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Welcome Parents and Community Members! 


mother_and_childYou are important partners in supporting young people and their education. We want to expand your understanding of the California State Standards so that you can support young people’s education and help them prepare to shape the future for all of us. 

The California State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. These students will create and collaborate as innovators in the future to come. 

Please join in supporting the success of all students in fulfilling the potential of the California State Standards.



Networking Opportunities

The Kern-Tulare History Collaborative (Grades 5-12)

  • Dates: 21 – 21 Apr, 2020
  • Location: Visalia
  • Address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd

A Library of Congress, California History-Social Science Project, Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) and Tulare County Offices of Education (TCOE) Partnership

With funding from the Teaching Primary Sources from the Library of Congress Western Region office, and in partnership with the California History-Social Science Project, the Tulare County Office of Education and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools are proud to announce a new professional learning program specifically designed to support the implementation of California's History-Social Science framework.

Informational meeting held on March 3rd (click on play button to watch)

Participants in this community of practice will be guided on integrating Library of Congress resources and essential questions from the framework into an inquiry-based unit, as well as experience a sample inquiry of US History.

In order to support student capacity to analyze primary and secondary sources, the professional learning goals for teachers are:

  1. Build a common understanding of the inquiry-model of learning and the instructional shifts outlined in the 2016 CA History-Social Science Framework.
  2. Guide participants through inquiry-lessons created using primary and secondary sources and instructional strategies from the Library of Congress.
  3. Create and implement inquiry-based lessons utilizing primary and secondary sources along with instructional strategies from the Library of Congress.

A virtual informational session is scheduled on February 11, 2020 from 4:00-4:30 p.m. to provide interested teachers more information and answer any questions about this collaborative.

Teachers interested in participating in either of the two county cohorts must register by April 8, 2020. An application/interest form will follow to complete the registration process.

LofC grant funds support participation for 50 teachers per cohort.

Registration includes:

  • Inquiry Design Model: Building Inquiries in Social Studies by Swan, Lee, and Grant
  • $25 gift card for completion of year 1 cohort and a $50 gift card for completion of year 2 cohort
  • Breakfast and lunch

Informational flyer
Registration link

 


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ESSA Regional Stakeholder Meetings

As part of California’s transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), California must submit an ESSA State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education. The State Plan will describe the State’s implementation of standards, assessment, accountability, and assistance programs and will move us toward California’s goal of having a single, coherent local, state, and federal education system. The California Department of Education (CDE) is committed to ensuring a transparent transition to the new law and developing an ESSA State Plan that is informed by the voices of diverse Californians. Click here to view the developing plan.
 

Free Home to School Connections Guide

edutopia-home-to-school-connx-guideEdutopia is thrilled to share with you their classroom resource guide highlighting solutions for connecting home and school in order to improve student learning and success.

Whether you're a teacher, parent, or district administrator, this guide provides you with relevant and valuable tools and resources for how best to strengthen the bonds between schools, families, and communities for student learning and success.

Click here to download a copy of the Guide.  You'll be asked to provide Edutopia with your email address.  
 

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Ed100 has a variety of lessons designed to help parents understand the inner workings of California's education system.  Track your learning, and find additional resources to help your school's mission. 

Example resource:  What is an LCAP?  Includes a helpful LCAP Checklist for Parents.


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CDE: Keeping You Informed

The California Department of Education has a variety of sources of information to help parents and other community members to understand our combined journey into California State Standards at the CDE California Standards Information Page.

engage-ny-standards-shifts-parents-studentsWhat to Expect: Shifts for Students and Parents

Created by EngageNY, this document describes some of the major shifts that parents will see in school work, and how their students approach problem-solving.  

Included are steps that parents can take at home in order to improve what their child learns at school through the California State Standards.

English version
Spanish version

Smarter Balanced Assessments: What Parents and Students Should Know


From Smarter Balanced website: "With new state standards, students are working harder, thinking more critically, and applying their learning to the real world. To measure these new standards, educators from states using Smarter tests have worked together to develop new, high-quality tests in English and math for grades 3–8 and high school."  Versión de este video en Español


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Community Page Managers


Debra Lockwood
Library Media Supervisor
debra.lockwood@tcoe.org
(559) 651-3031 Ext. 3310

Samantha Tate
State and Federal Program Specialist
Title III Lead
Parent Engagement Specialist
samantha.tate@tcoe.org
(559) 651-3044

Steve Woods
Instructional Technology Specialist
steve.woods@tcoe.org
(559) 651-3031 Ext. 3321

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New Brochures Explain the California Common Core State Standards to Parents, Guardians, and Other Community Members

What kinds of things will my child learn in mathematics and English language arts in first grade? In high school? New brochures focused on the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy help teachers and other educators answer such questions.

Download links:

English Language Arts/Literacy (Grades K–23–56–89–12)
Mathematics (Grades K–23–56–89–12)

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The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8.

These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.


Parent Roadmaps for Math  En Español
Parent Roadmaps for ELA   
En Español

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