Sonoma County Office of Education

Improvement Collaborative Newspage

This page provides news, information, and resources for district curriculum representatives who are part of the countywide Improvement Collaborative (previously known as the Curriculum Council). All posts to this page will generate an email to those who subscribe - to subscribe to automatic email updates, please contact Amanda Snook,

Tuesday C&I Network

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, ESS has temporarily paused the Improvement Collaborative meetings and is instead holding a C&I Network meeting every other Tuesday for all C&I administrators to discuss current topics and collaborate on responses to the pandemic. C&I Administrators are encouraged to be added to the calendar invite for these meetings - to be added in, please email Amanda Snook at

C&I Network | Every other Tuesday at 9:00am, meetings resume 8/2/22
 Zoom Link | Agenda 

Info re: Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant Plan

Date: 05/03/2021
Author: Jennie Snyder

Good morning C&I Colleagues, 
As you know, a condition for receiving an Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant is that an LEA must complete a plan.  The Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant Plan must be adopted by the local governing board or body of the LEA at a public meeting on or before June 1, 2021.
The ELO Plan must be submitted within five (5) days of adoption by the governing board or bodySchool districts must submit the plan to their COE; Charter schools must submit their plans to their chartering authority; COEs and school districts in a single-district county must submit their plans to the CDE.  For more information on the ELO plan, see the CDE FAQ website:  
SCOE requests that all School Districts and Charter School's ELO Plans be submitted to Katie Anderson, Fiscal Analyst with the External Fiscal Team.  Please email ELO plans to Katie will ensure the plans are forwarded to the LEA's Fiscal Advisor and CI Director. 
Thank you,

Updates for the Week of March 8, 2021

Date: 03/08/2021
Author: Belinda Soto


C&I Updates


  • Vaccination Plans and COVID-19 Updates



  • CALPADS: Fall 2 certification extended to March 19th (no amendment window).  CALPADS Flash 201 and implications for CalSAAS (C&I tasks start on page 9)




  • The California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) has developed a new online professional learning program: Inquiry: Why Now? How Leaders Can Foster Equitable Access to Inquiry-Based Instruction.

This is a 15-hour series to explore the power and potential of inquiry-based instruction as a tool to promote and support a more equitable future. The series will offer support to educators working in a fully online environment, in hybrid models, and in-person instruction.


Register here if interested!





  • Sonoma County Math Conversation: How should we be thinking about and planning for math instruction in the coming school year? (Josh Deis)

Updates for the Week of February 22, 2021

Date: 02/22/2021
Author: Belinda Soto

Dear colleagues,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you tomorrow.  The agenda has been updated to include the following information for tomorrow's meeting:

C&I Updates

  • Discuss “Stable Cohorts” 

  • CALPADS: Fall 2 certification March 5th (no amendment window).  Flash 201 and implications for CalSAAS.

  • Gather feedback: effective instruction in a hybrid model


Updates for the Week of February 8, 2021

Date: 02/08/2021
Author: Belinda Soto

Zoom Link for Meeting:

C&I Updates

  • Meeting cancelled: “The meeting may be rescheduled once the U.S. Department of Education releases guidance regarding the 2020-21 administration of assessments.”

  • New Testing Resources Available

  • Remote Testing Videos Posted!

  • DFAs and Test Examiner demo videos for remote testing in Moodle




Vaccination Plans and COVID-19 Updates

  • Jeff Harding

Sonoma County Middle School Student Empathy Interview video

Updates for the Week of January 25, 2021

Date: 01/25/2021
Author: Belinda Soto

Dear Colleagues,
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 8:30 for our C&I Network meeting.  We will briefly discuss the updates below and will devote a majority of the meeting to vaccination plans and reopening considerations.  
Zoom Link for Meeting:

C&I Updates

  • Middle School Convening Requests 

  • College Board Presentation - What we know about AP Exams and opportunities for scholarships and college exploration

  • State Updates

    • SARC Information (due Feb 1)

    • Data Reporting

    • CALPADS Changes

      • WBL and Parent Ed Level

  • Vaccination Plans & Reopening Considerations

        (Jeff Harding, John Laughlin, Mary Downey)

Updates for the Week of January 11, 2021

Date: 01/11/2021

C&I Updates

Updates for the Week of November 2, 2020

Date: 11/02/2020
Author: Belinda Soto

C&I Updates

Updates for the Week of October 19, 2020

Date: 10/19/2020
Author: Belinda Soto

C&I Updates

  • CDE Technical Assistance: Title III and Title I Opportunity

  • Q&A Attendance Accounting Webinar

  • Question from the last meeting: In order to meet the requirement of SB 98 to provide in-person instruction to the extent possible, are districts required to open for in-person instruction when Sonoma County falls into the red tier?  SCLS response: SB 98 does allow districts to offer distance learning through the end of the year regardless of county tier status.

  • SPSA: SB 820 provides that all schools operating Title I, Part A SWP, including charter schools and single school districts (SSDs), must develop and approve a School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) for the 2020–21 school year.  Section 73 of SB 820 removes the requirement for charter schools and SSDs to establish a Schoolsite Council (SSC) in the 2020–21school year.  Instead, SSD and charter schools are required to use the stakeholder engagement outlined in SB 98 for the LCP.

Updates for the Week of October 19, 2020

Date: 10/19/2020
Author: Belinda Soto

Hello Colleagues,
I would like to invite you to a feedback session about the spring 2021 CAASPP administration.  The California Department of Education will be taking this item to the State Board of Education in early November and has asked COEs to gather feedback from the field.  Please join me on Thursday, October 29th from 8:30-9:30 if you are interested and available via Zoom.

Updates for the Week of October 5, 2020

Date: 10/05/2020
Author: Belinda Soto

C&I Updates

Zoom link: zoom link