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Vol. 3: Issue 7 -  April 13, 2021

What’s new on our website? 

San Mateo County Office of Education Recognizes Autism Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 54 Americans live with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Due to a lack of awareness and understanding, students living with ASD are 63 percent more likely to be bullied than typically developing peers and face additional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This April, SMCOE observes Autism Acceptance Month to increase understanding, acceptance, and inclusive programs for people living with ASD and those who care for them. Learn more in this joint resolution passed by the San Mateo County Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools.

How to Support Children With Autism Who Have Special Interests

In this Parenting Minutes video, watch how these parents support their children with autism by leaning into their interests.
For Educators and Families

To address the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury findings regarding hate incidents in San Mateo County schools, SMCOE is hosting a two-part symposium (second date TBD) where districts can come together and: 

  • better understand the importance of anti-hate and anti-bias policies; 
  • learn more about key elements that should be included in each district’s policy; 
  • receive supports and resources to assist school communities in preventing and addressing issues of hate and bias. 

The Anti-Defamation League will be the guest presenter during the first hour to set the context and share resources. The second hour will focus on essential policy elements and provide some sample language districts can use as they review their current policies. 

Friday, April 16, 2021 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm 


Learn and Share the History of Asian Americans in this Five-Hour Film Series by PBS

Told through intimate stories of personal lives, the series casts a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story. Watch PBS' Asian Americans here.

Wellness Month Opportunities for Educators

Over the past year, we have all been pushed to our limits to serve others, support our colleagues, care for our families, and stay healthy. How do we recognize our own needs and work to meet them?

Join us for a month of online events focused on wellness and building resilience. To review this month's calendar of events and  register, click here.
Care navigation services are free to San Mateo County public school students, staff, & their families. It provides all care options -  in person, teletherapy, outpatient, & residential - whether or not you have insurance. Care Solace supports with all mental health needs and helps with substance use, is completely confidential, and is available 24/7 throughout the year. You can call, text, video chat at 888-515-0595 or email
Meet with your colleagues to review, provide comments, and suggest edits to the proposed changes in the 2021 Revision of the CA Mathematics Framework. The final session, which will cover TK-12 progressions, number sense, and data scienece, will be held today, April 13. Register here.
More News to Know . . .
The Arts, Anti-Racism, & Climate Change (For K-12 Educators, Administrators) 
April 15, 2021, 3:00pm-4:15pm
The arts bring inquiry, voice, and creativity to support the processing and understanding the complex issues our communities are facing today. This webinar, a collaboration among six Bay Area counties, offers creative and critical strategies using the arts to support teaching and learning. Register here

TUPE Peer Educator Training (For K-12 Administrators, Educators)
April 21-22 and April 26-27, 2021, 2:30pm-4:30pm
The San Mateo County TUPE Peer Educators group educates their school communities about the dangers of tobacco and create positive change. Learn how to become a TUPE Peer Educator and share tobacco prevention information, resources, and support to your peers. Attendees will meet new people, play games, participate in fun activities, and get cool stuff. Register here.

2021 Bubble Grant (For All K-12 Science Teachers)
Due September 30, 2021
The Silicon Valley Section of the American Chemical Society is offering K-12 science teachers to apply for a bubble grant of up to $1,000 for projects that enhance the teaching of science, technology, and engineering. Winners will be announced after October 31, 2021. Learn more about project and submission requirements, click here.
Creativity and Mindfulness Corner
50 Earth Day Activities
Earth Day is our annual reminder to slow down and appreciate the bounty of the earth.

Enjoy these 50 Earth Day Activities for kids will encourage children to create objects from natural and recycled materials and spend more time outdoors. Read more here.

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.
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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
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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