Apply to join the CAWS Board as a Member at Large

In response to the dynamic changes that have occurred within CAWS resulting with the expansion of our services to our schools over the past few years we are pleased announce that the CAWS Board will be expanding in size. We invite you to apply for an introductory CAWS Board position, serving as a Member at Large. This position offers an individual the opportunity to gain understanding of the services CAWS provides for our IB schools in California within the friendly environment of our board

IB Global Conference, San Diego 2022, 16–19 July 2022,

Our theme for 2022: Embracing innovation, inspiring action.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Global Conference is a vibrant forum where our community of passionate educators gather and engage in robust discussions and share fresh ideas and best practices for education.

Slides from: ESSER Funds & Equity with the IB, held for CAWS April 28, 4:00-4:45 PDT

Knowing that many of you have schedule conflicts, Bob Poole and Robert Kelty are sharing the PowerPoint of their webinar held last week. I encourage you to take a few minutes and look at these very informative slides. I am confident you will find them useful as well as supportive of presentations you may be asked to make when requesting further funding for your IB Programmes.

Bob Poole and Robert Kelty are also available if you wish to work with them individually.,

Warm regards,

University Update, February 2022

It is time for Diploma Program schools to review and update their school “a-g” lists for 2022-2023. The UC CMP (Course Management Portal) will open February 1. The attached handout provides valuable information in this process. UC strongly recommends that schools finish the process before the UC application opens August 1. Errors on your “a-g” course list can disadvantage prospective UC and CSU applicants.

CDE Releases Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Plan Guide, Dec. 8, 2021

CDE recently released the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) Program Plan Guide, available here. 
According to CDE:
In this program plan, LEAs will describe program activities that support the whole child, and students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) and development. LEAs must operate the ELO-P pursuant to the requirements in California EC Section 46120, including the development of a program plan. The program plan needs to be approved by the LEA’s Governing Board in a public meeting and posted on the LEA's website.
Continue for further information.

High school ethnic studies bill approved by California Legislature

High schoolers in California will be required to take an ethnic studies course in order to graduate, beginning in 2029-30. Assembly Bill 101, authored by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, passed both houses of the state Legislature Wednesday and is now headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.

Newsom: Retired teachers can come back right away, Aug. 16, 2021

Governor Newsom issued an executive order this afternoon allowing recently retired teachers to return to service immediately for "short-term staffing shortages." 
The order waives various timeline requirements that usually prohibit credentialed retirees from reentering classrooms for six months.  Links on next page.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Board of Governors announces the appointment of Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen as the next Director General of the IB. Mr Heinonen will commence his appointment on 1 May 2021.

I am honoured to join the IB community to further develop the mission of creating a better world through education. It is clear that we are suffering from a global learning and teaching crisis, and COVID-19 has magnified these challenges. I am looking forward to working together with schools and educators to develop solutions to address these challenges and find ways to develop a strong future for our students,”

Next live webcast - Monday, August 9th at 1:00 p.m.

We wanted to make sure you were aware of the 2nd “Brokers of Expertise” webcast to spotlight five different district efforts to address some of the key priorities in the new Budget Act. Most of the emphasis of the work you will hear about is focused on behavior health and student wellbeing and issues for the coming year including staffing.

May 2021 Infosheet

Congratulations on completing another year filled with incredible challenges. As you await your DP and CP results on July 5th I want to share with a reminder sent out from David Weiss, Head, IBWS-US Public Schools.

Continue for details from David Weiss, Ed.D., head, IBWS-US Public Schools.

Budget Committees Adopt State Budget Package - Updated Matrix, June 5, 2021

Following yesterday’s announcement by Legislative leadership that the Senate and Assembly had reached an early agreement on the Legislature’s proposed budget, the full budget committees in each house met late this afternoon and into the evening to formally adopt their respective proposals.
Continue for further details and an updated matrix comparing the Governor's May Revision budget and the Legislature's adopted agreement.
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