Distance Learning Support
Vol. 3: Issue 1 -  January 12, 2021

What’s new on our website? 

For Educators and Families
Community Resources 
The Youth Resource Hub is a directory of community, government, and nonprofit resources for San Mateo youth. For more information and list of services, click here.
Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol
Last Wednesday's attack on the capitol may continue to affect children. If you notice that your child needs more support in processing last week's events, this article by Common Sense Media offers tangible tips to support your child in the aftermath of recent events. Learn more here.

Reading Instruction Resources

Members of the English Language Arts and English Language Development Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee have gathered reading instruction resources for teachers on decoding and encoding. Resources have been collected and organized on a padlet. Learn more here.

Navigating World Language Instruction in Distance Learning

Learn more about the World Language Standards and Framework!
Join this three-session series to make meaning of the World Language Standards and Framework and plan how to implement them in a distance learning context. Learn more here.

Request Library Services Support

Would you like a virtual program and/or service in your school or district's classrooms? If so, please have your teachers fill out this form and a children's/young adult librarian will reach out to them within a week to discuss the details. Services include (but are not limited to) teaching your students how to do research using online resources, running an after-school book club to support their required reading, providing books for students to keep through our curbside pickup to support assigned reading and/or school projects, and much, much more!

Digital Citizenship
Make smart choices online with these suggestions from Wide Open School.
Featured articles and videos address how children can navigate online safety. Suggestions for no screen time activities are also shared. Learn more here.
Professional Development Opportunities
This FREE interactive workshop will help LEA teams design an LCAP that is aligned to the research-based CA English Learner Roadmap policy and focuses on identifying actions, services, programs, and resources that ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes for English Learners. Workshop dates are January 26th and February 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.

The English Learner Roadmap Professional Development for Teachers and Administrators

The English Learner Roadmap teacher workshop series to be held from January to April 2021 will focus on classroom practices, teaching and learning, and specific instructional strategies that align with the California English Learner Roadmap. Learn more and register here.

The English Learner Roadmap for Administrators strand includes five modules to be held from February to May 2021. The modules provides a solid and comprehensive learning and support structure to prepare administrators to lead the implementation of research-based, assets-oriented programs and services for English Learners. Learn more and register here.

History-Social Science Region 4-Special Topics

The Content, Literacy, Inquiry, and Citizenship (CLIC) Project is FREE and open to everyone on select Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each meeting will have a different focus and requires registration. Resources for in-person and remote teaching and learning will be provided.
  • January 20 - Ethnic Studies. Register here.
  • April 28 - Climate Change and History. Register here.

Math Instruction

The Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction sessions will be held on the following Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.: on January 27th, February 17th, March 10th, March 31st, April 21st, and May 12th. To learn more, click here.

Creativity and Art

All K-12 teachers and administrators are invited to SMCOE's 3rd Annual Art Institute on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. The workshops will highlight key topics for student engagement, including all five arts disciplines, diversity, equity, inclusion, social emotional learning (SEL), and distance learning. Register and learn more here

Creativity Residencies are open to all PreK-12 educators and is designed to spur your creativity. Workshops are on select Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. from January to March. Each meeting will have a different focus and requires registration. Learn more here.

We Are Here to Support You
Kim Bambao
Michelle Holdt
Arts and Restorative Learning
Tina Nelson
Library Services
Gwenn Lei
ELA & History/Social Studies
Gracie Hough
English Learner Support Services
Erica Ng
English Learner Support Services
Doron Markus
Science, Engineering & Health
Sandra Velásquez
Technology and Innovation
Jared Prolo
Executive Director, CIS
Andra Yeghoian
Environmental Literacy
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