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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
August 2022 Volume 1

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


ELA Activities to Start the School Year

At the beginning of the school year, it's important to get to know your students as readers, writers, and speakers. It's also important to build a classroom community. I start each year weaving in assignments that... Read More


Students' Physical and Mental Health Declined During the Pandemic. Could a New Telehealth Initiative Help?

Hope that school might return to normal in the fall is quickly dimming as new COVID-19 variants threaten to pummel communities throughout the country and COVID hospitalization rates increase. Many districts are... Read More


How Do You Grade a Creative Assignment?

Dear Bonni,I'll be teaching a course on the history of Ireland later this year. I've been having trouble coming up with a good project for the students to work on. I want it to be something useful,... Read More


California to create teaching credential covering pre-K through 3rd grade that requires literacy training

Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing agreed this week to create a new teaching... Read More


Teachers' Voice Blog

The Teaching Channel community is all about getting better together. Read tips and tricks from top educators about every pedagogical subject imaginable. Read More


What Is LETRS? Why One Training Is Dominating 'Science of Reading' Efforts

As states and districts overhaul the way their schools teach reading, many are banking on one specific professional-learning program to propel this transformation: Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and... Read More


PROOF POINTS: Pace of learning back to normal during the 2021-22 pandemic school year but student achievement lags far behind, data shows

Get important education news and analysis delivered straight to your inbox What do we know about how kids are catching up at school as the pandemic drags on? The good news, according to the latest achievement data, is... Read More


To Prevent Principal Exodus, New Partnerships Offer $20K Stipends, Therapy

Free therapy and professional coaching. $20,000 stipends. These are some of the incentives and supports aimed at preventing an exodus of principals and school administrators taking on pandemic stressors and the... Read More


Research highlights positive impacts of math-focused summer learning

An AERA study showing improved math scores and better attendance comes as the Biden administration issues a new summer learning fact sheet. Read More


Using Restorative Justice to Transform School Culture

When restorative justice is implemented on a schoolwide level, it has the potential to transform relationships between teachers and students. Scott Laumann / The iSpot In response to the individual and collective... Read More


First Day Tips for New Elementary School Teachers

At the start of the school year, sometimes parents would forward me their kids' first-day-of-school photos, and some of them were pretty creative. One year a mom sent me a shot of her son holding a small whiteboard... Read More


Can infants learn math? State-backed pilot project in Fresno aims to find out

Credit: Ashleigh Panoo / EdSource Inside the infant room at the Lighthouse for Children Center in Fresno, 1-year-old Peyton is learning math. As he climbs on top of a short table - a place he shouldn't be - his... Read More


Corporate Partner Offering

PurposeFull People - CharacterStrong

CharacterStrong asked educators and families to select the most valuable character traits to nurture in Pre-K through 5th grade classrooms. PurposeFull People is built upon these top 10 most-identified traits that... Read More


CASCD Offering

New Teacher Orientation with Judy Kmak

Have you ever used GPS and made a wrong turn? You know you're heading in the right direction, but something happened, and you got off track. The workshop will help you review the first months of the school year. Read More


Manager Your Time or Your Time Will Manage You!

Time management is not the issue. Truly, it is not. Time management is simply a symptom of one of the eight larger issues. Participants will learn to manage themselves and their day. Read More




CORPORATE PARTNERS


Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Capturing Kids' Hearts
Character Strong
College Board
Discovery Education
Great Minds
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imagine Learning
Kaiser Foundation
Learners Edge
Lexia Learning
McREL
MIND Research
Reading Horizons
Renaissance Learning
EDUCATION PARTNERS
ACSA | CUE
TICAL | ASCD
California Association of Science Educators
Project Tomorrow - FEA




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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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