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Celebrating Black History Month 
Vol. 3: Issue 3 -  February 9, 2021

What’s new on our website? 

"The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated." - James Baldwin
The San Mateo County Office of Education shares curated resources for teachers, students, and families. Read more here.
For Educators and Families
Ways to Celebrate Black History Month with Your Family
 
Celebrate the history and culture of the African diaspora and the achievements of people with African roots. Wide Open School by Common Sense has launched a webpage that provides age-appropriate, educational, and fun video activities for families with children ages preschool to third grade. Learn more here.
"There is Beauty in Every Type of Face." 
Watch: Amanda Gorman read her original poem, "Talking Gets Us There."
Share this video with your family and students and talk about celebrating differences and speaking out against racism today and every day. Watch the full reading by Amanda Gorman here

Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter?


This inspiring title chronicles African American accomplishments from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Shani Mahiri King’s introduction explains the need for Black children to see themselves in young people’s literature. Read more about this inspiring book here.
 

Just in Time: Weekly ELPAC and CAASPP Testing Support

Testing season is here and, if you are a testing coordinator or test administrator, you will want to visit these support sites from the California Department of Education. 
The latest news all in one place. The California Department of Education and Education Testing Service are hosting weekly "office hours" to support with testing questions and guidance in finding the latest resources available. Questions will be answered in real time by a panel of experts. Local counties and districts also share their best practices and testing tips of lessons learned. To register for office hours, click here. To access the various support websites, click here.

Community and Parent Resources

The Youth Resource Hub is a directory of community, government, and nonprofit resources for San Mateo youth. Click here for more information and a list of services.

Story Time in Spanish

Practice Spanish with San Mateo County Office of Education's Safe Routes to School Program every Wednesday at 1PM. 
Weekly Story Time has been a popular Safe Routes to School activity. Students in grades K-5 are treated to a story and activities that center around pedestrian and bicycle safety. On February 10th, Story Time will be conducted in Spanish! This is a great opportunity for native Spanish speakers and students who are learning Spanish and want to practice. Register here.
Creativity and Mindfulness Corner
Valentine's Day Fun for Home and School
Celebrate friendship with these ideas from PBS kids.
PBS kids' special edition newsletter has projects and activities that friends and family can enjoy this Valentine's Day. Activities include do-it-yourself activities with recycled materials, special Valentine's cartoon videos, and ideas to play and learn. Read more here and let the joy of celebrating friendships begin!
Professional Development Opportunities

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 aligned 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 provide 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.

For a full list of all workshops available, click here.

Developing Digital Pedagogies

The goal of the Developing Digital Pedagogies Professional Learning Experience is to guide educators in the creation of learning environments that promote transdisciplinary thinking and utilize technologies in ways that support student creativity and problem solving. It will be held on select Tuesdays and Thursdays in March from 4-6:30 p.m. The San Mateo County Office of Education is working in partnership with the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET) and the Makery at Stanford's GSE to facilitate this professional learning experience. To learn more and to register, click here.

Math Instruction

Beginning February 25, 2021, 4:00-6:00pm 
Gain confidence and readiness in leveraging Education Trust-West’s toolkit, A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction, through this contextualized online micro-course. Receive guidance and resources to address barriers to math equity and develop an anti-racist math practice while aligning instruction to grade-level priority standards. This course is for 5-9 Math Teachers. Learn more and register here.

Creativity and Art

Creativity Residencies are open to all PreK-12 educators and are designed to spur your creativity. The next two workshops will be held on Wednesday, February 24, and Wednesday, March 3, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Each meeting will have a different focus and requires registration. Learn more here.

KQED Media Academy Facilitated Courses

Inspire and engage students through Digital Media
The KQED Media Academy offers a set of four free, instructor-led online professional development courses that prepare educators to effectively and meaningfully analyze, evaluate, and make media with students to support curriculum goals. These professional learning courses are open to all educators across the country, including PreK-12 classroom teachers, librarians, TOSAs, and anyone interested in learning the skills and experience needed to connect the dots between digital citizenship, media literacy, 21st century skills, and national curriculum standards. Read more here.

San Mateo Environmental Learning Collaborative (SMELC) Administrator Fellowship

For All K-12 Administrators, Chief Business Officials, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, Instructional Coaches
Apply for the 2021 San Mateo Environmental Learning Collaborative (SMELC) Administrator Fellowship Program, a paid fellowship to drive environmental transformation across a school community. It takes participants through a knowledge-to-action program that involves workshops, coaching sessions, technical assistance, and a culminating community impact project. Applications due February 15, 2021. Learn more and apply here.
Community Announcements

First Annual San Mateo County Solutionary Fair

Spotlight student action in solving community dilemmas.
The San Mateo County Solutionary Fair is a showcase of student solutions to local and global problems. It highlights K-12 student leaders who have identified inhumane, unsustainable systems and developed solutions that are healthy for people, animals, and the environment. An information session will be held on February 25, 2021, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Volunteer Judges Needed for the 2021 STEM Fair

For All K-12 educators and community members.
March 15-21, 2021
The 2021 SMCOE STEM Fair is looking for judges to review students’ STEM Fair projects during the week of March 15th and interview STEM Fair participants on either Saturday, March 20, or Sunday, March 21, depending on grade and category assigned. Judges must be comfortable assessing student projects in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science, environmental studies, behavioral sciences, engineering, material sciences. Learn more and sign up here. A flyer with more information is attached.
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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