Distance Learning Support
Vol. 3: Issue 2 -  January 26, 2021

What’s new on our website? 

Statement on Capitol Violence

On Thursday, January 14, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee and Board of Education President Hector Camacho, Jr. released a statement in light of recent events at the Capitol.

Excerpt from Thursday's joint statement:
"As education leaders, we must boldly step forward into the work of anti-racism while also strengthening civics education. We must create inclusive classrooms and school communities, talk with our youth about the inequitable systems in the United States, and empower them to become agents of change." -
For Educators and Families
Being a Co-conspirator in Abolitionist Teaching
Bettina Love, author of "We Want to do More than Survive," explains what it means to be an abolitionist and the difference between being an ally and a co-conspirator in the fight against racism. Watch this video clip.
Supporting Educators
Join San Mateo County Office of Education Coordinators in holding space to process and respond to the insurrection on January 6th. Walk away with resources for self-care and holding conversations with colleagues and students. Session will be held Tuesday, January 26th from 3:30-4:30pm. Register here.

100 Days of Action After the Presidential Inauguration

As this new semester begins, a new presidential administration is embarking on its all-important “first 100 days.” Inspired by this public goal setting, Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board members have provided a list suggesting some things that educators can do in 100 days to improve equity in their schools. Learn more here.

San Mateo County Youth Inspire Inaugural Poems for a New Generation

The San Mateo County Arts Commission is pleased to announce the release of the anthology I Have a Dream: Inaugural Poems for a New Generation, by San Mateo County Youth, edited by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto and Half Moon Bay High School teacher Jim Ward. The anthology features the work of 111 youth, ages 6 to 16, and is sponsored by the San Mateo County Arts Commission. For more information, please email 

Leading Literacy

A podcast by the Los Angeles County Office of Education focused on topics of reading instruction.
Leading Literacy is a podcast co-hosted by Leslie Zoroya, Coordinator of Reading Language Arts, and Mara Shinn Smith, Senior Program Specialist at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Join Leslie & Mara as they engage in literacy conversations that both inspire and instruct. Learn more 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.
How is it possible to raise resilient children and teens, especially in such turbulent, uncertain times? In this FREE special event hosted by San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE), Leah Weiss, PhD, an international authority in resilience and compassion, will share her expertise on the four “Pillars of Resilience.” This event will take place on Wednesday, January 27th from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Register here.
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.

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 are 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.

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!
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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