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Contra Costa County Office of Education October 2016
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Welcome to the October 2016 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
The 2016-2017 Distinguished Speaker Series
Over the past 21 years, the Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) attracts more than 1,000 educators per year from 5 local counties and over 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: October 22, December 3, January 28, March 4, April 8, and May 13, all seminars are held 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; 
For info: Contact  Jeannie Harberson  at 925-631-4936, or visit their
Fee: $275 for entire series; $65 for individual sessions 
(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 5, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, - 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
Contra Costa County NGSS Institute

Explore the Next Generation Science Standards through the lenses of Phenomena, Crosscutting Concepts, and Engineering. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the NGSS and the impact for student learning. After diving deep into the NGSS, participants will receive tools and time to plan a scope and sequence of NGSS learning for their grade level.
  • Focus on grades 6-8: October 4
  • Focus on grades 9-12: October 6
Location: All workshops held at the CCCOE , Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Gina Yetner at (925) 942-3356, or visit the CCCOE's calendar for all dates 
Fee: $40 per workshop
Using Positive Behavior Support (general ed & special ed)
This professional-development opportunity is part of the CCCOE Teacher Induction Program's 2016-2017 After-School Professional Development Seminars for general education & special education teachers. During this seminar, teachers will learn:
  • How to design positive learning environments for student achievement
  • Moving beyond punishment to motivating students
  • Collaboration between general education and special education regarding behavior management
Date and location : October 6, 4:00-6:30 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info : Contact  Debra Sioui at 925-942-3470, or visit this website for more details, registration, and other upcoming programs included with this series
Fee: $50
CCCOE Literacy Workshop to Support Lexia & Reading Plus
Attention:  Teachers new to Lexia Reading Core5 or Reading Plus. You are invited to learn more about these two  award-winning programs that are currently used in many districts and sites throughout the county.  The training will include an introduction to the program, tips on getting started, best practices of use, suggested implementation models, and time to explore the key reports and instructional materials available.
Date and location : October 11,  9:00 a.m.-11:30am: Lexia Reading Core5 Introductory Training,  11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch 12:30pm-3:00 p.m.: Reading Plus Introductory Training; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Nicole Kade at (530) 908-0423, visit this link to register
Fee: Free
CCCOE Distinguished Speaker Series: 
Creativity as a Habit In - and Beyond - the Classroom

Unprofessional Development is a call to put creativity at the root of all learning. This full day workshop will engage participants with creative thinking both in and beyond the classroom. Participants will leave with a personal toolkit of readings, case studies, planning tools, and activities that can be used in the classroom immediately.
Date and location: October 14, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Gina Yetner at (925) 942-3356, or visit the program's Eventbrite platform
Fee: $110
Project WET Training
Project WET training and curriculum is for teachers of all backgrounds and grades for a day dedicated to helping educators incorporate information about water conservation, the water cycle, and all things water into the classroom. Project WET is an annual water education training day that the Contra Costa Water District sponsors for educators. The event is hosted by renowned water education instructor, Brian Brown of the Water Education Foundation, who is phenomenal at creating engaging curriculum that also meets NGSS and CCSS! The one-day class will arm teachers with plenty of applicable curriculum, all needed materials, and lunch 
Dates and location: October 15, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Pleasant Hill City Hall, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Justin Fivella at 925-688-8307
Fee: Free
Deadline: October 7
Creating an Equitable Classroom Environment for Student Learning (general education)
This professional-development opportunity is part of the CCCOE Teacher Induction Program's 2016-2017 After-School Professional Development Seminars for general education teachers. During this after-school seminar, teachers will learn:
  • How to create equitable classroom systems to improve student learning
  • Successful classroom management strategies from veteran teachers

Date and location: October 25, 4:00-6:30 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill

For info : Contact  Debra Sioui at 925-942-3470, or visit this website for more details, registration, and other upcoming programs included with this series
Fee: $50
Writing IEP Goals Based on Common Core Standards
(special education)
This professional-development opportunity is part of the CCCOE Teacher Induction Program's 2016-2017 After-School Professional Development Seminars for special education teachers. During this after-school seminar, teachers will learn:
  • Using assessment data to establish measurable goals 
  • Developing academic goals for students to meet educational needs 

Date and location: October 27, 4:00-6:30 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill

For info : Contact  Debra Sioui at 925-942-3470, or visit this website for more details, registration, and other upcoming programs included with this series
Fee: $50
Using Discourse Tools to Engage in Equitable Sense-Making in Science (K-8)
Come explore this one-day workshop on how teachers and elementary and middle school students engaged in the science practices can use discourse tools to promote more equitable knowledge-building in classrooms with ELs. More than language supports are needed for equitable sense-making discourse for knowledge production
with ELs. In this session, the group works together to answer the following question, "How can  discourse tools be used for not only supporting language and discourse, but also for removing persistent
exclusions of EL's ideas in knowledge-building?"
Dates and location: November 14, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Alameda County Office of Education, Hayward
For info: Contact Kaman Desai-Lasu at 510-670-4288, to learn more and register, visit this Web page
Fee: $150
Deadline: October 7
Smarter Balanced and Universal Design for Learning
(special education)
This professional-development opportunity is part of the CCCOE Teacher Induction Program's 2016-2017 After-School Professional Development Seminars for special education teachers. During this seminar, teachers will learn:
  • Using & adapting resources, technologies & instructional materials to make subject matter accessible to all students 
  • Using instructional strategies to assist students in accessing curriculum 
Date and location : November 17, 4:00-6:30 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info : Contact  Debra Sioui at 925-942-3470, or visit this website for more details, registration, and other upcoming programs included with this series
Fee: $50
School Climate & Student Engagement Series: Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and a fundamental violation of a person's human rights. Given the trafficking trends throughout the world, we know that the East Bay region, and more specifically Contra Costa County, is not immune to the plight of trafficked and exploited persons.  The average age of entry into human sex trafficking is 12 - some of our students may already be targeted by exploiters.
This training will focus on the following areas: 
  1. Identification
  2. Indicator Signs
  3. Trauma Informed Interventions
Date and Location: October 19, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Emily Justice at 925-942-5328, register at this Eventbrite platform 
Fee: Free
Northern California Safe and Healthy Schools Conference
This amazing 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, other drugs, positive youth development, peer education, school safety and response, inclusive schools, and bullying prevention. 
Date and Location: November 2-4, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Clark Kerr Conference Center, University of California, Berkeley
For info: Contact or (510) 670-4197, or visit the event's website
Fee: Conference Rate: $295/person ($250 Early Bird); Conference Rate - Day 1 or Day 2: $195/person ($150 Early Bird) 
CCCOE Distinguished Speaker Series: 
Diving into 3-Dimensional Learning and the Next Generation of Science Standards
Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education and director of the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University Joseph Krajcik will explore with the participants the central position that making sense of phenomena plays in science teaching and the NGSS. During the workshop, participants will experience making sense of phenomena and reflect on how the experience relates to NGSS. He will engage participants in the meaning of each of the dimensions - core disciplinary ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts - as well as explain the importance of developing student understanding across time. Woven throughout his remarks, Joe will discuss the opportunities and challenges of using 3-dimensional learning to support students in sense making.
Date and Location: November 10, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Hilary Dito at 925-942-3396, register at this Eventbrite platform 
Fee: Free
CCCOE Distinguished Speaker Series: 
Edcamp Contra Costa
Join New York Times Best-Selling author Dave Burgess (Teach Like a Pirate) for a high-energy, entertaining, and inspirational program that will transform the way you look at your role as an educator. Learn how to dramatically increase student engagement, design wildly creative lessons, and build a course that is a life-changing experience for your students. Teachers who attend Edcamp can choose to lead sessions on those things  that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build  understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions. This program is for K-12 educators.
Date and Location: January 21, 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sequoia Middle School, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Hilary Dito at 925-942-3396, register at this Eventbrite platform 
Fee: Free

Upcoming Events / Field Trips

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 27: Substitute Educators Day
For info: Visit the program's website
14th Annual Get Real Academy
The 14h 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 2, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Hilton Concord, Concord
For info: Contact P. Eileen Fisher
Fee: Free  
The California ShakeOut

The California ShakeOut drill is held annually on the third Thursday of October each year. (Other states are also holding ShakeOut drills.)  More than 10.5 million Californians participated in 2015, practicing Drop, Cover, and Hold On, as well as other aspects of family, school, and organizational emergency plans.
Date and Location: October 20, 10:20 a.m.
For info: Visit their website
12th 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 11th 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 2, 11:00 a.m.
For info: Contact  Lori McDonald at (925) 313-9296 or visit the CAER website  
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 27-November 5, 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
Create CA
CREATE CA 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
California Student Mock Election
The 2016 Presidential election cycle is here and it is once again time to get students involved and excited about civics. The California Secretary of State and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction are partnering to host another California Student Mock Election on Tuesday, October 11. This program helps young people experience the importance of elections and the power their vote has in our democracy. This year it builds on the excitement of a Presidential election by giving California's high school and middle school students a chance to have their say on who they want to be the next President of the United States. Once their votes are counted, students can compare their choices to those of their peers at schools from all over the state.
For info: Contact the Student Mock Election Team at (916) 651-3070, or visit their website
Fee: Free 
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

Resources / Contests

2016 Contra Costa County Attendance Awareness Poster Contest
Contra Costa County students, grades 6-12, are encouraged to use their creativity and poster-making skills to tell us why   "Every School Day Counts: Attend today, achieve for a lifetime!" This year's poster theme is 
"School is your first and most important job!" Winning poster makers will receive $100 in gift cards, and their posters will appear on local transit buses around the county!
For info:  Contact Emily Justice at (925) 942-5328 or visit the contest's website
Deadline: October 28
Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society

The Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society will gladly organize an astronomy night for your school, youth group, or community organization. The organization's members volunteer their time and their telescopes to bring the universe to you. They also provide knowledgeable speakers and activities on various astronomy topics, either in a classroom or in a meeting setting.
For info:  Visit their website
Fee: Free
YouSTEM is a free web resource for K-12 students to find out about local STEM Programs. From lectures to internships, the site lists opportunities for students to explore different areas of interest. 
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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Karen Sakata, Superintendent of Schools
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