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Full-Time Executive Assistant Position Open

By | March 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Executive Assistant Location: Redwood City Salary: Permanent, full-time position; Competitive salary, commensurate with experience Application Deadline: April 2, 2018 How to Apply: Email resume and cover letter to wendy@cdefoundation.org. Include "Executive Assistant—(Your name)" in the subject line Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDE Foundation) is seeking an Executive Assistant for our Redwood City office. The Executive Assistant provides high-quality administrative support to the CEO, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and our dynamic organization. [...]

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 Newly Released 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 EmbracetheCore.org 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, www.fcusd.org/testing, 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 (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 [...]

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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