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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 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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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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Professional Development Planning Guide

This brief guide provides a framework for planning schoolwide professional development to help schools link professional development to student achievement. It is intended to help schools and districts implement professional …

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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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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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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

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 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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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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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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Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT)

This website provides access to a wide range of resources, workshops, software tools, and services related to fiscal, business and management services to help local educational agencies comply with fiscal accountability standards …

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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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LCAP Information Links

The Placer County Office of Education created this living document that includes links to current information regarding the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) metrics and rubrics. As information becomes available, the links …

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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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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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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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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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Teacher Quality Toolkit, Second Edition, by McREL

This document provides self-assessment tools and resources for designing, implementing, and evaluating effective professional development programs and practices. The document is intended for K-12 professionals as well as institutions …

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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 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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