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2024 Spring Symposium

By |February 22nd, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

  The in-person Spring Symposium will be an opportunity for California teacher residency programs to engage in rich learning experiences from the field. Teams will have opportunities to learn with and from nationally renowned teacher preparation experts, network with statewide programs, and showcase their stories through data and impact to continue strengthening California’s residency movement. Learn more and register today!

CA Family and Community Engagement Initiative is hiring!

By |November 3rd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Update: The position has been filled (1/24) The Associate Director is a critical part of our statewide CA Family and Community Engagement initiative (CA FACE), a project of the CDE Foundation. The Associate Director will primarily be responsible for working with the Senior Director to support and facilitate statewide leadership, guidance, and technical assistance in the areas of family engagement, community engagement, parental involvement, and youth development. This position [...]

Residency Specialist position

By |September 11th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Update: The position has been filled (2/24) Our California Teacher Residency Lab team is hiring! The Residency Specialist is an integral part of our statewide teacher and counselor residency system. The Residency Specialist will be primarily responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive scope and sequence of support for California residencies in various phases of development. The residency specialist will have the opportunity to work in partnership [...]

CA STEAM Symposium – Registration is live!

By |May 2nd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

  Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, in partnership with the California Department of Education, and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, invite all STEAM enthusiasts to join us for our 11th annual convening on February 9-10, 2024 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California! Learn more and register today!  Together we will share knowledge, research, and stories to support each [...]

CA STEAM Initiatives and CA LMI are Hiring!

By |May 1st, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Update: Both positions have been filled (7/31/23) Our team is expanding! You can find brief overviews of our two open positions below with full job description links. Applications are encouraged prior to May 19, 2023, and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. CA LMI Program Manager. This position is primarily responsible for managing the CA LMI program giving detailed attention to program strategy, [...]

CA LMI Summer Institute in June, 2023!

By |April 26th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Registration for the Summer Institute is open! Our team is excited to invite labor-management teams back to San Diego for the 2023 CA LMI Summer Institute on June 20-22, 2023. The CA LMI Summer Institute will bring together labor-management teams to hear from experts, partners and exemplar districts around navigating the current times, sustaining labor-management teams and building community. Labor-management teams will also have time within the institute to collaboratively plan for [...]

CEO Announcement!

By |September 29th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The CDE Foundation announced today that it has named Ed Honowitz as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Honowitz has been serving as the Interim CEO for the last ten months, and will now transition into this permanent role.  CDE Foundation has established significant partnerships across the state with organizations, funders and school districts to support public education.  Many of CDE Foundation’s core programs have grown to [...]

Hiring CEO

By |June 28th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Chief Executive Officer, CDE Foundation The CDE Foundation is seeking a highly-skilled executive with the ability to work across various levels of the educational system to become the next CEO of this innovative education organization.  The ideal candidate has an exceptional track record in education policy, nonprofit management, and fundraising and can execute a vision in partnership with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the California Department of Education, [...]

Summer of CS

By |April 19th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Join us for the Summer of CS Kick-off and Professional Learning Week! I The  Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is excited to announce the Summer of CS Kick-off on June 6th and Professional Learning Week - June 13-17th. California teachers, counselors, and administrators are invited to join the Summer of CS Virtual Kick-Off event on June 6th from 4-6 pm to celebrate equity-minded computer science (CS) education. Bring [...]

Black Health and Wellness

By |February 23rd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

February is Black History Month, and while we know we should be learning about the historical contributions of African Americans and all people of color all year long, we are always happy to highlight the actions of African Americans during this month as well. Our theme for this month is Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, [...]

CDE Foundation Announces CEO Transition

By |November 5th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Update: Announcement from our Board Chair, naming Ed Honowitz at Interim CEO I I 11/5/21 Letter from outgoing CEO: Dear Friends and Colleagues, I write today to inform you of my departure from the CDE Foundation on November 17th, after more than seven and a half years as a member of this extraordinary team. It has been an honor to contribute to many cycles of growth and evolution of [...]

LMI Report – Covid’s Impact on Ed

By |May 17th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

The CDE Foundation is proud to release the report Grappling with Covid’s Impact on Education: Labor and Management Confront the Crisis, by Dr. Julia Koppich. You can read a prologue from our CA LMI team below. Download the executive summary and full report here. UPDATE - NEW PACE COMMENTARY: Strong, Collaborative Labor-Management Relations Can Move Postpandemic Education Forward Authored by Julia E. Koppich | J. Koppich & Associates As [...]

Eye On Equity

By |March 30th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

February is Black History Month, and while we know we should be learning about the historical contributions of African Americans and all people of color all year long, we are always happy to highlight the actions of African Americans during this month as well. Our theme for this month is Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western [...]

Black History Month

By |February 10th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

  Our recommitment to practicing racial equity. As we launch into the new year and Black History Month, the CDE Foundation stands firmly in its commitment to putting equity into practice. Since we wrote our Racial Equity Statement in June of 2020, we’ve made strides toward practicing the essential work of dismantling persistent systems of oppression in our education system. We promised to share more about how we are taking steps to [...]

PK12 Webinar

By |January 20th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Join Us for a Virtual Launch Event! Join us for a conversation about the realities of implementing the early years of education in California and some of the strategies to do better for children. The pandemic has only increased the pressure on California’s schools to ensure children are on track for postsecondary success – and to do so in an equitable way. Over the next few years, that goal [...]

STEAM Family Day

By |October 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Join us for STEAM Family Day on Sunday, December 13th! Family Day Tickets are only $45 per family! The California STEAM Symposium invites families to join us for Family Day, which is designed for parents and their children. Enjoy a day of learning, joy, laughter, and inspiration at the California STEAM Symposium. Family Day is only $45! Sunday, Dec. 13 from 9am - 1pm PT. OUR STEAM FAMILY DAY [...]

CA LMI Spotlight – Dinuba’s Journey: From Conflict to Cooperation

By |October 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

At a time when we are inundated with stories of divisiveness, our CA LMI team brings you stories from the field of how educators have come together for the common good focusing on issues as critical as ending generational poverty through education. The California Labor Management Initiative Spotlight series is a research-based examination of labor-management practices in school systems that have built intentional partnership strategies to improve outcomes for students and staff. The [...]

A Pathway to Math Equity

By |September 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

The CDE Foundation is proud to announce a partnership with Education Trust-West, in collaboration with over 30 other education organizations, released “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction,” an approach for supporting equitable access to math standards for grades 6-8 focusing on students who are gaining proficiency in English as well as Black and Latinx students. The Pathway offers actionable resources immediately available for teachers to implement during hybrid learning, especially in [...]

Lunch Bites Podcast Launches!

By |August 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

  Lunch Bites Podcast Now Available! The Lunch Bites series is expanding! Join your hosts, Karyn Warner and Glennon Stratton, as they kick off the NEW Lunch Bites podcast. In each episode, you’ll hear educators share their innovative practices, resources, and practical solutions to benefit ALL students and our greater education community. Subscribe to the podcast on the Apple, Spotify, and Google podcast platforms. A quick preview of our podcast episodes is below!  [...]

Our New Blog – Compassion Centered Education

By |August 6th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation is excited to kick off its new blog! Here we will share timely and powerful reflections and tools for implementing solutions that result in a strong and valued public education system that serves every student in California. We launch this initiative with “Speaking Truth to Power — Healing Words for Educators in the Age of COVID-19,” an article offered by Dr. Jacquelyn Ollison, [...]

Reflections on 2019 – CDEF Report

By |June 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Download here: REFLECTIONS ON 2019: REIMAGINING A PATH FORWARD The world is a different place today. In the past few months, we found ourselves reflecting not only on our 2019 highlights but also considering the scale of change experienced over this past year by the CDE Foundation team and the communities we serve across the state of California. In less than a year, we welcomed a new CEO, four [...]

Statement in Support of Racial Equity & Social Justice

By |June 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

We collectively bear witness to the breath stolen from George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Monika Diamond, and countless others whose Black Lives Matter among a list that is too long and incomplete. Black Americans stand in the eye of law enforcement, public health, distance learning, and the economic storm of an oppressive system. At the CDE Foundation, equity is a practice - not just [...]

CA Digital Divide Fund

By |April 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

When school campuses across California closed due to COVID-19 in March of 2020, over six million students, their families and hundreds of thousands of educators had to pivot overnight to distance learning. At the outset, the closure seemed like it would be over in a matter of weeks, unfortunately, we know this was not the case. The stark reality we faced was that close to 1/5th of California students [...]


By |January 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

California students have big dreams. Unfortunately. some students face a much tougher road to achieve them. It's up to us to remove barriers in the education system that get in their way. Working with Alliance for Continuous Improvement partners, Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation developed this video as a way to help local educators, families, students and community groups engage with their schools, districts and counties in important conversations [...]


By |December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

We have compiled a range of great materials and resources for local stakeholders created by Alliance organizations, partners and media organizations. These are grouped by topics: Local Control Funding Formula, Local Control and Accountability Plans, California School Dashboard, System of Support and Continuous Improvement, and more. LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING FORMULA (LCFF) Ed100: Chapter 8.5 LCFF Primer: provides a thorough and accessible description (with infographics) about how money gets allocated [...]

CEO Transition Announcement

By |April 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Our organization is anchored by a small professional staff, a highly engaged Board of Directors, a complement of highly skilled and effective consultants, strong partnerships with the California Department of Education (CDE) and other education coalition members, foundations and corporations, and a network of individuals, educational institutions, and nonprofits across the state who share our commitment to public education and California’s students.     During the second quarter of [...]

California Education GPS

By |November 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Diverse Coalition Introduces New Policy Resource that Charts Essential Next Steps for California's Public Education System The California Education GPS – – articulates a shared vision for all students and offers a research-based route forward for legislators and policymakers. REDWOOD CITY, CA – November 14, 2018 — At a critical period for California public education and the state’s students, the Alliance for Continuous Improvement has introduced the California Education [...]

New Resources from the Alliance for Continuous Improvement

By |April 30th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

New resources are now available to parents, educators and policy makers from the Alliance for Continuous Improvement (ACI)! These new resources can be found on the ACI's Program pages on this website. The #MeetTheDash videos and fliers are designed for teachers and school and district leaders to use with parents and community members, so they can learn more about the California School Dashboard. The "Four Big Upgrades" fliers were developed [...]

We’ve Moved to Our Own Office!

By |January 16th, 2018|Categories: CDE Foundation|

While we have enjoyed our time at GSVLabs, we are pleased to announce that we have moved into our own office space! Our new location is quieter, closer to downtown Redwood City, and has ample parking if you want to visit. Please update your records with our new address: 260 Main Street, Suite 200 Redwood City, CA 94063

Check Out Our 2016 Community Report

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: CDE Foundation|

We are excited to share with you Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation’s 2016 Community Report. This community report is an opportunity for our organization to share the exciting work that we have undertaken this past year, as well as celebrate some of our achievements. When we take on a new project, we look to see how we fit in as convenors, communicators, and catalyzers of new strategies and how [...]

CDE Foundation Receives $2.25 Million

By |November 2nd, 2016|Categories: CDE Foundation|

CDE Foundation Receives $2.25 Million to Accelerate the Development of Digital Tools for Teacher Learning and Collaboration REDWOOD CITY, CA—On Tuesday, November 2, the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDEF) announced it has received a $2.25 million award from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) to support teacher collaboration and resource sharing across California. Last August, CDEF partnered with the California Department of Education (CDE) and technology company Declara to launch [...]

California’s New Online Learning Community, Resource Exchange

By |August 4th, 2016|Categories: CDE Foundation|

After two years of exploration and learning, as as part of the work to successfully implement the state's updated standards, we are excited to announce that Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation is working with Declara, in partnership with the California Department of Education, to launch Collaboration in Common (CiC), California's new collaboration, professional learning, and resource sharing platform. CiC represents the next phase of California's remodeling project to improve our [...]

State Schools Superintendent Thanks 2016 CA LMI Participants

By |May 25th, 2016|Categories: CDE Foundation|

SACRAMENTO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today congratulated the educators, school administrators, and labor leaders who participated in the Spring 2016 Labor-Management Initiative symposiums. The final Spring session was held last week for districts in the South Bay Area and San Jose, following earlier sessions in Southern and Central California. More meetings are planned for the next school year. A total of 98 school districts and [...]

A Recap of the Educator Excellence Summit

By |March 18th, 2016|Categories: CDE Foundation|

On January 20, 2016, several leaders of the CA LMI presented on labor-management collaboration at the California Educator Excellence Summit, an event designed to help local education agencies improve their professional learning systems. The panel, titled The Power of Labor-Management Collaboration in Transforming Districts, Schools, and Teaching, focused on how labor-management collaboration can help advance educator excellence in California. Echoing messages shared by partners at the May 2015 Symposium, Wes [...]

CDEF Named as Partner in 100Kin10, National Network to Grow STEM Teaching Force

By |February 19th, 2016|Categories: CDE Foundation|

Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation commits to advancing goal of recruiting, preparing, and retaining 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. Redwood City, CA—100Kin10, a national network coordinating and accelerating efforts to bring 100,000 new excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers into schools by 2021, announced today that Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDEF) has been accepted as a partner. “We are thrilled to [...]

CDEF Takes Over Management of Embrace the Core Website

By |January 11th, 2016|Categories: CDE Foundation|

The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDEF) recently took over management of the website Embrace the Core. Below, you can read the message that was sent out to subscribers of the weekly e-newsletter. A little over a year ago, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation launched to fill a key information gap among educators. The goal was to help teachers and administrators share ways to explain California’s new Common [...]

SSPI Torlakson’s Op-Ed on CA STEM Symposium

By |November 4th, 2015|Categories: CDE Foundation|

In the popular movie “The Martian,” astronaut Mark Watney’s remarkable scientific knowledge and ingenuity allow him to survive alone on the inhospitable, dusty Red Planet until he can be rescued. While fictional, the story is inspiring – and it illustrates the power of science, technology, engineering and math education. Do I expect the kids of today to grow up to be space travelers? A few, certainly. But more importantly, [...]

Makerspace Comes to the California STEM Symposium

By |October 7th, 2015|Categories: CDE Foundation|

Thanks to Sonoma State University, everyone can be a maker at the California STEM Symposium! Attendees will have the chance to tinker in a makerspace and experience with what it means to think with your hands and learn by doing. This new feature will give educators the opportunity to rethink their classrooms and create makerspaces that allow students to explore through play, inquiry, and iteration. The maker movement has found its [...]

CCSS Campaign Update—Oct. 2, 2015

By |October 7th, 2015|Categories: Common Core|Tags: , , , |

Materials You can watch the recording of a webinar with Dr. David Plank of PACE on the 5th PACE/USC Rossier Poll of Californians on Public Education. Click here to read the toplines and cross tabs, as well as the results of previous polls. Daniel Thigpen, CalSPRA President and Folsom Cordova Unified’s Public Information Officer, developed materials for his district’s release of the CAASPP scores.            • A website,, where we have [...]

Blueprint for Environmental Literacy

By |September 17th, 2015|Categories: CDE Foundation|

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 [...]

Communication Continues To Be Key

By |September 11th, 2015|Categories: Common Core|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0

By |August 26th, 2015|Categories: CDE Foundation|

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, [...]

Math Resources for Parents

By |May 21st, 2015|Categories: Common Core|Tags: |

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 [...]

The Digital Chalkboard

By |March 31st, 2015|Categories: Common Core|Tags: |

The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDEF) has been supporting a new site, sponsored by the State of California, called Digital Chalkboard (, 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 [...]

Common Core App

By |March 4th, 2015|Categories: Common Core|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

FrameWorks Institute Wins MacArthur Award!

By |February 5th, 2015|Categories: Common Core|

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 [...]

Common Core Resources for Parents

By |February 2nd, 2015|Categories: CDE Foundation|

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 [...]

Mountains, Potatoes, and Common Core

By |January 20th, 2015|Categories: Common Core|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

How do I communicate what Common Core really is?

By |December 12th, 2014|Categories: Common Core|Tags: , , , |

School leaders and school board members across the country are struggling to explain the value of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to parents and community members. California’s transition to CCSS represents a key part of our state’s public education remodeling project, but given the scope of the change it is difficult for the larger community to really understand what it is, what it isn’t, and what it [...]

Teachers Embracing Common Core

By |December 12th, 2014|Categories: Common Core|Tags: |

In December, the California Teachers Association (CTA) announced a partnership with Stanford University for a three-year project to provide professional learning opportunities to educators statewide related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) project involves 160 accomplished teachers and 24 education leaders and administrators who are creating professional development strategies and materials to support their colleagues in learning about and implementing CCSS and the [...]

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