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Curriculum Council

The purpose of the Contra Costa County Curriculum Council is to support district success and build leadership capacity by providing a forum for LEA curriculum and instruction leaders to receive timely information, share best practices, and engage in collaborative learning and problem-solving around critical instructional topics.


Curriculum Council Resources

2017-18 Curriculum Council and Subcommittee Dates (pdf)

Curriculum Council Meetings

May 26, 2017

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

  1. CA Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Statewide Initiative in Contra Costa (pdf)
    1. Current Work in Byron (Kelly Basmagian) and Pittsburg (Tracy Catalde)
    2. Collaborative Opportunities for Other LEAs in Contra Costa County (pdf)
  2. Discussion about the Support You Need to Accomplish Your LCAP Actions and Goals
  3. Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards: Your Questions and Solutions (Erik Faulkner & Audrey Lee)

April 28, 2017

  1. History-Social Science Framework: Content and Inquiry What districts should be doing now to prepare. Emily Richards, Program Coordinator, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project
    1. 1.0_HSS Framework.Curriculum Council
  2. California Department of Education (CDE) Computer Science Discussion Paula Evans, STEM Consultant, CDE
  3. Announcements
    1. Title III Information at
    2. CCCOE Summer 2017 Math and Code PD (pdf)
  4. 7-Minute Overview of the California Science Assessment (CAST)
    1. Information about CAST at:
  5. The New CAASPP Calculators: Exploring Math with Desmos
    1. Slidedeck at:
    2. One Page Handout with all Resources at:

January 27, 2017

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

  1. History-Social Science Framework:  Content and Inquiry
    What districts should be doing now to prepare

    Emily Richards, Program Coordinator, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

    1. History Social Science (H-SS) Framework Curriculum Council 1.27 (ppt)
    2. H-SS Framework Introduction Chapter
    3. Big Six Guideposts
  2. Announcements and Break
  3. 3. State Board of Education (SBE) Actions on (a) the Academic Indicator, (b) Definition of English Learners, and (c) LCFF Local Performance Indicators
    1. Powerpoint: RAN Update from 1/18/17
    2. LCAP Priority 2 Option 1 – Narrative
    3. LCAP Priority 2 Option 2 – Checklist
    4. LCAP Priority 3 Option 1 – Survey
    5. Sample Family Involvement Survey
    6. LCAP Priority 3 Option 2 – Local Option
    7. Sample Family School Partnership Guide
    8. California Assessment Timeline
    9. CAST Performance Task Grade 5
    10. CAST Discrete Response Grade 8
    11. CAST Constructed Response High School
  4. Building Community
    Carmen Wood, EL Coordinator, Brentwood Union School District
    1. Building Community Powerpoint

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October 21, 2016

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

  1. 2016-2017 Statewide Assessment and Accountability
    1. New CAASPP Assessment Development and Pilot Testing
      1. State Accountability
    2. Update on LCAP Rubric and State Board Actions
      1. State Assessment
  2. Announcements and Break
  3. Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division (CFRID) Update
    1. Selection of Non-SBE Adopted Instructional Materials: Process Resources and Tools
      1. Framework Update
      2. Non-Adopted_Instructional Materials
  4. Eligibility and Application for Gold Ribbon School Designation in 2017
    1. Gold Ribbon School Award

September 30, 2016

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

  1. 2016-2017 Curriculum Council Introductions
  2. CCCOE's Next Steps in Ed. Tech. Integration Support
    1. Ed Tech Update
  3. CCCOE's Computer Science Professional Learning Initiative: Training Educators to Teach Coding
    1. CA Statistics for Computer Science
    2. Introduction to
    3. Course Descriptions for Discoveries
    4. Course Descriptions for Principles
  4. Introduction to and Questions about the Local Control and Funding Formula's (LCFF's) Evaluation Rubrics Data
    1. CAs New Accountability System

June 2, 2016

May 13, 2016

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

  1. California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) – Leslie Poyner,
    1. California School Climate, Health and Learning Survey System
  2. Focus on Phenomena: Shifting Instruction for NGSS Implementation
    1. NGSS Powerpoint entitled Focus on Phenomena
    2. Reading on Models and NGSS
    3. Reading on NGSS 3-Dimensional Instruction
    4. Reading on Engaging Students in Scientific Practices
    5. Fortune Telling Fish Science Experiment Explained
    6. NGSS Assessment Update from CDE
    7. To download Classroom Posters for NGSS go to:
  3. Announcements and Next Year's Meeting Schedule
    1. 2016-2017 Curriculum Council Meeting Schedule
    2. Graphic of CA Mathematics Placement Act (SB 359)
  4. Formative Assessment: Synthesizing Margaret Heritage's Presentation
    1. Powerpoint on Formative Assessment

April 22, 2016

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

  1. CTE Classes and the New Work Environment – CISCO Team
    1. CISCO Next Generation Job Skills
  2. Textbook Adoption Update
    1. DRDP Training Flyer
    2. Textbook Adoption Legislation
  3. Legal Issues in Social Studies Instruction – Avi Black, History/Social Science Consultant
    1. Current Legislative Initiatives in History Social-Science
  4. History/Social Studies Framework Development – Emily Richards, History/Social Science Project at UC Berkeley
    1. History Framework Workshop
    2. Grade 2 Reading/Activity
    3. Grade 4 Reading/Activity
    4. Grade 7 Reading/Activity
    5. Grade 10 Reading/Activity
    6. Grade 12 Reading/Activity
    7. Thesis and Evidence Reading
    8. Framework-Based Course Revision
    9. Flyer: Technology and Critical Thinking Skills
    10. Flyer: Teaching with Primary Sources
  5. Consolidated Application LEAP Goal 2 Update

March 11, 2016

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

  1. Designated and Integrated English Language Development
    1. Kimberly Plummer, ELA/ELD Strategist, for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  2. District Discussion about what you are doing to address the following:
    1. Newly required Math Placement Policy (SB 359)
    2. Educator Effectiveness Expenditure Plan
    3. NGSS implications for courses, graduation requirements and possible SBAC inclusion
  3. Available Library Resources – Susan Kantor-Horning, Emerging Technology Specialist, Contra Costa County Library
  4. CCCOE Subcommittee and CAASPP Training Updates
    1. Subcommittee Descriptions and Meeting Dates
    2. Curriculum Council Subcommittee Highlights 2015-16
  5. Transitioning to a New Accountability System (pptx)


Meeting Agenda (pdf)

  1. Number Talks: Deepening Student Mathematical Understanding Through Discourse
    1. Number Talks Powerpoint
    2. Number Talks Hand Signals
    3. Standards for Math Practice
    4. Talk Moves
    5. Connection to ELD Standards
    6. Building Options for Disclosure
    7. 9+ Ways to Develop Accountability with Students
    8. Article: Number Talks Build Numerical Reasoning (Moschkovich)
    9. Article: Number Talks Build Numerical Reasoning (Parrish)
  2. Applying the Next Generation Science Standards Through POINT Tours
    1. Point Toward Success Powerpoint
  3. ELA/ELD Instructional Materials Adoption and Toolkit
    1. ELA/ELD Powerpoint
    2. ELA/ELD Update – C. Gunderson
  4. California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress: Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations
    1. UDA CAASPP Powerpoint
    2. Student Access Pyramid

October 16, 2015

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

  1. Nancy Brownell, Senior Fellow, SBE – Next Steps in Accountability for California
    1. New Accountability PowerPoint
  2. Announcements
  3. Update on ELA/ELD Instructional Materials Adoption and Launch Events
    1. ELA/ELD Framework Updates Presentation
    2. ELA/ELD Instructional Materials FAQ
  4. CAHSEE Questions & Answers
    1. SB 172 Communication to LEAs
    2. Article entitled With the Exit Exam Scrapped

September 25, 2015

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

  1. Welcome Back and Introductions
  2. Presentation on the Contra Costa Transitional Kindergarten Stipend Project
    1. Transitional Kindergarten Project Flyer
  3. Updates and Input Regarding Curriculum Adoption and Implementation of the ELA/ELD Framework
  4. SBAC Feedback Study: Post-Assessment Feedback: Interviews with Students and Teachers
    1. Smarter Balanced Focus Group
    2. LCFF State Priorities and Data Related Elements
  5. Next Directions/Steps for 2015-2016
  6. Announcements
    1. Registration for the 2015-16 Conditions of Learning Summit

April 17, 2015

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

  1. ELA/ELD Framework: Elements of Designated English Language Development
    1. 1a – ELA.ELD Activity
    2. 1b – ELA.ELD Activity
  2. Health Education Content Standards for California: What's Available and What's Not?
    1. Health Education Content Standards (ppt)
  3. Powerpoint of Clear Administrative Services Credential (CASC)
    1. Future Tier II Administrative CASC (ppt)
  4. California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Update and Learnings

California NGSS State Rollout #2

Come explore the next steps in the journey toward NGSS Implementation. This is a collaborative effort that includes the California Department of Education, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, and the K-12 Alliance/WestEd.

Each district is encouraged to bring a team of 4-6 including an administrator, high school science teacher, middle school science teacher, elementary teacher and other science leaders in your district.

When: April 27 & 28, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: The San Joaquin County Office of Education
2707 Transworld Dr, Stockton, CA 95206

Registration: For more information and online registration go to:

Download the event flyer here

March 27, 2015

Meeting Agenda (doc)

  1. Using Design Thinking at a Systems level to Transform Organizations
    1. See resources on Los Altos School District Website
  2. Announcements
    1. College Board and CCCOE Professional Development Announcement (pdf)
    2. Thriving on the Vine Announcement (pdf)
    3. CA TK Stipend Project (pdf)
  3. Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) Leadership Symposium – Reflections on Sessions
    1. Conference Session Description (pdf)
    2. Knight's Instructional Coaching (pdf)
  4. Assessment Update
    1. Assessment Update (doc)
    2. Quality of New PARCC Assessments (ppt)

Blueprints for the SBAC summative assessments (updated in February 2015) can be found at

Blueprints for the SBAC Interim Block Assessments can be found at

Toolkit by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation's (SVCF) Silicon Valley Common Core Initiative can be found at

January 16, 2015

Meeting Agenda (doc)

  1. Overview of CA's Science Framework: The Next Generation Science Standards California Style
    1. Framework Update Powerpoint (ppt)
    2. Bee Colony – HS Life Science Example (pdf)
    3. HS Life Science Evidence Statements (pdf)
    4. Preferred Integrated Progression Specific Course Overview (pdf)
    5. Alternative Discipline Specific Course Overview (pdf)
    6. NGSS Resources:
      1. Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks:
      2. NGSS High School Evidence Statements:
  2. ELA/ELD Framework: A Focus on Making Meaning Training Module Update
    1. ELA/ELD Framework (ppt)
    2. Snapshots and Vignettes:
  3. 2014-15 Gold Ribbon School Program
    1. GRS Prezi:
  4. Announcements
    1. January 29, 2015 Close Reading for Deeper Learning with Carol Jago:
    2. January 29, 2015 – Responsive Design with Ralph Cordova
    3. January 30, 2015 – STEAM Colloquium
    4. February 3, March 3, and April 30, 2015 - Making Science Accessible to English Learners with Ursula Sexton
    5. March 10, 2015 – Amplifying STEM with Technology with Michael Gorman
  5. Update on California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), and Test operations Management System (TOMS)
    1. Assessment Update


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