Northern California Educational Leadership Consortium

NorCal Educators' Digest

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NorCal Educator's Digest

January 2023

21CSLA Universal Transitional Kindergarten Module 2 Pilot for the Shasta Region

The 21CSLA State Center will offer Module 2 - Leaders Envisioning Equitable TK Classrooms in Action over three 2-hour sessions for the Shasta Region. Participation is free and open to all interested educators. This professional learning module will be offered via Zoom on April 3, April 17, and May 1, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.


GUIDING QUESTION: What should leaders see in inclusive, high quality, and culturally and linguistically relevant TK classrooms?

LEARNING OUTCOME: After exploring research and standards related to high-quality, developmentally appropriate instruction, leaders can identify specific “look fors” in TK classrooms to develop their instructional leadership for implementing California’s UTK.

NorCal ELC Webinar Series

We’ve sponsored a series of webinars that focus on increasing equity in education and social and emotional learning. Join the NorCal Equity Community of Practice (PDF) even if you missed the first session. Upcoming sessions will be live cast and interactive on Zoom.

NorCal Equity Community of Practice 2022-23

With Lily Chang - Coordinator of Continuous Improvement, BCOE

  • Session 2: Thursday, January 26th, 2023 @ 3:30-5 PM
  • Session 3: Thursday, April 20th, 2023 @ 3:30-5 PM

Achieving equity in education is necessary to improve the outcomes for students and staff, especially those who have been historically marginalized. It’s imperative that educators come together to prioritize equity as it relates to race and culture, address systemic racism, forms of oppression and exclusion, and identify unfair practices and policies that contribute to inequitable outcomes. Participants will deepen their learning and awareness, share resources and tools, collaborate and network in order to move to action.

Register here (PDF).

Ready to Get Started with Ethnic Studies?

Northern California high school teachers and administrators, join together to Get Started with Ethnic Studies in Santa Rosa on March 3-4th. This conference will inspire, educate, and build your professional network as districts across Northern California begin the process of developing courses designed to meet the new Ethnic Studies graduation requirement.

Session Topics include:

  • Steps in Developing an Ethnic Studies Class (Logistics, Timeline, Community Engagement)
  • Ethnic Studies Content Overview
  • Ethnic Studies Pedagogies
  • Ethnic Studies Resources (Lesson, units, from the field)
  • Identity Development (teachers and classroom)

See more information and registration here.

Creative Education Symposium: Connecting the Arts to Social-Emotional Learning

Humboldt County Office of Education invites you to join the Creative Education Symposium: Connecting the Arts to Social-Emotional Learning in Eureka, March 25th, 2023 from 9am-4pm.  Author Dr. Susie Wise of Design for Belonging will be the Keynote Speaker and several breakout workshops will be offered.

See more information and registration here.

Calling all Middle Schools…

Seeking rural Middle School novice debaters for the virtual Middle School Invitational Tournament in February, 2023. This tournament is being held as part of the Rural Debate Initiative.

For more information, view the flyer.

New SEL Resource for Middle Schools and High Schools from the Wallace Foundation is Now Available

Looking to explore Social and Emotional Learning curriculum? Just out, this new SEL resource from the Wallace Foundation is now available, Navigating SEL From the Inside Out: Looking Inside & Across 18 Leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers—Middle & High School Focus. (PDF) 

These resources provide information on 18 middle and high school programs, encompassing curricular content and program highlights that may be important to those who are selecting, recommending, evaluating, or reporting on different SEL programs, or who are aligning efforts across multiple schools, programs, or regions. 

Preschool and Elementary sites exploring a SEL curriculum have their own guide, exploring 33 SEL programs, that can be found here (PDF).

February 2023 SF-CESS Equity Based iGroup Facilitator Institute

Interested in an Equity Based iGroup Facilitator Training? Check out this February 2023 in-person opportunity from San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools (SF-CESS). 

See location/date information and application here.

Resources to Consider in 2023

Provided below are links to teaching and learning resources that may address a need or interest as you start 2023.

Why UDL (from CCEE) -- and the UDL Journey Guide. Tools for doing the things hard-working educators like you are already trying to do.

Dashboard Communications Toolkit  -- Informational materials that help explain the data reported on the 2022 California School Dashboard (from CDE).

Edutopia Top Stories from December 9 to January 9 -- Drawing to inclusion to strengthening skills, and more. 

Science Activities from the California Academy of Sciences -- A game for students, videos, and teacher workshops. 

PBS Learning Media -- January 2023 newsletter with resources across grade levels and subject areas.