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California State Board of Education, Standards & Frameworks

Standards and Frameworks can be described in three categories:  Content standards, Common Core State Standards and Curriculum Frameworks.

California curriculum frameworks provide guidance for implementing the standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

Information on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is available here.

Information on the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards is available on the National Council for the Social Studies website

Content standards were designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student, by defining the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English-language arts and mathematics were adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) on August 2, 2010.

Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

Edutopia has compiled an educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.  Another useful website: Common Core – State Standards Initiative

Starting Your Education Job Search

Get helpful tips and advice in Education Week's Career Corner Blog, written by members of the members of the American Association for Employment in Education.

Educational Research


Anti-Racism and K-12 Education (click on book cover for access to book)

What If All the Kids Are White?: anti-bias multiculture education with young children and families

In this updated edition, two distinguished early childhood educators tackle the crucial topic of what White children need and gain from anti-bias and multicultural education. The authors propose seven learning themes to help young White children resist messages of racism and build identity and skills for thriving in a country and world filled with diverse ways of being. This compelling text includes teaching strategies for early childhood settings, activities for families and staff, reflection questions, a record of 20th- and 21st-century White anti-racism activists, and organizational and website resources.

Raising Race Questions: whiteness and inquiry in education

Raising Race Questions invites teachers to use inquiry as a way to develop sustained engagement with challenging racial questions and to do so in community so that they learn how common their questions actually are. It lays out both a process for getting to questions that lead to growth and change, as well as a vision for where engagement with race questions might lead. Race questions are not meant to lead us into a quagmire of guilt, discomfort, or isolation. Sustained race inquiry is meant to lead to antiracist classrooms, positive racial identities, and a restoration of the wholeness of spirit and community that racism undermines.

Multicultural Education for Educational Leaders: critical race theory and antiracist perspectives

Using a critical multicultural framework the contributors of this powerful book highlight the varying ways racism finds its way into schools. Educational scholars and students will find a wide array of compelling essays that are written to disrupt the inequitable school policies and practices that contribute to the negative school experiences of African American students. Key features of this book include: Reflective Steps for Educational Leaders and Discussion Questions designed to help educational leaders critically reflect on pertinent issues

Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World: multicultural education for young children. 4th ed.

How can we create truly multicultural classrooms? Patricia Ramsey draws on a wide range of research and practice from different communities around the world to further explore the complexities of raising and teaching young children in a world fraught with societal divisions and inequities. Using engaging examples and stories, this comprehensive volume offers concrete suggestions to encourage teachers to reflect on their own histories and experiences and to challenge and rethink their assumptions and attitudes toward children and teaching. This new edition describes research-based classroom practices to engage children in exploring the complexities of race, economic inequities, immigration, environmental issues and sustainability, gender and sexual orientation and identities, and abilities and disabilities.

Roots and Wings: affirming culture and preventing bias in early childhood

Use the updated activities, examples, and research to improve your anti-bias and multicultural education programs. This clear and practical guide includes expanded information on English language learners, family engagement, culturally responsive teaching, and staff training.

Beyond Tolerance: real world literacy teaching and learning for preK-6

Beyond Tolerance is a hopeful, optimistic book focused on creating positive and sustained social change through engagement with beautiful, sometimes complex, and consistently interesting multiethnic children's literature. It presents a fresh perspective on race and ethnicity. Additionally, it features an innovative approach to literacy teaching and learning through the use of multiethnic children's literature in our preschools and throughout the elementary school grades.

Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School

Which acts by educators are racist' and which are 'antiracist'? How can an educator constructively discuss complex issues of race with students and colleagues? In Everyday Antiracism leading educators deal with the most challenging questions about race in school, offering invaluable and effective advice.'

Not Light, but Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom

Inspired by Frederick Douglass's abolitionist call to action, "it is not light that is needed, but fire" Matthew Kay has spent his career learning how to lead students through the most difficult race conversations. Kay not only makes the case that classrooms are one of the best places to have those conversations, but he also offers a method for getting them right, providing candid guidance on: How to recognize the difference between meaningful and inconsequential race conversations. How to build conversational "safe spaces," not merely declare them. How to infuse race conversations with urgency and purpose. How to thrive in the face of unexpected challenges. With the right blend of reflection and humility, Kay asserts, teachers can make school one of the best venues for young people to discuss race.

Integrating Social Justice Education in Teacher Preparation Programs

Due to the increasingly diverse populations found in Pre-K-12 education, it is imperative that teacher educators prepare preservice teachers to meet the shifting needs of changing student populations. Through the integration of social justice education, teacher educators can challenge the mainstream curriculum with a lens of equity and collaborative equality. Highlighting a wide range of topics such as ethics, language-based learning, and feminism, this book is ideal for academicians, curriculum designers, social scientists, teacher educators, researchers, and students.

We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: white teachers, multiracial schools

Making a case for the "fierce urgency of now," this new edition deepens the discussion of race and social justice in education with new and updated material. Aligned with our nation's ever more diverse student population, it speaks to what good teachers know, what they do, and how they embrace culturally responsive teaching. A revised Introduction places the book in the context of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march on Washington. An updated analysis of White social dominance, bringing in Critical Race Theory and reflecting on the racist reaction to the election of our first Black President. More detail to the White Identity Orientations model, bringing in the personal life experiences of several contemporary White racial-justice activists. A new section, "The Whiteness of School Reform," demonstrating how White social dominance drives much of the corporate school reform movement. A richer discussion of the seven principles for Culturally Responsive Teaching, drawing lessons from the author's transformative work with school districts throughout the country.

(Re)Teaching Trayvon: Education for Racial Justice and Human Freedom

A collection of essays that address the relationship between racial violence, media, the criminal justice system, and education. This book is unique in that it brings together the perspectives of university professors, artists, poets, community activists, classroom teachers, and legal experts.

Culturally Responsive Education in the Classroom: an equity framework for pedagogy

This book helps educators translate the concept of equity into the context of pedagogy in the K-12 classroom. Providing a practice-oriented framework for understanding what equity entails for both teachers and learners, this book clarifies the theoretical context for equity and shares rich teaching strategies across a range of content areas and age groups. Unpacking six themes to understand Culturally Responsive Education (CRE), this book helps teachers incorporate equity into behaviors, environments, and meaningful learning opportunities. Culturally Responsive Education in the Classroom provides specific, practice-based examples to help readers develop a culturally responsive pedagogical mindset for closing equity gaps in student achievement.

Unschooling Racism: critical theories, approaches and testimonials on anti racist education

This book draws on critical race theories and teachers' testimonials grounded in 20 years of teaching experiences to reveal the ways in which racial and cultural biases are embedded in school curricula, and both their intended and unintended consequences on the learning and well being of students of color. More specifically, this book examines how these biases have played a significant role in the mis-education, misrepresentation, and marginalization of African American, Native American, Latino and Asian students. But the analysis doesn't stop there. The author goes beyond the school walls to underscore how systemic racism, paired with colonialism, has impacted the lives of racially marginalized groups in both the United States and developing countries. This book uncovers these injustices and proposes alternative ways in which racism can be unschooled.

Cultural Competence Now: 56 exercises to help educators understand and challenge bias, racism, and privilege

What will it take to create equitable educational opportunities for all students? According to veteran educator Vernita Mayfield, teachers and school leaders need to learn how to recognize culturally embedded narratives about racial hierarchy and dismantle the systems of privilege and the institutions that perpetuate them with knowledge, action, and advocacy. Cultural Competence Now provides a structure to begin meaningful conversations about race, culture, bias, privilege, and power within the time constraints of an ordinary school. The 56 exercises include activities, discussions, and readings in which to engage during each of the four quarters of the school year.

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Educational Theories and Theorists

  •  Cole, Michael (1938 - )
  •  Dewey, John (1859 -1952)
  •  Engeström, Yrjö (1948 - )
  •  Gardner, Howard (1943 -)
  •  Lave, Jean (BD unknown - )
  •  Montessori, Maria (1870 - 1952)
  •  Papert, Seymour (1928 - )
  •  Piaget, Jean (1896 -1980)
  •  Rousseau, Jean-Jaques (1712 - 1778)
  •  Vygotsky, Lev (1896 - 1934)
  •  Wenger, Etienne (1952 - )

Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a major rethinking of how the digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 major research centers, the National Zoo, and more, can be used together, for learning.

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