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California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD)

The California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD) is a diverse community of educators throughout California committed to promoting exemplary practices that ensure all learners reach their fullest potential.

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We encourage all interested members to take advantage of opportunities for engagement with CASCD.

CASCD strives to exist as a vibrant and active network where anyone who cares about quality teaching, leading and learning is welcome and can find meaningful ways to engage. Our members frequently volunteer to host workshops and institutes at their schools, serve on committees, produce newsletter articles or webinars, and serve the Association in a variety of ways. If you are a CASCD member and would like an opportunity for greater involvement, speak with a Board Member or our Executive Director, Kathleen McCreery at 916-206-8103, about opportunities.


Deb Delisle Statement on Omnibus Spending Bill

March 23, 2018

Contact: Cameron Brenchley

BOSTON, MA—Deb Delisle, ASCD Executive Director and CEO, issued the following statement in response to the passage of a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the federal government through Sept. 30, 2018:

We are pleased that Congress has increased funding by almost $4 billion for the federal education programs that support student success, an educated workforce, and a vibrant economy. We also applaud Congress for maintaining the Title II funding that supports the professional development of educators and rejecting the administration’s efforts to eliminate the only funding dedicated to enhance the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. As our Whole Child Initiative begins its second decade, we are gratified that Congress nearly tripled funding for well-rounded education activities under Title IV of ESSA. Lawmakers are clearly learning what educators and parents have known for some timethat meeting the comprehensive needs of students, both academically and socially emotionally, is an essential element of student achievement and overall well-being.

Black History Month resources for schools

recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center finds that schools are failing to teach the history of slavery and the civil rights movement in the United States effectively (you can test your own knowledgehere). Teaching resources for February's month-long recognition of Black History Month abound online, and can be a useful resource. Here are a selection of free lesson plans and multi-media resources:

·         Scholastic offers "28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month" with links to source material such as an online photo archive of civil rights marchers, and an audio recording of author Maya Angelou reading her poetry.

·         National Education Association offers a curated set of lesson plans for Black History Month for grades K-12, including links to original slave narratives and a lesson on the Harlem Renaissance that connects to audio clips of artists like Duke Ellington. 

·         The story of Ruby Bridges and her courageous stance against school segregation is especially resonant with young students. In my own child's classroom, students strongly identified with the first-grader who had to be escorted to school by U.S. Marshals. Several organizations offer source material and lesson plans centered around Bridges, including this onefrom Stanford University.

Deb Delisle has a commentary piece on Education Week addressing the lack of action by elected officials to keep our kids safe. The link is below.

Congress Has Failed Our Students on Gun Violence. What's Next?

Enough is enough. The U.S. Department of Education must take action on school safety, writes Deborah S. Delisle.

Congress Has Failed Our Students on Gun Violence. What's Next?

“Have a great day at school!” These should never be the last words a parent speaks to their child. Yet, for more than a dozen parents in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, that is what happened. Those last words represented a moment in time that will never be repeated.

Unfortunately, the script for this tragedy is now all too familiar to educators, families, and students. A system struggles to care for a troubled student, lax gun laws allow military-style weapons into the hands of civilians, a deadly shooting is followed by thoughts and prayers, and then we go back to our lives until the cycle repeats itself. This needs to stop. Parents should never question if their children will be safe at school. Teachers should never worry that they’ll have to jump in front of a student to save a life, and students should never be forced to cower under desks as bullets fly overhead.  Click the link for above for the full article.

 Deborah S. Delisle is the executive director and CEO of ASCD. 

National News

What Kids' Trauma Looks Like Across the U.S.

Race, location, and income level can determine how often children experience violence and crisis. After last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the young survivors underwent a routine that has become all too... Read More

Most states slow to distribute test data to teachers

(District of Columbia) One of the key elements of the Every Student Succeeds Act is its emphasis on new technology that can speed up the assessment process so that classroom leaders can adjust instruction based on how... Read More

NAESP Statement of Support for the STOP School Violence Act of 2018

Legislation would provide grants to fund training programs and technology to prevent school violence.Alexandria, Va., March 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)... Read More

Fear, absenteeism, falling grades among impacts of immigration crackdown, study finds

A UCLA survey of 730 schools nationwide found widespread negative impacts related to deportation fears. Read More

Productive high schoolers still achieving later in life

(District of Columbia) Being a responsible student in high school and having good reading and writing skills usually translates into good grades, but new research shows those qualities can also predict educational and... Read More

Homework overhaul in schools

Many elementary school students in Marion County Public Schools spend more than 20 minutes per night reading with family members. Parents in the central Florida district also report their children feel less stressed... Read More

Eight ways to introduce kids to STEM at an early age - The Hechinger Report

Children are capable of understanding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts when they are less than a year old but these skills must be developed intentionally, according to a new report released... Read More

State News

Senators want to add extra $1.2 billion to California school funding formula next year

Districts strapped with rising expenses could use the money however they want. Read More

Some California districts are downplaying the National School Walkout as others embrace it

While many districts favor a hands-off approach focused on safety as they prepare for the nationwide protest on March 14 — in which students throughout the country will walk out of class to advocate for gun... Read More

Legislature may finally be ready to fix special ed funding

(Calif.) State lawmakers signaled Wednesday that they are considering making changes to the distribution method of special education dollars to address long-standing complaints that smaller districts especially are... Read More

Push to arm teachers in California would face major hurdles

California has been moving in just the opposite direction in its efforts to keep firearms off campus Read More

Ed. Coalition seeks more money for schools

(Calif.) The powerful if not also tenuous alliance of school employees and district management have called on lawmakers to improve on Gov. Jerry Brown’s education budget that would still leave per-student... Read More

Forecast for California school climates remains cloudy without good data, advocates say

School districts are trying a variety of strategies aimed at creating safe and welcoming school environments, but there is controversy over the role and frequency of student surveys, and how to use them. Read More

Being a Mindful Educator After a Tragic Event

In the wake of the tragic events that our country has faced recently, I was asked to write something to help support all of us as we maneuver through these experiences. These events have impacted me personally, as my nephew was present at a shooting that took place in his school this past September. I remember the feeling of terror of not knowing if he was ok or not and the immense sadness for the families that were facing horrible realities. This has weighed heavily on my mind and I worry very much about the impact these events are having on our hearts and souls. Read More

Upcoming Professional Development Events

Free Webinar: Equipping Educators with Effective Violence Prevention and Crisis Response Strategies

School safety concerns have tragically been thrust to the forefront of a national discussion, but too much of the talk has been at schools and educators rather than with them.This webinar is an opportunity to explore and discuss school safety strategies centered on a comprehensive approach to violence prevention and crisis response that focuses on all hazards and is derived from an educational perspective.
Equipping Educators with Effective Violence Prevention and Crisis Response StrategiesThursday, March 8, 2018, 3:00 PM Eastern Standard TimePresented by: Amy Klinger & Amanda Klinger, The Educator's School Safety Network Read More

April Events

4/12/2018 - Trauma Informed Practice: Fostering Resilient Learners-LEVEL 1- with Presenter Kristin Souers 04/12/2018 8:30 AM Visalia Unified School District, 5000 W. Cypress Ave., DO4, Visalia, CA 93277 Read More

4/13/2018 - Fostering a Trauma Sensitive Learning Environment -LEVEL 2- with Presenter Kristin Souers 04/13/2018 8:30 AM Visalia Unified School District, 5000 W. Cypress Ave., DO4, Visalia, CA 93277 Read Mo


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

Federal government finds flaws in California's plan to improve lowest-performing schools

Credit: Alison Yin / EdSource (2017) The U.S. Department of Education has cited substantive flaws in California's plan detailing how it will improve low-performing schools and use billions of dollars of federal... Read More

As End of DACA Looms, an 'Anxious Time' for Immigrant Educators and Students

As the deadline for the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals nears, each week hundreds of young people who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents are losing the permits that allow them... Read More

Most Americans say U.S. STEM education is middling, new poll finds - The Hechinger Report

One of the biggest education priorities of recent years has been readying more young people for the job-friendly fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In 2006, President Bush announced the... Read More

Gov. Brown's California budget proposes fully paying for K-12 funding formula in his last year

Governor also wants to base community college funding on the same idea: more money for high-needs students. Read More

Schools become a 'safe haven' for Salvadoran students in wake of crackdown

More than 50,000 U.S.-born students in California have Salvadoran parents who had temporary protected status.Read More

After Loss of 'Net Neutrality,' Districts Weigh How to Protect Themselves

As school districts weigh the impact of losing assurances of "net neutrality," a professional organization is encouraging them to protect themselves up-front against a potential decline in the speed and quality of... Read More

A focus on writing in every class is key to success in this rural California district

Culture shift included schoolwide writing, comprehensive teacher training, teambuilding, new classes, and stressing importance of standardized tests. Read More

Funding, teacher training top educators' wish lists for science education in 2018

High-quality training in the new science standards needs to be a priority for districts in 2018, some leading educators say.Read More

California sues Trump administration on behalf of students seeking debt relief

California is suing the Trump administration for what it says is the U.S. Department of Educations refusal to provide debt relief to more than 13,000 students that courts have found were defrauded by the... Read More

How to hire a teacher: Report offers California schools advice

The Burlingame School District highlights its Maker Spaces and technology program. The Belmont-Redwood Shores district promotes its partnership with a Columbia University reading and writing workshop. Tiny Bayshore... Read More

School Ambassador Fellowship Program

School Ambassador Fellowship Program

The School Ambassador Fellowship empowers leaders from our nation's public schools to contribute their knowledge and experience to the national dialogue about public education, and provides them an opportunity to... Read More

CASCD is excited to offer several workshops this year focused on developing and implementing a trauma-sensitive environment.  We will be offering the initial training with additional training to follow and is being scheduled in April.  Location and detailed information to be added soon.  

“Forever Changed Not Forever Damaged”


Childhood trauma is real, it is prevalent and it impacts students, their learning and the adults in their lives quite significantly.  In this engaging, relevant and practical session, learn from childhood trauma expert Kristin Souers, MA LMHC, (author of "Fostering Resilient Learners:  Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom").
Check out the dates and locations below under Professional Development Events. If your district is interested in hosting one of these events, please contact us!

Professional Development Events

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California ASCD Announces 2018 Outstanding Instructional Leader

California ASCD is proud to announce Charlene Stringham, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for Tulare County Office of Education as the winner of the 2018 Outstanding Instructional Leader Award.

Charlene Stringham supports educators in Tulare County in their work with students to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As a leader in Tulare County, she is a strong advocate for all students and has garnered partnerships with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Stanford University to improve elementary math instruction. In addition to her work in instructional services for Tulare County, she has presented on topics related to policy analysis, curriculum and instruction, and instructional leadership.

The Outstanding Instructional Leader Award is given annually to California educators who have significantly impacted/influenced public education in California either through influence, advocacy, leadership, or teaching. The award is given in recognition of Helen Hefferman who provided California with outstanding service, keen insight, vision and leadership in curriculum and instruction.

Mrs. Stringham will be publically recognized at a board meeting this spring.

Webinar Series

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Fostering Collective Efficacy: 3 Enabling Conditions

Fostering Collective Efficacy: 3 Enabling Conditions

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by Jenni Donohoo

What matters most in raising student achievement? Research identifies collective efficacy—the shared belief that what we do really matters—as the number-one factor. When teachers believe that, together, they can positively impact student learning, it results in a number of productive patterns of behavior: deeper implementation of high-yield strategies, increased teacher leadership, high expectations, and a strong focus on academic pursuits. Join us to learn more about what collective efficacy is, why it's important, and how to foster efficacy to ensure equity, promote well-being, and enhance public confidence in education.


Grading for Impact: Raising Student Achievement Through a Target-Based Assessment and Learning System

Grading for Impact: Raising Student Achievement Through a Target-Based Assessment and Learning System

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by Tom Hierck and Garth Larson

Assessment, grading, and reporting represent the foundational elements in most schools and districts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Educational systems continue to look for ways to maximize learning, increase achievement, and provide honest and accurate results to students and families as relate to both academic and behavioral expectations. Attend this webinar to hear Tom Hierck and Garth Larson report on one method that provides educators with a practical way to achieve these goals: target-based assessment, grading, and reporting.


Leading School Teams: Going Beyond PLCs to Impact Teams

Leading School Teams: Going Beyond PLCs to Impact Teams

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 3:30pm PDT

Presented by David Horton

Is your team in a rut? Do you find yourselves off-track in your conversations or spending a majority of team time on topics not directly connected to student learning? Presented by David Horton, author of Leading School Teams, this webinar for busy teams and busy school leaders will explore three easy ways to get teams moving, focused, and making improvements to impact student learning.N MORE

FREQUENCY: An average 2 webinars per month 

WHEN: Almost always on a Monday afternoon

 DURATION: One hour TIME: 3:30 PDT 6:30 EST 

COST: Free!

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ASCD CaliforniaPhone: (530) 520-9412
Mailing: PO Box 1841
Oroville, CA 95965

The California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD) is a diverse community of educators throughout California committed to promoting exemplary practices that ensure all learners reach their fullest potential.


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