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Distance Learning Support



Vol. 3: Issue 6 -  March 23, 2021

What’s new on our website? 

An Important Message to Our Community

End Anti-Asian Hate Speech and Behavior

In response to the increase in violent acts against Asian Americans, the San Mateo County Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools passed a joint resolution condemning anti-Asian hate speech and behavior.
These acts of violence and hate are unacceptable and have a profound and lasting impact on children. Join us in standing up against hate and creating caring and compassionate communities. Read the full resolution here

Violence Against Asian-Americans

In response to recent attacks to Asian-Americans in Atlanta, PBS has compiled a video list to learn more about how the recent attacks are affecting Asian-Americans and includes videos that shares the Asian-American Experience. Read and watch more here.
Additionally, resources to learn how to fight violence against Asian Americans are available. 
For Educators and Families

Calling all elementary and middle school girls in Congresswoman Jackie Speier's district: Please mark your calendars for March 27th for her annual "When I Grow Up" event in celebration of Women's History Month!

You will walk away filled with new dreams and confidence that you can be anything you want when you grow up. A group of professional women will share their stories of success and their secrets to achieving them.

This event is very popular, so please sign up early. Please register one person per RSVP. Register here.

Design Meaningful Phonemic Experiences for Distance, Hybrid, Blended, and/or In-Person Learning

Phonological and Phonemic awareness are important aspects of reading foundations instruction. This resource, curated and compiled by the state Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC), was designed to support educators' knowledge development of phonological and phonemic awareness instruction and provide examples of various strategies and routines that can be used to support your current instruction. The resources include professional learning and examples of how educators might design meaningful phonemic awareness experiences based on student data during distance, hybrid, blended, and/or in-person learning.
Phonemic Awareness Hyperdoc
Phonemic Awareness Padlet

7 Tips for Breakout Room Success

Having students meet to work in small groups helps build community and fosters deeper learning.
These seven tips offers ways to engage students in active roles during breakout rooms. Included is a Google slide and Jamboard to organize students before sending them into breakout rooms. Read more here.
Self-Care for Teachers
Gearing up for returning to in-person learning and teaching? Does Distance learning have you feeling fatigued? Remember to take good care of yourself during this time of transition. Read this article on 20+ Teacher Power foods to keep you going
COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
Get the latest information about COVID-19 vaccinations from the San Mateo County Health. Sign up for the County’s notification tool to receive notification when the State makes you eligible and information about how you may get an appointment.
Meet with your colleagues to review, provide comments, and suggest edits to the proposed changes in the 2021 Revision of the CA Mathematics Framework. Register here for any or all session!

Remaining Session Dates: On Select Tuesdays at 4pm
  • March 23: Ch. 4: Exploring, Discovering, and Reasoning With and About Mathematics SMPs 3/7/8, K-12
  • March 30: Grade Spans TK-5, 6-8, or 9-12: Ch. 6, 7, 8 Mathematics: Investigations and Connecting
  • April 13: TK-12 Progressions: Ch. 3 Number Sense, or Ch. 5 Data Science
For Students
Scholarship Opportunity
2021 Bay Area Gardeners Scholarship Foundation (BAGSF) Scholarships Application.

BAGSF provides financial support to low-income, underserved, and underrepresented students who are pursuing a college education. Additionally, we encourage AB540 recipients, undocumented, and first-generation to apply. The BAGSF scholarship application for the 2021 academic year will be open for submission from January 11, 2020. The deadline is April 04, 2021, by 11:59 pm. All applications MUST be submitted electronically. Read more here

Creativity and Mindfulness Corner
Connect Arts and Equity in Education
Explore how equity has shown up in arts education in the times of distance learning.
Join San Mateo County Office of Education's Arts and Restorative Learning Coordinator, Michelle Holdt, and colleagues to connect and make connections between arts making and equity in education. Please have paper, scissors, a glue stick and some markers/pens ready for the first meeting, so we can make art while we talk and  discuss how equity has shown up in our arts education work in the times of distance learning. These groups are drop-in and will be hands-on and interactive. Meetings are open to all teachers. 

Mondays - April 12, May 17 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Zoom link: 
https://smcoe.zoom.us/j/8225416326
Password:engage
Professional Development Opportunities

English Learner Roadmap Professional Development for Parents and Teachers

Parent Workshop 101. Families play a crucial role in the success of their children’s academics. Ensuring they are informed about the English Learner Roadmap will serve as an important bridge to foster stronger school relationships, personal investment, and robust implementation of the English Learner Roadmap. All print and media resources will be provided, in English and Spanish, so District and School Site personnel are able to empower families to support schools in centralizing the needs of English learners. This workshop is designed for Parent Liaisons and staff that work and engage with parents. Learn more and register here.

Teacher as Language Coach. How can teachers easily and effectively build language
proficiency for their EL/DLL students throughout their daily lessons? This two-hour interactive webinar, including one hour of pre-session asynchronous work, provides teachers with a set of practices that can be quickly integrated into existing lessons and practices, including Designated ELD. Aligned to Principle 2 of the EL Roadmap, participants will learn to effectively identify and address the strengths and needs of English learners by providing targeted scaffolds and supports to actively deepen students’ use of sophisticated academic language for speaking and writing. Teachers will be prepared with tools and resources that can be implemented the next day in their virtual and in-person classrooms. Learn more and register here.
Community Announcements

First Annual San Mateo County Solutionary Fair

Spotlight student action in solving community dilemmas.
Are you a problem-solver and leader in your school community? Showcase your work in the first annual San Mateo County Office of Education Solutionary Fair! We are now ready to accept submissions! Please visit our website for more information and to submit your project.
We Are Here to Support You

San Mateo County Office of Education Content-Specific Newsletters

Providing the County of San Mateo with resources, news, and the latest workshops.
Monthly and quarterly newsletters that inspire and support instruction: 
ELSI Broadcast, HumanitiesMath Extra!
Kim Bambao
Mathematics
kbambao@smcoe.org
Michelle Holdt
Arts and Restorative Learning
mholdt@smcoe.org
Tina Nelson
Library Services
tnelson@smcoe.org
Gwenn Lei
ELA & History/Social Studies
glei@smcoe.org
Gracie Hough
English Learner Support Services
ghough@smcoe.org
Erica Ng
English Learner Support Services
eng@smcoe.org
Doron Markus
Science, Engineering & Health
dmarkus@smcoe.org
Sandra Velásquez
Technology and Innovation
svelasquez@smcoe.org
Jared Prolo
Executive Director, CIS
jprolo@smcoe.org
Andra Yeghoian
Environmental Literacy
ayeghoian@smcoe.org
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