Community Day School Network

On-Line Resources

Everyone is busy in the CDS world! Many times we don't have the time to research, plan, or implement quality strategies in the classroom. This page has been developed to assist you in your daily activities. Take a few minutes each day to review one of the links. Each site has been previewed and specifically added with the Community Day School staff and student as the focus.

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County-District-School (CDS) Codes

The CDS (County-District-School) code system is an administrative convenience designed to provide the California Department of Education (CDE), the Department of Finance, and post-secondary institutions with a basis for tracking schools. Each community day school must have its own unique code number.

Checklist for Establishing a Community Day School

A district establishing a CDS should apply for a county-district-school code. Forms and information about this process can be obtained by calling 916-327-4014.

Education Code Waiver Process

The purpose of a waiver is to provide flexibility in a school district or county office of education without undermining the basic intent of the law. The governing board of school district or county office of education may request that the State Board of Education (SBE) waive parts of the California Education Code and/or implementing regulations. The SBE may approve such waivers under its general waiver authority, sections 33050-33053.

Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM)

The Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) provides accountability for educational options schools serving very high-risk, highly mobile students. These schools include community day, continuation, opportunity, county community, juvenile court, California Youth Authority, and other alternative schools that meet stringent criteria set by the State Board of Education.

No Child Left Behind

The State Board of Education and the California Department of Education supported California homepage for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).


This section includes links to information about funding and professional development opportunities, current research, curriculum guidelines and materials, and learning support services.

CDE Educational Resources Catalog

Publications and other educational resources from CDE Press, the Department's publications office. These include materials about content standards and curriculum frameworks, cultural diversity, nutrition, and safe and healthy schools.

Virtual Library

The virtual library is a collection of resources that may be helpful for districts that have high priority schools. The resources are organized into categories and include listings of current articles, links to federal and state programs, and profiles of schools that are making progress in improving student achievement.

Conference Calendar

Statewide and national education conferences of interest to educators, parents, and students.

Career-Technical Education

A program of study that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge that provides students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.

Youth Development

Comprehensive developmental approaches enable youth to grow and develop the academic, social, and emotional skills necessary to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives. These approaches are fundamental and should infuse all CDS instruction and activities.

California Collaborative for Youth Development (CCYD)

The California Collaborative for Youth Development (CCYD) is a body of participating agencies and organizations with a share interest and investment in the development of youth throughout California. Members of the collaborative represent governmental agencies, community-based organizations, non-profits, and foundations.

California Healthy Kids Resource Center

The California Healthy Kids Resource Center assists schools in their effort to promote health literacy by loaning specific instructional resources for use either in the classroom or staff development sessions. Materials from the Center may be borrowed at no cost (except for the return UPS charge) and include curricula, videotapes, teacher reference and research materials, models and other displays

Healthy Kids, Schools, & Communities

WestEd conducts survey research to assess youth and the influences on their behavior. They develop, implement, and evaluate school- and community-based services and prevention programs. WestEd disseminates knowledge through publications, professional development, technical assistance, and training.

Promoting Resilience and Youth Development in School Communities

WestEd workshops promote understanding and application of effective youth development approaches designed to create more supportive and asset-rich environments that connect youth to their school communities, engage them in learning, promote their resilience, and reduce their involvement in substance use, violence, and other risk behaviors. School communities that have administered the Resilience and Youth Development Module of the Healthy Kids Survey will gain better knowledge of how to link data to program decision making.

40 Developmental Assets

The Search Institute is a nonprofit research organization that has conducted research pertaining to the positive things young people need to succeed. They identified 40 developmental assets important for positive youth development. The Web site has a wealth of information pertaining to assets building research, resource materials, conferences, staff development opportunities, and other related information. New research articles are posted on their Web site under Insights and Evidence.

Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities (ITOP)

ITOP provides a resource map and searchable database to be used by youth, their families and program and service providers. The resource map is a compilation of state-level resources focused on helping youth with disabilities make a successful transition into the workforce and higher education.

Research Links

This CDE site includes selected articles, summaries and Web sites about research related to youth development, assets, resiliency, academic achievement, and lower-risk behaviors.

This content-rich website includes free resources, materials, and lesson plans for character education:

Character-based Learning

The Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics offers training in character education for educators and parents. The Center conducts regular workshops for teachers and administrators on integrating ethics into the curriculum. The site includes extensive curriculum materials and a value-rich reading list for young people.

Character Education

CDE site includes resources to build and develop character in youth; supports the core values of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Attendance Improvement

Site presents three elements to reinforce regular school attendance: prevention, early identification, and intervention.

Counseling/Student Support

Site provides resources, funds, strategies, and training in school counseling and psychological and social services to support schools in planning, implementing, and monitoring comprehensive student support programs.


Service-learning differs from traditional community service activities in that it intentionally integrates the service experience with the curriculum.

Education Technology Home Page

CDE site provides assistance to schools and districts in integrating technology with teaching and learning.

Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST)

The EAST Initiative is helping educators to recognize, create, and maintain a learning environment that requires students to take the initiative in creating project solutions that produce measurable and tangible results. Students are exposed to strategies that help them move from the traditional approaches of learning into relevant, interdependent environments that stress understanding, collaboration, and team approaches to problem resolution. Students develop solutions to community-based problems using emerging technology within the context of service-learning projects


Information about mentoring, including resource materials, articles, names of organizations and CDE contacts, and links to Web sites about mentoring.


Information Web page with resources for parents, family, and the community.

Safe Schools

Provides training, resources and technical assistance to establish a school/community environment which is physically and emotionally safe, well disciplined, and conducive to learning.

Funding Opportunities

Links to grants, contracts, and apportionments that could benefit CDSs

Funding Opportunities Administered by the CDE

Grants, contracts, and apportionments from the California Department of Education

eSchool News School Funding Center

Information on up-to-the-minute grant programs, funding sources, and technology funding.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)

More than 30 Federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of Federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is the FREE Web site.

Philanthropy News Digest-K-12 Funding Opportunities

K-12 funding opportunities with searchable links to grants from corporate grantmakers, public charities, and community and private foundations.

School Grants

A collection of resources and tips to help K-12 educators apply for and obtain special grants for a variety of projects.

Teaching Tolerance

Grants of up to $2,000 are available to K-12 teachers from the Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that fights discrimination. The grants are awarded for activities promoting diversity, peacemaking, community service, or other aspects of tolerance education. Requests should include a typed, 500-word description of the activity and the proposed budget. Application deadline: ongoing.

U.S. Department of Education Forecast of Funding

This document lists virtually all programs and competitions under which the Department of Education has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards for FY 2002 and provides actual or estimated deadline dates for the transmittal of applications under these programs. The lists are in the form of charts -- organized according to the Department's principal program offices -- and include programs and competitions the Department has previously announced, as well as those it plans to announce at a later date. Note: This document is advisory only and is not an official application notice of the Department of Education.

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