Curriculum Council News

This page provides news, information, and resources for district curriculum representatives who are part of the countywide Curriculum Council. To subscribe to automatic email updates, please contact Tara Beiden, or (707) 522-3151.


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September 28, 2018 | Agenda
February 1, 2019 | Agenda
May 9, 2019 - Luncheon

September 1, 2017 | Agenda
December 8, 2017 | Agenda
February 16, 2018 | Agenda
May 4, 2018 | Agenda

2020 CISC Symposium: Registration Now Open!

Date: 08/23/2019
Author: Jennie Snyder

The 2020 CISC Leadership Symposium registration is underway!  This year’s symposium, “Our Vision, Their Future: See the Possibilities 20/20” will be at the Monterey Conference Center, February 19-21, 2020, and will feature over 75 breakout sessions around the themes of Leadership & Systems, Continuous Improvement and Future Ready Students.  Keynote speakers include Adam Steltzner, David Garibaldi and Jo Boaler. In addition, a number of sponsored featured speakers will share their expertise with attendees. 


Check in begins at 7:00 am in the lobby of the Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay on Wednesday, February 19.  There will be a no cost Pre-conference on Wednesday. Pre-conference sessions are hands on and interactive. The general session begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon.  Thursday’s sessions include keynotes, featured speakers and the breakout sessions highlighting promising practices from across the state around the three themes.  The symposium concludes at 12:30 pm on Friday, February 21.


Register today at

Curriculum Council Luncheon - May 9

Date: 05/01/2019
Author: Jennie Snyder

Our next Curriculum Council meeting is around the corner. Our next meeting will be a luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 9th from 12:00-2:00 pm in the Teacher Learning Center at SCOE. During our meeting, we will be able to reconnect, share updates and learn more from you about your district's areas of focus for next year.
To assist us with lunch arrangements, please RSVP by completing this brief survey.
We look forward to getting together with you then.

Curriculum Council Luncheon

Date: 04/08/2019
Author: Jennie Snyder

We would like to invite you to an end-of-the-year Curriculum Council luncheon meeting on May 9th from 12:00-2:00 pm (This meeting would take the place of the meeting originally scheduled for May 3rd). During the meeting, we'll be able to reconnect, share updates and learn more about your areas of focus for the 2019-2020 school year. 
We hope you can join us.

Student Data Demo Day - April 12

Date: 03/27/2019

For your information, please be advised SCOE is hosting a Student Data Demo Day on Friday, April 12, which will be a showcase of innovative tools that measure student success. School district leaders are welcome to attend, but need to register:

Please see the flier found below, and feel free to share with your district leaders.

CSI/TSI & LCAP Workshops

Date: 02/07/2019

Dear Colleagues,

The state has released and continues to release information for the ESSA accountability requirements.  Initially, in our first LCAP workshop we discussed Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) and Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI).  At that time we were not clear what the delineation was in funding and in reporting requirements.  CDE clarified the below information for us today:

Question: Do districts receive funding for sites designated as CSI/TSI/ATSI or only CSI sites?  If it is only CSI, could you let me know why there isn't funding for TSI/ATSI?

Given the number of schools eligible for support, the SBE and Legislature prioritized the FY 2018 funding for schools that meet the criteria for CSI – not less than the lowest performing Title I schools and any public high schools graduating less than 67 percent of their students.

Question: Do districts designated as TSI/ATSI also have to complete the CSI section of the LCAP?

No. Only those LEAs with schools eligible for CSI must complete the CSI prompts in the LCAP Plan Summary.  There are still planning requirements for TSI/ATSI; more information is in the SPSA Template instructions.  

Upcoming LCAP Workshops (additional offerings)

If you were unable to attend the LCAP Workshop on January 25th, I strongly encourage you and your LCAP team (Sup, C&I, CBO) to attend on February 21st or February 27th.  During this time we will review the new ESSA updates, the changes to the LCAP Template (including the Budget Overview for Parents), and have an opportunity to share/brainstorm ideas with other districts.  Please bring one hard copy of your LCAP for each team member.


Thursday, April 4th we will be hosting a time for round table discussions for districts to review their LCAPs with CI Directors and District Colleagues, focusing on the four areas discussed in the LCAP Workshops.  More information to come.

Friday, May 10th & Tuesday, May 14th: SCOE is holding rooms for district LCAP teams to have a quiet space to continue working on their LCAPs.  CI Directors will be available to discuss any questions during this time.  We will also provide snacks and refreshments to fuel perseverance!  

Please reach out to your CI Director if you have any questions.  

All my best,
Rachael Maves
Senior Director - Continuous Improvement
Phone: 707-522-3332

Clarification re: Data Calculation (From Rachael Maves)

Date: 02/05/2019

Curriculum Council Attendees:
In my zeal to drive home the point that we need to slow down and get curious about the "why" behind our data, I misspoke.  Below is the 2019 calculation for the data on the dashboard for each indicator.  It does indeed reflect that change is calculated by subtracting the current year data from the previous year.  So please disregard that comment.  While one year of data may trigger a districts' eligibility for DA, I would assert that DA eligibility isn't really the conversation we should be having.  Rather, a focus on exploring the data and understanding the "why". 
Also a quick reiteration of use of funds for the Low Performing Students Block Grant: The funds are to be utilized for students that are underperforming but do not qualify as unduplicated.  While the funds must be principally directed to this specific group, other students may benefit.  Unlike Title III funds that may ONLY be used for EL students in a supplemental capacity.  
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this in more detail, please feel free to reach out to me or your CI Director.  
All my best,
Rachael Maves
Senior Director - Continuous Improvement
Phone: 707-522-3332

Curriculum Council - February 1

Date: 01/28/2019
Author: Jennie Snyder

Our next Curriculum Council meeting is scheduled for this Friday, February 1st at 9:15 a.m. in Redwood Room C at SCOE. You can find a copy of the agenda by clicking here.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Creative Sonoma Artist Residencies (Now Accepting Applications!)

Date: 01/16/2019
Author: Jennie Snyder

SCOE is pleased to announce that the Creative Sonoma Teaching Artist Residency Program is officially accepting applications. FREE residencies with these teaching artists are available now through June 2019. The residencies will be awarded on a first come, first-served basis and will be scheduled as long as funds last.


Earlier, we announced that SCOE will be using the remainder of our fire relief grant funds to partner with Creative Sonoma to extend their offering of free, trauma-informed teaching artist residencies to Sonoma County schools.

Creative Sonoma launched this program last school year following the wildfires and has already provided more than 46 residencies in 17 local schools. Teaching artists have been specially trained in providing art residencies for students indirectly and directly affected by the fires. They've also been fingerprinted. Artists engage with the same group of students for no less than six hours of instruction per residency, allowing ideas, discussions, and trust to fully develop in processing last fall’s fires. For the purpose of this program, residencies are defined as 8 hours - 6 hours of student contact time and 2 hours of prep and collaboration for the teaching artist.

Additional details, including a directory of the available teaching artists and the subjects they cover, are available here.


All schools are encouraged to apply (including schools that have previously hosted residencies) as we know the fires' impact spread far beyond the areas actually burned. Students having received residency service in 2018 are not eligible. However, schools having participated in 2018 may submit an application for a different set of students. Priority will be given to schools that have not previously received services.


To start your application, please go to


Should you have any questions, contact Creative Sonoma by emailing

Curriculum Council - November 2 CANCELED

Date: 10/31/2018
Author: Jennie Snyder

Since there are no pressing topics or updates for Curriculum Council this Friday, the meeting scheduled for this Friday, November 2nd has been canceled. Please enjoy the gift of time. 
If you have any questions or issues you need assistance with, please contact the Continuous Improvement Director assigned to your district.
Best regards,


Information re: NGSS Teacher Leader Collaborative (Starts 10/15, RSVPs Needed by 10/11)

Date: 10/05/2018

At the last Curriculum Council meeting, Anna Van Dordrecht presented that Sonoma County teachers who are leading NGSS implementation efforts would be invited to come together to discuss statewide updates and what they've learned through implementation at a newly formed NGSS Teacher Leader Collaborative*. The first gathering date has been scheduled for October 15th. Full details are now available both on the Science page on the SCOE website and on the invitation linked below. Please share this information with your NGSS teacher leaders!

*Please note: This is not an NGSS training, and these discussions are designed for those already familiar with and working to implement NGSS. Those planning to attend must RSVP via email to Anna Van Dordrecht ( no later than October 11th.

Nicole Rosaschi, SCOE Administrative Operations Specialist, Human Resources
"I love that the people I work with are passionate about their work, passionate about our students getting the best possible education, and passionate about Sonoma County. " - Nicole Rosaschi, SCOE Administrative Operations Specialist, Human Resources