- NEW: Restart & Recovery: Promoting Attendance for English Learners in Remote and Hybrid Learning Environments from the Chief Council of State School Officers : This resource outlines strategies for SEAs to support schools and districts with promoting English Learners’ (EL) consistent attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic.It offers strategies for promoting attendance during COVID, scenarios, questions to consider when determining district policy, and links to resources to go with each strategy. It also includes recommendations for soliciting input from EL families, setting clear and diverse expectations for attendance in remote learning and hybrid contexts, and implementing plans to re-engage ELs who have missed a significant number of days of school. A PDF of the resource is attached. CCSSO English Learner Attendance Resource 11 6 20 FINAL
- NEW: Restart & Recovery: Considerations for Teaching & Learning: PRE-K to 3rd Grade Recovery in School Year 2020-2021: In July, CCSSO released Restart & Recovery – Considerations for Teaching and Learning with the intent to support SEAs and local districts to safely reopen school for the year 2020-2021. This newly released document is intended as a customized, complementary resource for SEAs that are helping local districts to enhance the transition to reopening for young learners. You can find it on our website here.
Federal Resources and Advocacy
- Biden-Harris Transition Team Announced: This week, the Biden-Harris Transition Team announced agency review teams, including for the U.S. Department of Education. USED’s Agency Review Team is being led by Linda Darling-Hammond of the Learning Policy Institute (notably, Darling-Hammond also lead the Obama-Biden Transition Team USED Agency Review Team in 2008). Members of the team include recent Pennsylvania state chief and CCSSO Board President, Pedro Rivera, AFT and NEA staff, and former Obama Administration USED staff. The full list for all federal agency review teams is available here: buildbackbetter.com/the-transition/agency-review-teams/. The CCSSO Advocacy team has already established contact with the team and we are working to confirm a conversation between a Transition Team member and chiefs.
- National ESEA Conference: The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (OESE’s) Office of State Grant and Program Support (OSGPS) will host the National ESEA Conference (formerly the National Title I Conference) on February 8-11, 2021. This conference annually welcomes thousands of K-12 educators from across the country. Participants include state agency officials, school district administrators, school building leaders, and teachers. This year’s theme, “Educating for Tomorrow,” creates a singular focus for all attendees on the unique needs of disadvantaged students and the ability to centralize services across all ESEA programs. Also, this year’s conference is virtual so more SEA staff that might not otherwise be able to attend can participate in this important professional learning opportunity. Conference details, including registration materials, are available at https://www.eseanetwork.org/conference.If you have questions about the conference, please contact Bob Harmon, CEO of the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA), at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-256-6452.