California Department of Education Update: March 2021

By: Charles Parker, California Department of Education, State FFA Advisor

Not much is changing in Sacramento at the Department of Education. We are still working remotely with an anticipated 25% return July 1. Hopefully updates will be shared in the coming weeks as more Californians are receiving their vaccinations, schools are opening up and restrictions are being removed throughout the state.

We are also experiencing vacancies in leadership. The Access and Equity Branch Deputy Superintendent left last month and the Department is conducting a nationwide search to fill the position. Then, last week, the Career and College Transition Division Director resigned. 

When we do return to the office, it will be once again time to meet with leadership. The goal will be to share what we do and how we engage all students. The data we collect will be extremely important as we demonstrate exactly what we do and the effect we have on students and local communities.


  1. PLEASE, if you have not already done so, go to AET and complete your individual profile. 
  1. State FFA Leadership Conference registration is open. The dates of the 93rd Annual State FFA Leadership Conference are May 14-16. This is a unique opportunity where every student who has ever had the desire to attend a state conference can easily sign-up and take part. Make the event part of your curriculum and embrace the opportunities that exist for every student.
  1. Career Development Events Timelines (All will be held in a virtual format). Utilize to register for upcoming Career Development Event State Finals. You will be able to make changes to student participants up to April 1, the date registration closes. 

Spring is a wonderful time of the year. The grass is green, awards are distributed, new leaders are identified and we have the opportunity to celebrate with the state leadership conference. In addition, we will see a group of students begin the transition into adulthood, where they will pursue their career or continue their education at a community college or university.

May the class of 2021 be able to celebrate their survival with a special graduation ceremony and the opportunity to have at least one senior experience. I wish this class of resilient students the best as they move on to the next phase of their life.

Alone we can do little, together we can change the world!

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