Old Adobe Educator Weekly Round-Up
April 12, 2021 - April 16, 2021
MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT LOWERY
THANK YOU AMAZING SUPERHEROS!
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.~
Here's to our Old Adobe School District educators for going above and beyond and persevering. The difficult times may not be over, and yet, we will grow them them together, because we are #OldAdobeStrong.
If you are on-campus with students or continuing on Zoom, have an amazing first week of spring learning!
Sign up for brief meet and greet, to share and idea or ask a question.
***We are hiring! Please let the ECE folks in your extended networks know that Kids Care is currently seeking Site Managers to join our team. In Bright Futures Preschool we are seeking an Associate Preschool Teacher to support in our P.M. cohort! The spring hours for this position are 12-4pm MTW and 10-4pm ThF. Help us spread the word and share the Edjoin link***
We are Orange!
We’re happy to share that Sonoma County officially moved to the orange tier on Wednesday. See the county’s current health metrics and this press release for the county's announcement. While this doesn’t lead to significant changes for schools, here are a couple noteworthy changes:
The capacity limit for indoor gatherings has increased.
Graduation and commencement ceremonies can be held outdoors at 33 percent capacity with assigned seating and other modifications.
See the Blueprint for a Safer Economy (updated April 2) for further capacity limits and guidance.
It is important to note that reaching the Orange tier does not change any classroom or school site health practices, including distancing or masking recommendations.
CDPH Social Distancing Guidance
The March 23 Social Distancing Guidance has been updated to refer schools to the latest CDPH guidance for information on student distancing and capacity limits as it pertains to large spaces like lunchrooms and gyms.
The CA Department of Public Health is recommending that anyone who travels out of state quarantine for 10 days upon return. This isn’t a mandate but SCOE, County Health and CDPH strongly encourage everyone to adhere to this standard. Visit the current Travel Advisory for more information. Here is the OAUSD updated communication related travel we sent to families on March 26th.
CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DEPARTMENT
Equity Leadership Professional Development:
4th Session - April 21 @ 2:00PM - 3:30PM (in lieu of staff meeting)
STAR Spring Benchmark:
The STAR Spring Benchmark window will open on April 19 and close on May 14. As you all know, we will be using our STAR Spring Benchmark scores to report ELA and mathematics progress to our families instead of the CAASPP. More information will come on how this information will be shared with families.
As always, please make sure students take the Spring Benchmark independently and have ample time to complete the tests.
We are waiting to hear guidance from the State and/or SCOE regarding options for assessing writing as it has not been made clear to us yet what those requirements will be. I will let you all know as soon as I hear what our next steps for this will be.
Resources for Returning to In-Person Instruction
SCOE compiled a set of resources for teachers county-wide to access as we return to in-person learning:
“Our Kids Are Not Broken” (Ron Berger article from The Atlantic)
“As schools reopen, prioritizing student mental health can prevent 'twin-demic'” (article from K12 Dive)
“Juggling ‘Roomers’ and ‘Zoomers’? How Teachers Make Hybrid Learning Work” (article from EdSurge)
“What Shall We Do About the Children After the Pandemic?” (blog post by Teresa Thayer Snyder)
“How to Teach When Everyone is Scattered” (article from Cult of Pedagogy)
Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education: Family and Community Engagement (article from Learning for Justice)
Present, Engaged and Supported: A Guide to Planning Transitions to School (article from Attendance Works)
Social-Emotional Well-being & Mental Health Resources
COVID-19: Resources for Supporting Kids (from WellnessTogether.org)
Slide Deck Presentations
Effective Communication with Masks (Jenn Guerrero)
Strategies for Hybrid Learning (Matt O’Donnell)
These videos are great to watch as well if you have the time! One is an interview with two educators who have already returned to in-person, and the other one is a TED talk about rethinking education.
Recorded conversation w/Loomis USD educators who have returned to hybrid instruction (moderated by Brulene Zanutto, SCOE)
What COVID-19 revealed about US schools -- and 4 ways to rethink education (TED Talk by Nora Flanagan)
Equity Coalition Update
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 14th at 3PM.
Hope you can join!
Our hearts ache over the violent racist acts we say playing out in the news media. The violence happens every day. Every single day. Racial violence happens in the streets, in prisons, at parks, in our schools and college campuses across the nation. It is systemic violence that is built into and normalized in the everyday policies and practices of social institutions, including our educational system. It is a violence that suffocates racially minoritized people literally and figuratively. It prevents racially minoritized people from fully thriving because nothing and no one can thrive without being able to breathe.
As educators, leaders, coaches, and community activists, we know that one of the frontlines of this racial violence is in our domain: in our classrooms, schools, campuses, offices, and sport arenas; through our teaching, advising, coaching, support, and leadership; in the curricula we select, the research we do, the practices we engage in, and the policies we create and implement. We have the responsibility to confront this violence so that students and educators alike can be their authentic selves, thrive in their humanity, learn, and flourish.
What is clear is that to do nothing is to be complicit in white supremacy. We abdicate our responsibilities as educators and leaders if we do not work hard toward anti-racist practices, policies, leadership, and research within our own schools, campuses, classrooms, and organizations.
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.
A big shout out to our amazing custodians and maintenance staff who have been working in overdrive to complete all the finishing touches needed to welcome students back to onto our school campuses. Thanks again for all the extra hard work these past weeks!
The results are in for our owl boxes. Pictured here is owl box 1 at Old Adobe (by the garden). Mom is checking out the camera. Owl box 2 (by the solar panels) are future owl babies waiting to be born. Mom will certainly have her hands full with 5 babies to raise. Unfortunately no owls have made their home there yet.
FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
REGISTRATION AND ENROLLMENT
RETURNING TO SCHOOL FALL 2021-2022
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond issued a statement on Tuesday in response to the Governor’s goal as noted above. Superintendent Thurmond noted there is a clear pathway to a safe and full return to in-person teaching and learning this fall. However, it appears schools will still need to provide distance learning options for families in the fall. “We must prepare for the possibility that there will be some families who cannot or may choose not to send their students back to school campuses this fall, and schools may need the flexibility to offer some form of remote learning.” This is encouraging news and a hopeful sign that we can return to full-time classes in the fall if we continue our current progress. This said, we will continue to proceed with caution and with a continued focus on the science and safety.
Beyond the Blueprint For a Safer Economy
CCSESA reported that on Tuesday, Gov. Newsom announced that CA is aimed to fully reopen its economy by June 15 so long as sufficient vaccines are in supply and the hospitalization rates remain low. While a mask mandate would remain in place, June 15 could be the date the color coded tiered system is officially ended. Operations would still need to adhere to Cal/OSHA requirements. Now that CA has officially administered 4 million doses to its most vulnerable communities, the requirement that counties have to record fewer than 4 new cases per day per 100,000 people to move to the orange tier has been loosened to 6 cases per 100,000 (more coverage here and below). When asked about reopening K-12 schools, Governor Newsom said he anticipated no barriers to getting all K-12 schools safely back open. [The governor] indicated his office will be engaging the education community on reopening plans for the fall.
The language specifically states that, once the criteria are met for the Blueprint to end: “Schools and institutions of higher education should conduct full-time, in person instruction, in compliance with Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standards and public health guidelines.” We will continue to provide updates. Read more from the CA Department of Public Health here.
Occupational Therapy Throughout the Remainder of the School Year
OAUSD Occupational Therapist, Emily Fry, recently had a baby boy and is out on maternity leave through the school year. While she is out, Shaina Rol, OTD, OTR/L will be filling in to provide this support for the program. Please see Shaina’s introduction below:
Aloha! My name is Shaina Rol OTD, OTR/L. I am the Old Adobe district occupational therapist. I recently moved from Hawaii to Sonoma County to pursue pediatric occupational therapy and to work with Old Adobe Union School District. I graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Gerontology, the study of aging—birth to end of life care. I have earned my Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Pacific University. I most recently have worked with neurodiverse populations, those with severe mental illness, and those with physical disabilities or other abilities.
A little bit more about myself- I grew up in a multigenerational household with no less than 3 families living under one roof, I compete in international tandem surfing competitions, and I hate celery—yes even when it is fully cooked. In Hawaii we really see our community as an extension of our own family and I hope to do the same here. My email is email@example.com and you can also reach me at your child’s school site. I look forward to working with you!
Trauma Informed Instruction
The District had a great turnout for our hour long professional development opportunity last week on Trauma Informed Instruction with over 60 certificated staff! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend. For those of you who were unable to attend, a Padlet of resources from the session is available HERE. Given the current circumstances surrounding our students and families, understanding trauma in students is more important than ever and when teachers are proactive and responsive to the needs of students suffering from traumatic stress in their classrooms it can have a huge impact on their ability to learn.
YouthTruth Survey Window Coming!
It’s almost time for our YouthTruth Survey! The survey will provide insight into the current experience of our students, staff and families. Student and stakeholder voice matters. On-the-ground insights from the survey will provide the District with the information needed for planning, professional development and improvement processes in the upcoming school year.
Our survey window for staff, families and students grades 3-6 is April 19th through April 30th. The actual survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. This does not include allotting time for giving directions, etc. Students will be surveyed during in person hybrid instruction or synchronous distance learning time during the week of April 19th. Families will also complete the survey during the week of April 19th. Staff will have the opportunity to complete the survey during the week of April 19th, as well, and teachers will have time to complete the survey after the NAAC Listening Session on April 21st.
As a reminder, the survey window is April 19th– 30th. Thank you!
OAUSD EVENTS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK
April 12, 2021 - April 16, 2021
First Day of Hybrid On-Campus/Distance Learning
Equity Coalition Meeting 3:00PM
Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - Open Session 6:00PM