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.
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 time—that 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
A 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.
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A UCLA survey of 730 schools nationwide found widespread negative impacts related to deportation fears. Read More
(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
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
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
Districts strapped with rising expenses could use the money however they want. Read More
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
(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
California has been moving in just the opposite direction in its efforts to keep firearms off campus Read More
(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
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
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
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.
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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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 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
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Governor also wants to base community college funding on the same idea: more money for high-needs students. Read More
More than 50,000 U.S.-born students in California have Salvadoran parents who had temporary protected status.Read More
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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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