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Contra Costa County Office of Education November 2017
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Welcome to the November 2017 issue of  Dateline. This informative newsletter is for all those in Contra Costa County who work in education. Please tell your fellow teachers and administrators, as well as your friends who would be interested in joining our mailing list ( click here, or the link button at the left column). 

Professional Development / Opportunities

Administrative  Leadership Program (ALP) 
What is the Administrative Leadership Program (ALP)?  CCCOE-ALP is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as a Professional Preparation Program for the Clear Administrative Services Credential (formerly referred to as the Tier II Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential). In partnership with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), CCCOE-ALP provides high-quality, researched-based professional learning and development for new leaders. Credential candidates expand and deepen their leadership knowledge, skills, and behaviors through individualized, job-embedded induction.

Program highlights include:
  • One-on-one coaching by an experienced administrator
  • Assisting and supporting participants in their administrative roles
  • Advancing the knowledge and skills of participants in relation to the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSELs)
  • Helping administrators lead, reflect, and grow capacity
  • Candidates complete a portfolio based on an Individual Induction Plan, setting goals and outlining their experiences and growth as new leaders. Upon completion of the two-year program, candidates will be recommended for the Clear Administrative Services Credential.
For info: Contact  Marsha Tokuyoshi at (925) 942-3385, or visit the program's Web page
Dates: TBD over a two-year time frame
Fee$3,500 per year CCCOE-ALP for 2 years, plus $1,000** per year to ACSA/ACCP; t otal cost for the two-year program is $9,000
What's in a Number? Exploring Mathematics Conceptually 
- TK-8

During this one-day workshop, participants will explore and experience mathematics conceptually, while building a deeper understanding of how math works. We will begin our journey in the number system through the understanding of numbers and operations and make connections to algebraic thinking and progressions through the grade levels. Participants will have an opportunity to collaborate with peers on shifts in teaching and learning through the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Date and location : November 9, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info : Contact Christen Schwartz  at 925-942-3435, or visit the program's Eventbrite registration page for more details and sign up
Fee: $100, includes lunch and materials
Introduction to the CA History-Social Science Framework

UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP) will introduce participants to the new History-Social Science Framework, which was adopted in July 2016. A central aspect of both efforts is to support teaches in developing inquiry-driven courses that integrate the H-SS Standards (content and historical analysis) and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History, while integrating ELD instructional models. UCBHSSP staff will provide a one-day orientation to the History-Social Science Framework, based on their vast experience working with teachers on integrating new approaches to learning. This program is designed for administrators, coaches, teachers, and paraprofessionals.
Participating teachers will be introduced to:
  • Major shifts in history-social science instruction as is outlned by the frameworks
  • Ways to revise existing courses so they align
  • Examples of Best Practices and Examples in Instruction.
Dates and location : November 13 or February 26 , 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info : Contact Christen Schwartz  at 925-942-3435, or visit the program's Eventbrite registration page for more details and sign up
Fee: $110, includes lunch and materials
Allies & Advocates: A Contra Costa County Equity Initiative 
The CCCOE is proud to sponsor the year-long initiative on equity and diversity entitled: Allies & Advocates. Championed by Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata, t he initiative will feature several events and activities throughout the school year, including four Equity Leadership Retreats   designed to support educational leaders to develop their own capacity to become effective champions of equity. 
Dates and location: (remaining retreats) November 14, February 13, May 15 - 9:00 a.m.-3:00  p.m. ;  CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Email or visit the retreats' flyer 
Fee : Multiple early-bird discount and group price points
Computer Science in Contra Costa County
This workshop is to introduce Administrators and Counselors to CCCOE's Regional Partnership with Code.orgLearn how your site can access high-quality computer science curriculum and professional learning opportunities for educators. Attendees will learn about's Middle School and High School computer science courses and explore tools to build computer science courses for the 2018-19 school year. Discover how the CCCOE is supporting computer science in Contra Costa County. Participants will receive materials to share with their community about computer science.
Date and location : November 29, 8:00-10:00 a.m. OR 3:30-5:30 a.m. ; CCCOE , Pleasant Hill
Registration8:00-10:00 a.m. Administrators or Counselors OR
For info : Contact Hilary Dito   at 925-942-3396
Fee: Free
Training: Brief Intervention for Substance-Using Adolescents

Short-term counseling intervention that consists of two to four sessions aimed at adolescents who use alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. The program is geared towards TUPE coordinators, administrators, teachers, counselors, school security staff, and community-based-organization representatives.  This training is provided by the Contra Costa County  
Tobacco Use Prevention Education ( TUPE ) Program.
Date and Location: November 30, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Emily Justice at 925-942-5328 or visit the program's registration page
Fee: Free
Workshop: Menthol & Big Tobacco Targeting of the African American Community

Despite fewer teens smoking than ever before, tobacco is still a major health issue and it affects some communities a lot more than others. Explore the tobacco industry targeting of the African American community, health disparities, and prevention strategies. This program is for TUPE coordinators, administrators, teachers, counselors, school security staff, and community-based organization folks. This training is provided by Contra Costa County Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program.
Date and Location: December 6, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Emily Justice at 925-942-5328 or visit the program's Eventbrite registration page
Fee$20 per person; no cost for Contra Costa TUPE consortium members
Training: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Classrooms

This training will provide the opportunity for participants to increase their understanding and skills to create safer, more inclusive classroom environments for young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ).
Date and Location: March 2, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Emily Justice at 925-942-5328 or visit the program's Eventbrite registration page
Fee$50 per person; no cost for Contra Costa TUPE consortium members
2nd Annual CCCOE EdCamp
Date and location : January 27, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; TBD
14th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum 2018
Date and location : March 17, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Pleasant Hill Community Center, Pleasant Hill
Distinguished Speaker Series: 
Planning a Year Around Workshop Teaching - Grades 5-12 
Recent research indicates that students are reading less as demands for literacy increase across all professions. Now is the time for the artful teaching of reading: to teach young readers the moves necessary to make sense of difficult texts; to motivate students to read independently; to create classrooms that inspire students to be lifelong readers. When it comes to teaching young writers, how do we move students beyond the "flat and stagnant" writing that has become the normal in many schools? 
Date and location : April 12, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info : Contact Marsha Tokuyoshi  at 925-942-3435, or visit the program's Eventbrite registration page for more details and sign up
Fee: $110, includes lunch and materials
The Saint Mary's College 2017-2018 Distinguished Speaker Series 
For the past 23 years, the Distinguished Speaker Series has attracted more than 1,000 educators each year from 5 local counties and more than 30 regional school districts. Internationally renowned speakers, authors, and consultants have been inspiring participants to make a difference in their classroom, school and, community.
Dates and location : Saturdays: October 21, November 18, January 20, March 3, April 21, and May 12, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.;  Saint Mary's College , Moraga
For info : Contact  Robert Vaclav  or visit their website
Fee:  $65 for individual sessions (breakfast and lunch included) or $275 for entire series ( Discounted graduate academic credit available)
Fun Exchanges & Activities for Science Teachers FEAST 
Have you been looking for new, exciting, teacher-tested ideas for your science classroom? Or perhaps you've wanted to have a discussion about science resources, safety in the lab, or how other teachers manage a certain science demonstration or other activity? Or maybe you simply want to network with other science teachers and build a lasting friendship with other science educators. If this is what you're looking for, we welcome you to FEAST. FEAST is truly a grass roots effort that began with a small group of about eight secondary science teachers in the fall of 2005.
Dates and Location : November 4, February 3, March 3, May 5, - 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.;  Chabot Space and Science Center , Oakland
For info : Email them at  visit this  website  to review program subjects and to register 
Fee : Free
R4 Empowering Educator Program 
Empowering Educators is a free professional development program for those who work with students in alternative, court, community, and continuation schools. It is ultimately meant to support the social and emotional health of the adults working with our most challenged youth. Participants will explore:
  • Practices of adult self-care when working with trauma-informed youth
  • Working within a strengths-based paradigm of teaching and learning
  • Developing a culture of emotional intelligence and mental hygiene for students so they are ready for work-based learning and post-secondary education
  • Basic understanding of trauma-informed care and executive brain functioning
  • Processes of transformative facilitation
  • How to build community networks centered around vision to action planning
Dates and locations: Visit their website for the latest roster of courses and the scheduled dates and locations
For info: Contact Rona Zollinger, Ph.D, at (415) 407-8555, or visit the program's website
Fee: Free
Conference: Northern CA Safe & Healthy Schools  

This two-day conference features keynote speakers and workshops that will engage and inspire anyone who works in the areas of health, mental health, nursing, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, positive youth development, peer education, restorative justice/practices, PBIS/MTSS, social justice, school safety and response, inclusive schools, and bullying prevention. 
Dates and Location: November 1- 2, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Clark Kerr Conference Center, UC Berkeley 
For info: Contact via email or phone (510) 670-3197, or visit the program's website for more details and sign up
FeeConference Rate: $295/person ($250 Early Bird); Day one or Day two: $195/person ($150 Early Bird) 

Upcoming Events / Field Trips

15th Annual Get Real Academy

The 15th Annual Get Real Academy, presented by Soroptimist International, is a life-skills conference for high school senior girls focusing on life after high school. Seminars throughout the day will include such topics as money management, women's health, domestic and workplace violence issues, insurance, career success, and job search tips. Sign-ups are now being taken.
Date and location: March 8, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Hilton Concord, Concord
For info: Contact P. Eileen Fisher at (925) 352-5508
Fee: Free 
American Education Week

American Education Week presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are
making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Use the  online toolkit for activity ideas, templates, and downloadable materials. This year's theme is Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility. The week-long celebration features a special observance each day of the week. They include:
  • Monday, November 13: Kickoff Day
  • Tuesday, November 14: Parents Day
  • Wednesday, November 15: Education Support Professionals Day
  • Thursday, November 16: Educator for a Day
  • Friday, November 17: Substitute Educators Day
For info: Visit the program's  website
16th Annual Shelter-in-Place Day 

Put this date on your calendar today! Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER) invites all schools to practice and improve their site emergency procedures for shelter-in-place by taking part in this 16th annual county-wide exercise. Guidelines for this program will be sent out to all districts and school principals later this summer (reminder post cards have recently been mailed out). Schools can use the time for training, running brief drills, or conducting more detailed emergency exercises.
Date: November 1, 11:00 a.m.
For info: Contact Lori McDonald at (925) 313-9296 or visit the CAER website 
2017 California STEAM Symposium 

The 2017 California STEAM Symposium (formerly the STEM Symposium) convenes nearly 3,000 educators from across California to catalyze improved STEAM instruction for all students. The California STEAM Symposium provides educators with opportunities for ongoing rigorous, high-quality, collaborative, and inspiring professional learning and resources. The conference also showcases innovative approaches to teaching and learning happening throughout the state.
For info: Visit their website
Fee: Multiple price points
Seventh Annual Bay Area Science Festival 
More than 200 science, technology, and engineering organizations from across the Bay Area will present the fun and excitement of science, through hands-on and interactive exhibits, science-themed performances and demonstrations, and family-oriented entertainment. 
Dates and locations: October 26-November 11, calendar of events; held at numerous sites throughout the Bay Area
For info: Visit their website
Fee: Check specific events for admission fees, but many are free
Kids: Investing in OUR Future - Benefitting C.O.P.E. Family Support Center

Please join us for a very special event supporting a tremendous county-wide program to raise campus attendance awareness and keep our kids in school. The evening features dinner; raffle prizes; and special keynote speaker, comedian Michael Pritchard, plus more! The Attendance Awarness program is advocated by Contra Costa County's Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata., Chief Assistant District Attorney Doug MacMaster, Chief of Probation Todd Billeci, and Presiding Juvenile Judge Honorable Rebecca Hardie. 
Date and location: November 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Crown Plaza Hotel, Concord
For info: Contact Thalia Diaz, (925) 689-5811 or visit the event's Eventbrite page
Fee: $50 donation per person
Grants / Scholarships
The Safeway Foundation's Grants

Safeway funds grant applications for communities where stores are located. Grants should focus on Safeway's priorities, including education. The Safeway Foundation's Grants are accepted throughout the year. Typical grants are between $2,500 - $10,000  For more information and to apply visit their website.
For info: Visit their website
The National Science Teachers Association offers 19 different awards that recognize teachers for their development and implementation of unique science programs and curricula, outstanding leadership and dedication to the profession. The NSTA awards offer recognition and a multitude of prizes for educators. Prizes include cash awards and grants, school supplies and materials, and trips to our national conferences. For more information or to download an application, visit the NSTA Teacher Awards Program website
For info: Visit their website
Deadline: December 15
The 2018 CAER Grants  

The Contra Costa County Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) provides up to $2,000 grants to improve the preparedness of Contra Costa County schools and agencies in responding effectively to shelter-in-place emergencies. The proposed drills and exercises must have a stated list of objectives and goals that must be addressed. 
For info: Contact  Lori McDonald at (925) 313-9296 or visit CAER's  website
Deadline: February 6  

Resources / Contests

PBS LearningMediaâ„¢  
PBS LearningMediaâ„¢ is the go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready digital resources, including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more! You can search, save, and share with ease. 
For info: Visit their  website
Fee: Free  
createCA is a coalition of dedicated and innovative leaders who understand that together we have the power to create lasting change for every California student. Our mission is to ensure ALL students are able to reach their full potential by advancing an education model that promotes creativity and the arts for the 21st century workforce. 
For info : Visit their  website  
Contra Costa Community Warning System
The Contra Costa County Community Warning System (CWS) is a comprehensive system designed to alert the public in the county of imminent threats to life or health. The system was developed by the Community Awareness and Emergency Response organization (CAER) and is operated by the Office of the Sheriff.  The CWS mission is to alert the public of imminent threats to life or health, inform the public of basic hazard information and guide them to resources to gather more detailed information.  The CWS uses a variety of tools to reach the public as quickly and reliably as possible such as:
  • Telephone notification (cell and landline)
  • Email
  • Texting
  • Social Media (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Sirens
  • Radio and TV
  • NOAA Weather Radios
  • Cable Television
For info: Contact the CWS Staff at (925) 313-9622 or visit their website

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