Dear Colleagues, 

Happy Pride Month! The Contra Costa County Office of Education is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment in which our LGBTQIA+ students and families feel safe and supported and free from bullying, discrimination and harassment. I again invite you to download our curriculum and resource guide that support conversations around LGBTQ+ Pride Month, as well as the CDE’s resource page that additionally provides information to support LGBTQIA+ students and families. 


Reading is one of my favorite things to do. It is one of the most important skills to learn and teach. I encourage you to make time to read recreationally, and to encourage others to read. Summer is a great time to get lost in a book. The library has many free resources that promote reading. Its Summer Reading program, children and families can win prizes, as well as provide information and discounted tickets to explore local museums and communities. The Contra Costa County Library website itself is full of great resources, including online access to newspapers, magazines, movies, and of course, books and more with just your library card. 


Once you have packed up your classrooms and offices for the summer, I hope you are able to take stock in all that was accomplished and overcome in the past year. The hard work that was put in and the lessons learned, both good and difficult. The start of the next school year will be here before you know it, so please enjoy all that summer has to offer. 


Have a great summer. 

With gratitude, 

Lynn Mackey

Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools

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LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

CCCOE's Curriculum & Instruction team develops instructional materials to support 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 Curriculum

2nd Annual Clayton Pride Parade

The kids kick off the parade on their bikes for “Pride on Wheels. Activities include balloon animal making and face painting.

Date: June 4, 2023

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Main Street, downtown Clayton.

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Richmond Rainbow Pride 9th Annual Pride: Pride and Joy

This year's theme is Pride and Joy.

Date: JUNE 4, 2023

Location: Richmond Civic Center Plaza

Time: 12:00 p.m.

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Pinole Pride

The City of Pinole is hosting the first-ever Pinole Pride event. This is a FREE family-friendly event where all are welcome. There will be food trucks, children’s activities, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon twister, petting zoo, musical performances, and more.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 11, 2023, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Fernandez Park, 595 Tennent Ave. Pinole 94564

Contact: or call 510-724-9062.

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Pride in the Plaza

Get ready to celebrate Pride in the Plaza. Free and easy testing and vaccination brought to you by @contracostahealth. Enjoy the presence of folks like Lulu Ramirez, Holotta Tymes, Madd Dogg 20/20, Jaymes the Face, and Miss Shugana gracing our stage. And as always, our very own Bella Aldama!

Date: June 17, 2023

Location: Todos Santos Plaza, 2175 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, CA 94520

More Information

List of Additional Contra Costa Pride Events

National Safety Month

The National Safety Council (NSC) created National Safety Month in 1996 to raise awareness about the importance of safety. This year's theme is "Safety at Home." From identifying potential hazards in your home to practicing safe driving habits while out on the road, there are many ways we can all make a difference when it comes to keeping ourselves and those around us safe.

Safety Resources

Oakland A's Teacher Appreciation Night

Teacher Appreciation Night (A's vs.Tampa Bay Rays)

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 6:40 p.m. (Gates open at 5:40 p.m.)

All Teachers can apply for 2 complimentary tickets to the game. Deal is valid through June 7, 2023.

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English Learner Professional Development Opportunities

The workshop provides an overview of theory, research, and best practices in newcomer education. Guidance for site and district administrators focuses on data, program design, placement, socioemotional supports, and collaboration with community partners to support non-academic needs.

Audience: Site and district administrators and English Learner directors/coordinators.

Date/Time: June 16, 9:00 a.m.

Location: TCOE, Doe Avenue Complex, Elderwood Room, 7000 Doe Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291

Cost: $75 per person

Registration & Details

Contact: or call 562-304-9929

This event will focus on laws and policies relevant to the civil rights of ELs. It will also highlight guidance and resources to equip state and local education agencies with tools to meet their obligations to English learner students and families. 

Audience: EL Teachers and Administrators

Dates/Time: 6/22-6/23, 9:15 a.m. 

Location: Virtual

Cost: Free 

Registration and Flyer

Register by 6/12

More Professional Development Opportunities

CCLA Online Courses for Learning Acceleration 

The California Collaborative for Learning Acceleration (CCLA) offers access to free self-paced courses that provide evidence-based strategies to boost learning acceleration in the classroom.   

Available Online Courses

Learning Acceleration Introduction Course: This course provides an understanding of what learning acceleration is and why we need it. It introduces the five components of CCLA: mastery of priority content, evidence-based strategies, Universal Design for Learning, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and social-emotional learning practices. 

Online Content Courses: These courses support evidence-based strategies to accelerate learning in math, literacy, and language development. 

Audience: All TK – 12 educators 

Cost: FREE 

Website & Online Course Access 

Contra Costa County Virtual Literacy Night

Come and learn about the importance of Summer Reading and the local library resources that are available.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 5:30 p.m.

Zoom Info

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CPIN – California Preschool Instructional Network  

Open CPIN Office Hours – Stop by Virtually to Chat!  

Audience: PK and TK teachers, assistants, administrators, coaches, family day care providers and other early learning professionals. 

Dates: Beginning June 5, 2023 9-10 a.m.  

Location: Virtual 

Cost: Free 

Zoom Info

Additional Regional professional development sessions


Summer CoP 

Audience: PK and TK teachers, assistants, administrators, coaches, family day care providers and other early learning professionals 

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 27 and 29, 2023. 

Cost: Free 

Notes: Each session is limited to 15 participants. Prior attendance at one CPIN session in 2022-2023 is required.   

Registration and Information for June 27

Registration and Information for June 29

Registration closes one week prior to each session.  

Additional Regional professional development sessions

John Muir Laws Nature Journaling 

You will come away from this workshop inspired with best practices and practical tools for teaching nature journaling, and you will be prepared to put them into practice with your students. 

Audience: TK-12 Educators  

Date: June 9 & 10, 2023

Location: Virtual 

Cost: $70 or apply for a scholarship


Building a Foundation of Language and Literacy for Students With Complex Communication Needs

The CDE Diagnostic Center North invites participants to a full-day, virtual Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) training event. Attendees will learn how to assess current levels and create measurable goals that will make meaningful change in students’ lives, create a communicative environment using communication tools, and provide integrated language and literacy interventions.

Audience: Gen Ed and SPED Teachers

Date/Time: June 12, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual

Cost: Free


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

Virtual California Early Literacy Conference

The Sacramento County Office of Education is pleased to announce the virtual California Early Literacy Conference: Everyone Has the Right to Read. This free, two-day conference will feature evidence-based practices in elementary literacy, sessions on literacy for multilingual learners, special education, assessment, SEL, trauma-informed practices, literacy coaching, and more.

Audience: TK-6

Date/Time: June 14–15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual

Cost: Free


The California Art Project’s (TCAP) 15th Courageous Creativity Conference 

At this arts leadership conference, participants will engage in critical conversations focused on arts education, explore aspects of the CA Arts Education Framework, network with educators across the state, and experience arts and entertainment in action. 

Audience: TK-12 Administrators 

Date: June 20-22, 2023 

Location: Disney’s Grand California Hotel, Anaheim, CA 

Cost: $650


2023 Early Math Symposium

The Early Math Symposium celebrates promising practices, activities, resources, and strategies. Join us as we explore the amazing mathematical capacity of children and adults, routines to promote logical thinking, equity in early math, community engagement, and more.

Audience: K-3 Elementary Teachers

Date/Time: June 23, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual

Cost: Free


Contact: Carolyn Pfister, Education Administrator, Board Operations, at

Integrated Action Civics Summer Institute

The UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project is hosting a virtual Summer Institute. This 5-day institute will introduce strategies that can be integrated throughout current curriculum to help students explore their sense of self, understand how power operate in historical and contemporary contexts, analyze the role of stakeholders, and learn about the ways that organizers advocate for and create social change.

Date/Time: June 26-30, 2023, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Optional supported planning time 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.). 

Registration and Info

Cost: FREE

Cal Academy of Sciences Teacher Workshops 

Explore phenomena-based instruction, engineering design process, writing skills in science and STEAM integration in these summer offerings.  

Audience: TK-12 Educators  

Date: June and July 

Location: In person at the museum and online 

Cost: $35 - $75


Summer of CS 

Seasons of CS is funded by the California Department of Education and the Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG). The Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG) in Computer Science was awarded to UCLA and its CSforCA coalition, along with the CDE Foundation and Sacramento County Office of Education to implement Seasons of CS professional learning program across California's Statewide System of Support. Seasons of CS is a research-backed professional learning model for K-12 educators, paraprofessionals, administrators, and counselors who are interested in bringing computer science to their students. The goal of this program is to expand systematic capacity for equitable, scalable, and sustainable computer science education in California. No computer science experience is necessary. Review our FAQ, check out this overview slide deck, view the Office Hours zoom recording, or contact us at

Audience: All TK-12 Educators 

Date: June/July 2023  

Cost: Free 



Professional Learning Mini-Conference by CRF & the California Civic Learning Initiative (CCLI)

The conference includes free breakfast/snacks and will feature a keynote address from Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of Berkeley Law and renowned constitutional scholar. Participants will have the choice of selecting different sessions based on their interests. Sessions will include:

  • Understanding of the State Seal of Civic Engagement, including its purpose, eligibility requirements, and application process.
  • Practical strategies for engaging your students in meaningful civic learning through the use of civic engagement projects.
  • How to promote respectful and productive dialogue about current events and controversial issues in the classroom.   
  • Using law-related lessons to engage students in learning about the judicial branch.

Audience: All California high school and middle school teachers 

Location: Berkeley Law School, 2763-2719 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. 

Date: July 29, 2023, 8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.


Flyer link

Cost: FREE

Clear Administrative Services Credential (CACP) 

Are you a beginning administrator in need of clearing your credential? CCCOE partners with ACSA to provide a 2-yr. Induction program designed to meet this state requirement. Two cohorts are offered each year – fall and winter. The upcoming fall cohort begins August/September 2023, and the enrollment window is May 1-August 31. For more information, please visit our CACP website and complete our interest form. 

Audience: Beginning administrators 

Cost: $5000 per year (2-yr program) 

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC)  

Are you an aspiring administrator? CCCOE offers an 11-month program that results in earning a preliminary administrative credential. We also partner with National University to provide an option to earn a master’s degree. The application window opens June 2, 2023, for the cohort starting February 2024. For more information, please visit our PASC website and complete our interest form.  

Audience: TK-12 educators 

Start Date: February 3, 2024 

Cost: $8000 for the 11-month credential program 

Reading Intervention Workshops - Save the Date

The Reading Instruction Intervention Grant (Project ARISE) is launching, and you can find more information on the website and sign up for the Listserv.  

Time/Date: 3:30 p.m. -4:45 p.m. September 14, September 21, September 28 

Cost: Free

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Contra Costa County Library News

Summer Reading 

Summer Reading kicks off in June and this year’s theme will help you discover your creative spark. The Contra Costa County Library’s program runs from June 1 to August 5 and includes activities and events to help you express yourself. Beginning in June, readers of all ages can visit for fun crafts and challenges to feed the imagination and explore new skills. Pick up a reading passport at your local branch or participate online. Every completed entry is eligible for a free book and a chance to win prizes. As part of the program, the Library is hosting four Exploration Stations. The events are free science-based in-person family events where guests can learn about the animals, plants, and natural resources that will benefit from reducing our footprint on the environment. Guests may include the Lindsay Wildlife Experience, the Try-it Truck from the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Mount Diablo Astronomical Society, and many more community partners. Join in on the fun at the Bay Point, Brentwood, Danville and Pinole libraries. 

Lunch at the Library

Students 18 and under can get free lunch or afterschool meals at nine libraries across the county this summer. Lunch at the Library is a program aimed at preventing a summer nutrition gap. Many low-income children face nutrient deficiencies when school closes for the summer break. Lunches are available at the Antioch, Concord, Crockett, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Pinole, Prewett, Rodeo, and San Pablo libraries. Visit for specific days and times.

Pride Comes in All Colors

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride with the Library this June. Honor the LGBTQ+ community by learning about different Pride flags with coloring pages and rainbow buttons to wear and share your Pride. Enjoy fun programs for all ages, including rainbow tutu-making, LGBTQ+ "Book Tasting," tea parties, open mic poetry, Pride-themed movie nights, and more. Visit to find more information on community parties and parades and how you can share your Pride.

New San Pablo Storywalk

The San Pablo Library’s permanent Storywalk features bilingual stories along the newly restored Wildcat Creek trail. Beginning behind the library, the trail passes city hall and the WIC center and ends at Vale Road. The first book installation is “Green is a Chile Pepper / El Chile es Verde” by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and award-winning illustrator John Parra. Enjoy the blooming poppies and new stories each season while you stroll on the trail. The project is a partnership between the San Pablo Rotary Club, the City of San Pablo, and the Friends of the San Pablo Library.

The Book Talk Bunch

This popular book review video series for kids and by kids is back with new episodes. New Book Talk Bunch episodes will debut on the first and third Fridays of the month at 9 a.m., Find them beginning June 2 on our YouTube channel (@theccclib) and our Facebook page (@ccclib).

Free Clipper Cards to Select Discover & Go Attractions

The Library is once again offering free Clipper cards for use with Discover & Go reservations to select attractions from June 15 through October 2023, while supplies last. County residents who are library cardholders and are 18 or older can submit a request for Clipper cards by clicking on the banner ad on their Discover & Go pass. Visit beginning June 15 for more information.

More Info

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

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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!

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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.

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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