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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 Migrant Education Resources and Best Practices Community Group - Digital Chalkboard

This section of the Digital Chalkboard includes many resources to support Migrant Programs across California and assist in the implementation of quality services for migrant students. These resources provide access to state standards …

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California’s ELA/ELD Framework - Circles of Implementation

In this video, Tami Wilson from the Sacramento County Office of Education shares a graphic from the California ELA/ELD Framework that represents the conceptual design and organization of this document. The “circles of …

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California’s Executive Summary for the ELA/ELD Framework

In this video, Tami Wilson from the Sacramento County Office of Education provides information from the Executive Summary of the California English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework. Learn about essential …

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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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ESSA Regulations Fact Sheet

The U.S. Department of Education issued final ESSA regulations regarding school accountability, data reporting, and state plans in November 2016.  This summary provides an overview of the …

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Guides for Supporting English Learners and the Five Key Themes in the ELA/ELD Framework

In this video, Alejandro Hernández from the California Department of Education provides an overview of State resources that support English Learners and the five key themes of the ELA/ELD Framework. This information is useful …

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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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Process for Analyzing English Learner Data – Using the ELSSA

In this video, Graciela García-Torres from the Sacramento County Office of Education shares ideas for analyzing data for English learners and provides an overview of a useful tool, the English Learner Subgroup Self-Assessment …

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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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Algebra Policy in California

This report by EdSource examines policies and practices related to Algebra instruction in California. Some of the topics discussed in this report include:

  • The status of Algebra instruction and its relationship to …
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ArtScan

The ArtsScan website hosts a searchable database of State policies supporting education in and through the arts from all 50 States and the District of Columbia. You can find:

  • policy language excerpted directly …
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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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CA Assessment of Student Performance and Progress: Tools and Resources

These California Assessment of Student  Performance and Progress (CAASPP)  web page. hosted by the Sacramento County Office of Education, provides resources to help schools and school districts better understand the various …

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CAASPP Data Filter Tool

The Tehama County Office of Education created this helpful data sorting tool to use when displaying and analyzing three years of CAASPP data for a school, district, or county.Use the worksheets to create customized reports to use in …

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California Accountability Model and School Dashboard

This California  Department of Education (CDE) website features …

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California Adopted Instructional Materials

This website of the California Department of Education provides access to listings of all K-8 instructional materials that have been adopted by the State Board of Education. The names of adopted programs can be found by subject area …

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Center for Applied Linguistics

The Web site of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides access to research-based information, resources, research, and professional development to support instruction of English learners (EL). The Center designs and …

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Center on Instruction, English Language Learning

This Web site provides access to research-based materials, resources, and Internet links to support instruction and intervention for English language learners. The site includes exemplary delivery models and professional development …

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Center on Instruction, Literacy

The Center on Instruction offers materials and resources on Literacy and English Language Arts that help educators improve academic outcomes for students, address the problem of struggling readers, and meet instructional challenges …

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Center on Instruction, STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

The Center on Instruction offers materials and resources on Mathematics and Science instruction and assessment that help educators improve academic outcomes for all students in the content areas of Mathematics and Science. We also …

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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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Council of the Great City Schools - Common Core State Standards Project

The Council of the Great City Schools advocates for shared standards across districts to set high expectations for students and enable districts to leverage resources so that students achieve them.

The Common Core State …

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Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades

This guide, published by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), describes evidence-based recommendations for literacy instruction for English language learners in the elementary grades. The target audience includes administrators …

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ELA/ELD Framework: A Guide to Resources with an English Learner Emphasis

In this video, Alejandro Hernández from the California Department of Education provides an overview of an ELA/ELD Framework guide that supports educators in using resources from the Framework that focus on meeting the needs of …

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ELA/ELD Framework: A Guide to Resources with an English Learner Emphasis

Published on Nov 7, 2016

In this video, Alejandro Hernández from the California Department of Education provides an overview of an ELA/ELD Framework guide that supports educators in using resources from the …

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ESSA law

On December 10, 2015, the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ESSA replaces its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB …

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Executive Summary for the California Mathematics Framework

In this video, Dave Chun from the Sacramento County Office of Education shares information from the Executive Summary of the California Mathematics Framework. Learn about essential information and ideas for teachers, administrators …

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Expanded View of the ELA/ELD Framework Resources

A Collection of Resources for Educators Who Support English Learners 

The Web page features a rigorously curated collection of resources with an …

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Fostering Collaboration through School Site Visitations

This video segment features Dr. Wendy Harris, Director, Region 3 Regional System of District and School Support, Sacramento County Office of Education, interviewing Dr. Ronda Adams, Associate Superintendent for Educational Services …

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From Data Analysis to Improvement Efforts: Using the ELSSA

Using the English Learner Subgroup Self-Assessment (ELSSA): From Data Analysis to Improvement Efforts resource is organized into three parts. Each part is interconnected with the intent to support local education agencies to build a …

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Glossary of Terms/Acronyms Associated with English Learners
  • Alternative program
  • Annual measurable achievement objectives (AMAOs)
  • Bilingual-crosscultural language and academic development credential (BCLAD)
  • California English language development test …
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Instructional Design for Adopted Reading Materials

Connie Tate, Director of RTAC for San Joaquin County Office of Education, outlines the instructional design for ELA materials. She reviews four major components: scope and sequence, goals and objectives, lesson organization, and …

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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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Questions and Answers on the Rights of Limited-English Proficient Students

This Web page of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding students who are English learners (EL). It addresses:

  • What happens to …
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Reading/Language Arts Adoption Toolkit

The Reading/Language Arts (RLA) Adoption Toolkit is intended to help districts use a data-driven process to facilitate the selection of State Board of Education-approved publisher programs for instruction in language arts and …

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Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth

Federal civil rights laws and Supreme Court precedent require States to provide equal access to public education to all children – including those who are undocumented. The US Department of Education's Resource

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Resources for Response to Instruction and Intervention

This website of the California Department of Education provides access to numerous resources to support Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtI2) in general education settings. Links are provided to professional development …

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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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Strategies for Differentiation in Reading Instruction

This video segment describes strategies for differentiation in reading instruction and outlines several variables to consider: size of group, number of days of instruction per week, number of minutes per class period, lesson …

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Sustainability: Essential Coaching Functions Worksheet

This brief document provides a template for planning alternatives that sustain the functions of a coach if that position is eliminated. It can also be adapted or used to plan for sustainability of other important functions. The …

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Sustaining Reading First

This website of the U.S. Department of Education provides access to documents related to sustaining evidence-based reading instruction. The resources provide a conceptual framework on sustainability, tools for assessing readiness to …

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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 Newcomer Tool Kit

U.S. Department of Education's Newcomer Toolkit is designed to help elementary and secondary teachers, principals, and other school staff to work with immigrant students—including asylees and …

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U.S.A. Learns

This Web site provides self-guided tutorials for adult English language acquisition. Materials feature practical information focusing on life skills, and basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and …

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