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Contra Costa County Office of EducationSeptember 2016
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Welcome to the September 2016 issue of Dateline. This informative newsletter is for all those in Contra Costa County who work in education. Please tell your fellow teachers and administrators, as well as your friends who would be interested in joining our mailing list (click here, or the link button at the left column). 

Professional Development / Opportunities

Administrative Leadership Program (ALP) 
What is the Administrative Leadership Program (ALP)? CCCOE-ALP is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as a Professional Preparation Program for the Clear Administrative Services Credential (formerly referred to as the Tier II Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential). In partnership with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), CCCOE-ALP provides high-quality, researched-based professional learning and development for new leaders. Credential candidates expand and deepen their leadership knowledge, skills, and behaviors through individualized, job-embedded induction.

Program highlights include:
  • One-on-one coaching by an experienced administrator
  • Assisting and supporting participants in their administrative roles
  • Advancing the knowledge and skills of participants in relation to the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSELs)
  • Helping administrators lead, reflect, and grow capacity
  • Candidates complete a portfolio based on an Individual Induction Plan, setting goals and outlining their experiences and growth as new leaders. Upon completion of the two-year program, candidates will be recommended for the Clear Administrative Services Credential.
For info: Contact Marsha Tokuyoshi at (925) 942-3385, or visit the program's Web page
Dates: TBD over a two-year time frame
Fee$3,500 per year CCCOE-ALP for 2 years, plus $1,000** per year to ACSA/ACCP; total cost for the two-year program is $9,000
School Climate & Student Engagement Series - LGBTQ Youth: What Educators Need to Know
This presentation will cover LGBTQ vocabulary, health disparities, schools' legal obligations, and how to be an ally. The training is appropriate for district and school administrators, as well as other school staff and school-based providers. Facilitators will be Mayela Zuniga and Teresa Gaines, from the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County.
Date and location: September 7, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Emily Justice at (925) 942-5328, visit this link to for addtional info and to register
Fee: Free
Welcoming Schools & Communities Summit/Rainbow High
This Project of Rainbow Community Center will teach strategies to build more welcoming spaces for LGBTQ youth and participate in dialogue about creating supportive families, safe schools, and accepting faith groups and communities. Workshop topics include: sexual health education, supporting non-binary youth, ally-ship, and more. Open to youth age 11 and up and adults.
Date and location: September 10, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Olympic High School, Concord
For info: Contact Emily Justice at (925) 942-5328, visit this link to for addtional info and to register
Fee: Free
Contra Costa County NGSS Institute

Explore the Next Generation Science Standards through the lenses of Phenomena, Crosscutting Concepts, and Engineering. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the NGSS and the impact for student learning. After diving deep into the NGSS, participants will receive tools and time to plan a scope and sequence of NGSS learning for their grade level.
  • Focus on grades K-2: September 27
  • Focus on grades 3-5: September 28
  • Focus on grades 6-8: October 4
  • Focus on grades 9-12: October 6
Location: All workshops held at the CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Gina Yetner at (925) 942-3356, or visit the CCCOE's calendar for all dates 
Fee: $40 per workshop
Vape Pens & Teens: What Educators Need to Know
E-cigarettes, vape pens, e-hookah...whatever you call them, these products have grown in popularity among people of all ages and young people are no exception. In fact, use of e-cigarettes/vape pens tripled among middle and high school students from 2011 to 2013. This presentation will provide an overview of e-cigarettes/vape pens, adolescent use, tobacco-free schools policies, prevention strategies, and resources. It is geared towards school administrators, teachers, counselors, and community-based-organization people who work with youth in school-based settings. 
Date and location: September 28, 1:00-3:00 p.m. or 4:00-6:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Emily Justice at (925) 942-5328, visit this link to for addtional info and to register
Fee: Free
CCCOE Distinguished Speaker Series: 
Making Statistical Connections

The California Common Core Mathematics Content Standards have incorporated statistics and probability standards in grades 6-12. The California Mathematics Project, in partnership with the California Mathematics Council, and the California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators has developed a series of modules for grades 6-12 teachers to support the teaching and learning of statistics and probability. All activities are interactive, modeling teaching and learning strategies for students.The workshop incorporates technology and ELD strategies in order to address 21st-century learning needs.
Dates and location: September 27-28, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Pleasant Hill Community Center, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Gina Yetner at (925) 942-3356, or visit the program's Eventbrite platform
Fee: $250
CCCOE Literacy Workshop to Support Lexia & Reading Plus
Attention: Teachers new to Lexia Reading Core5 or Reading Plus. You are invited to learn more about these two award-winning programs that are currently used in many districts and sites throughout the county. The training will include an introduction to the program, tips on getting started, best practices of use, suggested implementation models, and time to explore the key reports and instructional materials available.
Date and location: October 11, 9:00 a.m.-11:30am: Lexia Reading Core5 Introductory Training, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch12:30pm-3:00 p.m.: Reading Plus Introductory Training; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Nicole Kade at (530) 908-0423, visit this link to register
Fee: Free
CCCOE Distinguished Speaker Series: 
Creativity as a Habit In - and Beyond - the Classroom

Unprofessional Development is a call to put creativity at the root of all learning. This full day workshop will engage participants with creative thinking both in and beyond the classroom. Participants will leave with a personal toolkit of readings, case studies, planning tools and activities that can be used in the classroom immediately.
Date and location: October 14, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; CCCOE, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Gina Yetner at (925) 942-3356, or visit the program's Eventbrite platform
Fee: $110

Upcoming Events / Field Trips

September is Attendance Awareness Month

Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools, Karen Sakata, and District Attorney, Mark Peterson, are embarking on this year's awareness campaign entitled Every School Day Counts: Attend today, Achieve for a Lifetime! This campaign is designed to provide communication resources to schools, engage school communities, and boost student attendance as soon as children enter school.
Dates and Locations: The month of September; K-12 schools throughout Contra Costa County
For info: Visit the program's Web page
12th Annual Shelter-in-Place Day

Put this date on your calendar today! Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER) invites all schools to practice and improve their site emergency procedures for shelter-in-place by taking part in this 11th annual county-wide exercise. Guidelines for this program will be sent out to all districts and school principals later this summer (reminder post cards have recently been mailed out). Schools can use the time for training, running brief drills, or conducting more detailed emergency exercises.
Date: November 2, 11:00 a.m.
For info: Contact Lori McDonald at (925) 313-9296 or visit the CAER website 
Model UN
The Contra Costa County Model United Nations program is an exciting, educational way for high school students to learn about global issues. The Model UN simulates the activities of a UN body such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Students assume the roles of diplomatic representatives to the UN as they consider contemporary international concerns. Through this role-playing event, students develop a greater understanding of world problems and the complexity of international relations. All Bay Area schools are welcome to submit a Model UN team.  #cocomun
Dates and location: November 4, 3:30-8:30 p.m., November 5, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill
For info: Contact Diane Morrell at (925) 942-3406 or visit the program's Web page
Bay Area Science Festival

More than 200 science, technology, and engineering organizations from across the Bay Area will present the fun and excitement of science, through hands-on and interactive exhibits, science-themed performances and demonstrations, and family-oriented entertainment.  
Dates and locations: October 27-November 5, calendar of events; held at numerous sites throughout the Bay Area
For info: Visit their website
Fee: Check specific events for admission fees, but many are free
California Student Mock Election
The 2016 Presidential election cycle is here and it is once again time to get students involved and excited about civics. The California Secretary of State and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction are partnering to host another California Student Mock Election on Tuesday, October 11. This program helps young people experience the importance of elections and the power their vote has in our democracy. This year it builds on the excitement of a Presidential election by giving California's high school and middle school students a chance to have their say on who they want to be the next President of the United States. Once their votes are counted, students can compare their choices to those of their peers at schools from all over the state.
For info: Contact the Student Mock Election Team at (916) 651-3070, or visit their website
Fee: Free 
32nd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

Every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State's largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. In 2015, more than 68,000 volunteers removed nearly 1,143,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California's beaches, lakes, and waterways. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California's fabulous coast and waterways. The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet!
Date and locations: September 17, 9:00 a.m.-noon; various water sites
For info: Contact The California Coastal Commission at (800) COAST-4U or visit the event's Web page  
Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society

The Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society will gladly organize an astronomy night for your school, youth group, or community organization. The organization's members volunteer their time and their telescopes to bring the universe to you. They also provide knowledgeable speakers and activities on various astronomy topics, either in a classroom or in a meeting setting.
For info: Visit their website
Fee: Free
Grants / Scholarships
The Safeway Foundation's Grants

Safeway funds grant applications for communities where stores are located. Grants should focus on Safeway's priorities, including education. The Safeway Foundation's Grants are accepted throughout the year. Typical grants are between $2,500 - $10,000  For more information and to apply visit their website.
For info: Visit their website
2016 Dow Community Grants

Dow values the opportunity to provide charitable giving to communities in Eastern Contra Costa County. A total of $25,000 is availble to support eligible non-profit organizations, schools, municipalities, or county governmental agencies and departments. As a valued community member, the Dow CAP invites you to submit grant proposals for specific projects between $2,500 and $5,000, depending on the scope of the project. 
For info: Visit their website
Deadlines: Grant applications are due on September 16  

Resources / Contests

Contra Costa County Library is celebrating the Year of STEAM
All 26 branches of the Contra Costa County Library will focus on programs and education in this year-long celebration that revolves around science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Library patrons of all ages will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of STEAM programs and activities that inspire creativity and innovation through education and entertainment.
For info: Visit
Constitution Day
A 2005 act of Congress states that all educational institutions receiving federal funding must observe September 17 as Constitution Day, which celebrates the 1787 signing of our founding document. According to the guidelines put forth by the Department of Education, teachers and schools are free to design Constitution Day programming that best addresses the needs of their students.
Date: September 17 (This will be the 225th anniversary of our nation's founding document.)
For info: Visit their website
Contra Costa Community Warning System
The Contra Costa County Community Warning System (CWS) is a comprehensive system designed to alert the public in the county of imminent threats to life or health. The system was developed by the Community Awareness and Emergency Response organization (CAER) and is operated by the Office of the Sheriff. The CWS mission is to alert the public of imminent threats to life or health, inform the public of basic hazard information and guide them to resources to gather more detailed information. The CWS uses a variety of tools to reach the public as quickly and reliably as possible such as:
  • Telephone notification (cell and landline)
  • Email
  • Texting
  • Social Media (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Sirens
  • Radio and TV
  • NOAA Weather Radios
  • Cable Television
For info: Contact the CWS Staff at (925) 313-9622 or visit their website is a website that has plenty of ideas about plants and gardens, teacher resources, and grant opportunities.  

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Karen Sakata, Superintendent of Schools
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