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Greetings!


Welcome to the June edition of Dateline. As we approach the end of the school year, I hope that you are enjoying the graduation ceremonies and other end-of-the-year events. I want to thank all of the educators and school employees in the county for your work over this past school year. You have persevered through challenges none of us imagined when we entered this work. Your dedication and commitment to the students and their families deserves the gratitude of this entire county.  


This month, we also celebrate with two large and vital communities. June is known as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, a time for us to recognize the presence and contributions of members of our community who have long been ignored and harassed. On June 19, we recognize Juneteenth, the celebration of when African American slaves in Texas received word of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. This is a momentous day for our nation’s history and I encourage everyone to learn more about this important holiday.  


These recognitions are not solely for LGBTQIA+ and African American members of this county. These are celebrations that everyone should respect and use as an opportunity to learn about this country’s troubled and challenging history and grow more connected to the members of this community. I hope the resources available in this edition of Dateline can help. 


As always, there are numerous online and virtual professional development opportunities for this county’s educators. Most of these workshops are free and cover a variety of such topics. In addition, you will find valuable resources for educators and students, such as available scholarships and the latest services our county’s libraries are offering. 


As usual, this issue features additional teaching resources, as well as several available student grants, contests, and scholarships. 


Please enjoy and share Dateline and the included opportunities with your fellow educators. 


Have a great summer! 


In Community,

Lynn Mackey

Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools

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LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

Brown Bag Seminar with Amy Sueyoshi


Join CCCOE for a virtual Brown Bag Seminar in recognition of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month featuring Amy Sueyoshi, Dean from the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. The virtual seminar will take place on Thursday, June 16, 2022 starting at 12:00 Noon. To access the Brown Bag Seminar, please visit the link:

bit.ly/LGBTQIA-brownbag

Get Your Tickets Now

Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year Celebration

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 • 6:00-7:30 pm

Nineteen educators in Contra Costa County have been named their school districts’ teacher of the year.

With that distinction, they represent the nearly 8,600 teachers teaching in Contra Costa County public schools and community colleges. The teachers represent 18 county school districts, the Contra Costa Community College District and the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

Purchase your tickets now!

English Learner Profesional Development Opportunities

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Talking With Parents About

Concerns with a CoP

June 8th, 2022

6:30 - 8:30 pm

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Expository Reading and Writing Course

(ERWC)-ELD Conference

June 27, 2022

Location: San Jose Marriot

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Supporting Resiliency and SEL for Immigrant and Refugee Students Summer Workshops

June 29-30, 2022

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Expository Reading and Writing Course

(ERWC) Teacher Workshops

Begins in July

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Computer Science Fundamentals

Intro Workshop

July 11, 2022, 9:00 - 3:00 pm

Register for July 11th: Click Here

Register for August 4th: Click Here

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 EL RISE! 2022-2023

Professional Learning Offerings

Begins in August

View our list of offerings

Curriculum and Assessments for Preschool Through Third Grade

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022, 3:30 - 5:00pm | Cost: Free

CDE is pleased to announce the next installment of the Opportunities for All Branch preschool through third grade (P–3) webinar series, Curriculum and Assessments for Preschool through 3rd Grade, will be held on Thursday, June 2, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The webinar is designed to support LEAs, community-based organizations, and their partners to understand the importance of P–3 curriculum and assessment. The webinar will feature presentations and a brief panel discussion from researchers and practitioners on effective curriculum and assessment practices that equip teachers to support all students to thrive in P–3 settings.

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

Date: Monday, June 13, 2022, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Diagnostic Center North has a professional development opportunity on June 13 that is open to the public. Join them 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a foundation of language and literacy skills that is essential for social, functional, and academic progress for all students. This workshop will explore how we can help students with significant disabilities build the language and literacy skills they need. Participants will address: how to assess current levels and create measurable goals that will make meaningful change in students’ lives, how to create a communicative environment including communication tools, and how to provide integrated language and literacy interventions. Content will be applicable for all professionals serving students with complex communication needs of all ages and grade levels. Register in advance for Building a Foundation of Language and Literacy for Students with Complex Communication Needs. For more information, email contactus@dcn-cde.ca.gov.

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Virtual California Elementary Literacy Conference: Everyone Has the Right to Read!

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

This free one-day conference is hosted by the Sacramento County Office of Education and sponsored by the CDE in collaboration with the California Collaborative for Excellence in Education through the Expert Lead in Literacy grant. Join teachers, administrators, district and site colleagues, as well as other partners interested in literacy on June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as we learn about evidence-based practices in elementary literacy, grades TK–6.

August 2022 - High School Equivalency Summer Convenings

The CDE Proficiency, Equivalency, and Physical Testing Office is hosting a no-cost, in-person, three-session training series this August: the High School Equivalency (HSE) Summer Convenings. These sessions will be key for HSE chief examiners, HSE test site administrators, high school counselors, and others who have a connection to this alternate route for students. The sessions, which will be presented by the CDE, the HiSET Program, and GED Testing Services, will be held at various locations throughout the state. The 2022 HSE Summer Convenings flyer provides more information about this HSE professional development opportunity. Please forward this flyer to school site staff who may benefit from the information. Registration is available on the HSE Summer Convenings registration web page. Questions about the convenings can be emailed to Melissa Stockbridge, Sacramento County Office of Education, at mstockbridge@scoe.net.

2022 California Assessment Conference

Date: October 18 - 20

Registration for the 2022 California Assessment Conference (CAC) is now open. The CAC offers a unique chance for educators to connect with peers to discover assessment tools and strategies for improved learning and teaching. Do not miss out on the keynote address by Professor Nancy Frey. This year’s CAC will take place in person in Riverside, CA. A limited virtual offering is also available.

With the theme of Partners in Progress: Harnessing the Power of Student Assessment, the conference will feature knowledgeable K–12 educators from across the state who have developed and implemented best practices for using assessment resources in their classrooms. For more information about the conference, to register, and to submit a session proposal visit the California Assessment Conference website.

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CCCOE Curriculum Resources

LGBTQI+ Pride Month Educational Resources

Several organizations have put together repositories of information where educators can find resources to bring Pride Month lessons into the classroom.

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

WeTeachNYC


Juneteenth Resources

Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19. Several organizations have put together repositories of information where educators can find resources about Juneteenth.

Learning for Justice

Teach for America

National Council of Teachers of English

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Contra Costa County Library News

 Summer Reading  


Summer Reading is here, and this year’s theme is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” Beginning June 1, sign up with Beanstack to track your participation. Print your own reading passport or visit your local library to pick one up. The whole family can have an adventurous summer of reading, outdoor activities, and exciting virtual programs. Everyone who completes summer reading wins prizes, including a free book, and is entered into a drawing for a chance to win more. This year’s summer reading events include a hike with East Bay Parks, exploring the dark side of caves, a bit about bats and much more. These events are offered online and registration may be required. Summer Reading runs through July 30. Don’t miss this chance to become one with nature and your library. Visit ccclib.org/summer for all the details.


 In-Person Programs Delayed  


Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in our communities and on the recommendation of the County Health Officer, the Contra Costa County Libray is delaying the return of in-person storytime and all other in-person programs until further notice. The Library is saddened and disappointed by the news but made the decision for the health and safety of library patrons and staff. Updated information will be provided as soon as possible.


 Celebrate Pride   


Join the Library and the world in celebrating Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer + (LGBTQ+) Pride Month. Enjoy a Pride themed storytime or one of the many LGBTQ+ library resources. Read the Advocate online with Flipster, watch Pride-themed films on Kanopy, check out LGBTQ+ books from Deloach and Troy Trust LGBTQ+ collection, borrow the My Rainbow Family Stories to Go Kit or read an eBook with OverDrive’s LGBTQIA special collection. Come into any branch this June, and where you see the Pride Progress Flag, you’ll find a special bookmark with a list of children's picture books celebrating rainbow families, gender identity and expression.


  Contra Costa Reads Voting  


The Library needs your help in selecting the book for Read Contra Costa 2022. The program is an annual event that encourages all county residents and library users to share the experience of reading and discussing the same book. The library purchases extra copies of the selected title in multiple formats, schedules events around the theme of the book, and invites the author to present a talk as the finale to the program. Library staff has culled through hundreds of well-reviewed titles written over the past year or two and come up with a top list of books from various genres. Voting will continue through June 20 at ccclib.org. The winning book will be announced in July.


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

Video Storytime Classics

June 7, 2022, 10:00 - 10:15 am


Enjoy these classic 2019-20 episodes of Video Storytime featuring our own Youth services staff. We invite you to move, play, and sing along with your child while watching these videos from the comfort of your own home.

Lunch at the Library

June 9, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

On Thursdays from 12-1 p.m., the library will provide meals, activities, and crafts for kids and teens. Ages 0-18

Meals have been generously provided by the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

Free Student Meals

Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00PM – 1:00PM


El Sobrante Library distributes FREE STUDENT MEALS for those 18 and under while supplies last each Thursday starting at 12pm. The meals may be picked up at the rear entrance to the building's Meeting Room (accessible via the outdoor amphitheater). The El Sobrante Library team often gives out free activities for students along with the meals too! This program is presented in partnership with West Contra Costa County Unified School District.

In-Person Board at the Library

June 11, 2022, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Bored at the library? Check out one of our board or card games for in-library use. Open to all ages, recommended for teens. No registration required.

Lunch in the Library

June 13, 2022, 1:00 - 2:00 pm


Meals available for youth, 18 and under, for pick up, grab, and go.

Book Art Projects

June 14, 2022, 10:00 am -8:00 pm


Join local artist and educator Tatiana From April-June for a "Book and Art project."

Every two weeks patrons will create a new book inspired art project. We will have projects to take home and books to check out for both children and teens, while supplies last. 

Video Storytime Classics

June 14, 2022, 10:00 - 10:15 am


Enjoy these classic 2019-20 episodes of Video Storytime featuring our own Youth services staff. We invite you to move, play, and sing along with your child while watching these videos from the comfort of your own home.

Online Level Up Book Club

June 14, 2022, 4:00 - 5:00 pm



Too old for elementary school books, but want to keep reading? Level Up with our online book club for grades 6-8. This month's book will be Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker. We will put copies on hold for book club members to check out. We will also send out a link to the online meeting 24 hours before. Hope to see you soon!

Who is BTS: A Library Outreach Program

June 14, 2022, 4:00 - 5:00 pm


Do you know BTS? Join Katy, a Librarian from Hercules Library, for an introduction to the record-breaking Korean music group, and the ways in which your local public library can help you access music, movies, books and more to satisfy all your interests for free.


In the course of the presentation you will learn about each of the seven members of BTS, their diverse discography, message and charity work, music videos, online content, awards, ARMY (fandom), and more. Katy will also show you how to get a Contra Costa County Public Library card and some of the unexpected resources it will provide. Time permitting, a Q&A will follow the presentation.

Pride Storytime Party

June 15, 2022, 10:00 - 10:15 am


On June 15th at 10am, young children and their families are invited to attend a Pride Storytime Party (online) on Contra Costa County Library's Facebook page and Youtube channels. The links to these channels are below. This colorful storytime will feature staff from all across the Contra Costa County Library system and is geared toward young children and their families. Please join us in celebrating what it truly means to be a family and being proud of who we are!

Teen Drawing Workshops with Mr. Abe

June 16, 2022, 5:00 - 6:00 pm


Teens, learn new drawing tips and techniques in this monthly series with Mr. Abe. Each month will have a different theme.


June: Summer Sketching Challenge


The summer is a great time to challenge yourself and practice your drawing skills while school's out! Join Mr. Abe in kicking off the season by creating prompts to push yourself to draw something new every day, and collect them to see your progress from start to finish!

The Book Talk Bunch

June 17, 2022, 9:00 - 10:00 am


Introducing The Book Talk Bunch! Find your next great read with book recommendations from The Book Talk Bunch. These short videos are created for kids and by kids in grades 4-8. The videos are featured on our Facebook and Instagram platforms (Contra Costa County Library and instagram.com/ccc_library) on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, starting March 4th. You can view all the Book Talk Bunch videos on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/theccclib/playlists.

Online Python/ Java Programming Camp

June 20, 2022 - June 22, 2022, 4:00 - 5:00 pm


High school volunteers from The Code Matrix will be offering a three-day virtual Python/Java Programming Camp for rising fourth through seventh graders. Students need to have a computer and strong Internet connection. Learning is cumulative, so please sign up only if you can attend all three sessions, Monday 6/20 -- Wednesday 6/22.  

A Bit About Bats with NorCal Bats

June 29, 2022, 4:00 - 5:00 pm


Join the library virtually for a program with NorCal Bats featuring live, native species of bats. Register with your email to attend live and the Zoom information will be sent to you. The event will be closed captioned and recorded. You can view the recorded video on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccclib or YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/theccclib for a limited time after the show (up to two weeks).


This year’s Summer Reading program at the Contra Costa County Library will have you exploring the outdoors. The program runs from June 1 to July 31 and will include all kinds of activities and events to help you become one with nature. Readers of all ages can visit ccclib.org/summer for activities and challenges to feed the imagination and explore new skills. Every completed entry is eligible for a free book and a chance to win prizes.

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Code.org Professional Learning Cohort
Applications are open for 2022-2023

According to the 2021 State of Computer Science Education: Accelerating Action Through Legacy Report, 50% of High Schools in Contra Costa County offer a foundational course in Computer Science. California has on almost 76,000 computing jobs open each month, yet in 2018 there were only 7,311 CS graduates from California universities. CCCOE, in partnership with Code.org, offers a year-long professional learning program for Middle and High School teachers to learn how to teach CS with Code.org's free curriculum.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Teachers can apply at code.org/apply. The cost for CCC teachers is $1000 (a $1500 savings) and full scholarships are available.

Check out the video with past students and teachers at bit.ly/Code_orgCA_CS. You can find out more about the State of CS in California at advocacy.code.org or contact Christen Northrop at cnorthrop@cccoe.k12.ca.us.
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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Resources That Support Healing From Trauma


In light of recent tragedies, CCCOE has compiled a short list of resources that can be used to help people heal from the trauma that can be experienced from too much exposure to the recent violence.

For adults, the National Association of School Psychologists and American Psychological Association have resources available.


Here are some additional resources that may help you address the issue with children:


National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) represents and supports the profession of school psychology by advancing effective practices to improve students' learning, behavior and ment...

·      Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – English/Spanish) 

·   Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists) 



Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting

Offers parents guidance on helping their children after a shooting. This fact sheet describes common reactions children may have, how parents can help them, and self-care tips after an event.

·   Helping Children Cope with Frightening News (Child Mind Institute)

·   Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Counseling Association)

·   Trauma and Disaster Mental Health (American Counseling Association)

·   Teaching in the Wake of Violence (Facing History and Ourselves)

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.

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.

Teacher Fellowships Applications
Final Month Before Applications Close

Get Paid to complete Hands-on Summer PD!
Full-time K-16 teachers can now apply for Ignited’s 2022 Summer Fellowship Program. Selected Fellows complete industry and research projects at companies and university labs, like Amazon Lab126 and Stanford Universities. Teachers work full-time for 7 or 8 weeks and are paid up to $9,000 for completing an 8-week project with the Summer Fellowship Program.

Projects range in industry and subject, with the majority of in the STEM fields (science, tech, engineering, and math). Participants gain first-hand experiences in the applications of the subjects and skills they teach and are supported in infusing the curriculum with “real world” connections that further engage students. Participants can also choose to earn 32 CEUs and/or apply for Ignited’s Fund for Innovation, a competitive $1,000 grant that supports new and exciting classroom ideas that improve teacher instruction and student achievement.
These projects begin to be filled in March, so it’s best to apply ASAP. For more info, review the eligibility criteria and requirements, frequently asked questions, and application process.
California State Parks - Adventure Pass
Are you ready for an adventure?
The California State Park Adventure Pass is for all fourth-grade students! See how you can visit some of the most amazing parks in the country with your family and friends—for free.

New Tools for Teachers Website

Tools for Teachers is a new website featuring lessons and activities designed to enhance instruction, save time, and boost student learning. This online collection is the new formative assessment component of the Smarter Balanced assessment system and was developed with teachers across the state. Resources are aligned with the California Standards to help K–12 teachers target student needs using the formative assessment process. Formative assessment and accessibility strategies are embedded in every instructional resource and can be used in distance or hybrid learning environments.

CASEL CARES Initiative
CASEL CARES is a new initiative that connects each of you in our global community with experts to address how Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances. The program is filled with free resources and a weekly webinar.
KidsGardening.com
KidsGardening.org is a website that has plenty of ideas about plants and gardens,
teacher resources, and grant opportunities.
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 a.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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