CAN Newsletter – Together We Rise
October 14, 2020

CAN Newsletter
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Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for our annual Expanded Learning Summit as we went virtual this year! It was an incredible day, filled with many incredible moments. We were happy to have Michael Funk from the CDE Expanded Learning Division kick us off with a Town Hall with Karen Pittman, from the Forum For Youth Investment, attendees had time to connect with one another in open space style breakout sessions - sharing their challenges and promising practices on timely topics, and we closed out with an amazing panel of youth and staff from across the state. California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tony Thurmond was on hand to close us out but was so moved by the panel that he joined in the conversation with lots of energy, leaving many of us inspired for action.

As shared by Michael Funk on the day: “My heart is full and my vision is more clear. The imperative to build on today will not escape my thoughts. So many memorable moments. It was no less than a history-making day for expanded learning!”

Many apologies to those of you who were registered and had trouble accessing the event. We hope that you were able to join us once the technical issues were resolved. We did record all sessions and will be making the Town Hall and Keynote Panel sessions publicly available to all in the coming weeks.

Throughout much of the day, the speakers and attendees grappled with the challenges of 2020 including the coronavirus pandemic, racial and social unrest, natural disasters, and a turbulent election year.  Our students, families, and staff are dealing with increased feelings of stress, isolation, and anxiety at levels many of us have not experienced before.

These issues are very important to the SSPI and in a recent newsletter he shared: “When we discuss equity, it is clear that as educational leaders, we must do more to uplift our most vulnerable students and provide them the opportunities they need to achieve academic success. But we cannot address equity and strategies to improve student outcomes without also looking at equity and disparities in mental health…  We are continuing our conversations with mental health professionals to help identify funding and increase services for students. If you or someone you know wants to get involved, please reach out to

CAN has identified a number of resources for mental health and beyond in our COVID Resource Center. Additionally, the CDE has numerous resources for educators, families, mental health providers, and students, including resources for students in crisis.

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Expanded Learning Guidance on Senate Bill 98 (SB 820)

The Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) of the California Department of Education is happy to announce an update to the guidance for Senate Bill (SB) 98 (SB 820 modified on September 18, 2020), Statutes of 2020 is available for Fiscal Year 2020–21, and is posted on the California Department of Education’s website at Revised Senate Bill 98 Guidance.

This update provided the following:

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EXLD School Site Substitutions for Fiscal Year 2020-21

The California Department of Education (CDE), Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) is providing the following guidance on school site substitutions for fiscal year 2020–21 and This guidance may be updated annually and should be responded to accordingly. The criteria for school site substitutions is outlined below.

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Comprehensive State Literacy Plan: Public Comment Period Now Open

The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) has approved the draft Comprehensive State Literacy Plan for a public comment and review period. The draft plan, which is a key element of the CDE’s work to implement a federal literacy grant, aligns and integrates state literacy initiatives, content standards, and state guidance documents to support teachers of students birth through grade twelve.  

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A Tiered Approach to Ensuring Students are Present, Engaged, and Supported in the 2020–21 School Year

As schools begin this fall, educators across California are examining how they can promote students showing up for class, whether instruction is offered remotely or in person. Hedy Chang and Cecelia Leong from Attendance Works detail the levels of intervention educators should take in order to ensure students are present, engaged, and supported in the virtual or in-person classroom.

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From Crisis to Opportunity: Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan Checklist

Local education agencies (LEAs) are currently working hard to provide academic support to students in unprecedented circumstances.  To be responsive to the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor and Legislature have modified the Local Control and Accountability Plan process for the 2020-21 school year. 

This year LEAs, including districts, charter schools, and county offices of education, will complete a Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP) that focuses on planning for a distance learning environment and addressing the learning loss resulting from school closures last year. 

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Apply to CalFresh Today for Access to Healthy Eating Options

Food plays a pivotal role not only in healthy living, but also in facilitating community and family bonding. Although many have fallen on hard times, resources are available that can help fulfill basic needs. CalFresh offers financial support to help keep food on the table. If you or your family could benefit from this program, please apply. It is money, that you don’t have to pay back, for your family to use towards healthy eating options.

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Lights On Afterschool 2022
Thursday, October 20, 2022

CAN was proud to be join the Afterschool Alliance and thousands of out-of-school time programs in the largest nationwide showcase of afterschool programs during the 23rd annual Lights On Afterschool celebration on October 20th!

Afterschool programs provide the fun, safe, and engaging environment that youth need to emerge from the pandemic confident and hopeful. On October 20, we’re helping to shine a light on the important role of afterschool programs in our community – and you can too! 

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Upcoming Webinar: Technovation’s Three-Part Engineering Design Challenges Webinar Series
Starting Thursday, October 29, 2020; 12:00 PM PST

Over three hour-long sessions this fall with Technovation, you’ll become an expert in leading engineering design challenges online that help students develop engineering mindsets: 1) use the engineering design process; 2) envision multiple solutions; 3) evaluate and iterate; 4) persist and learn from failure; and 5) work in teams.

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Keep Learning California

Families and educators are facing new challenges in keeping children learning during the pandemic. The constant changes especially threaten access to educational opportunities for low-income, English learner, new immigrant, Latino and Black families living in rural and urban areas.