October is Here! 

This is the month we celebrate the contributions made by Filipino Americans and recognize a variety of wellness-related initiatives: Mental Illness Awareness Week, National Coming Out Day, World Mental Health Day, ADHD Awareness Month, National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and the list goes on. For this month, we have a big list of educator resources, opportunities, and events (see below). 

Speaking of events, did you hear about Contra Costa County’s 2023 Teachers of the Year celebration? Please join me in congratulating Chavonta Edington (San Ramon Valley Unified School District) and Natasha Paul (Mt. Diablo Unified School District). They now move on to the State level and we are incredibly proud of them! At our 50th-annual County Teacher of the Year Celebration on September 22, we all had the opportunity to celebrate all of the incredible educators in our county. If you missed the event, keep scrolling and click on the YouTube link below. The evening was filled with student performances, speeches, and wonderful music from schools in Contra Costa County. 

Have a great month, keep wellness on your radar and be sure to check in on your fellow educators. We all need to lean on each other from time to time. 


Lynn Mackey

Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools

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2023 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Celebration

Month of October

Filipino American Heritage Month Resources for Educators

September 15th - October 15th

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources for Educators

English Learner Professional Development Opportunities

What are the basic legal requirements for ELAC and DELAC? How do we go beyond compliance to create authentic and impactful engagement in ELACs and DELACs?

October 7, 2022

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The Elementary Dual Language Pedagogy Institute for Elementary Administrators/Leaders is a four-part series designed to support planning, implementing, strengthening, and sustaining dual language programs.

10/11, 11/1, 12/13

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

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This two-hour interactive webinar, including one hour of pre-session asynchronous work, provides teachers with a construct and set of practices that can be quickly integrated into existing lessons and practices, including designated ELD. Aligned to Principle #2 of the English Learner Roadmap policy.

October 12, 2022

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This interactive institute will help LEA teams create a plan to develop a district-wide English Learner Master Plan aligned to the research-based California English Learner Roadmap policy. 

October 18 & November 2, 2022

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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. 

10/20, 12/14, 1/17, 3/2, 4/20

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3-session webinar series, with embedded pre-session work and follow-up reflection and application, focuses on how coaches can support teachers in enacting the English Learner Roadmap policy. 

November 8, 2022

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Region 4 Multilingual Learner Leadership Institute

January 26, 2023

Call for Presenters

CCCOE has additional resources available. Check out the MLLN section of our website.

Emergency Trainings

Dates Ongoing: Cal OES - Governor's Office of Emergency Services offers trainings in Disaster Recovery, Disaster Mitigation, Emergency Management Concepts, and more! Browse training sessions. **Note, you must create an account before you register for a course.***

Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series

Dates Vary

Cost: Free

The California Department of Education invites you to attend fall sessions of the 2022 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series. Fall sessions are a repeat of the same content from the summer sessions. 

This engaging training series will provide direct, online training focused on leveraging the interim and formative components of the Smarter Balanced comprehensive system of assessments to inform teacher and learning. It is designed for teachers, instructional coaches, and educators on special assignment, but local educational agency California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) coordinators and administrators may also find this training series useful to support local educators. 

The 2022 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series consists of three district, independent modules with multiple opportunities to attend. Modules 1 and 2 will be recorded for later viewing. 

Audience: Teachers, instructional coaches, educators on special assignment, coordinators, and administrators. 

California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)

October Dates & Times Vary

Cost: Free

Sign up now for our October PD sessions on Physical Development: Fundamental Movement Skills, Perceptual-Motor Skills and a Physical Development COP as well as Life and Earth Science Integration with STEM. Registration closes one week prior to the training date.  

Audience: All PK and TK teachers, instructional assistants, center based and home based early childhood providers

For additional information or to request professional development opportunities for the PK/TK field, please contact John Moon, Bay Region 4 CPIN Coordinator at jmoon@cccoe.k12.ca.us.

Computer Science Fundamentals Intro Workshop

Location: In-Person - Contra Costa COE, 77 Santa Barbara Rd., Pleasant Hill, CA

Date/Time: October 5, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

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.

Participants will receive: 

* in-person instruction from experienced computer science facilitators

* an intro to computer science and pedagogy

* an overview of the online curriculum and teacher dashboard

* a printed curriculum guide containing course lesson plans

* strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities

* a bag of Code.org swag

Audience: All K-5 educators, instructional coaches, administrators

For more information, please contact Christen Northrop, Mathematics Coordinator, at cnorthrop@cccoe.k12.ca.us.

CAAPLE Presents a Symposium on Lifting as We Climb: Deepening Representation in Leadership for System Change

Date: October 8, 2022

Where: Sonoma County Office of Education

Cost: Registration is $50 for members and $100 for non-members

CAAPLE is proud to offer this inaugural symposium in the renowned wine country of

Sonoma to educational leaders from throughout California who will come together to call into action and lift their colleagues to develop and advance professionally and build capacity within their schools, districts, and organizations to meet the needs of AAPI students and staff. Topics include ethnic studies implementation, youth voice, model minority myths, dismantling systems, and personal stories of triumph. The symposium will include Dr. Jeung, Co-founder of STOP AAPI HATE, an AAPI-Desi-Filipino

Superintendent's Panel, and 9 different session offerings.

Path to Funding Racially Just Relationship Centered Schools Webinar Series 

Dates & Times: Webinars will be held October 11, 18, and 25 from 2–3:30 p.m.

The CDE and California Children’s Trust are collaborating to host the Path to Funding Racially Just Relationship Centered Schools four-part webinar series. The webinars are meant to attract and engage more LEAs to participate in School-Based Medi-Cal billing programs. These webinars will provide guidance in the Medi-Cal billing process to maximize the reimbursement amounts for qualified services. Information provided will include: 

  •   Specifics on qualifying services; 
  •   The current landscape of Medi-Cal reimbursement; 
  •   Guidance on submitting claims and reinvesting reimbursements to 

       sustain and expand student support services; 

  •   New state and federal funding to build out services for students; 
  •   Leveraging site-based Coordination of Services Teams; and 
  •   How the integration of Medi-Cal financing can strengthen the

       implementation of Multi-Tiered System of Supports. 

6 Shifts Book Study (Virtual)

Dates: 10/13, 10/27, 11/17;  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Meet with other Administrators, Coaches, and Teachers on Special Assignment to engage in conversations around literacy, explore research-aligned strategies, and reflect on the current instructional practices in your school or district. The authors, Jan Burkins and Kari Yates, wrote this concise, practical guide to help educators implement small instructional shifts in order to unlock literacy for more children.

Early Math Forum for Early Childhood Educators 

Date/Time: October 13 | 6:00 p.m. |Virtual

The California Early Math Initiative is sponsoring a free virtual forum for early childhood educators, child care providers, and families on Thursday, October 13, at 6 p.m. The Early Math Forum will focus on discovering math in everyday places. Learn about the connection between math and play, the role of public libraries in math development, and strategies for aligning math learning from preschool through third grade. The forum’s keynote speakers and breakout sessions will provide ideas and tools to support the mathematical development of all young children.

Attracting All Learners to STEM Using Culturally Based Pedagogy

Date/Time: October 14 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Saturday, October 15 | 7:00a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Cost: Free

The Smithsonian Science Education Center is hosting this free virtual workshop. Participants will learn about the fundamentals of culturally based practices, observe how educators use culturally based practices in preK-12 STEM classrooms, and contextualize learning and network to support implementation of culturally based strategies in their own STEM instruction and classroom activities.

Audience: All TK-12 educators, instructional coaches, administrators

For more information, please contact Tracy McManus, STEAM Coordinator at tmcmanus@cccoe.k12.ca.us 

California Science Education Conference 2022

Date: Fri, October 14 - Wed, October 16 | Palm Springs

Cost: $225

The California Science Education Conference, hosted by the California Association of Science Educators (CASE), is the pre-eminent science education event held annually for educators from throughout California. Drawing more than 1,000 attendees, the goal of the annual gathering is to develop an educational space for professional learning, deepening connections, fostering creativity, generating new ideas and energizing science educators to build excitement and enthusiasm for science education inside and out of the classroom. 

Audience: All TK-12 educators, instructional coaches, administrators. For more information, please contact Tracy McManus, STEAM Coordinator at tmcmanus@cccoe.k12.ca.us.

Strategic Planning Professional Learning Series: Expanding Access to the Arts in Schools and Community

Date/Time: October 14, 21, & 28, 2022

Cost: $75

Join Create CA and CCSESA Arts Initiative for a training series based on the newly released 4th Edition of the Expanding Access to the Arts in Schools and Community: A Strategic Planning Guide. Arts education consultants and co-authors of the guide, Kimberleigh Aarn and Peggy Burt, will lead this 3-part learning series that will provide school leaders, arts coordinators, community arts partners and emerging strategic planners with effective methods for building consensus and mapping actions to expand the arts. The series will highlight trends in the arts education field, virtual methods to inspire teams, and practices that build leadership capacity.

Audience: All TK-12 administrators, instructional coaches and community arts partners


For more information, please contact Tracy McManus, STEAM Coordinator at tmcmanus@cccoe.k12.ca.us. 

Math Con 2022

Date: Saturday, October 15, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $175

The Stanislaus County Office of Education MATHCON math conference is the premier location in the Central Valley to engage in a wide variety of professional development opportunities in the area of math content and instruction for the TK-12 classroom. In addition to a fantastic keynote speaker, Dan Meyer, we will have several breakout sessions hosted by rock star teachers from across Stanislaus County and an exhibit hall filled with powerful resources to bring back to your classrooms. Lunch is provided and there will be ample opportunities to win prizes throughout the day. For more information, please contact Christen Northrop, Mathematics Coordinator at cnorthrop@cccoe.k12.ca.us

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2022 California Assessment Conference

Date: Tues, October 18 - Thurs, October 20 | Riverside

Cost: $350

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The learning goal of this year’s conference is stated in its theme, “Partners in Progress: Harnessing the Power of Student Assessment.” Attendees will have the opportunity to customize their learning by selecting from over 80 sessions presented by educators from across California. Attendees will hear from outstanding keynote presenter, participate in Q&A sessions with CDE, and receive valuable updates on California’s assessments. For those who cannot attend in person, a condensed virtual conference will also be offered. 

Audience: Classroom Educators and Site Administrators

For more information about the conference, to register, and to submit a session proposal visit the California Assessment Conference website.

Fourth Annual California Assessment Conference

Dates: October 18-20, 2022

The CDE has partnered with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) to hold the fourth annual California Assessment Conference on October 18–20 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside. This conference is designed specifically for classroom educators and site administrators with the theme of "Partners in Progress: Harnessing the Power of Student Assessment." Details about this professional learning opportunity and registration information are available on the California Assessment Conference website. Please contact the SCOE at caaspp@scoe.net with any questions.

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

Dates/Times: (must attend both dates)

Session 1: October 18, 2022; 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Session 2: October 20, 2022; 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

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.

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


Option 1: October 19, 2022; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Option 2: January 24, 2023; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

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.

Healthy Futures Small Group Intervention Program for Students Caught Vaping


Option 1: October 19, 2022; 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

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

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training


Option 1: October 25, 2022; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Option 2: February 9, 2023; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

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.

Register for October 25 Virtual YMHFA Training Deadline to Register: October 13

Register for February 9 Virtual YMHFA Training

Register for April 25 Virtual YMHFA Training

Introduction to CERS for Coordinators and Administrators

Date: October 26, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

This three-hour online training will support the implementation of the California Educator Reporting System (CERS) and will include opportunities for attendees to practice using various features of CERS. 

Audience: LEA coordinators, site coordinators, and other LEA staff who have a CERS administrator role and are interested in using CERS in their LEA. this training will include a section on managing users and an optional lab on rostering. 

New CAASPP Coordinator Training

Date: October 27, 2022; 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

This webinar, hosted by Sacramento County Office of Education, provides information about the following: a review of upcoming calendar checklist tasks, a deep dive into Resources for Student Practice (practice test, interim assessments, etc.), and question and answer session with experienced coordinators.

Audience: LEA CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators who have been in their role for less than 12 months or want a refresher on the coordinator responsibilities. 

Family & Community Engagement Webinar: Youth Vaping 101

Date/Time: November 10, 2022; 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Learn about the latest tobacco products used by young people, the impact of vaping (tobacco and cannabis) on young people, and ways that adults can support young people in their lives.

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

Brief Intervention for Substance Using Adolescents (2-part)

Dates: (must attend both dates)

Session 1: November 16, 2022; 8:30am-12:00pm

Session 2: November 17, 2022; 8:30am-12:00pm

Cost: Free

Brief Intervention (BI) is a short-term counseling style of intervention that consists of 2 to 4 sessions aimed at adolescents who use tobacco, cannabis/marijuana, alcohol and/or other drugs. This approach uses Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and the Stages of Change Model to meet the needs of adolescents.

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

California Math Council (CMC) North Conference

Date: December 2-4

Cost: $190 before 10/15, $250 after 10/15

Leaning In, Moving Forward, Mathematics for All! Asilomar is a place to gets lots of new lessons and ideas to use in your classroom. Attend sessions led by teachers and other educators from all levels and all over California, the US, and beyond. Experience hands-on workshops and fun-filled activities you will want to share with your colleagues and students. The Asilomar conference offers a rich variety of experiences to suit every grade level and to cover all strands of mathematics.

Audience: All TK-12 educators, instructional coaches, administrators

For more information, please contact Christen Northrop, Mathematics Coordinator at cnorthrop@cccoe.k12.ca.us. 

Pretest Virtual Training Series- Preparing for Testing

Dates: November 17 - Get to know the Test Operations Management System!

December 15 - ELPAC What’s New for Testing?

January 12, 2023 - CAASPP What’s New for Testing?

February 9, 2023 - Administering and Monitoring Testing

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registration: Register now for the Pretest Virtual Training Series

Cost:  Free

The 2022-23 Pretest Virtual Training Series provides coordinators with the information needed to successfully prepare for and administer the CAASPP and the ELPAC. By request from the field, the content has been modified to be presented over the course of several sessions to provide local education agencies (LEAs) with timely information, training, and support throughout the year. 

Audience: LEA CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators who have been in theri role for less than 12 months or want a refresher on the coordinator responsibilities. Experienced coordinators only need to attend the What’s new session(s) for their respective program(s).

Workshop Prerequisites: LEA CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators who have been in theri role for less than 12 months or want a refresher on the coordinator responsibilities should attend the New Coordinator Training in June for the ELPAC and in September for the CAASPP as well as the New Coordinator Webinars offered throughout the year. The following videos are recommended before attending this training. CAASPP 101    ELPAC 101

Engaging and Partnering with Tribes to Support P-3 Alignment (November 17)

Date/Time: November 17; 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The CDE is pleased to announce the next installment of the Opportunities for All Branch’s Preschool Through Third Grade (P-3) webinar series, Engaging and Partnering with Tribes to Support P-3 Alignment, on November 17 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. This webinar is designed to inform and support LEAs, community-based organizations, and their partners to better understand the sovereignty of tribal nations and the history of their interactions with public education systems as well as learn from tribal leaders and parents about how to effectively partner with tribes and engage with and support representation of tribal families from preschool through third grade.

Getting Reading Right (Virtual Event)

Date: December 1, 2022; 2:00 p.m.  -3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

The Getting Reading Right initiative, started by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, is dedicated to building teacher knowledge around the Science of Reading. This workshop is designed as a Trainer of Trainers with materials to support the work. 

Registration, Flyers & Info

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Contra Costa County Library News

Free Tutoring Help for All California Students

A statewide pilot led by the State Library now provides live, 24/7 online tutoring and homework help in every K-12 subject for all California students. Students now have access to math and language arts in English and Spanish 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, live tutors fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog are available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week in all core K-12 subjects. Students in California, with a library card, can access Brainfuse HelpNow at ccclib.org or on their local library’s website. Students without a library card can access tutoring through the State Library website. There’s no age limit to who can use the service. Adult learners can also access writing assistance, citizenship resources and other tools.

 Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month 

The Library is honoring the cultures, contributions, and histories of Americans whose ancestors came from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South American and Spain. Hispanic and Latinx Americans have diverse backgrounds and speak different languages but are united by common ancestors and a beautiful mix of indigenous, Black, and Spanish blood. Celebrated from September 15 to October 15, related programs include a performance by the Teokalli Traditional Aztec/Mexica Dancers, and a Chicano book club. Enjoy several staff curated book lists for readers of all ages.

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits   

COVID-19 test kits are available at all 26 library branches in the county. The kits are free and available on a first come, first served basis as supplies last. No reservations of test kits are allowed. Patrons are asked to take no more than two boxes per household and to use the tests at home as intended. Each box contains two tests.

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

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2023 US Senate Youth Program (Application Deadline: October 6)

The submission deadline for 2023 United States Senate Youth Program applications is on October 6. All public and private high schools in the state are invited to nominate up to two outstanding juniors or seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in public service to participate in this educational program coordinated by CDE. Two selected delegates will visit Washington, DC in March 2023 as guests of the United States Senate, and receive a $10,000 college scholarship.

Bilingual Authorization and Funding

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) adopted new Bilingual Authorization Program Standards and Bilingual Teaching Performance Expectations (BTPEs) in December 2021, including a 20-hour field experience requirement. Now through June 2023, bilingual teacher preparation programs will be transitioning to the new standards and BTPEs and all approved programs will need to implement the new standards and BTPEs beginning July 2023. Access program resources on the EL and Bilingual Authorization webpage.


Two grant-funded programs are available to support efforts in increasing the number of bilingual teachers: Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing ($125M) and Teacher Residency Grant Program ($350M). For more information please visit the CTC Grant-funded programs webpage.


The 22-23 state budget also includes the California Assessment Fee Waivers for candidates from July 2022 to June 2023, including the CSET and CTEL exams. More information can be found on the Fee Waivers FAQ page.

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!

California Green Ribbon Schools Request for Applications 2022–23

Applications are now open for the tenth cycle of the California Green Ribbon Schools program, which honors excellence in whole-school sustainability while spotlighting replicable best practices. California Green Ribbon Schools incorporate sustainable design or operational practices to help students thrive while reducing their impact on the environment. Interested parties may request an electronic application and review program information on the CDE Green Ribbon Schools Award Program web page

Charter Schools: Regional Technical Assistance and Coaching Sub-Grant Activities 

The CDE Charter Schools Division Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) Office is proud to announce the sub-grantees awarded under the Regional Technical Assistance and Coaching (RTAC) Sub-Grant: 360 Accelerator, in collaboration with the California Charter Schools Association (Northern California); Navigator Schools (Central California); and Chapman University-Thompson Policy Institute on Disability, in collaboration with the El Dorado Special Education Local Plan Area (Southern California). Starting this fall, the sub-grantees are recruiting charter school participants in Critical Friends Groups (CFG) professional learning communities to develop high-quality schools. In addition, Best Practices Workshops will be offered within each region, for charter and non-charter schools, with the goal of improving academic achievement for all students in California. Participation is completely free of charge. Find more information about the upcoming RTAC CFG Cohorts and Workshops on the CDE RTAC web page

Dual Language Immersion Grant

The purpose of the Dual Language Immersion Grant program is to expand existing or establish new dual language immersion programs that provide integrated language learning and academic instruction for native speakers of English and native speakers of another language, with the goals of high academic achievement, first and second language proficiency, and cross-cultural understanding. The grants will be awarded to 27 recipients in Fall 2022 and the appropriated $10,000,000 will be available through 2024–25.

Marmaduke High School Counselor Award  (Deadline Extended to December 1)

The deadline for nominations for the 2023 Arthur S. Marmaduke High School Counselor Award has been extended to December 1, 2022. Each year, the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) solicits nominations recommending a California high school counselor who demonstrates effectiveness serving students in preparing for and pursuing their higher education. The candidate may be nominated by their district and county leadership, fellow school counselor/teacher, school principal, or another site administrator. Submit your nomination today through SurveyMonkey.

National Board Certification Subsidy Award Program Application (Deadline: January 3, 2023)

Are you a credentialed teacher thinking about next steps in the professional career continuum? Ready for a new challenge to elevate your teaching? Your experience in the classroom puts you on the path to National Board Certification. Review the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Get Started web page to verify that you meet the NBPTS eligibility requirements. Visit the CDE CA NBPTS Candidate Subsidy Program web page to read more about the program. Make sure your school is on the 2022-23 Eligible High Priority Schools List California NBPTS Certification Incentive Program list on that web page. Create an account on the NBPTS National Board Certification web page and obtain a Candidate ID. Then, apply through the CDE California NBPTS Candidate Subsidy survey web page by January 3, 2023.

Superintendent Thurmond Unveils $1.4 Million in Financial Literacy Grants

Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) is partnering with California to provide teacher stipends and professional development for financial literacy. This public–private partnership provides $1.4 million in professional development grants to train high school teachers, enabling them to offer personal finance electives at their high schools, and a district-matching grant program for personal finance specialists. Learn more about this opportunity by viewing a full recording of the event on the CDE Facebook page or read more in the CDE Additional $1.4 Million Financial Literacy Grants news release.

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2022 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is Now Open

The 2022 Congressional App Challenge launched on June 15, 2022. Students can enter their apps through November 1, 2022. To be eligible to participate in the Congressional App Challenge, applicants must be a middle or high school student at the time of app submission. Students may register as individuals or as teams of up to four. No more than four students are allowed to form a team. Students may compete in the district they reside in or the district they attend school in. If competing as a team, at least half of the teammates must be eligible to compete in the district in which they are participating in. This App Challenge is hosted by the Office of Congressman DeSaulnier. If you have questions about the Challenge, call Mr. DeSaulnier's office (925) 933-2660.

Applications Open for #CaliforniansForAll College Corps Fellows

The #CaliforniansForAll College Corps is a statewide service initiative that helps low-income students graduate on time and with less debt. Students will receive $10,000 for their service while helping to take climate action, tutor and mentor low-income K–12 students, support food insecurity, and more. Over the next two years, 6,500 College Corps Fellows will tackle challenging issues facing our state—this program is roughly the size of the entire Peace Corps. For the first time, Assembly Bill 540 CA Dream Act students will also have the opportunity to participate in a state service program. Learn more on the California Volunteers Californians for All College Corps web page.

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, which is scheduled for release later this year. 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.  

California Student Mock Election (October 10)

Inspiring a New Generation of Voters: Young people have the potential to be a powerful force in elections, but only if they get involved and make voting a habit. To encourage students to become active voters once they are old enough to cast a ballot, Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond invite high school and middle school students, teachers and principals to participate in the 2022 California Student Mock Election, which will take place in Fall 2022, for the General Election.

Working with the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and the Constitutional Rights Foundation, in coordination with the MyVoice National Student Mock Election, the Student Mock Election will stir students' interest in voting by tapping into the excitement of the campaign season. As students learn about the candidates and issues, they discover how government and politics affect every part of their lives. They gain firsthand knowledge of how citizens make their voice heard in our democracy, and experience the power of their votes when they are joined by thousands of California students and millions more across the United States who will vote in student mock elections this year.

For information please visit https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/student-mock-election/, or contact the California Student Mock Election Team at myvote@sos.ca.gov or (916) 651-3070.

California State Preschool Program and Universal PreKindergarten Budget Implementation Office Hours (October 12)

The Early Education Division (EED) is excited to host California State Preschool Program (CSPP) and Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) Budget Implementation office hours. The EED will be hosting virtual office hours every other Wednesday afternoon so that attendees can receive technical assistance around CSPP and UPK budget implementation and policy changes. Registration is limited to 500 participants per session and is open to all regions of California. Please register for the next UPK Office Hour, which will take place on Wednesday, October 12, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Student Humanitarian of the Year Award (Due November 4)

The County is seeking nominations for Student Humanitarian of the Year award. The honoree will be recognized at the County’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. ceremony, scheduled for January 17, 2023.  This year's theme is "The Future Belongs to All." Nominate a student whose accomplishments and actions go above and beyond to positively impact Contra Costa County, its residents, and communities. Candidates should demonstrate leadership, commitment to the community, and personal integrity. Nominations close on November 4, 2022.

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 RousleySwank@cde.ca.gov with questions. 

New State Seal of Biliteracy Information and Resources Available

The beginning of the school year is an excellent time to share information about the California State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) with students, families, teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, and others. Please share SSB information with students and families starting in grade nine or earlier to ensure that students have time to prepare to meet the requirements by high school graduation. Outreach and information sharing with English learners and other multilingual learners and their families is particularly important, as these students are already on the path to biliteracy or multiliteracy. The CDE SSB web page has been updated with new information and resources for the 2022–23 school year. If you have questions about the SSB, please contact Gina Garcia-Smith, Education Programs Consultant, Multilingual Support Division, at 916-319-0265 or SEAL@cde.ca.gov.

Register Your School Today for 2022 California Student Mock Elections

The 2022 California primary and U.S. general election are quickly approaching, and it is time once again to get students involved and excited about civic engagement. California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber and State Superintendent Thurmond are partnering to host the 2022 California Student Mock Election on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. This important program helps young people discover the importance of elections and the power of their votes in the democratic process. Through your school’s involvement, students will discover how government and politics affect their daily lives. The CDE strongly encourages you to incorporate this great program into your curriculum. Registration for the 2022 California Student Mock Election can be found on the Secretary of State California Student Mock Election web page. Read a CDE/CA SOS joint letter for more information and resources.

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

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