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Recording of recent online trainings in the K-12 Online Content Project available to support distance learning, college and career readiness, and standards and lesson-plan support; and state budget updates about the K-12 Online Content Project.

Want a refresher in how to use the K-12 Online Content for distance learning? We've got recordings of a recent training for you!

Thank you to the San Bernardino County Office of Education for hosting the training and recording the webinar for future reference.

  • Monday, May 11, 2020: Overview of TeachingBooks, Britannica and ProQuest as part of the K-12 Online Content Project
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020: Two-part deep dive, with the first hour devoted to "College and Career Readiness" for grades 7-12, and the second to "Standards and Lesson Plan Supports Online" for grades pre-K to 8. 
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Quick Access available through May
Want to get your students working right away in these online resources? Remember to utilize the Quick Access capacity through at least the end of the month, perhaps longer. Details on the State Library's COVID-19 Quick Access page.

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Proposed State Budget "difficult decisions" may include elimination of K-12 Online Content Project funding

Governor Newsom announced the May revision of the California State Budget at noon on May 14, 2020. "We are proposing a budget to fund our most essential priorities – public health, public safety and public education .... But difficult decisions lie ahead," he stated in a press release.

Information about proposed impact on education can be found in the education section of the summary on the eBudget website. Page 38 notes the withdrawal of a $2.5 million increase to the K-12 Online Content project for more resources, a proposal that had been planned in January before the pandemic and subsequent withdrawl.

But this was only one reference to the project. On page 40 of the education summary is a list of categorical program reductions or eliminations that will be made "absent additional federal funds...." Included in this list is the "Online Resource Subscriptions for Schools," meaning the full $3 million for the statewide subscriptions to Britannica, TeachingBooks and ProQuest for the 2020-21 school year.

The May Revise will now be presented to the Legislature, where the various parts of this budget proposal will be debated in its related budget subcommittee: the education finance budget subcommittee in the Assembly and the budget subcommittee on education in the state Senate. Analysis, public hearings and decisions start immediately, and the overall budget debate typically lasts no later than mid-June with an on-time budget process.

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ICYMI: Going "Beyond the Textbooks" in 2018-19: REPORT
During the inaugural 2018-19 school year of the K-12 Online Content Project, California students and educators signed on to Britannica, TeachingBooks and ProQuest over seven million times and conducted over 33 million actions. A recently released analysis from the California State Library provides the data on the success of this program in its first year, “California K-12 Online Content Project: Going Beyond the Textbooks, September 2019.”

The 14-page report summarizes not only the usage of these suites of online content and teaching tools, and gives an overview of the features from each of the content platforms and how they may be used to supplement and differentiate educational efforts.

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ICYMI: COLLEGE AND CAREER READY IN HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE 
The California Council for the Social Studies' annual peer-reviewed publication for January 2020 had a theme: college and career readiness. To support these efforts, the issue includes an article about the K-12 Online Content Project. It details this school-library resource and the importance of being able to access the resources from Britannica, ProQuest and TeachingBooks for teaching history and social science at all grades. 

You can see the article here or learn more from the State Library's K-12 Online Content Project main page. Please feel free to provide to teachers and administrators who desire more information how to use these resources to help our students with their post-K-12 endeavors.

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