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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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Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year!

As we plan for a beginning like no other we have seen in the past, our focus will still be to see that educators are supported to ensure that:

every child, every day is finding a way to feel connectedevery child, every day is being challenged by new learning and experiences, and every child, every day knows they have a champion they can turn to. 

Spring of 2020 challenged educators and students to find a new normal for learning, connected us in new ways and required our association to support educators from afar.   What we have learned through this process is how resilient, dedicated and committed are our CA educators.  What  we MOST appreciate about CASCD and our partners is how even under circumstances we have never before experienced we are still a learning and caring community.  

Normal is such a simple word and it is our goal at CASCD to not only find our new normal, but to use this time as a learning experience that will forever support the needs of CA educators. Every week there are new types of learning experiences CA teachers are piloting and much of what is learned will continue to be used in the future.  Our fall may not be “normal,” but our learning (community) will not only continue, but will thrive. We hope to serve you well; please share your thoughts and needs with us.


Please join us for a FREE Webinar featuring NYT best-selling author Flip Flippen and award-winning principal Jada Kidd Robinson, Ph.D.

Back to Better:  Building Resilience Together!    

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. (PT)/4 p.m. (CT)

We will be discussing practical tools for improving social-emotional well-being, establishing safe environments for learning (both in-person and virtually), and creatively overcoming disruption.

Please click the following link to register:


Health & Safety Guidebook

Minimize Risk to Accelerate Learning in the Era of COVID-19

As we all know, this coming school year will be like none other, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic—and fallout from the extended school facility closures it has caused—adds complexity to the already challenging work of starting a new school year. Now, more than ever, school systems will need to pay particular attention to keeping students safe while ensuring that all students—especially those who are members of vulnerable populations—have access to targeted instruction and the support they need in order to succeed. During these next months, school systems must also focus on addressing the social-emotional needs of students, staff, and families, and on maintaining transparent communication with their school communities through this unprecedented era in education. Increased collaboration with public health systems and officials will bring new perspectives to the running of schools and strengthen the public response to COVID-19. Through it all, California educators will continue to rise to the challenge of mitigating risk while accelerating learning in the era of COVID-19.

In collaboration with California State Board of Education and other technical assistance partners, CCEE has facilitated the development of the Health and Safety Guidebook to support LEA leadership teams plan for and maintain a safe return to in-person instruction that maximizes future equity outcomes and addresses the diverse needs of California’s students while adapting to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Building on the COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Schools and School Based Program, these guidelines and considerations are based on the best available public health data at this time, international best practices currently employed, and the practical realities of managing school operations, as new data and practices emerge. 

The Health & Safety Guidebook is intended to provide streamlined access to the most up-to-date state and federal guidance around health and safety decisions that school communities are facing, with rationales, examples, tools, and resources to support decision-making and implementation of efforts to help students re-enter schools, and focuses on the following key areas: 1) Community Health Context, 2) Facilities and School Operations, 3) Safe School Environments, and 4) Cohorts for Safe Learning.
The Guidebook will be available at, and will be updated regularly as new information, resources, and guidance are available. 

Panic to Practical: Remote Learning Done Right!

A Professional Development Series Created by Meg Ormiston

About the Series

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Overview of the Series Panic to Practical: Remote Learning Done Right Series by Meg Ormiston


Thrust into eLearning, and then remote learning teachers everywhere tried to retrofit the school schedule into an online world, with technology tools many had never used. Now we need to re-energize all teachers and plan for an uncertain future of education for everyone as we create NOW Classrooms. Virtual, hybrid, or face-to-face education is changing, and we have designed this professional learning series to help teams of educators think outside the box of school.


Don't forget to stay active in California ASCD through Twitter and Facebook. Be sure your contact information with CASCD is current.

Stay in touch and share on CASCD Twitter and Facebook page. Sharing our successes, ideas and thoughts during these challenging times is a gift to your colleagues.

Also, if you're working from home, you may want to change your preferred email to receive information from California ASCD.  Please contact Member Services Department to make the change by calling Cheryl at 530-520-9412.  

                   ASSISTANT                       EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NEEDED:

Newly retired?  Looking for a leadership position that supports CA educators? 

California ASCD is looking for an experienced leader that will support the strategic and operational work of a statewide professional association.  A background in curriculum and instruction is desirable. 

Please contact us via email at: or send a resume and 2-3 letters of recommendation to: 

P.O. Box 1841, Oroville,   CA  95965

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The Educator resource for ASCD Constituent Communities


In meeting the needs of the Whole Child, schools, teachers and educator preparation programs continue to evolve their practices to address the reality of how trauma impacts children as people and as learners. In this issue, we offer a collection of original articles, videos and tools created by pioneering voices addressing this significant challenge. We hope these resources help frame the issue for you as you continue to learn, teach and lead. See more quality ASCD resources on this topic here.​​

​​Interested in digging deeper? Feel free to contact this issue’s contributing subject matter experts directly! Their contact information is included with each article.​​

​​Have valuable, original contributions you’d like to add to this theme? Want to offer feedback on this issue? 

​​Please email them to Walter McKenzie at Thank you!​​


Don't forget to stay active in CASCD through Twitter and Facebook. Be sure your contact information with CASCD is current.

Please stay in touch and share on CASCD Twitter and Facebook page. Sharing our successes, ideas and thoughts during these challenging times is helpful to your colleagues.

If you are working from home or have changed positions and contact information, please make sure to change your contact information with CASCD. To make changes, email

Are you a member of California ASCD?

CASCD members are active and involved in the changing face of education.  Join CASCD and become empowered with innovative solutions to support the success of all learners.

Sign up to become a member or renew your membership today!


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. 



in as little as 12 months

For more information please contact:  

Cameron Whitcomb | (323) 514-1367 |

Professional Development Events

Previous webinar links!

In case you missed the virtual webinar with Dr. Douglas Reeves on August 10, 2020, here's the "Link" for "Fearless Schools"

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In case you missed the virtual webinar with Dr. Douglas Reeves on June 3, 2020, here's the "Link" for "Seven Ways to Prepare for the 2020-21 Opening of the School Year" 

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In case you missed the webinar with Dr. Douglas Reeves on 6/17/2020 here's the link for "No Matter What:  Leadership in Uncertain Times".

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In case you missed it here's the "Link" for virtual webinar "Ensuring Equitable Opportunities for Students with Disabilities" on 6-24-2020 with Dr. Douglas Reeves and Kate Anderson Foley.  

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In case you missed it here's the link for the virtual webinar entitled "Too Many Standards, Too Little Time" on 9/23/2020 with Dr. Douglas Reeves.

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Easily design PBL projects using this new online planning tool

With the uncertainty everyone is facing this year, PBLWorks is thrilled to bring you something to make your job a little easier: the new Project Designer.  Whether you're new to PBL, or you're a busy PBL teacher, Project Designer gives you a shortcut to implementing high quality PBL in your classroom.

Adapt one of 72 Gold Standard PBL projects - or create your own project - that's ready to use in the classroom or online. The user-friendly format walks you through each step of designing a project for your students’ needs.  

72 Gold Standard PBL projects included

Choose from 72 standards-based high quality PBL projects, across subject areas and grade levels (K-12). Each project includes detailed instructional activities, editable rubrics, project information sheets (3-12), family letters (K-2), and modifications for at-home learning. 

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Capturing Kids' HeartsR

powered by Flippen Group


by Chris White

  1. Realize that you're the thermostat in most rooms you enter.  Regardless of your title at work, if you are reading this you have influence.  Your words carry weight and even your silence on a topic can speak volumes.  When you are positive (or not), other people follow along.  Own this and be more intentional next time you kick off a discussion, answer a phone call or share something in a virtual conference call.
  2. Be optimistic AND realistic.  Don't mislead people or minimize the reality, but still be a source of hope.  If you are positive about the future it will spill over to others.
  3. Make sure your language centers around people not just work challenges.  When discussing a recent setback or challenge, make sure your words revolve around the people impacted.  Talk about your team, not just work processes and recovery strategies. 
  4. Check in with people...and really listen.  Even if you are busy, a quick check in could mean a lot, such as sending someone a text or leaving a voice mail to let them know they are valued and remembered in this season.  When you ask someone in person "How are you doing?" or "What has been the hardest part of this?", be sure to validate their feelings and concerns.
  5. Stresses can be constructive-how you think about them is the key.  You can view today's challenges as a workout or a threat.  you can see them as a chance for you to get stronger or as a perilous danger to avoid at all costs.
  6. Shift focus to what you can control.  It's easy to get caught up in countless outside factors and what-if's, so fight that reflex.  Redirect your energy and conversation to the parts you do have a say over.
  7. Remember there are likely bigger problems out there...without minimizing yours.  Be careful of using this one as a reason to suppress your own emotions, but it's still constructive to remind yourself that we need to keep our own challenges in perspective.  Stop and think about what you do have and it can help you deal with what you don't.
  8. Realize that fuses are shorter.  With the stresses people are under, be aware that fuses will likely be shorter and that others may be more on edge.  And don't forget this includes your fuse length too!  
  9. Allow yourself to feel.  Be careful of just suppressing your emotions, especially your "negative" ones - they won't just evaporate!  Give yourself permission to grieve and be disappointed.
  10. Give yourself grace.  These are unchartered waters so don't let an internal opponent win.
For additional guidance on leading through crisis, please watch our recent webinar with General Robert "Van" VanAntwerp (Ret.),

The Privilege to Lead:  An educator's guide to growing through adversity.  

Please click here

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Did you know that when you register for conferences or make purchases from ASCD, our CA affiliate can benefit?  Simply place the items for purchase in your ASCD shopping cart and then enter CAAFF in the space for promotional code.  ASCD will return 5% of your conference registration and 2% of your book purchases to us to support programs in California.  We thank you!

Introducing IBM a leader in Artificial Intelligence, together with

MindSpark Learning 

We know that AI will change 100% of jobs over the next 10 years. We also know that students today will need to understand AI to be successful in the modern workforce, regardless of their career path. It’s imperative for teachers to have the tools to prepare students for a modern workforce, and through this PD experience, teachers will be able to equip their students to think about how AI impacts their lives and what it means for their professional futures. The IBM AI Education experience will educate and inspire educators at all levels and in all content areas around what AI is, the ethics behind AI, and tools and resources to bring AI into your classroom or school.   

IBM, a leader in Artificial  Intelligence (AI) is partnering to bring you IBM AI Education, an immersive, interactive professional learning opportunity of virtual events designed by and for educators.  Attendees will learn how to infuse their curriculum and instruction with the knowledge, skills, and values driving innovation in AI today.

Events are FREE for all educators.  

More information to come soon.


This Teachable Moment:  New eBook for Families on Doing  PBL at home

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SoCalGas Grant helps bring free ST Math to over 700,000 Southern California Students!

Los Angeles, Calif., July 14, 2020 — Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the primary provider of natural gas to Central and Southern California, recently announced a $10,000 grant to MIND Research Institute to help sustain COVID-19 relief efforts in the Los Angeles area and beyond. The grant supports the estimated 200,000 students in SoCalGas’ service regions who utilized ST Math prior to the pandemic’s related school closures, and an additional 500,000 students who have joined the program since.

According to a report published in April 2020 by NWEA, student progress in math is at greatest potential for risk due to COVID-19 related school closures, and students could return to school in the fall “with less than 50% of the learning gains and in some grades, nearly a full year behind what we would observe in normal conditions.” With support from SoCalGas, ST Math can help reverse that trajectory by providing students with access to meaningful math learning.  Please click this link for the full article.

Known for their ST Math program, MIND Research Institute is a nonprofit, organization committed to providing students with a solid foundation in math.  They provide a ton of free printable STEM resources for families, as well as a new video and activity series, Developing Our MathMINDs, dedicated to supporting families that are now teaching and learning math at home.  Their storybook board games, MathMINDs Games, are also available for purchase.

MIND's flagship program, ST Math, is a PreK-8 visual instructional program that leverages the brain's innate spatial-temporal reasoning ability to solve mathematical problems.  ST Math's unique, patented approach provides students with more equitable access to deep conceptual learning.

At  MIND Research Institute, our mission is to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging problems.  With schools across the country temporarily closing, we're providing resources and no-cost access to ST Math so the learning can keep on happening at home.  Learn  more at:

California ASCD 2020 Congratulates our Outstanding Instructional Leader Award Recipient

Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County Superintendent, was selected as the CASCD Outstanding Instructional Educator (OIL) Award for many reasons.  She has vast experience spanning over 30 years in education.  She has done extensive work in early learning, launching the Strong Start Coalition composed of community leaders and organizations to expand high quality early learning opportunities throughout Santa Clara County.  She also demonstrates her commitment and focus on equity through the Inclusions Collaborative to provide more opportunities for students with disabilities to be meaningfully included.  Her leadership also led to the My Name, My Identity - asking educators to pledge to pronouncing students' names correctly to foster a sense of belonging and to build positive relationships within the classroom.

Most recently, as the Santa Clara County Superintendent, she has supported the 32 superintendents in the county in navigating through school closures by providing advocacy and garnering local financial support for connectivity and device needs within districts.  She has organized twice weekly meetings with the Public Health Department and County Counsel to keep the district leaders apprised and supported.  Dr. Dewan stepped forward providing resources and guidance during this most difficult time, advocating and supporting superintendents in a thoughtful, calm and deliberate manner.  Her graceful leadership and critical listening provided the necessary support to allow for collective and timely support to each respective community.  She is certainly an educational leader worthy of emulation.

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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