Revised draft of ethnic studies model curriculum posted for final public comment period, Dec. 9, 2020

The IQC has posted the revised draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for its final 45-day public comment period, which concludes January 21, 2021. Open for the link to the revised draft. This draft reflects the changes adopted at the IQC’s November 18-19, 2020 meeting.

Following this 45-day public comment period, the draft will be presented to the SBE, likely at its March 2021. Meeting. Under current law, the SBE is required to take final action on the model curriculum by March 31, 2021.


Caitlin Jung
Legislative Counsel | Capitol Advisors Group

Assembly Examines School Reopening, Senate, Distance Learning, Nov. 2, 2020

On October 27,2020 the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education held a hearing to look specifically at the question of the state’s role in assisting schools to reopen during, and hopefully after, the COVID-19 pandemic. There was such great interest in this hearing that several members who do not actually sit on the budget subcommittee listened in and asked questions of the panelists. While much of the hearing focused on things the state has already done to assist schools generally during the pandemic, a few key takeaways, discussed below, could inform policies and guidance coming from both the Legislature and other state departments like the California Department of Education (CDE), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), as well as the Newsom Administration.

Changes in Law 2020 - General Operations

Our team has produced a set of comprehensive client briefs detailing new education laws that were passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Newsom in 2020. Open for link and more detailed information.

The Capitol Advisors Team

Video Update - Budget, Politics and Technology, Oct. 30, 2020

In this week’s video version of our update we are joined by Jack O’Connell who gives us some insights on the upcoming election day politics and local bond elections, while Tim and I discuss this week’s Senate and Assembly interim hearings regarding connectivity and COVID testing. Hope you find it informative!

SPECIAL EDITION - ELECTION ANALYSIS next week! Next week’s video will be broadcast WEDNESDAY, the day after the election with several of our partners from the Capitol Advisors and Digital Advisors’ teams, breaking down the election as it unfolds.

Click HERE to see the online video briefing.


Kevin Gordon, President
Capitol Advisors Group, LLC

PYP Virtual Roundtable - Hosted by CAWS and Ontario/Montclair School District

Join co-hosts Cynthia Brown, CAWS PYP Representative/IBEN and Elizabeth Alapizco, Hawthorne Elementary IBC for our Virtual PYP Roundtable on Tuesday. October 20 from 1:00-2:00 pm. Our focus will be on successful teaching strategies and sharing engaging lessons with IB colleagues in your subject area from around the state on shifting our thinking to distance and hybrid teaching. This is not meant to take the place of IB training; it is a collaborative networking session for teachers in specific IB subject areas. The registration link is below. Once you register Elizabeth will send you a Zoom link prior to the roundtable. This event is limited to 35 participants. Please be sure to let your teachers and administrators know about this exciting educational opportunity.

Video Update - Budget, Politics and Technology, Oct. 15, 2020

This week’s video version of our update contains info on Wednesday's Assembly Education Committee hearing on distance learning, the newest, devious tactics by hackers posing as parents and the latest on the Prop 15 campaign. Hope you find it informative.
Open for links.

Legislative and State Board Update: Recent Changes Relevant to IB Programs

Join Lee Angela Reed, Partner Capitol Advisors and Caitlin Jung, Legislative Counsel Capitol Advisors for our webinar: Legislative and State Board Update: Recent Changes Relevant to IB Programs

Tuesday, October 13th, 4:00pm - 4:30 pm

Hosts: Lee Angela Reed, Catilin Jung and Robin Oliver
Open to register.
Zoom link will be sent after registration.

Video Update - Budget, Politics and Technology, Sept. 4, 2020

We are joined again this week by Governor Bob Wise and Tim Watrous to talk about the latest renewed efforts to pass a stimulus package at Congress returns next week. In addition, Tim and I cover info about the outcome of key issues in the just concluded session of the State Legislature and some tech headlines that are impacting districts.

FREE Webinar THIS FRIDAY "Tomorrow's Careers, Today's Education"

IB leaders, educators, students and parents thinking about the impact of COVID-19 on the climate of education and the future of work (which has already been rapidly changing) are invited to this webinar. 

We have some very insightful voices on the panel who will discuss

this topic that transcends school contexts to look at the big picture: to broaden our thinking about ways we can expand participation in rigourous learning so students learn to develop new skills for themselves, to find ways to integrate their passions into their learning to become their best and most successful selves, the how to develop the kind of thinkers we need to nurture in any pathway or coursework, we offer them.

Congratulations to Kyra Orgill - CAWS New MYP Representative

It is my honor to serve on the CAWS board as the MYP Board Representative. I look forward to working alongside MYP Coordinators and educators throughout the state as we bridge the digital divide and explore distance learning. Where ever the coming school year brings our educational journey, the MYP will thrive through the innovation and creative expertise of our gifted California IB educators. I am eager to learn and grow alongside you. Please take some time and complete this survey on this link to help start our work together. Feel free to reach out to me if I can be of service to you in any way.

Video Update - Budget, Politics and Technology - Aug. 21, 2020

This week Tim and I are joined by Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez of CUE as we discuss the politics of the House of Representatives emergency return to Washington and the outlines of potential action, the Governor’s Executive Order from late last Friday and in-depth discussion around technology issues and team capacity building that are ongoing imperatives. Open for links.

Hope you find it helpful!

Video Update - Budget, Politics and Technology

This week Tim and I review the very full array of news this week starting with a huge Zoom crash and moving on to the long awaited guidance for small group/cohort instruction. We also cover several aspects of the Legislature's new language that modifies budget issues. Lots of stuff but in a compact amount of time. Hope you find it helpful!
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