Dear Colleagues, 


Thank you for taking time to read this month’s Dateline newsletter. The internet is not short on providing content to educators who are looking for resources and information. The resources listed below are just a small portion of what is available to educators and I hope you find them valuable. 


It is Black History Month. It is a time to remind us of and celebrate the contributions, culture and history of African Americans in this country. There are wonderful webinars and events happening this month that bring to light the importance of amplifying diverse voices, experiences and viewpoints. 


The start of the new year presented us with challenging events with record rainfall and tragedies at the hands of gun violence. These events can bring sadness, stress and anxiety to all of us. As we are inclined to help others, especially young people and our students, remember to take care of yourselves, as well. Taking care of our own mental health is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. 


As always, please feel free to share this newsletter with your fellow educators. If you are looking for more information and resources, check out our website at


With gratitude, 

Lynn Mackey

Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools

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Black History Month Curriculum & Instruction

CCCOE's Curriculum & Instruction team develops instructional materials to support those monthly resolutions. The materials are intended to provide resources and prompt discussions as part of the Social Justice Standards in elementary and secondary grade levels.

Download Here

20th Annual Oakland Black College Expo

20th Annual Black College Expo Saturday February 4th at Oakland Marriott City Center. Seniors and Juniors and College Transfer Students meet one on one with over 40 HBCUs and over 150 other colleges and universities . Get ALL you need to know to WIN! Get Educational Resources. EVERYONE is’s for students of ALL ages.

DATE: Saturday, February 4, 2023

TIME: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

LOCATION: Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway Oakland, CA 94607

Registration and Information

Black History Month Point Pinole Stroll

POINT PINOLE REGIONAL SHORELINE - Celebrate Black History Month with a stroll around Point Pinole. Learn the local history of Parchester Village while exploring Dotson Family Marsh and whom it is named after.

Meet at Giant Road Staging Area.

No registration required, Drop-in program only.

For information, call 510-544-2233.

More Details

Black History Month: Tribute to Richmond's Sports Leaders

Richmond Public Library invites you to attend our special Black History Month Program to honor local recreation and sports legends Charlie Reid, Eural McKelvy, and C.A. Robertson for this exciting video tribute and program.

DATE: Thursday, February 23, 2023

TIME: Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: City Council Chambers 440 Civic Center Plaza Richmond, California

Free Must RSVP through Eventbrite

Thurgood Marshall Black History Month Hike

In honor of Black History month, take a public tour to explore the southern end of the new Thurgood Marshall Regional Park: Home of the Port Chicago 50, site of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. Learn about the history of this land, stories of resistance and bravery, and the events that played a vital role in the desegregation of the armed forces. Come ready for a mostly paved 2-mile hike with views of Mount Diablo.

Registration and Information

Documentary About Betty Reid Soskin Airing on EdTV

About the Film

No Time to Waste celebrates legendary 98-year-old park ranger Betty Reid Soskin's inspiring life, work and urgent mission to restore critical missing chapters of America’s story. The film follows her journey as an African American woman presenting her personal story from a kitchen stool in a national park theater to media interviews and international audiences who hang on every word she utters.

The documentary captures her fascinating life -- from the experiences of a young Black woman in a WWII segregated union hall, through her multi-faceted career as a singer, activist, mother, legislative representative and park planner to her present public role.

No Time To Waste

The Urgent Mission of Betty Reid Soskin

This documentary will air several times on edTV, see dates and times below. EdTV is available in most of the County on Comcast Channel 32, West County on Comcast Channel 24, and AT&T U-Verse on Channel 99.





February 3, 2023

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February 6, 2023

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February 7, 2023

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February 8, 2023

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February 10, 2023

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February 13, 2023

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February 15, 2023

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February 17, 2023

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February 21, 2023

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February 27, 2023

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February 28, 2023

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Kaiser Permanente Northern California Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education

 is pleased to present the


Black Men in White Coats Youth Summit 2023

Date & Time: Saturday, April 1, 2023, 9:00am – 3:00pm

 Location: Merritt College, Oakland CA

Registration is open

English Learner Professional Development Opportunities

Leaders share aspects of their LCAPs that uplift and prioritize the needs of English learners with aspirational goals, actions, growth targets, PDs, and program components that create a roadmap for high quality comprehensive EL programs and practices.  


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Workshop will help LEA teams design an LCAP aligned to the research-based CA EL Roadmap policy and focuses on identifying actions, services, programs, and resources that ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes for English learners.

2/8, 2/22;

All sessions: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Participants will explore tools and resources from the CA Practitioners’ Guide for Educating ELs with Disabilities designed to provide guidance on:

Pre-referral Interventions, Assessment and the Referral Process

Access, Equity & Instructional Practices, Reclassification from EL Status.

2/14, 3/16, 4/18;

All sessions: 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

The California Collaborative for Learning Acceleration (CCLA) Summit is an inclusive space for educators to gain knowledge and deepen understanding of learning acceleration to reinvigorate classroom instruction to improve student outcomes. 


8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

More Professional Development Opportunities

The Impact of Trauma at School

The CDE Diagnostic Center, Northern California will offer a free session about the impact of trauma on student capacity. Learn the signs and symptoms to look for when screening students for trauma-related problems and assessment tips to help determine the extent to which a particular student's difficulties in school are likely related to traumatic experiences. A brief overview of evidence-based strategies to address trauma through school-based mental health services is also included, along with resources to assist in service planning.

Date/Time: February 6, 2023, 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free


Contact: or call 510-794-2500 with any questions. 

Winter of CS Event: Counselors 4 Computing

This workshop will help counselors join the computing conversation. It will bring people and programs together with professional development, knowledge, and resources to give all students access to transformative computing careers. 

Audience: School Counselors 

Date/Time: February 13, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free


Winter of CS Event: CS Equity Workshop for School Leaders

The aim of this virtual interactive one-day workshop for school administrators is to improve equitable access to high-quality computer science education for all learners. It will provide collaborative tools, resources & strategies to develop an equity-minded K12 computer science (CS) education plan for their schools or districts.

Audience: PK-12 School Leaders 

Date/Time: February 13, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free


Introduction to Concussions

The CDE Diagnostic Center, Northern California will offer a two-part training on concussions. The first session will identify concussion symptoms and considerations for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) assessment in special education. Participants in the second webinar on February 23 will then learn how to brainstorm teams for school re-entry following concussions, access materials for monitoring and accommodating concussions, and understand the continuum of informal accommodations.

Contact: email or call 510-794-2500 with any questions.

Date/Time: February 16 and February 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free


Scholastic Journalism Week 2023

Apply to be featured on the Journalism Education Association (JEA) Twitter during Scholastic Journalism Week. This year’s theme is “More to the story.” Our classrooms are filled with storytellers able to put words together like poetry or photograph an event like a work of art. Their videography skills rivals those in Los Angeles and their design skills are on the level of magazines published in New York. With all the skills students possess, one of them must be their ability to find a story, dig for information and, above all, report the news.

Audience: 6-12 School Leaders

Date: February 20-24, 2023

Cost: Free

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Build Math Minds Virtual Math Summit 2023 

Enjoy 34 dynamic speakers presenting sessions covering a variety of elementary math topics. It's professional development specifically for elementary teachers, that you can attend from anywhere! 

Audience: All PreK - 5 math educators

Location/Date/Time: Virtual, February 25-26, 2023/ 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Website & Registration

Nuggets at Naptime: Music Series with a CoP 

Join John Moon, Region 4 CPIN Lead and Cynthia Fong-Wan, Region 5 CPIN Lead on a musical journey as we explore the visual and performing arts section of the Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework.  

Audience: PK/TK teachers, IAs, Family Childcare Providers

Date: Virtual, March 1, 22 and April 12 and 26

Cost: Free

More Info & Registration

Registration closes February 22, 2023

History Social Science Series  

Join former Bay Region 4 CPIN Leads Debbie Supple and Eloisa Mendoza-Hinds exploring history social science as it relates to our earliest learners in Volume 3 of the Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework. 

Audience: PK/TK teachers, IAs, Family Childcare Providers

Location/Date: Virtual, March 4, 9, 18, and 23, 2023

Cost: Free

More Info & Registration

Registration closes February 24, 2023

Graham Fletcher: The Power of Progressions: Untangling the Knotty Areas of Teaching and Learning Mathematics  

Let's examine how problem-based lessons can be used throughout the scope of a unit and how we can harness their power to move student thinking forward. We'll identify strategies and explore some tasks that help us find a healthy balance between application, conceptual understanding, and procedural fluency. 

Audience: All PreK - 6 math educators

Date: March 8, 2023/ 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Pleasant Hill Community Center 

Cost: $20 Refundable Deposit


Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training

YMHFA teaches participants to identify, understand, and respond to youth, ages 6-18, who may experiencing emotional distress, mental illness or a substance use issue. This training gives adults the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support and help connect them with appropriate and timely care.

Training Prerequisites: Participants must complete 2 hours of self-paced online instruction prior to the live virtual instructor-led training.

Audience: Adults who work or interact with youth ages 6-18 years old

Dates/Times: April 25, 2023; 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Register for April 25 Virtual YMHFA Training

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Contra Costa County Library News

Calling All Artists Ages 6-17!

The Free Comic Book Days Bookmark Contest is back. The theme: Draw yourself as a superhero or a supervillain. You can submit your artwork online at or pick up a paper submission form at your local library. Contest runs from Feb 1 - 28. Finalists' artwork will be printed as a bookmark and handed out at all 26 Contra Costa County Library branches.

 Kindergarten Countdown 

Kindergarten Countdown is a program for children entering kindergarten in the fall. The activities are designed to help children practice and learn skills that will ease the transition into kindergarten. This countywide program includes skills related to talking, singing, reading, writing, self-care, and motor skills. Visit your local branch or for more information.


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California Grant Portal

The California State Library has launched a new website that streamlines all available state agency grants for education, small businesses, nonprofits, individuals, tribal governments, and more!

Kids to Parks Day School Grant Program (Apply by February 17, 2023)

National Park Trust is offering funding to Title 1 Classrooms in TK-12th grade in order to increase student access to national parks and outdoor educational experiences.  Receive up to $500 in grant funding for distance learning and up to $1,000 for field trips.

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CDE, California Student Aid Commission, and Golden State Warriors Community Foundation Team Up for “All in for FAFSA/CA Dream Act” Campaign

Don’t miss your shot! The CDE, the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation, and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) have teamed up to speak on the importance of students applying for financial aid with the “All in for FAFSA/CA Dream Act” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to expand access to financial aid to thousands of students who may not have otherwise been aware of these opportunities. The CSAC has created an “All In” landing page where students, families, and educators will find various financial aid resources, including flyers, posters, checklists, postcards, and more. Read more in this January 19, 2023, CDE news release.

Mental Health Resources

Recent events can be tough on children’s overall mental wellness and make access to resources even more important. Resources to help support children who have experienced these events are available on the California Health and Human Services Children's Mental Health Resource Hub web page. Additional resources for students and staff are available on the CA Safe Schools for All Mental Health: Student and Staff Support web page and on the CDE Mental Health web page.

Supporting the Annual Directing Change Program Student Film Contest

This statewide program invites California students from grades six through twelve to create 60-second films about suicide prevention, mental health, and other health-related topics to support awareness, education, and advocacy. Film submissions are due at midnight on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

Public Health Alert! Rainbow Fentanyl

The California Department of Public Health recently sent a letter to all California County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators, alerting them to the dangers of rainbow fentanyl. The letter outlines the concerning trends, the impact on young people, and what we can do to help save lives.

"Let's Talk Tobacco" Conversation Starter Card Deck

The "Let's Talk Tobacco" Conversation Starter Cards are a resource for parents and other adults to assist in initiating and inspiring discussions about tobacco with young people in their life. The deck contains 35 open-ended questions, resources, and tips for productive conversations.

Free Online Homework Help

The California State Library provides free online tutoring for California K-12 students, available through public libraries. Through HelpNow, live real-time homework assistance is available 24 hours a day by laptop, tablet, or phone from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards. Live tutors fluent in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog are available from 10am to 10p., 7 days a week. Additionally, HelpNow features AI translation allowing tutors and students to communicate in nearly any language.

K–12 Online Content Project Adds PBS Video Collection

California public school students and educators now have access to over 1,200 streaming PBS videos covering topics in science, history, current events, music, and drama. The PBS Video Collection (Fourth Edition) from ProQuest, part of the Clarivate company, is the latest addition to the K–12 Online Content Project, a partnership between the California State Library and the Riverside County Office of Education for school library content and tools. Learn more on the California State Library PBS Video Collection web page, which includes highlights and a full list of video titles. Contact with questions. 

Educational Programming of edTV 

Looking for some additional quality Monday-Friday educational programming at home or in the classroom? Check out the latest edTV broadcasts here.

Programs scheduled include (times are approximate):

  • Library Storytime, 8:30 a.m.
  • Betty McPeek's Circle Time, 8:45 a.m.
  • Number Talk, presented by the Khan Academy and CCCOE , K-5 math lessons in English and Spanish: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Farm to Taste, Mother-daughter culinary arts teachers at Mt. Diablo High School host healthy cooking show: 12:00-12:30 p.m.
  • STEM in 30, Emmy-nominated program produced by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum: 12:30 -1:00 p.m.
  • National Arts Gallery, outstanding stories about artists and art movements from around the world: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Classic Arts Showcase, performances, visual arts, and films that change every week: Airs most nights, depending on programming, 5:00 p.m.

edTV can be found in most of Contra Costa County on cable channels 32 (Comcast) or 99 (AT&T U-Verse).

For info: Daily schedule can be found here.

Published by the Contra Costa County Office of Education Communications Office

Contra Costa County Office of Education

77 Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill, California 94523

Lynn Mackey, Superintendent of Schools

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