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A Toolkit for Title I Parental Involvement

The toolkit of the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory’s (SEDL’s) National Center for Family and Community Connections is designed to provide information to those who are implementing Title I Part A parental …

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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 Family Engagement (CAFE)

In this video, Nancy Bodenhausen from the California Department of Education shares some State resources that can assist in planning, implementing, and evaluating effective family engagement practices.

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California Framework for Family Engagement Overview

In this video, Nancy Bodenhausen from the California Department of Education provides an overview of the State’s Framework for Family Engagement. This document includes information for building family engagement programs and …

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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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District Assistance Survey

The purpose of the District Assistance Survey (DAS) is to help a district analyze its capacity to support a coherent instructional program at all schools and for all students. It is intended to guide a team’s conversation about …

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Family Engagement Framework: A Tool for California School Districts

In support of establishing strong, healthy, and systematic school, family and community partnerships statewide, the Family Engagement Framework is a tool that describes expectations and implementation strategies …

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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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Taking Center Stage, Act II

This California Department of Education (CDE) Web portal focuses on middle schools and provides a wide range of extensive resources. Much of the information relates to 12 major recommendations, each of which has its own chapter. As a …

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California Common Core State Standards Orientation Tools

On August 2, 2010, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the California Common Core State Standards (CCCSS). The CCCSS address the content areas of English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Based on the Common Core State …

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California Common Core State Standards Support Materials

This resource consists of a variety of tools and orientation materials to help California educators become familiar with the California Common Core State Standards (CCCSS) and start to plan for their implementation. On August 2 …

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California Curriculum Frameworks

This website of the California Department of Education provides access to all of the frameworks adopted by the California State Board of Education (SBE):

  • Career Technical Education
  • Foreign …
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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 Common Core Standards Parent Handbook

On August 2, 2010, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), with some additions unique to California. The CCSS address the content areas of English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. These …

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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 Improved School Districts

This document identifies commonalities among improved school districts and is intended to help districts review and revise their current policies, programs and practices to improve student learning. Based on a review and analysis of …

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Characteristics of School Districts that Are Exceptionally Effective in Closing the Achievement Gap

This article identifies characteristics of school districts that have been exceptionally successful in closing gaps in achievement among diverse groups of students, including students in challenging circumstances. Evidence for the …

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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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Council of the Great City Schools, Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards- English Language Arts and Mathematics

The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent …

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Diversity: School, Family and Community Connections

This research synthesis looks at the roles families can and do play in efforts to improve academic achievement. The report explores barriers to involvement for minority and low-income families and strategies to address those …

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Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

The US Department of Education's Dual Capacity Building Framework focuses on building the capacity of educators and families to work collaboratively to support positive outcomes for all students. This …

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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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Family Involvement Publications and Resources

This Web site of the Harvard Family Research Project provides access to a wide range of resources to support parent and community involvement. Resources include overviews of research and evaluations; data collection instruments 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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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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Schools Moving Up, Parent Involvement

This Web site provides access to numerous resources related to family and community involvement; many are research-based and focus on implementation of policies, strategies, and practices. Case studies and webinars describe …

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Seeing is Believing: Promising Practices for How School Districts Promote Family Engagement

This document describes promising practices from six school districts that are actively working to develop the critical components of systemic family engagement and examines the implications of their work for policy development. The …

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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 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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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 School-Family Connection

This document describes, reviews and compares current research on school-family connections and provides information to increase meaningful family involvement and develop structures and strategies. Studies explore a wide range of …

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The White House Task Force for New Americans Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education sponsored a series of seven webinars focused on the educational and linguistic integration of immigrants and refugees. Topics include engaging with immigrant parents and families in a variety of ways …

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Turnaround Schools in California: Who Are They and What Strategies Do They Use?

This study specifies a set of criteria for identifying Ca. turnaround schools and summarizes strategies that a sample of principals from these schools reported as essential to improved outcomes at their schools. Student achievement …

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