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California School Field Trip podcast #1

This is a new podcast from the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence featuring the voices and experiences of students, families, and district staff as they tackle issues of school improvement and equity. Subscribe here. (Editor's note:  we don't represent the CCEE in any way, we are just linking to their podcast content via soundcloud). This episode takes you to the heart of California's Gold Country to understand how the Differentiated Assistance process works between a small rural district and its county office of education. The Mother Lode Union School District, nestled among historic mining towns in Northern California, has been flagged by the state as needing ext...
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DataQuest Update - April 24, 2018

 Dear DataQuest Users: This message is to notify you about several new staff data reports that are now publicly available on the California Department of Education (CDE) DataQuest Web site at https://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/. These reports are based on data submitted and certified in the California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) by districts and charter schools. These reports include: 2017–18 FTE of Classified Staff2018–19 Estimated Number of Teacher Hires You can access these reports by performing the following steps: 1.Navigate to the DataQuest home page at https://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/ 2.Select the desired Level (State, County, District, or School) 3.Select one of the follo...
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ELPAC Update - April 23, 2018

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is a monthly e-mail for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators. The ELPAC, when it becomes operational, will replace the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Updated ELPAC Practice Tests and Rubrics At the end of April 2018, updated ELPAC practice tests and rubrics will be posted on ELPAC.org under the Resources tab. For specific details, go to the Known Issues Log at ELPAC.org. Initial ELPAC Local Scoring Tool After administering the Initial ELPAC, trained local educational agency (LEA) staff will score the Initial ELPAC Answer Books locally...
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Does your district block access to SKYPE?

 Does your district block SKYPE for staff members?  I'm curious because CSIS is now using it to administer some training sessions.  This is great, since it removes the cap of users that can view a training session at one time.  Getting a sense of how many districts block SKYPE for staff (and maybe reconsidering why) is the purpose of this poll: SKYPE POLL  Note:  You have to be logged in to vote in the poll.  As always, membership is free!
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Permission Click Adds Capital and Readies for International Expansion

(Winnipeg, Manitoba) March 21, 2018 — Permission Click, the global leader in K–12 school form automation, has closed a multimillion-dollar capital raise led by an international strategic investor. The new investment will allow Permission Click to significantly expand its school- facing organization across North America, while turning an eye to new markets overseas. The company is working to make more than a dozen new hires in sales, marketing, and product development. Permission Click is best known for its School Edition, which delivers digital permission slips, forms, and payment collection for K–12 schools. It recently launched a premium, full-featured District Edition, which has quickly g...
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Cue names Interim Director Jon Corippo as Exec. Director

Jon Corippo is CUE's next Executive DirectorCUE is pleased to announce that Jon Corippo will be CUE's next Executive Director, effective immediately. The CUE Board of Directors spent six months gathering stakeholder input and engaged in internal discussions to arrive at this unanimous decision.Andrew Schwab, CUE Board President remarked, "The board is very excited for everything the CUE team has accomplished over the past six months under Jon's leadership. He brings a wealth of experience in business, K-12 education, organizational leadership and innovation to the CUE team. We're thrilled to have Jon as CUE's Executive Director moving forward. " Corippo named CUE's Executive Director - OnCUE...
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CALPADS FALL 2 deadline extended!

 Dear LEA Representatives, The February 23 CALPADS Fall 2 certification deadline has been suspended. The final Fall 2 certification deadline (the close of the amendment window) remains March 23. It is important for local educational agencies (LEAs) to certify their Fall 2 data submission on or before March 23, 2018 in order to report their official staff full-time equivalent (FTE), English learner (EL) services, and student course enrollment data. Because there will be no February 23 deadline, no letters will be sent to superintendents of local educational agencies (LEAs) that do not certify by February 23. LEAs with certification errors should continue to resolve errors as soon as poss...
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ELPAC Update Feb 22, 2018

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is a monthly e-mail for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators. The ELPAC, when it becomes operational, will replace the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Individualized Education Programs and the New Matrix 4 The new Matrix Four displays the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations (non-embedded) allowed as part of the ELPAC. For students who have an individualized education program (IEP) that identifies the use of accommodations listed in Matrix Four, an addendum is not necessary. For students whose IEP identifies differe...
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Securing a Multi-Vendor Cloud Environment at School

Modern Network Segmentation and Access Control Legacy network design techniques in education often used segmentation of networks at the core switch or even a router to control access between networks of differing security levels. Managing these access lists was time consuming and relatively primitive. One could only enforce the most rudimentary (at best L4 – address and port) traffic rules. This often resulted in allowing access to resources that user groups should not have – especially in shared computer environments. The early firewalls capable of application awareness (L7) were not fast enough to sit between segments of a LAN – in spite of their capabilities to identity traffic in advance...
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E-rate News Flash - Issue #18-02, January 30, 2018

Entity Profile Update We want to thank all of the Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) that were able to update their entity profile in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) to include the County-District-School (CDS) number prior to the close of the Administrative window. A total of 1,837 sites now have the added CDS number to help them through the Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) review process.Important Funding Year 2018 Dates and Deadlines The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) announced on December 14, 2017 the E-rate Funding Year 2018-19 application filing window dates.·         The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form...
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Two new training sessions offered for DASHBOARD

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence is excited to offer a two-part training series that dives deeper into Dashboard data to help local education agencies (LEAs) make decisions that are research-based, equity focused, and informed by stakeholder engagement.The two-part training series will be livestreamed via a Zoom webinar. Below are the specific dates, topics, and registration details for each session. ------------------------------------------------------------- Data and Evaluation Module/Part 1 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 10am—12pm Build Your CA School Dashboard Data LiteracyDive deep into particular aspects of the Dashboard including status and change calculations for s...
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Microsoft and PowerSchool Partner

REDMOND, WASH., and FOLSOM, CA. – January 18, 2018 – Microsoft Corp. and PowerSchool, a leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions reaching over 30 million students in North America, today announced a new partnership that will bring together PowerSchool's innovative K-12 technologies with Microsoft's O365 for Education productivity suite, Windows devices, and cloud infrastructure to help ensure all students reach their full potential. Aligned around a shared vision that technology in education can help improve a child's future opportunities, the companies have committed to leveraging their best-in-class solutions to help educators, students and parents achieve their common goal ...
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CALPADS poll - How many accounts do YOU have?


I've created a poll based on a question posted today in one of the CALPADS forums.  You must be logged in to vote!  See image below for how to access poll. 
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Friday Funny

In response to this afternoon's CALPADS listserv meme . . . .  Have a great weekend my fellow CALPADIANS.  You've earned it!
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The Value of Knowing Your School's Security Weaknesses


Many schools in California are rolling out "one-to-one" computing initiatives, to supplement existing policies of bring your own device (BYOD) programs to advance digital curriculum in K-12. These changes provide amazing educational opportunities for students and staff alike, but introduce new challenges. One of the most pressing is ensuring security while more than doubling the endpoints involved. We believe that intelligence and visibility are powerful, particularly when it comes to cyber-security threats and the defense against them. K-12 schools are particularly vulnerable targets because they have transient and often novice populations. Today's students are digital natives who are very ...
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E-Rate Update - January 2, 2018 - Issue 18-01

Important Funding Year 2018 Dates and Deadlines The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) announced on December 14, 2017 the E-rate Funding Year 2018-19 application filing window dates. • The administrative Window (used to update Entity Profiles in the E-rate Productivity Center) closes January 10, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.• The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 471 window: opens January 11, 2018 at noon EST and closes March 22, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.• The last day to file the FCC Form 470 is February 22, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  The EPC Administrative Window is Open until January 10 at 11:59 p.m. EST! This is our second reminder encouraging Local Education...
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Here's the FCC's Net Neutrality statement from Dec 14, 2017

FCC ACTS TO RESTORE INTERNET FREEDOM Reverses Title II Framework, Increases Transparency to Protect Consumers, Spur Investment, Innovation, and Competition -- WASHINGTON, December 14, 2017—The Federal Communications Commission today voted to restore the longstanding, bipartisan light-touch regulatory framework that has fostered rapid Internet growth, openness, and freedom for nearly 20 years. Following detailed legal and economic analysis, as well as extensive examination of comments from consumers and stakeholders, the Commission reversed the FCC's 2015 heavy-handed utility-style regulation of broadband Internet access service, which imposed substantial costs on the entire Internet ecosyste...
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Illuminate Education acquires eduCLIMBER

Illuminate Education, the company transforming K-12 instruction through educational intelligence solutions, has joined forces with eduCLIMBER, a unique cloud-based data system that increases efficiency and accuracy of data analysis to improve student outcomes. eduCLIMBER is based in Evansville, Wis. and currently serves hundreds of school districts. The dynamic combination will add eduCLIMBER's data capabilities, which focus on the visualization of both academic and behavioral data, to Illuminate Education's established Education Intelligence Platform. The companies' aligned missions and complementary technologies will allow them to provide increasingly more useful and user-friendly data to ...
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E-Rate News Brief - December 14, 2017

E-rate Funding Year 2018 Application Filing Window Opens January 11, 2018 I am pleased to announce the Funding Year (FY) 2018 FCC Form 471 application filing window opens Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 12:00 noon EST and closes on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 11:59 PM EDT. This filing window is more in keeping with those used in prior funding years. Applicants can begin preparing now for the successful filing of their FY 2018 funding applications by taking the following steps:Step 1 - Install Browser Updates: Google Chrome is the preferred browser for EPC, but no matter which browser you use, be sure the latest version is installed on your computer. Step 2 - Establish Account and U...
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CALPADS Fall 1 Deadline Postponed!

Editor's note:  This just came across the CSIS listserv: Dear LEA Representative: We have determined the recent slowdown in CALPADS is due to sheer volume in the last week of the deadline. We were not able to get more LEAs certified earlier and reduce the load on the system prior to the deadline. As of Monday, 12/11/2017 only 50% of the 1,906 LEAs in the state had certified Fall 1. While we work to encourage LEAs to certify throughout the submission window we were unsuccessful to encourage more to complete sooner. So, due to this high volume causing extreme slowness with rendering reports and related screens, and the closure of some number of districts due to fires, the 2017 Fall 1 cert...
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