February 2016 | This monthly e-newsletter provides a quick reference to upcoming meetings, events, and resources for administrators.

On the calendar

Feb 1 | The Choreography of Presenting: Kendall Zoller
Participants discover how to use body language, tone of voice, and other subtle physical behavior to convey credibility, capture an audience’s attention, and support learning.

Feb 2 | SELPA Superintendents’ Council
SELPA superintendents meet monthly 8:00-10:00am in Santa Rosa City Schools' Board Room.

Superintendents of Sanger USD and Firebaugh-Las Deltas USD present a two-part session on reform in support services at Mary Agatha Furth Center. Superintendents are invited to the first part to discuss principles for local improvement. Second part opens to superintendents and two other district team members of the superintendents' choosing, for a larger discussion.

Feb 2 | English Learner Parent Leadership Institute
Conducted entirely in Spanish, free annual workshop supports and empowers parents of English learners.

Feb 2 | Access & Accommodations for the 2016 SBAC
Workshop helps educators understand accessibility supports for the 2016 SBAC Summative Assessment and explore universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations.

Feb 3, 19 & 29 | SBAC Interim Assessment Clinics
Clinics offer drop-in assistance to participants to review key concepts behind Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments, including organization, access, and use.

Feb 4 & 11 | LCAP Coffee Break
Sessions provide educators an opportunity to stay abreast of various LCAP topics.

Feb 5 | Sonoma Leadership Network
Elementary and secondary leadership teams study and implement research-based strategies that improve student achievement and narrow the achievement gap.

Feb 9-10 | Equity at the Core Conference
Educators and community members alike learn how to develop and implement best practices to eliminate gaps in achievement and improve access for students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa.

Feb 10 | Transitional Kindergarten Network
Participants establish connections and continue to improve the quality of local TK programs by supporting the needs of each district, 4:00-7:00pm.

Feb 11 | Middle School NGSS Curriculum Forum
Neutral forum for teachers and administrators to receive information about the different middle school course models described in the Next Generation Science Standards.

Feb 12 | ELC Seminar & Leadership 40
District superintendents meet for a professional development seminar presented by Pivot Learning Partners, 8:00am-12:00pm, followed by a regular Leadership 40 meeting, 1:00-2:30pm.

Feb 16 | Alternative Education Directors
District alternative education staff meets quarterly to discuss related issues, 2:00-3:00pm.

Feb 16 | Sonoma County SARB
Sonoma County Attendance Review Board meets quarterly, 3:00-4:30pm.

Feb 16 | Essential Language Practices for English Learners
Two-day professional development sequence focuses on research-based teaching and assessment practices that meet the needs of EL students and build system-wide capacity for success.

Feb 17 | Middle School Principals
Middle school principals meet to discuss common topics and share resources, 7:30-9:00am.

Feb 18 | Preparing for 2016 SBAC Summative Assessments
Session helps guide leadership teams in planning and preparing for SBAC assessments, with assistance from CDE and Educational Testing Services representatives.

Feb 19 | High School Principals
High school principals meet to share related issues and educational topics, 7:30-9:00am.

Feb 22 | LCAP Workshop at SCOE
LCAP training covers a range of topics, including outcomes of stakeholder engagement, an annual update, district collaboration and more.

Feb 22 | Leading for Instructional Shifts
Three-session series provides leadership teams an opportunity to examine the power of leadership shifts that support instructional shifts within a specific educational context.

Feb 26 | School Emergency Preparedness Training
Full-day training covers the basics of developing and maintaining a high-quality school emergency operations plan and the law enforcement response to school incidents.

Feb 29 | Associated Student Body (ASB) Workshop
Workshop led by Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team focuses on information for today’s school leaders to maintain fiscal accountability, legal compliance, transparency, and accuracy in student body accounts.


Regional Elementary Spelling Bees take place in early February.

Transition Fair

The annual Transition Fair is designed to help special needs students and their families navigate the transition to the adult disability services system, Feb 10 at SCOE.

Jack London Award Applications

Sonoma State University is accepting applications for their Jack London Award through Feb 15.

CISC Leadership Symposium

Annual symposium brings together educational leaders from throughout the state for three days of networking and discussing the theme of “Leading to Ignite Innovation,” Feb 24-26 in Monterey.
Looking ahead to March
Mar 2 & 16 | LCAP Coffee Break
Mar 4 | Leadership 40
Mar 4 | Curriculum Council
Mar 7 | SELPA Superintendents' Council
Mar 15 | EL Collaborative
Mar 23 | Human Resources Quarterly Meeting

Sonoma County Office of Education

Steven D. Herrington, Ph.D., Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools
5340 Skylane Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

(707) 524-2600 • www.scoe.org • www.facebook.com/SonomaCOE

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