In September 2015, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released a plan to improve instruction for students on the environment entitled, A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy. “Climate change, wildfires, and the drought are clear reminders of how important environmental issues are to our own lives and the health of planet Earth,” said Torlakson. “Students need to learn about the environment so they can make informed choices and help to maintain our clean water and air, and preserve our scenic resources. A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy provides recommendations that could help educate all students about how to create a sustainable [...]
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With the release of California's new baseline test scores on Wednesday, September 9, we know this is a critical time for parents, teachers, administrators, and school board members. As California teachers, schools, and districts delve into students' scores to better understand how to improve every student's academic performance, it is critical for public education stakeholders to communicate effectively with each other and with the community. We look forward to continuing the important work of the Common Core Communications Campaign and bringing our partners together to explore new opportunities to provide communication resources and training. We applaud the California Department of Education as they continue to collaborate [...]
This summer, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson unveiled a new action plan to guide California’s efforts as the state continues to transform its schools over the next four years. A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0 builds on the groundbreaking 2011 report A Blueprint for Great Schools which helped usher in a new era in California schools that has included major increases in funding, more rigorous state academic standards, online student assessment testing, and greater support for the students and schools with the most needs. “Blueprint 2.0 is the next stage of a rocket that is propelling California into [...]
A number of resources are available to parents to help them better understand California's updated math standards, as well as to help students with their nightly math homework. Below are a few of our favorites! California PTA Parents' Guides to Student Success The California PTA's website provides grade-by-grade guides to give parents an overview of what they should expect their students to learn in English Language Arts and math. They also include activities to help students learn at home and topics for parents to discuss with their students' teachers about their academic progress. These guides have been translated into five additional [...]
The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDEF) has been supporting a new site, sponsored by the State of California, called Digital Chalkboard (https://www.mydigitalchalkboard.org), an online community of California public school and district educators. California educators can collaborate through group participation and discussions and upload educational classroom and administrative resources that help other educators access what works best in California schools and districts. Both featured content providers from select non-profit organizations and approximately 19,000 California educators continue to contribute resources and collaborate. With the fall 2014 launch of the new site, over 370,000 digital resources are present. It is an incredibly [...]
Now you can find us in the GSVlabs building at 425 Broadway in Redwood City! GSVlabs is an innovation hub that fosters community and networking through co-working space, programs, and events. We're located on the first floor, just inside their EdTech Innovation Lab where other education non-profits and startups are housed and interact daily. If you are in the area or just want to try out the in-house slide, feel free to drop by and say hello! You can learn more about GSVlabs by visiting their website http://gsvlabs.com/.
Have you run into a parent in the grocery store or on the street who corners you about something they heard was in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? Or have you seen wild claims on social media about nefarious content in CCSS? Your instincts tell you that there is a lot of misinformation out there, but you may have thought it difficult to address specific concerns or questions in a timely way. The good news is that there is an app for that! The Common Core App, developed by Mastery Connect, is a free mobile app that allows you to [...]
CDE Foundation would like to congratulate our communications partner FrameWorks Institute for winning the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions! The Award recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated creativity and impact, and invests in their long-term sustainability with sizeable one-time grants. “The FrameWorks Institute helps to engage the public and improve the discourse around some of the most pressing social issues of our time by using science and research to inform how Americans view and discuss these challenges,” said MacArthur Vice President Elspeth Revere. “MacArthur applauds FrameWorks Institute’s creativity and effectiveness, and we hope this recognition and [...]
There are of course a ton of resources around Common Core – so much so, it can be overwhelming! Parent and guardian support is one of the most important out-of-school factors to a child’s success, but it’s tough for parents to understand the changes and support their children’s education at home. Here is just a small sample of great parent resources out there: Be A Learning Hero – this provides some of the best tools and trusted resources about the Common Core, specifically Common Core math, in one easy-to-navigate site. Be A Learning Hero includes practice problems, homework help, videos, [...]
Although California has certainly been at the forefront of embracing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and much of the CCSS negativity in other parts of the county are largely absent in the Golden State, there are a number of other states that are doing some great work both in Common Core implementation as well as communication. Here we focus on a video series from Idaho focused on mathematics implementation of CCSS. One video does an excellent job at explaining the difference between standards and curriculum. Other videos in the series walk through each grade and illustrate how the Common [...]