Old Adobe Educator Weekly Round-Up
Monday 2/22/21 - Friday 2/26/21
MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT LOWERY
Celebrating Black History
Here are some additional Black History resources for educators.
Where Are Afro-Latinos Represented in School Curricula?
- Afro-Latino: A deeply rooted identity among U.S. Hispanics – Pew Research Center
- Anti-Blackness in Latinx Countries is the Result of Deliberate Cultural Policy – Racebaitr
- Let’s talk about phenotype and global Blackness – Black Youth Project
- This Is What It Means To Be Afro-Latino – HuffPost
- Black history month is a token tribute, but Afro-Latinos don’t even have that – The Guardian
How Do We Center Black Women and Black Girls in Our Schools?
- Celebrate Women This Black History Month – Teaching Tolerance
- Don’t Forget About Black Girls – Teaching Tolerance
- The Black Girl Pushout – Melinda D. Anderson
- Centering Black Girls’ Literacies: A Review of Literature on the Multiple Ways of Knowing of Black Girls – Gholnecsar E. Muhammad and Marcelle Haddix
- The Biased Policies That Are Pushing Black Girls Out of School – Dayna Evans
- From Preschool to Prison: The Criminalization of Black Girls – Mackenzie Chakara
- Murders of trans women highlight the intersection of racial and gender-based violence – Women’s Media Center
- Centering Black Women, Girls, Gender Nonconforming People, and Fem(me)’s in Campaigns for Expanded Sanctuary and Freedom Cities – Andrea J. Ritchie and Monique W. Morris, Ed.D
Sign up for brief meet and greet, to share and idea or ask a question.
Update Regarding Vaccination Clinics
We recently informed by the Public Health Department of a serious disruption to the Sonoma County vaccine supply. This disruption is due to the extreme weather conditions in other parts of the country hindering transportation of the vaccine and other related supplies such as syringes.
The disruption has had two major impacts to the vaccination program this week.
1) The allocation of vaccine was drastically reduced for next week (Feb. 22 - 26). As a result of the reduced supply, no additional vaccination appointments will be available next week, beyond the appointments that have already been made.
2) The Public Health Department is unable to supply our clinic with vaccine and supplies on Monday (2/22) and possibly Tuesday (2/23), as previously approved. As a result, the SCOE clinic will be closed on 2/22, 2/23 and 2/26, reopening on Wednesday (2/24) and Thursday (2/25) to vaccinate only those educators who already have a reservation, if we have access to vaccine and supplies at that time.
All educators who have appointments scheduled for next Monday, Tuesday or Friday have been sent an email instructing them how to make an appointment for another day in the near future.
More than 3000 educators have already received their first dose at Rancho Cotate High School, thanks to the many volunteers who have generously given of their time. In the coming weeks, there is an effort to work with a sense of urgency to increase the number of injections given each day.
Thank you for your patience as we work through this disruption. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments.
CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DEPARTMENT
EQUITY LEADERSHIP PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
This week we will share the dates for the Equity professional learning facilitated by Nicole Anderson and Associates Consulting. Our certificated staff already had two prior professional learning sessions (August 12 and January 5). Teachers have two additional sessions available. Although the upcoming two sessions are optional and are not contracted professional development days, we hope that all will take advantage of this amazing opportunity to learn and grow. Additionally, classified employees will have the opportunity to participate in 3 concurrent sessions of professional learning. These required sessions will be offered to all classified employees and each supervisor will work with staff to ensure that all can take advantage of this growth opportunity. Information regarding the professional learning sessions will be sent out to staff this week.
The Mote: The Mote extension has been enabled in Chrome for you to use if you’d like. HERE is a video to learn more about the extension, and below is the overview from Mote:
Mote is the Chrome extension that lets you easily add voice notes and feedback to shared documents and assignments. Mote is integrated into Google Docs, Slides and Sheets, as well as Google Classroom, for easy recording and playback. You can create voice notes for any website or application using the 'motepad' within the Mote Chrome extension menu - simply click on the browser icon to access.
Use Mote to add voice notes to Google Slides! Now it's easy to record and insert audio within Google Slides with mote. Just click on the Mote button in your Slides menu tray to get started.
Mote supports transcription in more than 20 world languages, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic.
Mote for Teachers:
Ask students questions and provide feedback, quickly and with the feeling of human connection. Whether you're at home or in the classroom, mote helps educators and students to stay connected. Add voice comments within Google Classroom's Stream and Private Comments views, as well as within Google Docs, Slides and Sheets. Record and insert audio comments within Google Slides - simply click on the Mote icon within the Google Slides browser bar to insert your audio.
Bridges Writable PDFs App: In case you didn’t see the Math Learning Center email, there is a new app!
Using the same drawing tools as the MLC Math Apps, students using the Bridges Writable PDFs App will be able to annotate PDF documents directly. The annotated versions can then be saved to Google Drive (and shared through Google Classroom), downloaded and emailed to their teacher, or shared using the Share Code feature within the app. (To provide written feedback on student work, open the student document using a Share Code, add your own annotations, and then generate a new Share Code to share back to the student.) PDFs with annotations can also be printed, uploaded to other learning management systems, or shared in any of the other ways you might share a PDF. Please note that if you use Bridges Writable PDFs App, it’s possible that students will see some assessments before the teacher assigns them.
PBL Project: The PBL Project posted a Winter Storms scenario. In this scenario, students become meteorologists as a winter storm approaches, and when it hits. What information do they need to give to people, and is there a point when they might be spreading fear instead of help? You can check it out HERE.
Equity Coalition Update
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 24th at 3PM.
Hope you can join!
Here are some classroom resources on equity and social justice:
The Social Justice Standards are a road map for anti-bias education at every stage of K–12 instruction. This guide provides all the materials required to facilitate professional development that introduces educators to the Social Justice Standards. The package includes step-by-step procedures, terminology, slides and handouts.
Co-hosted by experts from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, this webinar will delve into the ways American history instruction often fails to acknowledge—and contributes to—the erasure of Indigenous stories and perspectives.
This webinar will clarify the confusion between race and ethnicity, provide a historical primer on Afro-Latinx identities and review resources for teaching Elizabeth Acevedo’s poem “Afro-Latina.”
If you need to reach the Equity Coalition to share resources, express concerns or ask questions, you can now email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Looking for Custodial Team Members
Our district custodial staff are working diligently to help prepare our schools for reopening and keeping our sites safe for both staff and students. However, we need additional custodial staff to help, as needed.
If you, or someone you know might be interested in working as a substitute custodian, or in other positions as a substitute, please contact Sonya Wasden at 707-765-4327 or email@example.com.
REOPENING SCHOOL 2.0/HYBRID MODEL
This week we will focus on the following activities to prepare to welcome students physically to the classroom:
- set up classrooms to transition to 6 feet of social distancing
- establish additional isolation tents
- secure option to implement student daily COVID-19 health screen
- provide additional training for COVID-19 surveillance and asymptomatic testing
- create additional spaces for staff breaks and lunch
- submit CSPs
- launch the parent/family return to on-campus/hybrid model survey
The Board will discuss resolution 755 Reopening Criteria and conditions to shift to on-campus hybrid instruction at the Board of Trustees during Open Session @6:00PM.