Read More

Marten Faces Tough Questions on Reopening Schools Before Senate Committee, But Few Obstacles to Nomination as Deputy Education Secretary

A Wednesday hearing on the nomination of Cindy Marten, President Biden's pick for deputy U.S. secretary of education, was an overwhelmingly cordial affair. Senate committee members steered away from questions about her record as San Diego schools superintendent - with one exception. Read More

Essay Assignments That Actually Engage High School Writers

Cookie-cutter essays may reflect students' attitude toward the assignment, not their writing ability. Here's a way to make that stack of grading more rewarding. Have you ever been three papers into reading a stack of... Read More

As students with disabilities return to school, districts are unprepared to meet their needs, report says

As students return to schools shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic, many large school districts are not prepared to meet the needs of well more than 1 million students with disabilities who have a legal right to... Read More

Most States Fail to Measure Teachers' Knowledge of the 'Science of Reading,' Report Says

For special education teachers, a group that regularly works with students with reading difficulties, just 11 states' certification tests meet this standard. By NCTQ's assessment, 32 states require elementary... Read More

Discipline continues to adapt, evolve to pandemic learning

Florida's Brevard Public Schools highlights the pandemic's impact on school discipline, with new rules related to coronavirus safety protocols accounting for about 11% of incidents - including wearing masks... Read More

What are California teachers seeing as the early grades go back to school?

Rarely has the prospect of going back to school generated so much glee in the hearts of young children. Now, as many California children in the early grades have started to venture back into the classroom after a long... Read More

High-poverty schools start to reckon with unprecedented federal funding heading their way

When Superintendent Jaleelah Ahmed and her team found out their Michigan school district would soon receive over $15,000 in federal aid per student, they were stunned. "We had so many emotions: Pure joy, gratefulness,... Read More

Hybrid Helpers: School Districts Successfully Navigate the New Normal

Schools invest in technology to enable hybrid instruction with an eye toward the post-pandemic future. After nearly a full year of remote learning, the Los Gatos Union School District in California reopened its... Read More

Millions of kids are skipping kindergarten.

Millions of kids are skipping kindergarten. Last school year was hard enough. Denise Ladson Johnson's son Moses struggled with the abrupt transition to distance learning in the spring, with having to say goodbye to... Read More

Upcoming Professional Development

Save Your Teaching Sanity: Revitalizing Your Classroom Leadership During the Pandemic - Rick Wormeli

Four Asynchronous Sessions - All Available Until June 8th.

Finding Oxygen: Rejuvenating our Pedagogical Selves in the Midst of Challenges
Grading Challenge: Minimizing Cheating, Plagiarism, and Parent Over-Assistance
Anxiety/Panic Attacks and Students Sliding into Depression: It's Long Past Time to Address the Rising Tsunami
Principles First, Strategies Second: Minimizing our Hypocrisies Read More

All Learning is Social and Emotional: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond - Nancy Frey

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Pacific time)

If you teach kids rather than standards, and if you want all kids to get what they need to thrive, Nancy Frey offers a solution: a comprehensive, five-part model of SEL that's easy to integrate into everyday content instruction, no matter what subject or grade level you teach. Read More

Limitless Minds: Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers - Dr. Jo Boaler

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Pacific time)

In this workshop, Dr. Boaler will expand on the best practices presented in Mathematical Mindsets by revealing six keys to unlock learning potential across all content areas and in life. She will share the explosion of scientific evidence from neuroscience, psychology, and education that supports a different way to teach and learn-one that creates equitable and engaging learning. Read More

Partner News

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Capturing Kids' Hearts
Character Strong
College Board
Discovery Education
Grand Canyon University
Great Minds
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imagine Learning
Kaiser Foundation
Lexia Learning
MIND Research

California Association of Science Educators
Project Tomorrow - FEA

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