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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.

The Curriculum Feed - concise information and timely resources for California educators...

A publication of California ASCD - August 2019Fresno State Lax

The Curriculum Feed
August 2019 Volume 2

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

'I Am a Fool to Do This Job': Half of Teachers Say They've Considered Quitting

More than half of the country's teachers say they'd go on strike for better pay if they had the chance, and half are so unhappy that they've seriously considered leaving the profession in the last few years, according... Read More

CA requiring suicide prevention hotline printed on junior high, high school student ID cards

As junior high students and high schoolers head back to school, they may spot a new addition to their ID card. It's a phone number, 1-800- 273-8255, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This year, all California... Read More

New Study Shows Where 'Growth Mindset' Training Works (And Where It Doesn't) - EdSurge News

A large nationwide study has found that teaching ninth graders to maintain a "growth mindset" toward learning-stressing that their minds are like muscles that can get stronger with use-can result in higher test... Read More

How Can Schools Help Kids With Anxiety?

Anxiety is running rampant in high schools around the country, both rich and poor. It makes it hard for students to learn and to deal with life. Hear from two teens' and learn strategies educators and parents can use... Read More

Free Resources to Support New and Returning Teachers

Approximately 30% of new teachers don't make it through their first three years in education. This turnover and loss of consistency directly affects how teachers collaborate year-over-year, causing a long-lasting... Read More

Free college tuition and mentors: How San Jose Unified plans to close a special ed teacher shortage

If you want to be a special education teacher, the San Jose Unified School District has an offer for you: commit to teaching for at least four years, and the district will pay your teaching credential tuition at San... Read More

Struggling California school opens with fresh paint, new teachers and renewed hope

Students entering Stege Elementary in Richmond on Monday may not immediately notice it, but their school is in the midst of dramatic change. For the first time in years, every new classroom teacher is arriving with... Read More

High school starts early for California freshmen in 'summer bridge'

As thousands of incoming high school freshmen fret about the start of a new chapter, some California schools are relying on summer bridge programs to help students adjust to the new academic environment. Researchers... Read More

Criticism of draft curriculum for ethnic studies in California intensifies

California lawmakers will decide this month whether to make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement. Yet the first draft of a proposed ethnic studies curriculum has drawn strong criticism from top state... Read More

Evidence increases for reading on paper instead of screens

Virginia Clinton prefers to read on a screen. Her love affair with digital texts began when she was a new mother, juggling the workload of a young academic with diapers and feedings. Read More

Why school principals quit: focus groups share their stories

A study by the Learning Policy Institute draws on evidence from focus groups to understand challenges principals face and suggests strategies to support and retain them, including professional learning opportunities, competitive salaries, more decision-making authority, and timely evaluations and feedback. Read More

Nationwide project provides free science materials to meet California's new standards

While California students began taking a new statewide science test this past spring, school districts were still struggling to get teaching materials aligned to the state's new science standards into classrooms. A... Read More

Understanding Williams Legislation

Do your instructional materials meet the sufficiency standard set forth by Williams Legislation? In 2004, the Williams Legislation defined what equal access to basic instructional components looks like for California schools. The law set standards for instructional materials, facilities, credentialed teachers, and funding allocations to ensure we meet the needs of all our students. Read More

Interested in Serving on ASCD's Board of Directors?

Do you want to have a say in ASCD's future? The Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates to run for two open positions on the ASCD Board of Directors in 2020. The application process opened August 1,... Read More

Upcoming Professional Development

Workshops with highly sought-after presenter Dr. Kate Kinsella will be offered this winter

Save the dates: January 24, 2020 - Clovis, CA

January 28, 2020 - Monrovia, CA - Day 1

January 29, 2020 - Monrovia, CA - Day 2 

February 6, 2020 - Panama-Buena Vista, CA Read More

Character Strong - Building a Positive and Safe School Culture

September 12, 2019 - Pleasanton, CA Rosewood Commons-Register by 9/1 and save 20% with discount code: cspleasanton 

September 24, 2019 So. California: Oceanside - Register by 9/12 and save 20% with discount code: cscalifornia

October 9, 2019 - Clovis, CA: Clovis Unified Professional Learning Center-Register by 9/12 and save 20% with discount code: cscalifornia

December 4, 2019 - Yolo, CA: Yolo COE - Register by 9/12 and save 20% with discount code: cscalifornia Read More

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Michael McCormick (Val Verde Unified) receiving the CASCD OIL Award

Discovery Education | Math Techbook™ Efficacy Study

Math Techbook is a digital math textbook designed to connect students to math through real-world problems worth solving. Discovery Education has contracted with McREL to conduct an efficacy study of Math Techbook in middle and high schools offering 8th- or 9th-grade Algebra 1 or Math 1 Integrated courses during the 2019–20 school year. Read More

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