Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year! I enjoy all that the new year brings – a recommitment to ourselves, our goals and to the people around us including the students we impact daily. The new year also brings optimism, opportunity and hope for better things to come. 


I am proud that our agency can provide the information and teaching resources shared in our monthly Dateline newsletter. We offer hundreds of professional development opportunities throughout the school year on many different topics that we hope you take advantage of. This month, we offer trainings and workshops related to English learners, early childhood education, equity in education, youth mental health and digital media literacy. Additionally, the newsletter has links to resources from our educational and community partners, as well as information for grants, scholarships and awards. 


January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness month. There are many in our county who are working to eliminate human trafficking in our communities. By learning the signs that an individual may be a victim, we can all play a key part in helping to end all forms of human trafficking. 


This month is also National Staying Healthy Month, and they say laughter is the best medicine. As you welcome students back to the classroom, I hope you can connect with joy, laughter and anticipation of the new year. 


Please enjoy and share Dateline with your fellow educators. Wishing all of you a great new year. 


With gratitude, 

Lynn Mackey

Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools

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English Learner Professional Development Opportunities

One-day virtual conference for leaders with the theme of Improving Systems and Outcomes for Multilingual Learners. The Institute has three areas of focus: Student Voice, Focus on Language, Implementation of EL Roadmap Principles

Opening Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Ivannia Soto

Closing Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Steven Dorsey

1/26; 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Website and Flyer

The CoP sessions provide time and space for collaborative work and conversation, diving deeper into the work of writing and developing EL Master Plans using the EL Master Plan Playbook as a guide.

1/11, 3/1, 5/3;

All sessions: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Participants will engage in the last three of the five learning modules. The modules of the Teacher Strand are constructed following the four principles of the English Learner Roadmap. The teacher strand focuses on classroom practices, on teaching and learning, and specific instructional strategies.

1/17, 3/2, 4/20, 5/4*;

Sessions: 3:15 p.m. -5:15 p.m.

*Community of Practice Session

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and engage with current information, shared resources, and develop stronger pathways for biliteracy in their districts. 


1:00 p.m. - 2:30 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

1/24, 2/14, 3/16, 4/18; All sessions: 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

More Professional Development Opportunities

Bay Region 4 CPIN Professional Development 

The Integrated Nature of Learning Professional Development Session led by our training partner Shalek Chappill. 

Date: January 12, 2023; 5:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. 


SOGIE: Inclusive & Expansive Schools Training for Classroom-Based Educators (2-part)

Through an intersectional healing centered framework, participants will increase their understanding and develop skills to create safer, more inclusive classroom environments for young people who identify as LGBTQI+. The training will cover the foundational concepts of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE), health and educational disparities facing LGBTQI+ youth, laws that protect students, resources available, and specific strategies for classroom teachers and other staff working in a classroom or group environment.

Audience: Teachers, school staff, community-based organization staff who provide school-based services. This training is most appropriate for classroom-based educators.

Dates: (must attend both dates)

Session 1: January 23, 2023; 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Session 2: January 25, 2023; 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

SOGIE: Inclusive & Expansive Schools Training for Counselors/Health Center Staff (1-part)

Through an intersectional healing centered framework, participants will increase their understanding and develop skills to create safer, more inclusive classroom environments for young people who identify as LGBTQI+. The training will cover the foundational concepts of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE), health and educational disparities facing LGBTQI+ youth, laws that protect students, resources available, and specific strategies for classroom teachers and other staff working in a classroom or group environment.

Audience: Counselors, Health/Wellness Center staff, school administrators, school nurses. This training is most appropriate for those who provide student services outside the classroom setting.

Date: January 24, 2023; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 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: January 24, 2023 or February 13, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Same workshop, offered twice)

Cost: Free

See Flyer

Go Behind the Camera to Help Students Analyze Media Messages

(Part of series: Leveling up Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship Skills with CCCOE, KQED, and Common Sense Education)

From TikTok videos and “authentic” social media influencers to advertisements and docudramas, teaching students how to critically read media is more important than ever. In this workshop, learn how media messages are built not just through catchy slogans but also through production choices like framing and music–and how these choices are often designed to play on our biases and motivate our interests and actions. 

This Media Literacy series uses a pedagogy centered on learning by doing, which:

  • Builds educator confidence
  • Empowers instruction 
  • Streamlines planning + implementation
  • Centers experiential learning
  • Deepens empathy 
  • Strengthens assessment

Audience: K-12 Educators

Date: January 24, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Cost: Free

See Flyer

Family & Community Engagement Workshop: Tobacco Impacts Youth Mental Health

Interactive virtual workshop focused on the intersection between youth mental health, wellness, and tobacco use. Presented in partnership with the Wellness In Schools Program (WISP). Simultaneous Spanish interpretation.

Audience: Parents/guardians, family members, school administrators and staff, and other caring adults.

Date/Time:  January 24, 2023; 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Winter of CS Event: Changing the World Bit by Bit with Micro:bit

This interactive one-day workshop will provide strategies and experiences with a physical computing device to engage students in computer science practices that can be implemented into core standards.It will include hands-on experience around design thinking, state standard core + CS integration, collaboration, and creating for social good using computer science skills. Participants will engage in micro:bit activities with a connection to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. 

Audience:K-8 Educators at all levels of micro:bit expertise. (Event will be capped at 20 participants, due to micro:bit materials availability.)

Date: January 25, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

See Flyer

Healthy Futures Small Group Intervention Program for Students Caught Vaping

Learn about the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit Healthy Futures program, a small group alternative-to-suspension (intervention) for students who were caught with e-cigarettes/vape pens. This is a complimentary program to the one-on-one intervention program, Brief Intervention (BI). Those trained in BI are welcome to attend this training, although past participation in a BI training is not required.

Audience: TUPE site coordinators, counselors, administrators, Health/Wellness Center staff, community-based organization staff providing school-based services

Date: January 26, 2023; 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Leadership in Arts Education: Creativity at the Core Module 12

The California County Superintendents Statewide Arts Initiative is pleased to host a webinar on the newest Creativity at the Core module, Leadership in Arts Education. The webinar, for education leaders at every level, will include practical skills and tools for establishing sustainable arts education programming in schools. Topics include: 

  • An Administrator’s Guide to Arts Advocacy 
  • Cultural Responsiveness in Arts Education 
  • Arts Integration Leadership 
  • Arts Partnerships 
  • Leadership Development through Creative Action Planning

Audience: K-12 Administrators

Date: January 31st, 2023, 4:00-5:00pm

Cost: Free

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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


Option 1: February 9, 2023; 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Option 2: April 25, 2023; 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Register for February 9 Virtual YMHFA Training

Register for April 25 Virtual YMHFA Training

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Contra Costa County Library News

Community Reads for Kids

The Library is excited to launch the third Community Reads for Kids, a reading program that strives to get everyone in the county to read and discuss the same book. This year’s book is “Guts” by Raina Telgemeier. In the book based on the author’s life, Raina is having tummy trouble and it seems to coincide with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. The graphic novel deals with growing up and gathering the courage to face and conquer her fears. The program includes an online book discussion, a live Zoom event with the author, and an online program for adults about anxiety in children and teens. The book is available in hardback, paperback and eBook formats. Place your holds today at

 Winter Reading Challenge 

Experience all the feels this winter. Learn about the history of emojis, explore the importance of emotions, and earn badges while discovering how to express yourself. From January 1 - 31, you are encouraged to read and log 600 minutes. Earn emoji badges, enjoy emotion-themed booklists, and write fervent, enthusiastic, dramatic, or stirring book reviews. Use your existing Beanstack account to register or create an account for free today at

New Open Hours at the Pleasant Hill Library

Beginning Tuesday, January 3 the library will be open six days a week. The new hours funded by the City of Pleasant Hill include 10 hours on Mondays and two additional hours on Tuesdays. The library is now open 12 more hours each week for a total of 52.

Pleasant Hill Library Hours – Beginning Tuesday, January 3

Monday: 10 – 8

Tuesday: 10 – 8

Wednesday: 10 – 6

Thursday: 10 – 6

Friday: 9 – 5

Saturday: 9 – 5

More Info

For more information on all Contra Costa County Library programs, resources and events, visit

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2022-23 CourAGE Media Contest

CCCOE's TUPE team is excited to announce that the 2022-2023 CourAGE Media Contest is officially open! The theme this year is: Let’s Tackle Tobacco and Vanquish Vaping! Contra Costa public school students in grades 6-12 can enter their original work—video, social media, or drawing/art—for a chance to win a top prize of $200. This flyer has all of the details and contest guidelines. The QR code on the first page will take students to a folder with supportive materials to give them guidance through the process. Students submit their entry online and the deadline for submissions is Friday, February 3, 2023.

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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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.

California Dashboard Toolkit

After a two year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CDE’s Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division has released a 2022 California School Dashboard Communications Toolkit to increase awareness and use of the 2022 Dashboard. This convenient, full-service toolkit contains a variety of parent and educator resources to help bring the components of the Dashboard closer to home to districts, schools, and communities.  

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):

  • 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.
  • Food Kids, lessons in purchasing, growing and preparing healthy meals: 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.
  • Number Talk (repeat of morning broadcast), presented by the Khan Academy and CCCOE , K-5 math lessons in English and Spanish: 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (replay from the morning)

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

Dateline is distributed during the school year to all public schools in the county by the Communications Office. The information must be received by the first of the preceding month. Publication does not signify the Contra Costa County Office of Education endorses the event or program mentioned.

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