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Academic Program Survey

The Academic Program Survey (APS) is designed to help schools analyze the extent to which they are providing a coherent instructional program to support improved student achievement. It is based on the nine Essential Program …

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Building Blocks of Integrated Academic Support

This toolkit provides a variety of practical materials to assist external teams in providing technical assistance and conducting needs assessments of districts. The materials are intended to support improving district organizational …

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California ELA/ELD Resources for Local Planning

In this video, Tom Adams, Deputy Superintendent from the California Department of Education, shares selected State resources that can assist in local planning efforts regarding the implementation of the ELA/ELD Framework.

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California School Boards Association Parent Involvement Policies

This Web site provides a variety of resources, including state and federal requirements and policies for parent and community involvement, a policy brief, sample board policies and administrative regulations, and links to additional …

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English Learner Tool Kit

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released joint guidance on January 7, 2015, reminding states, school districts and schools of their …

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Interview Questions for Data Systems and Achievement Monitoring

This needs assessment tool was created by the Los Angeles County Office of Education for use by a district assistance and intervention team (DAIT), but can be used by any local educational agency or any external team helping with a …

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PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

This guide is intended to empower parents, educators, community members, and students to work together to implement programs, practices, and policies that encourage partnerships between families, schools, and communities to promote …

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Advancing Equity through ESSA

This document, developed by the CCSSO, offers a framework to help states use ESSA to close opportunity and achievement gaps. Although the intended audience is state leaders, school districts may find helpful advice for ESSA planning …

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Be a Leader

This guide -- for school board members, parents, teachers, and administrators -- offers concrete actions you can take to grow arts education in the public school system.

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California Accountability Model and School Dashboard

This California  Department of Education (CDE) website features …

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California Department of Education's LCFF Information

This California Department of Education webpage hosts information about the Local Control Funding formula including resources and links to legal, fiscal, and practical resources. This website is updated when new information becomes …

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Center for School Change

The Center for School Change (CSC) website provides links to a variety of resources that support the implementation of change at the school, community, and policy levels to increase student achievement, raise graduation rates, and …

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Characteristics of Successful Districts

The Wisconsin Department of Education's Characteristics of Successful Districts offers a set of rubrics that can help guide districts as they build on their unique strengths and plan improvement efforts. Building …

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ESSA Timeline: Identification of Schools for Support and Improvement

The US Department of Education published final regulations that include a timeline for when schools will be identified for support and improvement under the ESSA. The regulations indicate that "In order to provide ample …

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Inventory of Services and Support (ISS) for Students with Disabilities

Formerly called the Least Restrictive Environment Survey, this self-assessment tool helps districts examine their policies, procedures, and practices in supporting educational options for students with disabilities. It supports …

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Leadership for a Complex, Multi-year Districtwide Initiative

Wendy Harris, Director, Sacramento County Office of Education, provides the introduction for this video segment that features two retired North Sacramento School District administrators outlining essential factors for implementing a …

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McREL International, Changing Schools

This website contains free downloadable PDFs on various topics pertaining to Changing Schools. These topics are social emotional learning, school improvement, technology, diverse learners, coaching, student engagement, early …

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National Center on Response to Intervention

This website, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides information and access to a wide range of numerous resources to support response to intervention (RtI). The Center defines RtI as integrating assessment and …

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Principal Coaching as a Districtwide Initiative

Wendy Harris, Director, Sacramento County Office of Education, provides the introduction to this comprehensive presentation focused on the efficacy of a districtwide principal coaching model. John Brewer, a retired administrator from …

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Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

The template includes forms and charts for collection and analysis of student performance data, setting priorities for program improvements, rigorous use of effective solution strategies, and ongoing monitoring of results.

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Smarter Balanced Digital Library

The Smarter Balanced Assessment System has three components: summative assessments, designed for accountability purposes; interim assessments, designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year; and formative assessment …

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Successful Staffing for Successful Schools: Breaking the Cycle of Failure in Charlotte-Mecklenburg

This 2010 report tells the leadership story of how the new superintendent in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in North Carolina embarked on a new effort, called Strategic Staffing, to implement a district-wide effort to turn …

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The Hexagon Tool

The Active Implementation Hub website includes the Hexagon Tool which is designed to help states, districts, and schools appropriately select evidence-based instructional, behavioral, and social- emotional innovations and prevention …

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The Principal's Role in Successful Schools: Creating a Positive School Culture

The Principal's Role in Successful Schools: Creating a Positive School Culture offers guidance for school leaders regarding the transformating of culture in their schools. This article is from Principal magazine …

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The Three Essentials for Improving Schools

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) conducted a study to determine resulting in a report regarding the three essentials of school improvement. This study examined the role of the district office in providing principals with …

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Vision, Leadership, and Change

This SEDL website includes links to editions of Issues. . .about Change. This link to Volume 2, Number 3 address the topic Vision, Leadership, and Change

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