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October 17, 2020

Call for Speakers – Spring CUE 2021

Note the call for this spring time California-based conference (that will be offered in a virtual format again).

Share your knowledge and showcase your work at Spring CUE 2021!

Watch the Spring CUE 2021 Announcement Video
We’re excited to announce that our Spring CUE 2021 Conference Speaker Submission window is now open! Enjoy this streamlined, simple process and prepare to share your knowledge and passion with your CUE community.

Make sure to submit your session ideas before midnight on November 11, 2020!

Spring CUE 2021 Speaker Submission Form

September 30, 2020

Securing and protecting education funding in California

A new report from a California-based think tank.

PACE Publications

Securing and Protecting Education Funding in CaliforniaCarrie HahnelHeather J. HoughJason Willis

California’s school districts, already receiving funding insufficient to meet educational goals and address the needs of students, face flat or declining revenues and rapidly growing student academic and social-emotional needs triggered by COVID-19. Securing the funding necessary to address these needs and meet state goals will require an enormous, sustained effort from many stakeholders. This brief and a substantial related report, Securing and Protecting Education Funding in California—which provides context and describes paths forward in the short and long-term examine how California could generate and protect education revenues now and in the future. The research concludes that California’s leaders and education stakeholders should act now to address urgent, short-term fiscal needs while also creating a long-term master funding plan for education. Read the brief, report, and infographic with key recommendations here >>>

PACE in the News

Don’t Cite Pre-Pandemic Screen Time Guidelines for Distance Learning, Pediatricians Say via CapRadio. Insights from H. Alix Gallagher of PACE. Read the full article here; access the associated PACE policy brief and infographic by H. Alix Gallagher and Benjamin W. Cottingham with a related publication set here >>>

PACE Events

Tuesday, September 29, 6:30pm-7:30pm. Prop 15: The Risks & Rewards For Schools & Businesses—A Voter Game Plan. Panelists include Heather J. Hough of PACE, Kirk J. Stark of UCLA Law, David Wagner of KPCC/LAist, and Kyle Stokes of KPCC/LAist. Details and registration for the webinar here >>>
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September 24, 2020

SVCUE Upcoming Events and Updates – September Newsletter

This newsletter may be of interest to my California readers.

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Congratulations to our SVCUE Mini-Grant Winners!

These five SVCUE members received grants of up to $150 to boost learning for their students . SVCUE will be funding more Mini-Grants later this school year! More information coming soon.

Sandhya Raman

Berryessa Union School District

Beth Ernest

Alum Rock

Union School District

Stephanie Rothstein

Los Gatos-Saratoga

Union High School District

Jen Young

San Mateo-Foster City

School District

Lisa Dries

Alum Rock

Union School District

Events with SVCUE

Anti-Bias Anti-Racist Book Club

Join SVCUE members to learn from each other and build community as we read Tiffany Jewell’s This Book is Anti-Racist. We’ll provide resources for examining your racialized personal, professional, and institutional practices.

Reading schedule, dates & more information are available on the registration site.


September 25, 2020


Register Here

October PD in Your PJs

This month’s topic for PD in your PJs is SUCKTOBER – Surviving the Longest Month of the Year. 

Join the SVCUE board and SVCUE members for a chance to ask questions, problem-solve and connect with other educators during these unprecedented, challenging and unique times.


October 14, 2020


Register Here

Monthly Check-Ins

SVCUE Spotlight: Genevieve Tep

SVCUE Spotlight for September is Genevieve Tep, choir teacher at Carlmont High School in Sequoia Union High School District.  Get to know Genevieve here: SVCUE September Spotlight

Did know an educator who should be in the SVCUE Spotlight? Send your tips and ideas to


SVCUE Monthly SEL Tune Up

This month in the SEL Tune Up, SVCUE Board Member, Doreen Bonde shares the Spoon Theory. We all have limited energy resources – how do we decide how to spend those resources? Read more: September SEL Tune Up

Looking for more SEL resources?

Explore Doreen’s collections at #carepackageEDU

Connect with SVCUE

Whisper In SVCUE’s Ear

Do you have a great idea for PD in Your PJs? Want to recommend an amazing guest speaker? Looking for advice on an EdTech tool? Have a great Mini-Grant idea for SVCUE to fund? We want to hear it all! Share your own great ideas or vote for the great ideas of others – SVCUE Padlet


For more information and details visit the SVCUE website:


and follow SVCUE on Facebook and Twitter

September 20, 2020

PACE – Fostering Parent Engagement: Removing Barriers to Data Accessibility

This policy brief may be of interest to some readers.


Fostering Parent Engagement

Removing Barriers to Data Accessibility

Benjamin W. Cottingham

Policy Analysis for California Education, Stanford University

Parental engagement has been shown to be a key lever for improving outcomes for all students. It can positively influence grades, test scores, and graduation rates for all students. Increased engagement is also shown to improve the outcomes of underserved student populations, positively impacting low-income, Black, and Latinx students in both primary and secondary settings. Additionally, parental engagement has been found to be a critical support in blended and distance learning environments—a need that has intensified with the shift to distance learning in response to COVID-19. Current state policies and tools for parental engagement fail to provide the necessary scaffolding parents need to support student learning or participate in local education decision-making. Here we outline three key principles and related actions that Local Educational Agencies can take to remove barriers to data access and support parent engagement.

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Make data easily accessible so that parents and other stakeholders can engage with the information-sharing process.
  • Share data so that it is easy to find, manipulate, and understand.
  • Use familiar rating systems for presenting data and share data broadly in a variety of formats.
Structure data sharing so parents start with a broad view that can then be focused to better understand information relevant to their individual child(ren).
  • Provide parents access to more information.
  • “Progressively disclose” data in chunks of general information with the option to explore specifics.
  • Provide data that is relevant to families and anticipates future needs
Consistently include parents in datasharing conversations to build relational trust, improve data literacy, and utilize parents’ abilities to share and process information with peers.
  • Make space for parents in more data-sharing conversations.
  • Share accurate data regularly with parents to build trust and credibility in the data provided and clearly communicate any procedural changes.
  • Build parents’ capacity to engage with available data to support active participation in local planning efforts.
  • Empower parents to share accurate information with their peers and drive community learning.

A printable version of this material is available as an infographic; the complete study is available in the full policy brief.

September 19, 2020

Virtual Fall CUE Is One Month Away!

This virtual conference may be of interest to California readers.

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