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Observations and Comments from Teacher Committee Members

California Health Education Framework UPDATE…3.9.17

The State Board of Education appointed members to the CFCC for Health Instruction around 11 a.m. today. CASHE is delighted that Bridget Brownell of Taft High  and Matt French of Academic Leadership Community High are now part of the  CFCC.

The CFCC  includes between 9 and 20 members who will be selected to ensure balanced representation of regions, health education content knowledge, and grade-level experience. In addition to K-12 educators, the CFCC  includes health education faculty from institutes of higher education, other health education content experts, and representatives from health education stakeholder organizations. Please note that there is no stipend for service on the CFCC, but reimbursement for travel costs will be provided by the CDE. Unfortunately, the CDE cannot provide reimbursements for substitute cost.

The CFCC will meet six times to conduct the work of revising the Health Education Framework. The CFCC meetings are tentatively scheduled for May 4–5, 2017; June 19–20, 2017; August 10–11, 2017; September 18–19, 2017; November 29–30, 2017; and January 25–26, 2018. All CFCC meetings will be public and take place in Sacramento. The CFCC will work with the framework writers and CDE staff to develop a draft Health Education Framework that will be submitted to the IQC for field review in March 2018. The SBE will take final action on the Health Education Framework in May 2019. In honor of the first meeting being on May 5, the entire meeting will be conducted in Spanish (lol) for Cinco de Mayo!

CASHE congratulates all 10  of the newly appointed teacher members of the Health Education CFCC today: David Rodgers, teacher from the Visalia USD; Kimberley Walden, teacher from the Twin Rivers School District; Robyn Russon, teacher from the Burbank USD; Diane Farthing, teacher from the Pleasanton USD; Bridget Brownell from the LAUSD’s Taft High; Michael Riggs, teacher from the Bonita USD; Kim Sinclair, teacher from Glendale USD’s Glendale High; Matt French of the LASUD; Shannon Bennett, teacher from the Garden Grove USD; Aimee Sturges, teacher from the Conejo Valley USD; and Michelle Presley, teacher from the San Marcos US.

Also appointed were 10 non-teacher members who CASHE also congratulates: Darren McDonald, Principal from the Morgan Hill USD; Miguel Perez, Professor from Fresno State; Robert LaChausse, Department Chair at California Baptist University; Amy Streavel the Director of Community Education and Outreach of the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties; Samantha Blackburn, an Assistant Professor at CSU Sacramento; Martha Adriasola-Martinez a teacher on Special Assignment with the San Francisco USD; Jill Vandroff a school nurse with the San Mateo County Office of Education; Lidia Carlton, Chief of the Health Education Unit with the California Department of Public Health; and Cynthia Dimon, Behavioral Health Manager with the Oakland USD.

Looks like the State Board appointed a GREAT group!

BUT these things just don’t happen. There had to be some great staff gathering applications, preparing the applications for the Instructional Quality Commission’s (IQC’s) review, presenting the IQCs recommendation to the State Board of Education,  and so much more. CASHE would like to thank and salute some hardworking folks within the Department of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission (ICQ): Stephanie Gregson, Ed.D.,Director, Curriculum Frameworks & Instructional Resources Division, Executive Director, Instructional Quality Commission; Kristen Cruz Allen, Administrator, Curriculum Frameworks Unit; and Deborah Franklin, Education Programs Consultant,  Curriculum Frameworks Unit. 

If you have any questions regarding the CFCC or the framework revision process, please contact Deborah Franklin, Education Programs Consultant, Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division, by phone at 916-319-0442 or by e-mail at