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  • 04/24/2019 3:39 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    California’s newest college will blend online and face-to-face job trainingSchool CEO says college will get a new name to reflect its mission.


    Heather Hiles, the first president and CEO of California's online community college.

    Even before it debuts its first classes in the fall, the California Online Community College will get a new name, says its president and CEO Heather Hiles.

    That’s because the school’s title needs to better reflect its goal of offering in-person as well as online job training for adults and to let the public know “what you are talking about,” she said.

    “The mission is to help people who are underemployed get fully employed. And to use whatever technology and resources are required to make that mandate a reality,” said Hiles, who started in February as the college’s president and CEO 

    Hiles said it is premature to say what the new name will be. But whatever the title, the institution — which is expected to receive at least $240 million over the next seven years — won’t be like any traditional college. It won’t have a set course catalog, distinct academic departments, grade point system or a student body recruited from the general public to earn an associate degree.

    Instead, it will be a technological support and educational delivery system in job training for adult workers without college degrees who are starting jobs or trying to advance, according to Hiles. Employers will have a big say in what is taught and where. Those firms will be expected to subsidize costs so students won’t pay any tuition. 

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  • 04/11/2019 2:46 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development archived presentation of The New Three Rs: Trauma-Invested Strategies for Fostering Resilient Learners is now available on demand.

    Childhood trauma significantly affects students, their learning, and the adults in their lives. In this webinar, Kristin Souers and Pete Hall, coauthors of Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Strategies for Fostering Resilient Learners, educate on the importance of trauma-invested practices in the school setting.

    Learn how to address the students’ needs instead of becoming focused on  how students show those needs through their behavior. The presenters provide an introduction to the New Three Rs (Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation) and through that lens provide strategies to address student need.

  • 04/03/2019 2:39 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    The California Department of Education is recruiting educators (see definition below) to apply for appointment to a focus group to inform the content and guidance in the 2021 Math Framework. Current K–12 educators are encouraged to apply. If appointed, the commitment is for one two-hour meeting at one of the locations below. All meetings are open to the public.

    Members of the focus group must be educators at the time of appointment. CaliforniaEducation Code Section 44013(a) defines an educator in this way:

    “Educator” means a certificated person holding a valid California teaching credential or a valid California services credential issued by the commission who is employed by a local education agency or by a special education local planning area and who is not employed as an independent contractor or consultant.

    Focus group meetings are scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. the following dates and locations:

    ·         August 19, 2019, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA

    ·         August 20, 2019, Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA

    ·         *August 20, 2019, Humboldt County Office of Education, Eureka, CA

    ·         *August 20, 2019, Shasta County Office of Education, Redding, CA

    ·         August 22, 2019, Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, CA

    ·         *August 22, 2019, Fresno County Office of Education, Fresno, CA

    ·         August 26, 2019, Baldwin Park Unified School District, Baldwin Park, CA

    An asterisk (*) in front of a date indicates that participants will give their input via video conference.

    You will be asked to select one location when you complete the online application at

    The application is also available on the Math Framework webpage at

    Online applications must be completed and résumés/curriculum vitae must be emailed to no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Please encourage your colleagues to apply and to subscribe to the Math Framework Listserv for periodic updates.

  • 03/29/2019 11:33 AM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

  • 03/27/2019 12:04 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)
    r. Nadine Burke Harris, California's surgeon general, tends to a child in her office.

    Gov. Gavin Newsom made it clear throughout his campaign that improving the health and welfare of California’s children and young families would be among his signature issues.

    To underscore his commitment in the days after he took office, Newsom named Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician who specializes in the impacts of trauma and toxic stress on the health of children, as the state’s first-ever surgeon general.

    The 44-year-old Burke Harris was born in Canada and lived in Jamaica when she was a toddler, but spent most of her childhood in Palo Alto. In 2005, after earning her bachelor’s degree at Berkeley and her medical degree from UC Davis, she founded a clinic that serves children in the low-income neighborhoods of Bay View-Hunters Point in southeast San Francisco.

    Through her medical practice and research, Burke Harris has become recognized as a pioneer in the study of how adverse childhood experiences affect the developing brain and can lead to lifelong health and mental health problems. EdSource recently caught up with Burke Harris, who is the mother of four boys, and talked with her about what she plans to do in her new job. Her answers to our questions were edited for length and clarity.

    Gov. Newsom has made funding early education one of his highest priorities. How do you plan on incorporating trauma-informed teaching into the overall effort?

    We’re understanding more than we ever had before the role of experience and environment in early childhood in shaping lifelong health outcomes. That is the data and research we are seeing across the board. So, when you look at something that is such a huge public health issue then we must recognize that to implement public health solutions we need to be engaging across sectors.

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  • 03/26/2019 1:17 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    Inviting Doris Kearns Goodwin to speak to a gathering of thousands of educators brought together by the annual ASCD Empower19 conferencemight have seemed like a surprising choice at first. Over the past four decades, Goodwin has earned her moniker, “Historian of the presidents.” She’s written a half-dozen best-selling books, including ones on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.

    But when ASCD board member Ben Shuldiner introduced Goodwin, he underscored that choosing her was no happy accident. Goodwin studies presidents as leaders, and today, those are needed more than ever in education. “Decisions are being made by people who haven’t been inside of the classroom,” he told the assembly—and those decisions are frequently “not being made in the best interests of our children and our teachers.

    “Your voice needs to be heard. In the classroom, but also in the capitol,” he urged.

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  • 03/22/2019 10:26 AM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    ASCD's New Legislative Agenda

    ASCD has identified equity and professional development (PD) as the issues it will focus its advocacy efforts on, as outlined in its 2019 Legislative Agenda
    What it means: ASCD will continue to advance equity and a whole child approach to education by recommending more funding for Title I and IDEA, preserving federal PD funding (Title II), and broader accountability measures for whole child success and well-being.
    Why it matters: ASCD will speak out for its members’ interests as the Trump Administration continues to try to eliminate funding for PD and well-rounded learning (Title IV). And for the first time, the Legislative Agenda does not just make recommendations for policymakers, but specifically calls on educators to advocate more actively for students, themselves, and their profession. See the full Legislative Agenda here (PDF).

  • 03/19/2019 1:52 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    Darling-Hammond: Building a 'world class and equitable education system in California'


    MARCH 19, 2019


    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond administers oath to Linda Darling-Hammond on March 14, 2019 at State Board of Education chambers in Sacramento.

    Linda Darling-Hammond became president of the California State Board of Education on March 14, 2019. EdSource is closely tracking the changes in education policymaking in California since the election last November of Gov. Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. The following is a lightly edited transcript of Darling-Hammond’s opening remarks as State Board president at her first meeting on March 14.  For a video of the proceedings, go here

    I’m honored and I’m privileged to join State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and this State Board in an ongoing and renewed effort to build a world class and equitable education system in California.

    This board and the California Department of Education, and the previous governor and Legislature, have already accomplished a tremendous amount. I think it’s really important to take stock of that, and in the years ahead to build on what’s been accomplished.

    Every state or nation that I’ve ever studied that has really made a strong upward trajectory in education has had a 15 or 20 year window in which to do that work.  We have that opportunity now to continue the work and then refine what’s been going on.

    I probably don’t need to remind most of you that a decade ago John Merrow did a film called From First to Worst, describing what had happened in California over several decades of cuts in funding, of testing without investing, and of really narrowing the curriculum.

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  • 03/01/2019 11:14 AM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    Disclosure requirements for charter schools await Governor Newsom's signature!

    They'll have to follow California's open meetings, public records and conflict-of-issue laws.HARTER SCHOOLS

    FEBRUARY 28, 2019


    With uncommon speed, the California Assembly on Thursday followed the lead of the Senate a week ago, passing a bill imposing more disclosure and public access requirements on California’s 1,300-plus charter schools. Senate Bill 126, which the Assembly adopted with a 63-to-9 vote, will now head to Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose staff guided negotiations that led to its quick approval.

    The bill will require charter schools to follow the same laws governing open meetings, public records and conflicts of interest that apply to school districts. They include ensuring board meetings are open to the public, providing records to the public upon request and, to prevent personal gain, banning board members from voting on contracts in which they have a financial interest.  For the entire article please click on the link below:

  • 01/08/2019 4:20 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)
    The CCEE applauds the hard work of school districts that met state and local indicators as identified by the 2018 California School Dashboard performance data released last month by the California Department of Education. 

    The CCEE stands ready and committed to serve alongside county offices of education and other stakeholders to assure the 374 districts now eligible for differentiated assistance receive the resources they need so all students succeed.

    Of the 374 LEAs eligible for differentiated assistance this year, 208 are newly identified districts and 135 district have been identified for the second year. 

    Thirty-one county offices of education are eligible for differentiated assistancefor the first time this year.

    Last year, a total of 228 districts were eligible for extra help based on 2017 CA School Dashboard results.

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