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Contra Costa County Office of Education SUMMER 2017
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Welcome to the SUMMER 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
CCCOE Distinguished Speaker Series: 
Using Notebooks to Elicit Scientific Thinking
Science notebooks are a tool that can improve teaching and learning, developing students' thinking over time, and supporting student engagement in NGSS Science and Engineering Practices. Learn how notebooks can be used to guide investigations, assess for learning, and communicate students' findings. Join staff from the California Academy of Science's Teacher Institute on Science & Sustainability for a full-day workshop on integrating science notebooks for scientific meaning-making! This program is for K-12 educators, including administrators (site or district), instructional coaches, and classroom teachers.
Date and location: May 16, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Hilary Dito at 925-942-3381, register at this  Eventbrite page 
Fee: $110 - lunch will be provided
Computer Science Fundamentals for TK-6 Educators
As a Regional Partner with Code.org, the CCCOE is hosting a one-day workshop for K-5 educators interested in teaching computer science. This workshop will cover Code.org's CS Fundamentals courses 1-4. 
Code.org'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.
Date and location : May 23, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Brentwood USD, Brentwood
For info : Contact Christen Schwartz  at 925-942-3435, or visit this Web page for more details and registration
Fee: Free
Computer Science Fundamentals for TK-6 Educators
As a Regional Partner with Code.org, the CCCOE is hosting a one-day workshop for K-5 educators interested in teaching computer science. This workshop will cover Code.org's CS Fundamentals courses 1-4. 
Code.org's elementary school curriculum allows event 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.
Date and location : June 13, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info : Contact Christen Schwartz  at 925-942-3435, or visit this Web page for more details and registration
Fee: Free
K-5 NGSS Institute: Focus on Inquiry, Literacy, and the CA Science Framework
During this one-day workshop, participants will explore and experience the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through inquiry and literacy standards. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the NGSS and the implications for student learning. After experiencing inquiry-based lessons,  participants will dive into the California Science Framework and examine resources for creating grade-level lessons and units. Participants will have an opportunity to collaborate with peers on shifts in teaching and learning.
Date and location: June 12, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Hilary Dito at 925-942-3381, register at this Eventbrite page 
Fee: $75 - lunch will be provided
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 : June 20, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info : Contact Christen Schwartz  at 925-942-3435, or visit this Web page for more details and registration
Fee: $175, lunch and Making Numbers Talk Matter book included; bring a team of two or more and save over 20%
Secondary Number Talks 1.0 - Grades 6-12
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 Making Number Talks Matter book, written by Cathy Humphreys & Ruth Parker. This resource is included in the price of the workshop.
Date and location : June 21, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info : Contact Christen Schwartz  at 925-942-3435, or visit this Web page for more details and registration
Fee: $175, lunch and Making Numbers Talk Matter book included
Number Talks 2.0 - All Grades

In this one-day workshop we will embark on how to structure and lead productive mathematical discussions. We will emphasize setting mathematical goals for each number talk, learn how to use models to develop students' conceptual understanding, explore how to productively move students toward efficient strategies for problem solving, and provide timely and appropriate feedback to students. Throughout the workshop we will engage and explore open source resources to take our number talks to the next level in student mathematical thinking and engagement.
Date and location : June 22, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info : Contact Christen Schwartz  at 925-942-3435, or visit this Web page for more details and registration
Fee: $125, includes Intentional Talk book and lunch 
What's in a Number? Exploring Mathematics Conceptually

During this one-day workshop, participants will explore and experience mathematics conceptually, 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 : June 27, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info : Contact Christen Schwartz  at 925-942-3435, or visit this Web page for more details and registration
Fee: $100, includes lunch and materials
CCCOE Distinguished Speaker Series: 
Making Statistical Connections

The California Common Core Mathematics Content Standards have incorporated statistics and probability standards in grades 6-12. The California Mathematics Project, in partnership with the California Mathematics Council, and the California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators has developed a series of modules for grades 6-12 teachers to support the teaching and learning of statistics and probability.

This two-day workshop will take a close look at the modules, instructional guides for educators, and the materials available for use with teachers focusing specifically on grades 6-12. Presenters will begin by introducing the GAISE (Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education) Framework and provide opportunities for teachers to experience the progressions of statistics and probability standards in middle school through high school. All activities are interactive, modeling teaching and learning strategies for students.The workshop incorporates technology and ELD strategies in order to address 21st-century learning needs.
Dates and Location: August 7 & 8, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Pleasant Hill Community Center, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact  at 925-942-3435, register at this Eventbrite page 
Fee: $250 - lunch and materials included
Solving the Fraction Mystery

Fractions are conceptually difficult for many. Moving beyond pizza and pie models, we will explore the many ways for developing fraction understanding including using concrete manipulatives. Throughout this two-day workshop participants will engage in conceptually meaningful mathematics tasks for all fraction operations. Participants will have the opportunity to gain a foundational understanding of fractions. Our journey through fractions will conclude with connections to ratios and proportional reasoning. This program is for a dministrators, coaches, teachers, and paraprofessionals.
Dates and Location: August 9 & 10, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact  at 925-942-3435, register at this Eventbrite page 
Fee: $200 - lunch and materials included
2017 California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) Training

Save-the-Date! E verything you need to know to administer the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Surveys (Cal-SCHLS) in your school or district. The Cal-SCHLS consists of the California Healthy Kids (CHKS), the California School Climate (CSCS), and the California School Parent surveys. There will also be information regarding how the surveys support LCAP, funding available for survey administration, and communicating survey results.  Training facilitator will be  Leslie Poyner, Ph.D., Research Associate, at WestEd.  This training is recommended for district/school staff who coordinate and/or administer the California Healthy Kids Survey. Please note that it is   not   necessary to have someone attend from each school site in your district. Those who attend are generally an individual or small district team.
Date and Location : August 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; CCCOE , Pleasant Hill
For info: Keep your eye on CCCOE's professional development calendar, or contact Emily Justice at 925-942-5328 
Fee: Free
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.
Date and location: May 13, all seminars are held 
9:00  a.m. -2:30 p.m.;  Saint Mary's College Moraga
For info: Contact  Jeannie Harberson  at 925-631-4936, or visit their
website
Fee: $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 grassroots effort that began with a small group of about eight secondary science teachers in the fall of 2005.
Date and location: May 6, - 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland
For info: Email them at Feast@ChabotSpace.org visit this website to review program subjects and to register
Fee: Free
Better Together: California Teachers Summit 2017
California teachers are working hard to foster inclusive classrooms, spark learning and equip all students to succeed. This is a difficult job, especially at a time when our country is divided and our core values as educators are being challenged. Now more than ever, teachers deserve an opportunity to come together and share ways to support our students, protect our values as educators and set an example for the rest of the country. At each of the past two summits, participants have been inspired by several keynote speakers and have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to network with other teachers.
Date and locations: July 28; multiple locations throughout California
For info: Visit the program's website
Fee: Free

Upcoming Events / Field Trips

High School Journalism Boot Camp
Journalism in the Age of Fake Facts is the theme for the San Francisco/Peninsula Press Club's annual High School Journalism Boot Camp. The event will feature a panel discussion on the recent phenomenon of "fake news and alternative facts." An array of workshops will address such topics as breaking news coverage, photography, video production, investigative journalism, and feature writing.
Date and location: May 13, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; City College of San Francisco
For info: Contact Antonia Ehlers
Fee: Free
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
13th 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 1, 11:00 a.m.
For info: Contact Lori McDonald at (925) 313-9296 or visit the CAER website 
STEM Summer Education Camps 

One of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership's goals is to provide summer enrichment opportunities for high school students and teachers. The STEM summer camps offer the opportunity to explore theory and practice in week-long experiences that blend hands-on exploration, problem-solving, field visits to industry workplaces, and presentations by experts, combined with college campus exposure and college credit.
Dates and locations: 
Engineering, Construction, and Manufacturing Camp , June 12-16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily; Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill
Environmental Science Camp , June 19-23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily; CSU-East Bay Concord Campus 

Biotechnology Camp, July 17-21, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily; CSU-East 

East Bay Solar Energy Academy, July 10-14, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily;  CSU-East Bay, Concord Campus 

For info: C ontact April Treece at ( 925) 672-3759, regarding CSUEB-site camps; Contact Liz Cabiles at (925) 969-2037, regarding the  DVC-site camp  
Fee: Each camp has a different price point, see the program's website
DVC Exploring Careers Summer Camps 

Created for high school students entering grades 10, 11, and 12, these week-long summer camps will feature Engineering, Construction, and ManufacturingHospitality and Culinary; Business; and Technical Arts. This is an amazing opportunity for high school students to explore careers while earning one unit of college credit.
Dates and location: Multiple dates; Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill
For info: C ontact the Program Coordinator at ( 925) 969-2037, or visit their website
Fee:  Each camp fee is $1 for high school students
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

Google Science Fair

The Google Science Fair is a global online science and engineering competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18. Submit a science or engineering project and win unbelievable prizes.
For info: To sign up for fun and free resources kits for your classroom or school, visit their website
Deadline: May 17
Fee: Free
KidsGardening.com 

KidsGardening.com is a website that has plenty of ideas about plants and gardens, teacher resources, and grant opportunities.
Constitution Day

A 2005 act of Congress states that all educational institutions receiving federal funding must observe September 17 as Constitution Day, which celebrates the 1787 signing of our founding document. According to the guidelines put forth by the Department of Education, teachers and schools are free to design Constitution Day programming that best addresses the needs of their students.
Date: September 17 
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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