Cooperative Education | Contra Costa College

Cooperative Education (COOP – pronounced co-op) Contra Costa College utilizes the workplace as a learning environment in which students experience the connection between academic and career goals. COOP students are provided the additional benefits of developing a professional network along with the knowledge and a clear understanding of workplace culture.

Vallejo City Unified School District – School Nutrition And Fitness


Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. All meals, foods and beverages are prepared and served by qualified child nutrition professionals. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

via Vallejo City Unified School District – School Nutrition And Fitness.

After School – Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)

Healthy Snacks: Guides, Resources and Training Opportunities

Snack & Meal Standards for After School Programs

This fact sheet identifies the federal reimbursable snack requirements as well as the state nutrition standards for snacks and meals offered in after school programs.

Visit the California After School Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab. for online courses and resources on healthy snacks, nutrition education, physical activity, and related workshop opportunities.

CANFit’s Healthy Snack Guide for Your After School Program External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) provides menus using foods that can be easily obtained at convenience stores and that fall within the federal reimbursement rate budget. There are also two-week sample cycle menus, their Best Practice Guidelines and 26 healthy recipes.

via After School – Nutrition (CA Dept of Education).

Nutrition – Learning Support (CA Dept of Education)


The California Department of Education helps schools, child care programs, and other community programs provide healthy meals and snacks to children. Almost every school in California serves lunch to its students. Some schools also serve breakfast and snacks. A child may be able to get free meals or meals at a very low cost.

The Department’s nutrition services are administered by the Nutrition Services Division

Learn more about free or low-cost meals that may be available to your child by contacting your local school district, day care program or homeless shelter. To find contact information for your school, go to the California Department of Education California School Directory Web page.

The Nutrition – CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of nutrition services offered in California schools and child care programs.

The links and information below were developed for educators and others who are directly involved with nutrition-services programs in California.

via Nutrition – Learning Support (CA Dept of Education).

Healthy Schools

Education Code 49431 (2005) stipulates that the only food that may be sold to a pupil during the school day at elementary school are full meals and individually sold portions of nuts, nut butters,seeds, eggs, cheese packaged for individual sale, fruit, vegetables that have not been deep fried, and legumes. An individually sold dairy or whole grain food item may be sold to pupils at an elementary school, except food sold as part of a USDA meal program, if it meets all of the following standards: (1) Not more than 35% of its total calories from fat, (2) Not more than 10% of its total calories from saturated fat, (3) Not more than 35% of its total weight shall be composed of sugar, including naturally occurring and added sugar, (4) Not more than 175 calories per individual food item. An elementary school may permit the sale of foods that do not comply with the regulations above as a part of as part of a school fundraising event if the items are sold by pupils of the school and the sale of those items takes place off of and away from school premises or the items are sold by pupils of the school and the sale of those items takes place at least one-half hour after the end of the school day.

Education Code 49431.2 (2005) requires all foods sold outside of the school meal programs to students on school grounds at each middle and high school to be approved for compliance with the nutrition standards. Foods generally regarded as snacks must contain not more than 35 percent of calories from fat, 10 percent of calories from saturated fat, 35 percent sugar by weight, and no more than 250 calories per item. Foods generally regarded as entrees must be less than 400 calories and contain no more than 4 grams of fat per 100 calories. Middle and high schools may permit the sale of foods that are not in compliance with the standards if the items are sold off of school premises or at least 30 minutes after the end of the school day or during a school-sponsored student activity after the end of the school day.

via Healthy Schools.

SB 1322 Senate Bill – INTRODUCED

BILL NUMBER: SB 1322 INTRODUCED BILL TEXT INTRODUCED BY Senator Lowenthal FEBRUARY 20, 2008 An act to amend Sections 38135, 44932, 44939, 45303, and 88122 of, and to repeal Sections 38136 and 51530 of, the Education Code, and to amend Section 1028 of, and to repeal Sections 1027.5 and 1028.1 of, the Government Code, relating to communism.

Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten

Getting Ready

By mid-November of the school year prior to kindergarten transition, an informal conference should be scheduled to:

exchange information with you about the transition process, including the general timeline for transition activities;

interview you/discuss your educational priorities for your child;

allow educational staff to discuss their priorities for your child and develop an action plan outlining the specific process for your child (desired outcomes, target dates, personnel responsible);

explain possible program options available at that level (not specific to your child).

Remember that your child’s progress during the current year will be included in the decision-making process about appropriate kindergarten options.

Parents’ Rights – Quality Assurance Process (CA Dept of Education)

Parents of children with disabilities from ages three through twenty-one have specific educational rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These rights are called procedural safeguards. Individuals serving as surrogate parents and students aged eighteen receiving special education services, are also entitled to these rights.

via Parents’ Rights – Quality Assurance Process (CA Dept of Education).

MCOE – SELPA Parent Information – /selpa/parent_info

Parents now have the opportunity to participate in meetings for identification, evaluation, placement and FAPE (free appropriate public education). Parents are included in eligibility and placement decisions. Schools are required to report to parents at least as often as they do to parents of non-disabled students. IDEA 97 recognizes the importance of parent/school partnerships and non-adversarial dispute resolution. Parents must be offered mediation as a voluntary option for dispute resolution.

via MCOE – SELPA Parent Information – /selpa/parent_info.

The Assayer

California Initiative for Free Textbooks

Motivated by the California state budget crisis, Governor Schwarzenegger has announced a Free Digital Textbook Initiative, which is producing a list of free, online high school math and science textbooks that are aligned with state content standards. The list will be announced June 16, and the intention is to have the books used in classrooms in fall 2009. The idea seems to be to look for preexisting free books put out by individuals. This article has some useful background, but it mistakenly suggests that the arduous state adoption process will be an obstacle to the FDTI; statewide adoption only applies to K-8, but FDTI is doing high-school books. There was a previous, unsuccessful effort called COSTP, which tried to produce a history textbook using Wikibooks. Here is a BBC article about the present effort, and here is a newspaper opinion piece by the Governor. This is a transcript of a speech by the Governor, with some interesting Q&A at the end. Twenty books were submitted (press release, links). The four books from traditional publisher Pearson are consumable workbooks, not actual textbooks.

June 16, 2009

via The Assayer.