CDE Today for November 5, 2021


Welcome to CDE Today, a brand new, streamlined, weekly publication from CDE Communications designed to offer you clear, constant updates on what’s vital to California faculties.

Note: In observance of Veterans Day and the Thanksgiving vacation, solely two editions of CDE Today shall be printed this month: November 5 and November 19.


New CDE Division Name: Early Education Division

As of November 1, the Early Learning and Care Division within the California Department of Education (CDE) is formally generally known as Early Education Division (EED) underneath the Opportunities for All Branch. A reputation change was essential to mirror the division’s renewed goal after sure youngster care and a few early studying applications shifted from the CDE to the California Department of Social Services in July 2021.

Under its renewed mission, the EED will lead an progressive, inclusive, and high-performing early training system that advances equitable alternatives that optimize thriving youngsters, households, and communities. The EED will work to help faculties and group companions which might be prepared for youngsters and help the CDE’s Preschool by means of Third Grade Alignment by means of the elevation of high-quality, inclusive, and multilingual early training alternatives. The EED additionally will help steady high quality enchancment and early intervention and prevention by means of implementation of the Early Head Start—Child Care Partnership grant and powerful collaboration and partnerships with particular training. Questions? Please contact Brianne Rood at

Can Federal Stimulus Funds Be Used for Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Programs and Strategies?

ESSER and GEER funds might be used for CVI applications and methods to offer scholar help to re-engage disconnected youth and scale back group violence in locations the place COVID-19 has exacerbated inequities and elevated group and faculty violence. For extra info on CVI methods and funding, please reference the U.S. Department of Education’s steerage, How American Rescue Plan Funds Can Prevent and Respond to Crime and Promote Public Safety
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and the White House Fact Sheet
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School Health, Safety, and Support

Children Ages Five to Eleven Can Now Get a COVID-19 Vaccine within the U.S.

On Tuesday, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, endorsed a suggestion for vaccinating youngsters ages 5 to eleven in opposition to COVID-19. All youngsters ages 5 and up are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and faculties can promote that these protected, efficient, and free vaccines assist guarantee youngsters and households keep as protected and wholesome as potential. Children are nonetheless vulnerable to critical COVID-19 problems, and vaccines are the very best device to guard everybody from getting sick. Encourage households to achieve out to their household physician, go to the MyTurn web site
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, or name 833-422-4255 to schedule an appointment or discover a walk-in clinic.

How to Create School Site Vaccination Events

Local well being jurisdictions, faculty districts, and particular person faculties all play vital roles within the collective effort to maintain college students wholesome and in class. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and CDE proceed to companion to help school-located vaccine occasions for COVID-19 vaccine, seasonal influenza vaccine, and different routine immunizations. Visit the Shots for Schools School-Located Vaccination internet web page
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for info and assets on how districts can turn out to be suppliers to disseminate vaccines and companion with pharmacies to carry “pop-up” vaccination occasions.

CDPH Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidance

The CDPH up to date its COVID-19 Testing Guidance
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on October 29, 2021. Among different updates, the steerage now displays that in faculties and different settings (excluding healthcare, long-term care, and high-risk congregate settings), “Antigen tests are acceptable to determine both the presence or absence of active infection with SARS-CoV-2 in individuals with or without symptoms. Repeat antigen testing and/or confirmatory molecular testing should be considered in individuals who receive a negative result with an antigen test but have symptoms specific for COVID-19 (such as loss of taste and smell).” More info is accessible on the CDPH Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidance internet web page
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. LEAs with questions might contact CDE Deputy Superintendent Jennie Carreon at

Spending Federal Stimulus Funds for Capital Expenditures for COVID Mitigation

This week, CDE introduced on the CDPH’s Safe Schools for All Statewide Collaborative assembly to offer an summary on how COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Funds can be utilized for capital expenditures, particularly for air flow. The ESSER I, II, III and the GEER I can be utilized for capital expenditures, which would come with HVAC upgrades, window replacements, and enhanced air flow programs. Details and data on capital expenditures might be discovered on the CDE Federal Stimulus Funding internet web page, together with Capital Expenditures Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please ship inquiries to

Program Highlights

Educator Workforce Investment Grant: Computer Science—Applications Due December 17

The 2021 Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG): Computer Science request for functions was launched on October 25, 2021. Lead candidates have to be an establishment of upper training or a nonprofit group with demonstrated experience in growing and offering skilled studying to academics and paraprofessionals in public faculties serving kindergarten and grades one to 12, inclusive. Completed functions are due Friday, December 17, 2021, by 4 p.m. More info is accessible on the CDE EWIG Program internet web page.

Events and Opportunities

State Board Advisory Panels Seek Applicants—Applications Due December 1

Applications are being accepted by means of 5 p.m. on December 1 for open seats on two commissions that advise the State Board of Education: The Instructional Quality Commission and the Advisory Commission on Special Education. Information and functions might be discovered on the CDE California State Board of Education Application Information internet web page.

Biliteracy Pathway Webinar—November 9 at 10 a.m.

The CDE Multilingual Support Division will host an informational webinar offering an summary of the brand new non-compulsory Biliteracy Pathway Recognition Program for preschool by means of grade eight college students.

Register for the Biliteracy Pathway Recognition webinar through Zoom
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, or for extra details about this program and for info on how LEAs can take part, go to the CDE Biliteracy Pathway Recognition internet web page. If you might have questions, contact Gina Garcia-Smith, Education Programs Consultant, by telephone at 916-319-0265 or by e mail at

Educator Effectiveness Funds (2021−26) Block Grant Program Webinar—November 9 at 1 p.m.

The CDE is happy to announce the California Educator Effectiveness Funds (EEF) 2021 Block Grant Program. The EEF could also be used to help skilled studying for certificated academics, directors, paraprofessional educators, and certificated employees to offer skilled studying and to promote educator fairness, high quality, and effectiveness. A technical help webinar for the EEF 2021 Block Grant Program will happen on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 1 p.m. Please go to the CDE Educator Effectiveness internet web page for an summary and particulars associated to this system.

Register for the EEF 2021 Block Grant Technical Assistance webinar through Zoom
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Bridging the Emerging Universal Programs to Support UPK & P–3 Alignment: Insight from CDE and Education Leaders—November 9, 3:30 to five p.m.

The Opportunities for All Branch is happy to announce that the following installment in our preschool to 3rd grade (P–3) webinar sequence. Our webinar, Bridging the Emerging Universal Programs to Support UPK & P–3 Alignment: Insight from CDE and Education Leaders, is being supplied to offer info relating to this vital second of common alternatives. In partnership with instructional leaders from Shasta County Office of Education, Stockton Unified School District, and Santa Barbara County Office of Education, we are going to spotlight concerns for profitable common preschool and P–3 alignment implementation utilizing common preschool, common meals, and common expanded studying alternatives. Join us to search out out extra on how upcoming funding alternatives throughout early studying, expanded studying, and diet companies can help a P–3 body.

Register for the Bridging the Emerging Universal Programs to Support UPK & P-3 Alignment webinar through Zoom
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Elementary Science Sizzles with Tools for Teachers—November 9 at 3:30 p.m.

Are you interested by the brand new science educational assets in Tools for Teachers? Learn all about them at “Making Elementary Science Sizzle with Tools for Teachers,” the following webinar within the Tools for Teachers Webinar Series. Join us for this one-hour webinar for LEA employees, significantly directors and classroom educators. Members of the CDE will introduce the brand new elementary educational assets for science, and a few of the California educators who developed the teachings will share greatest practices for science instruction aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards.

Register for the Making Elementary Science Sizzle with Tools for Teachers webinar through Zoom
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. Questions might be emailed to the California Outreach Team at

Assessment Update Webinar for Coordinators—November 10 at 2 p.m.

CDE employees will current the most recent info on statewide assessments in addition to reply your questions. All coordinators are invited to register for this webinar. Register on the CAASPP Upcoming Training Opportunities internet web page
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or the ELPAC Upcoming Training Opportunities internet web page
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Physical Fitness Test Update Webinar—November 12 at 10 a.m.

The CDE is internet hosting a Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Update webinar for LEA PFT coordinators. In addition to offering the most recent updates on the PFT, this webinar will embody a question-and-answer session.

Register for the PFT Update webinar through Zoom
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Important Dates and Deadlines

November is National Family Literacy Month

November is National Family Literacy Month, a celebration elevating consciousness and fostering household literacy by encouraging mother and father and guardians to learn to their youngsters. Reading to youngsters at an early age can enhance a toddler’s language growth, enhances comprehension, and fosters the enjoyment of studying. When college students don’t be taught to learn by third grade, they’re at larger danger to drop out of college, and they’re at larger danger to find yourself within the felony justice system.

State Superintendent Thurmond continues to name for efforts to get books within the arms of as many college students and households as potential and encourages these desirous about taking part on this new literacy effort or who want to be taught extra to e mail

November is California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month

The California Legislature has as soon as once more designated November 2021 as Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month, honoring the contributions Sikh pioneers have made in California, together with farming, expertise, transportation, entrepreneurship, social points, and extra. The month offers a chance for all Californians to grasp, acknowledge, and admire the wealthy historical past and shared ideas of democracy, equality, and repair to humanity by Sikh Americans.

November is National Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the wealthy and various cultures, histories, and traditions of Native tribes and acknowledge the distinctive challenges in addition to the vital contributions of Native folks.

Veterans Day

The CDE shall be closed Thursday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day, a California public faculty, state, and federal vacation. Thank you, veterans. We admire your service and sacrifice for our nation.

Thanksgiving Day

The CDE shall be closed Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26, in observance of the Thanksgiving vacation.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, November 5, 2021