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Contra Costa County Office of Education October 2017
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Welcome to the October 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
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
CCCOE Distinguished Speaker Series: 
Number Talks with Dr. Cathy Humphreys
Are you interested in recharging your Number Talks knowledge? Do you have any burning questions of the authors of Number Talks? Let's take our Number Talks to the next level! AC3ME and CCCOE are teaming up to host a mini Number Talks Seminar and Q and A Session with Dr. Cathy Humphreys! Dr. Humphreys is the co-author with Ruth Parker of Number Talks Matter. She has also co-authored Connecting Mathematical Ideas with Jo Boaler. 
Date and location : October 3, 4:00-7:00 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: $15
Computer Science for Elementary TK-6

As a Regional Partner with, the CCCOE is hosting a one-day workshop for K-5 educators interested in teaching computer science. This workshop will cover's CS Fundamentals courses A-F.'s elementary school curriculum allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing. Courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with "unplugged" classroom activities that require no computer.
Participants will receive:
  • In-person instruction from an experienced computer science facilitator
  • Intro to computer science and pedagogy
  • Overview of the online curriculum and teacher dashboard
  • Printed curriculum guide containing course lesson plans
  • Strategies for teaching "unplugged" classroom activities
  • Bag of swag
Date and location : October 5, 8:00 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: $20
Conference: Welcoming Schools & Communities Summit/Rainbow High

This annual event is focused on creating safe and affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ youth. Hosted by the Contra Costa Inclusive Schools Coalition, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, and the Rainbow Community Center. 
The Summit invites educators/teachers, faith community members, service providers, healthcare providers, parents, guardians, and youth (ages 11-25) to attend. 
Date and Location: October 7, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Olympic High School, Concord
For info: Contact Daphnee Valdez or visit the program's Eventbrite registration page
Fee: Free 
Being Generationally Savvy: Working Effectively With All Generations

Have you noticed your newer employees feel and look and act differently than novice colleagues you remember? Are you hearing of communication challenges between colleagues of different ages? Are you becoming aware more employees want a life-work balance vs. a work-life balance? Generational factors might be coming into play. Who are these four generations in our workplaces? What are their strengths and needs? What structures and communication protocols should we design to work well with them all? And, what knowledge do we need to help every group thrive? Using Jennifer's book, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate and Create Community, this workshop will provide tools and resources on this increasingly intriguing topic.
Dates and Location: October 10, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Pleasant Hill Community Center, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Marsha Tokuyoshi at 925-942-3385, visit the program's Eventbrite registration page 
Fee: $110 - A copy of The Multigenerational Workplace to all registered attendees
CCCOE Distinguished Speaker Series: 
Creating a Student Centered Classroom
During this workshop, attendees will engage in understanding how to create a classroom culture of learning that is student centered. We will work together to build a definition of learning so participants understand the changing needs of today's modern learners (the why) and look at how authentic and relevant learning experiences can be personalized and integrated within traditional curriculum and classroom constraints. We will also help teachers develop a plan that incorporates culture building and leads to a learning environment that supports managing collaborative and student centered experiences (the how).
Date and location : October 17, 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
Workshop: Human Trafficking & Commercial Exploitation of Children 

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. School administrators, teachers, counselors, school security staff, and community-based organization personnel are invited to learn more about this problem. This training is provided by the Contra Costa County Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program.
Date and Location: October 18, 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: Free
Number Talks 1.0 TK-5
Number Talks support implementation of the California Standards in Mathematics (CCCSS). Participants engage in discourse, conversations, and alternative thinking in mathematics.This workshop is framed around the Number Talks book, written by Sherry Parrish. The book contains more than 850 purposefully designed number talks and a DVD featuring 19 Number Talks filmed in actual classrooms. These resources are included in the price of the workshop. 
Date and location : October 24, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info : Contact Christen Schwartz  at 925-942-3435, or visit Eventbrite registration page for more details and sign up
Fee: $175, lunch and Making Numbers Talk Matter book included; bring a team of two or more and save over 20%
CCCOE Distinguished Speaker Series:
Teaching Earth Systems and Building Design using STEAM with Ladie Malek
Earth Systems can be taught as a very interdisciplinary unit, incorporating everything from geology, paleontology, and oceanography to structural engineering, architecture, and business planning. 
Participants in this workshop will explore phenomenon-based curriculum design and story line development. Ladie Malek will take participants through the 5E lesson structure for guided inquiry using earth science mysteries. Participants will learn about some of the processes that shape our planet while exploring NGSS units, including a STEAM engineering project. Content will be focused on Middle School NGSS Standards, but the pedagogy is adapted to all grades.
Date and location : October 24, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info : Contact Hilary Dito  at 925-942-3396, or visit the program's Eventbrite registration page for more details and sign up
Fee: $110
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) 
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
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
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)
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
Fun Exchanges & Activities for Science Teachers
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 grassroots effort that began with a small group of about eight secondary science teachers in the fall of 2005.
Dates and locations: November 4, February 3, March 3, and May 5;  Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland
For info: Email them at or visit their website 
to review program subjects and to register 
Fee: Free to educators

Upcoming Events / Field Trips

And Then They Came For Us - Film Screening and Panel Discussion
A very special screening of the film: And Then They Came for Us (2017), along with a panel discussion will be offered to the public on October 30, in Lafayette. The documentary is directed by social justice filmmaker Abby Ginzberg, and features actor George Takei, who as a child was relocated, along with his family, to an internment camp for Japanese-American citizens. The film warns that building walls and banning Muslims echo the World War II disaster of incarcerating innocent Japanese Americans. Following the film, there will be a panel (including Ginzberg) discussion. The screening is sponsored by Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools, Karen Sakata, and is part of the CCCOE's year-long initiative on equity and diversity entitled: Allies & Advocates. The 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. 
Date and location: October 30, 4:00-6:00  p.m. ;  Acalanes High School, Lafayette
For info: View the event's poster
Fee: Free, but please register at this Eventbrite registration page  
Contra Costa County Model UN
The Contra Costa County Model United Nations program is an exciting, educational way for high school students to learn about global issues. The Model UN simulates the activities of a UN body such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Students assume the roles of diplomatic representatives to the UN as they consider contemporary international concerns. Through this role-playing event, students develop a greater understanding of world problems and the complexity of international relations. All Bay Area schools are welcome to submit a Model UN team.  #cocomun
Dates and location: November 3, 3:30-8:30 p.m., November 4, 12:00  -6:30 p.m.; Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Diane Morrell at (925) 942-3406 or visit the program's Web page
Fee$150 per team and $40 per delegate 
Deadline: Schools must register by October 14
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 
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 2016, practicing Drop, Cover, and Hold On, as well as other aspects of family, school, and organizational emergency plans.
Date and Location: October 19, 10:19 a.m. (If you cannot hold your ShakeOut drill on 10/19, you can select another day when you register.)
For info: Visit their 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: $75 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

Resources / Contests

2017 Contra Costa County Attendance Awareness Poster Contest

In honor of the recent Attendance Awareness Month (September), the CCCOE is currently holding its Attendance Awareness Poster Contest to promote good attendance habits and help students and parents understand why going to school every day matters. The contest is for current Contra Costa County students attending K-5. This is an opportunity for participating students to share their views on why school attendance is important. 
For info: Visit the Contest's Web page  
Deadline: October 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
2017 Contra Costa County Attendance Awareness Principals Challenge

Attention Principals: we want to recognize those superstar principals who are actively engaging parents, students, and staff to improve attendance and decrease chronic absence by implementing effective site-based strategies. After completing this survey, you will be entered into the challenge in which we will recognize principals who have done an outstanding job of raising awareness at their school site regarding chronic absenteeism and working to improve student attendance. 
For info: Visit the Principal's Challenge's Web page   
Deadline: October 20
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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