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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
November 2022 Volume 2

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


ISTE + ASCD Merger

The ISTE and ASCD merger brings together two powerful voices in education to design the future of learning. Read More


LAUSD superintendent joins experts in supporting pursuit of science of reading

Credit: Twitter / @LAUSDSup Credit: Twitter / @LAUSDSup Alberto M. Carvalho emigrated to the United States from Portugal as a penniless 17-year-old with little knowledge of English. Now the superintendent of Los... Read More


In the California 'reading wars,' phonics is gaining

For decades, educators and education academics have argued over the best way to teach young children to read, a conflict dubbed "reading wars." California has been deeply involved in the debate and its public schools... Read More


How badly did the pandemic deepen California's early reading crisis?

While California's literacy crisis certainly predates the pandemic, with less than half of California children reading at grade level back in 2019, the fallout of the pandemic, the devastating impact of school... Read More


Discussing Politics in Classrooms Is an Opportunity for Growth, Not Division

Election season tends to bring big, divisive issues into school buildings and classrooms. Environmental policies, guns, abortion, immigration, and racial inequality are all on the ballot this year, and as we near... Read More


How Play in the Classroom Empowers Learners of All Kinds

Cesar Chavez Ravenswood middle school (ccrms) in east Palo alto is named after the famed Mexican-American labor leader and civil rights activist. This tribute is fitting, given that the majority of the schools... Read More


L.A. Unified's bilingual program for deaf students hailed as a model for California schools

Michele Bergeron knows that her 5-year-old son, who's deaf, likes watermelon and pizza. He's obsessed with airplanes, wants to play football, likes books about Spider-Man and someday wants to be tall like his dad.... Read More


Early data on 'high-dosage' tutoring shows schools are sometimes finding it tough to deliver even low doses - MindShift

It's possible that the 50,000 struggling students who received tutoring last year would be doing much worse without the extra instruction. Or, maybe it's taking a while for schools to set up new tutoring programs, and... Read More


Schools scramble to find teachers as California expands transitional kindergarten

Last year, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $2.7 billion initiative to expand transitional kindergarten to all 4-year-olds. The state gave school districts only 13 months to prepare for the first wave of the expansion,... Read More


Teaching Physical Education - CCEE Microlearning

Terry Piper kicks off the four-part Teaching Physical Education video series by sharing best practices and tips for anyone wishing to teach P.E. in schools. For tips specific to Elementary, Middle, and High School,... Read More


How Game-Based Learning Develops Real-World Skills

Remember that heavy feeling you sometimes got as a kid heading into yet another school day? You likely asked yourself on more than one occasion, "when am I ever going to use any of this in real life? Middle... Read More


ASCD Trauma-Informed Teaching Strategies

Vol. 77 No. 2 Abstract 1. Expect Unexpected Responses 2. Employ Thoughtful Interactions 3. Be Specific About Relationship Building 4. Promote Predictability and Consistency 5. Teach Strategies to "Change the Channel"... Read More


Thanksgiving Is In A Few Weeks - Here Are Teaching & Learning Resources

Thanksgiving is coming up here in the United States. You might be interested in The Best Sites To Teach and Learn About Thanksgiving (I just went through it and cleaned up a few dead links). Read More


Report: Middle school students need tailored instruction and supports

Chiefs for Change shares how research and strategic initiatives can amplify innovation and best practices for the middle grades. Read More


CASCD Professional Offerings

SOS: Substitute Support - with Presenter Michelle Trujillo- 12/1/2022

SOS Substitute Support Webinar recent survey by the National Education Association (NEA) reveals that 55% of educators throughout the country report that they are planning on leaving the profession or retiring early.... Read More


PRE-K, KINDERGARTEN AND 1ST GRADE Fall Extravaganza with Hilary Statum and Adam Peterson - 1/17/2023 - On-line Event

Meaningful Motivation & Management! Who doesn't love M&M's, right? In this inspiring session, Hilary and Adam team up to share their favorite ways to Motivate & Manage the Students in their classrooms in... Read More


Boosting Educator Collective Efficacy to Address Student Mental Health Needs - 12/13/2022

California ASCD in partnership with Character Strong present Boosting Educator Collective Efficacy to Address Student Mental Health Needs Webinar There has been an uptick in students' with mental health needs since... Read More


Para Power Series: Para Power: Intentionality, Equity & Hope with Presenter Michelle Trujillo- 11/30/2022

Para Power Series: Para Power: Intentionality, Equity & Hope with Presenter Michelle Trujillo- 11/30/2022 Read More


Corporate Offering

The Chalk Blog - Insights From Great Teachers | Learners Edge

Teacher blog 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
KQED
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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