CDE Today for October 8, 2021


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State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Joins Governor for Early Childhood Legislation Announcements

On October 5, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond joined Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders at Sunset Elementary School in Fresno to announce the signing of laws marking historic and unprecedented funding in early childhood training that may broaden alternatives for each little one throughout the state. As a part of the Governor’s $123.9 billion pre-Okay and Okay–12 training bundle, California can be offering free, high-quality, inclusive pre-kindergarten for all four-year-olds starting within the 2022–23 college 12 months, with full implementation by 2025–26. Read the October 5, 2021, CDE information launch to study extra.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announced as Co-Chair of Governor’s Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education

On October 6, Superintendent Thurmond joined Governor Newsom and legislative leaders on the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the place he was introduced as co-chair of the newly created Governor’s Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education. The Council’s work will embrace figuring out tutorial sources to show college students concerning the Holocaust and different acts of genocide and offering younger individuals with instruments to acknowledge and reply to on-campus situations of anti-Semitism and bigotry. Read the October 6, 2021, CDE information launch to study extra.

New Executive Order Provides Flexibilities for Schools Affected by Wildfires

On October 4, Governor Newsom signed an govt order External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) to help faculties impacted by wildfires this 12 months. The govt order consists of varied flexibilities associated to class necessities, minimal tutorial minutes in bodily training, and approval of the native management accountability plan. Some of main provisions embrace:

  • The class-size necessities for kindergarten via grade degree 8 supplied in Education Code sections 41376 and 41378, and for kindergarten via grade degree 3 supplied in Education Code part 42238.02(d) (3) are waived throughout the 2021–22 college 12 months for the college districts whose class sizes are affected by the wildfires recognized on this Order.
  • The necessities to supply minimal tutorial minutes in bodily training for grade ranges 1 via 12 as required by Education Code sections 51210, 51220, 51222, and 51223 are waived in periods of poor air high quality because of the wildfires recognized on this Order within the impacted counties with respect to highschool buildings or non permanent amenities during which indoor house for bodily training is unavailable.
  • The time required for a county superintendent of colleges and the Superintendent to approve a neighborhood management and accountability plan or annual replace to a neighborhood management and accountability plan pursuant to Education Code sections 52070(d) and 52070.5(d) is prolonged via November 8, 2021, for all native instructional companies impacted by the wildfires, and within the counties, recognized on this Order.
  • Residency necessities for these pupils at faculties impacted by the wildfires recognized on this Order, together with these set forth in Education Code sections 48200 and 48204, are waived for the the rest of the 2021–22 college 12 months.
  • The requirement in Education Code Section 49068(b) {that a} pupil’s everlasting document have to be transferred by the previous public or non-public college inside 10 schooldays from the date a request is obtained is waived to the extent the transferring college was impacted by the wildfires recognized on this Order.

Book Drive to Support Superintendent’s Literacy Campaign

Superintendent Thurmond is pushing his statewide effort to safe donations with the aim of offering one million books for college students and their households. This e book drive occurs in conjunction with a statewide literacy marketing campaign launched final month that features a process drive working towards the aim of serving to all California college students attain the aim of literacy by third grade, by the 12 months 2026. Those considering collaborating within the literacy effort, serving to with logistics (together with assortment and distribution of books), and wishing to study extra ought to e mail Additional particulars concerning the statewide e book drive are forthcoming.

Angst: Building Resilience Statewide Initiative to Assist in Addressing Student Mental Health Needs; Free to Schools

Superintendent Thurmond this week introduced an thrilling partnership between the CDE, IndieFlix Education, the Department of Health Care Services’ CalHOPE program, and Blue Shield of California’s BlueSky initiative to supply Angst: Building Resilience, a film-based youth psychological well being help program, to districts that serve center and highschool college students to assist handle the rising psychological well being challenges confronted by college students. To carry the Angst: Building Resilience program to your college district at no price, please go to the Angst: Building Resilience California Initiative net web page
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. Read extra concerning the initiative within the October 7, 2021, CDE information launch.

School Closures for Staff Shortages Require Consultation

The CDE is conscious that workers shortages because of COVID-19 associated sickness and quarantine are very actual. Section 19 of Assembly Bill 167 (Chapter 252, Statutes of 2021) amended Education Code Section 46392 to require session from CDE and the county workplace of training earlier than LEAs can submit a request a Request for Allowance of Attendance Due to Emergency Conditions, Form J-13A because of workers shortages to CDE. CDE workers is out there for session about completely different choices and practices accessible to assist faculties keep open for studying. If you’re in want of knowledge and help, join for your session
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. Visit CDE’s 2021-22 Form J-13A FAQs net web page for steering associated to the necessities and submissions for this fiscal 12 months.

School Health, Safety, and Support

Introducing SHARE, a School Health Repository of Experiences (SHARE)

SHARE is an area supplied by the Safe Schools for All Hub to share instruments and suggestions generated by and for California’s native well being and faculty leaders to deal with COVID-19-related well being and security practices. Note, not all info could apply to your scenario; see disclaimer for extra. View the inaugural challenge of SHARE External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). To put ahead your individual experiences for future editions, full the SHARE submission type survey
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Program Highlights

Emergency Connectivity Fund Update—Applications Due October 13

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lately introduced the primary funding wave of Emergency Connectivity Fund purposes filed over the summer season by faculties looking for funding for broadband providers and related units equivalent to laptops and tablets essential to help distant studying for the 2021–22 college 12 months. The FCC additionally introduced it will open a second utility window, which will shut on October 13, 2021, for faculties that will have missed the primary utility window or that will have underestimated their wants of their first-window purposes. Schools that want to apply for funding within the second utility window are inspired to overview the CDE and Okay–12 High Speed Network webinar sequence
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. Webinar quantity 5 within the sequence, which is able to concentrate on claims for reimbursement and different program necessities, can be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 11 a.m. To attend, register on the Zoom ECF Webinar 5 net web page
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Survey to Solicit Input on New Term to Use within the Local Control and Accountability Plan Template and Instructions—Due October 14

The CDE is accumulating enter from members of the general public to determine a brand new time period that may exchange the time period “stakeholder” within the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Template and Instructions. The State Board of Education (SBE) will undertake the substitute time period throughout their November 2021 assembly. An on-line survey is being carried out to inform the advice that the CDE will current to the SBE to pick out a brand new time period. Take the LCAP suggestions survey (Online Survey) earlier than it closes Thursday, October 14, 2021. Please contact with questions associated to this survey.

Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG)

A partnership between the CDE; the California Collaborative for Excellence in Education (CCEE); and the EWIG Special Education grantee, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), helps educators throughout the state to study new strategies addressing the distinctive challenges academics and college students are going through. Utilize the assorted statewide sources that help this month’s theme, Goal Setting, by accessing their October e-newsletter on the Inclusive Literacy by Design net web page
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. For extra info on this useful resource, contact Michelle Bello, Education Programs Consultant, Special Education Division at

Biliteracy Pathway Recognition Program and Webinar—November 9, 10 a.m.

The Multilingual Support Division (MSD) is excited to launch the Biliteracy Pathway Program for the 2021–22 college 12 months. The CDE Biliteracy Pathway Recognitions net web page gives extra details about these new non-compulsory recognitions for preschool via eighth-grade college students. The CDE MSD will host an informational webinar on the brand new non-compulsory Biliteracy Pathway Recognitions Program on November 9, 2021, at 10 a.m. This is a free webinar, however superior registration is required, so please register on Zoom for the Biliteracy Pathway Recognition webinar
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at present. If you’ve gotten questions on this program, contact Gina Garcia-Smith, Education Programs Consultant, MSD, by cellphone at 916-319-0265 or by e mail at

Events and Opportunities

California STEAM Symposium: October 21–23

Join us on the California STEAM Symposium from October 21–23. This unimaginable occasion will carry collectively passionate individuals looking for inspiration, energizing engagements through quite a few peer-led breakouts, and the alternative to collaborate with STEAM training consultants. Dr. Moogega Cooper, Gabby Rivera, Kate Stanforth, and Dr. Marissa Pei can be keynote audio system. Learn extra about them and register on the 2021 California STEAM Symposium net web page
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by October 14 to be eligible for some superb prizes. The symposium is co-hosted by the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the CDE, and the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation.

Federal Stimulus and EDGAR Workshop: October 28 and November 4

On October 28 and November 4, CDE and Brustein and Manasevit PLLC will current a two-session workshop on federal teaching programs. These workshops are designed to assist native instructional companies perceive the federal stimulus funding necessities and the flexibilities provided because of disruptions brought on by COVID-19. See CDE’s Federal Stimulus Funding net web page for extra info on registering for one or each classes. Please e mail Evelyn Sanchez at with any questions on registering.

Science Education Survey—Due October 22

In collaboration with the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), an unbiased nonpartisan analysis establishment, CDE invitations you to take part in a PPIC survey about science training
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throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for suggestions is October 22. The survey outcomes can be used to supply perception into the influence of the pandemic on science training in California. If you’ve gotten any questions concerning the survey, please contact Niu Gao, Senior Fellow at PPIC, by cellphone at 415-291-4491 or by e mail at

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. For college 12 months 2021–22, the award will honor science, expertise, engineering, arithmetic, and/or laptop science academics working in grade ranges kindergarten via six. Nominations shut on January 7, 2022. Applications for Okay–6 academics have to be accomplished by February 6, 2022. Nominations and purposes may be accomplished on the PAEMST net web page
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Universal Design for Inclusive Literacy Series

Session #2: Goal-Setting—October 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Goals are the muse of any efficient studying expertise, so once we make clear what we wish learners to perform, we are able to then design studying experiences and versatile assessments that help pupil company and possession of studying. In this session, we’ll discover how one can separate the means from universally designed targets that focus instruction to empower each educators and learners. Register on the Goal-Setting net web page
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. For extra info on this nine-part webinar sequence and future classes, go to the California Coalition for Inclusive Literacy Webinar Series net web page
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. For extra info on this useful resource, contact Michelle Bello, Education Programs Consultant, Special Education Division at


CDE Emergency Services Team’s Fight Against Wildfires Featured in EdSource

The CDE’s Emergency Services Team was featured in EdSource, highlighting the work it does and its efforts to assist faculties throughout California talk with state and federal companies throughout emergencies. The article offers an outline of how the crew has assisted college leaders in wildfire-affected Plumas County and concerning the new School Emergency Reporting System. Read the EdSource story
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Important Dates and Deadlines

ESSER III Plans Must Be Adopted on or Before October 29

Local Educational Agencies’ Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III (ESSER III) Expenditure Plans have to be adopted by the native governing board or physique of the LEA at a public assembly on or earlier than October 29, 2021. Visit the CDE Frequently Asked Questions concerning the ESSER III Expenditure Plan for extra info. Questions concerning the ESSER III Expenditure Plan may be despatched to Additional details about ESSER III funds may be discovered on the CDE American Rescue Plan Funding net web page.

Youth Advisory Council—Applications Due October 15

The CDE launched the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to advise policymakers and events on instructional points affecting younger individuals. Under the Department’s Equity Branch, the YAC can be consultant of a various spectrum of younger voices from throughout the state. Among different duties, YAC will assess matters and instructional sources and take part in coverage growth to create equitable change with native and state authorities officers. Districts are inspired to share with households and invite all college students ages fifteen to eighteen to use now via October 15 through the Youth Advisory Council Application net web page. Follow the Youth Advisory Council on Instagram
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October is LGBTQ History Month

The CDE encourages you to honor and have fun LGBTQ History Month in October, an annual month-long observance of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender historical past, and the historical past of the homosexual rights and associated civil rights actions. The CDE will current a webinar sequence to discover and talk about the significance of instructing LGBTQ+ historical past. View the primary LGBTQ History webinar on the CDE Facebook web page
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. Stay tuned for additional webinars. Learn extra on the LGBTQ History Month web site
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National Hispanic Heritage Month

The CDE encourages you to yearly acknowledge National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15–October 15, 2021. Learn extra on the Library of Congress’ National Hispanic Heritage Month net web page
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Digital Citizenship Week—October 17 to 23

The CDE encourages you to acknowledge October 17–23, 2021, as Digital Citizenship Week. This occasion is one among many efforts in California to construct capability for college students and households to make secure, good, and moral selections within the digital world. Digital Citizenship Week is acknowledged on the third week of October every year. Read extra about it on CDE’s Digital Citizenship net web page.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, October 8, 2021