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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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A publication of California ASCD - June 2020


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The Curriculum Feed
July 2020 Volume 2

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

Gov. Newsom names three members to California's State Board of Education

An education leader of the Yurok Tribe, the chief academic officer of Riverside County and a bilingual teacher in El Centro in Imperial County are three new members of the State Board of Education. Gov. Gavin Newsom... Read More

Teachers at High Risk for COVID-19 Face a Terrible Choice: Your Job or Your Health

Crystal is a Pennsylvania teacher contemplating a life-defining decision. Her husband has dermatomyositis, a disorder that weakens his muscles and his immune system. Crystal herself has asthma, and so does her... Read More

Social Emotional Learning and School Reopenings: A Guide for Schools

Schools are trying to plan for the upcoming academic year during a pandemic, economic recession, and national protests over police killings of Black Americans. The confluence of these seismic challenges makes... Read More

Should Colleges Rethink Final Exams in the COVID Era? Some Profs Try 'Epic Finales'

As the pandemic hit and colleges shifted instruction online, professors were forced to quickly adapt, often throwing out their plans and hitting reset. For some educators that sudden shift led to some soul searching... Read More

Building Racial Justice and Equity

As an antiracist organization, ASCD stands with educators and students across the country who are rightfully outraged with the systems that have led to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony... Read More

Stuck at home, this AP history class had 69 days to prove whether remote learning can work for them

March 13 As usual, Eirik Nielsen is running late. It's a Friday in March, the day that turns out to be his last inside Burton High School, and his carpool is waiting. Traffic is brutal across the Bay Bridge from San... Read More

Parents must have a say in districts' distance learning plans under new California law

Dissatisfied with the uneven quality of distance learning among school districts after they closed in March, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature established minimum requirements for the next school year in... Read More

Aging Teachers Ask Themselves, Do I Quit Or Risk My Life?

David Galloway became a teacher 13 years ago, after three decades working in other fields. He calls teaching a calling, but now he's considering cutting his time in the classroom short. Galloway, who is 64, has type... Read More

The Pandemic's Toll on School Leaders Is Palpable. Here's What's Needed for a Successful School Year.

In early May, when what seemed like the worst of the pandemic was behind us, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI), in collaboration with the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) in New... Read More

Masks for kids? Schools confront the politics of reopening

On one side are parents saying, let kids be kids. They object to masks and social distancing in classrooms this fall - arguing both could hurt their children's well-being - and want schools to reopen full time. Read More

Johns Hopkins Launches K-12 School Reopening Policy Tracker -- THE Journal

Research The institution that has delivered data on worldwide COVID-19 cases and deaths to us day in and day out since the start of the pandemic has now turned its attention to school reopening plans in the United... Read More

COMMENTARY: Budget deferrals today could force schools into a $23 billion hole next year

With only weeks left until Congress leaves for its August recess, time is running out for major federal action to provide additional pandemic relief funding to spare California schools from damaging future budget... Read More

Financial aid appeals surge as students cope with pandemic | CalMatters

UCLA student Dulce Jimenez didn't file a federal student aid application for the 2020-21 school year; she was set to graduate in spring, and thought the days of worrying about paying for school would be behind her.... Read More

Johns Hopkins launches COVID-19 class for kids

Johns Hopkins is once again putting themselves in the national spotlight during this pandemic. First they created a COVID-19 cases map that's widely used. Now they have developed an online curriculum to teach kids... Read More

Education researchers come together on what schools need now - starting with more money

Nearly 200 education researchers, including some who disagree fiercely on policy issues, have united around a set of recommendations for helping America's schools navigate the current crisis. The document highlights... Read More

Upcoming Professional Development

CASCD in Partnership with Creative Leadership Solutions Present their Upcoming series of Webinars with Presenter:

Dr. Douglas Reeves Webinar - Equity and Excellence Now

Beginning July 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. PDT

In this interactive presentation, Dr. Reeves provides the latest evidence on success in high poverty schools. Participants will learn the five core competencies of Equity and Excellence Systems and the sever professional practices that distinguish Equity and Excellence schools. Participants will engage in rich discussion and reflection based on a large body of 21st Century evidence. Special attention is paid to resilience - bouncing back from physical, emotional, and psychic injury. Read More

Dr. Douglas Reeves Webinar - Fearless Schools

August 10th

With the fear and uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic impact that follows, teachers, students, and parents need fearless schools. The core of fearless schools, Dr. Reeves explains, is psychological safety. In this interactive presentation, he explains how leaders and teachers build and maintain trust and psychological safety, and how sometimes these ideals are inadvertantly destroyed. Participants will engage in rich discussion and reflection based on a large body of 21st Century evidence. Special attention is paid to resilience - bouncing back from physical, emotional, and psychic injury. Read More

A Genius in Every Neighborhood: Unlocking Potential by Teaching Math the Way the Brain Learns

August 17th

Every student should have a shot at experiencing the most difficult, rigorous, complex, and beautiful math. There are geniuses in every neighborhood, if only we can unlock their potential by approaching math education the way the brain learns - and not just the way it's comfortable for us to teach. This panel will explore how taking a neuroscience-based approach to math instruction can not only make math accessible to more students, but can actually change the way they feel about math. Read More

Bryan Goodwin Webinar "Making Learning Stick: (No Matter Where It Happens)"

August 19th

How can we engage students in deep learning whether they're in school or at home? A good place to begin is with curiosity, which both primes students' brains for learning and makes it stick, and a deep understanding of how to create student learning experiences that reflect how students learn and how curiosity propels their learning each step of the way. In this session, you'll learn a simple model of learning that you can use right away with your own students to give them learning experiences that both challenge and engage them. Read More

Dr. Douglas Reeves Webinar - The 100-Day Leader: Turning Short-Term Wins into Long-Term Successes

September 2nd

In this interactive presentation, teacher-leaders and administrators will go through the steps of creating a 100-day plan. These steps include identifying values, conducting an initiative inventory, creating the not-to-do list, specifying 100 day challenges, identifying high leverage practices, and specifying results. Read More

Partner News

Back to Better Webinar Series

We are hosting a free webinar series, starting next week for all educators and education leaders. It's called the Back to Better Webinar series. Our goal is simply to encourage and equip, and there is no cost associated with attending. Read More

Capturing Kids Hearts - Virtual Training and Information

Flippen Group has developed a page they direct everyone to that includes the video we launched and flyers for our virtual trainings. Read More


Character Strong
Discovery Education
The Flippen Group
Grand Canyon University
Great Minds
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Lexia Learning
MIND Research
Safe and Civil Schools

California Science Teachers Association
Project Tomorrow - FEA

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