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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 - October 2020



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The Curriculum Feed
October 2020 Volume 1

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

October is National Principals Month. CASCD would like to recognize the essential role that principals play in making a school great, and all that they do for their students.

Gov. Newsom vetoes requirement for ethnic studies course in high school

Gov. Gavin Newsom unexpectedly vetoed a bill Wednesday to mandate a course in ethnic studies as a high school graduation requirement, starting in 2029-30. He announced his decision on the final day for acting on bills... Read More

Digital Equity: Five Essential Weekly Indicators - Creative Leadership Solutions

This is the first in a series of brief articles about digital equity. Each week, we will provide educators and leaders with an immediately applicable strategy that will help students, teachers, Read More

Even when the smoke clears, schools find student trauma can linger

For some students, the fire is only the beginning. The nightmares, the grief and an all-consuming dread can persist for months or even years. That's what teachers and school employees have observed among students in... Read More

Key Back-to-School Questions for ELLs and Students With Disabilities

School administrators and teachers should ask themselves these questions when considering how to best support students with special needs this school year. Read More

4 Focus Areas for School Leaders This Fall

Tackling topics ranging from transportation to technology, leaders have undertaken Herculean efforts to address how to best begin the new school year. In preparation for this moment, Lindsay Unified School District... Read More

For California's new head of special education, 'nothing is insurmountable'

Special education in California may face vast challenges - funding shortfalls, teacher shortages and distance learning, to name a few - but Heather Calomese is undeterred. Read More

Securing and Protecting Education Funding in California

California and the rest of the country are enduring a pandemic-induced economic recession and school and district leaders are bracing for the fallout. Funding for California schools had improved rapidly between 2013 and 2019, with districts spending roughly $13,100 per pupil in 2018-19, as compared with $9,680 only 6 years earlier. However, that level of funding still fell short of what would have been adequate given California's goals as a state, the student population it serves, and its cost of living Read More

As Schools Go Remote, Finding "Lost" Students Gets Harder

Early data for the new school year suggests that attendance in virtual classrooms is down, possibly because students are working or caring for siblings. Read More

Schools Reopen to In-Person Learning, but Teachers Work From Home

In a back-to-school season full of surprises, the latest is that some students are returning to classrooms without teachers. A teacher may be immunocompromised and has permission to work from home, or a teacher may... Read More

Spanish-language resources help parents deal with challenges of distance learning

While California school districts and counties confront the learning challenges of the pandemic, education organizations are developing new guides for Spanish-speaking parents to help them navigate distance learning.... Read More

COVID testing of teachers, staff hotly debated as California schools reopen | CalMatters

As schools throughout California tiptoe toward reopening, decisions about whether to routinely test teachers, staff and even students for the COVID-19 virus are proving controversial - and potentially costly. In... Read More

Keeping Students Linked in California

Across California, 1.8 million children live in homes without high-speed internet, and nearly 690,000 do not have computers.  Moreover, these disparities in access disproportionately impact children of color. Nearly... Read More

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Upcoming Professional Development

Dr. Douglas Reeves #4 in Series of Webinars 10/8/2020 with The New Model of Change Leadership

10/08/2020 3:30 PM Read More

Learning Doesn't End with Zoom: Supporting and Encouraging Work Beyond Direct Instruction

10/15/2020 4:00 PM Read More

Dr. Douglas Reeves #5 in Series of Webinars 10/28/2020 with Boosting Creativity from the Classroom to the Boardroom

10/28/2020 3:30 PM Read More

Fostering Compassion and Mentorship for New and Veteran Educators

10/29/2020 4:00 PM Read More

November/December Professional Developments

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Meg Omiston - Panic to Practical (5 On-Demand Sessions)

Session 1
Who Owns Learning?
Shifts from Compliance to Empowerment
Session 2
How Does Instruction Need to Change?
Session 3
Why Modify Assignments?
Session 4
How Do Students Receive Feedback and Assessments?
Session 5
How Can Technology be Used to Solve
Real-World Problems? Read More

Partner News

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is committed to elevating education and offers degree programs, as well as continuing education courses for aspiring teachers, current educators, administrators and policymakers. Explore opportunities to impact education at Read More


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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Lexia Learning
MIND Research
Safe and Civil Schools

California Science Teachers Association
Project Tomorrow - FEA

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