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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 EL Roadmap


The California English Learner (EL) Roadmap: Strengthening Comprehensive Eductsaional Policies, Programs, and Practices for English learners (CA EL Roadmap) was unanimously approved by the …

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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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Leading for Learning

This document is intended to help district and site administrators enable powerful, equitable learning for all students. The ideas and tools identified are based on research literature, examples of leadership in action, and a case …

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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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Beyond Islands of Excellence

This document describes a study of five high-poverty districts, including a small rural and large urban district, which demonstrated improved test scores across grades, subjects, and racial/ethnic groups. Seven factors were deemed as …

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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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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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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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EL Roadmap Training Slides (Part 2- Overview and Background)

EL Roadmap Training Slides (Part 2) includes an overview of the development of the EL Roadmap.

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EL Roadmap Training Slides (Part 3-Deep Dive into the EL Roadmap)

The EL Roadmap (Part 3) training slides provide an introduction to the Roadmap's vision, mission, and guiding principles.

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EL Roadmap Training Slides (Part 4-Proming Practice: District Examples)

The EL Roadmap Training (Part 4) slides highlight several examples of promising practices in school districts. The ideas are in alignment with the EL Roadmap principles.

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EL Roadmap Training Slides (Part 5-From Principles to Priorities)

The EL Roadmap (Part 5) slides describe how to use the Roadmap to promote coherence in local planning. A crosswalk for the LCAP can be used to align the district's actions and services to the Roadmap's principles.

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EL Roadmap Training Slides (Part 6-Using the Self-Reflection Rubric for Dialogue and Reflection)

The EL Roadmap (Part 6) presentation slides can be used to facilitate the use of a self-reflection rubric by a team to evaluate how well local actions and services are aligned to the Roadmap …

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EL Roadmap Training Slides (Part 7- District EL Policy)

The EL Roadmap (Part 7) presentation slides can be used to guide a district's EL policy review, revision, and development.

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EL Roadmap Training Slides (Part 8 Identifying Promising Practices: Web-based resources)

The EL Roadmap (Part 8) presentation slides explain the process for submitting local promising practices for inclusion on a list of vetted, web-based resources.

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EL Roadmap Training Video (Part 10 of 10)

EL Roadmap Training (Session 10 of 10)

This video includes an introduction to Collaboration in Common, a platform that can be used to continue the collaborative work of implementing the EL …

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EL Roadmap Training Video (Part 2 of 10)

CA EL Roadmap Training (Part 2 of 10) This video provides an overview of the EL Roadmap project, the EL Roadmap Policy's approval process, and the parts of the California EL Roadmap: Strengthening …

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EL Roadmap Training Video (Part 3 of 10)

EL Roadmap Training (Part 3 of 10)

This video takes a deeper look into the CA EL Roadmap and focuses on its vision, mission, principles, and elements.

 

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EL Roadmap Training Video (Part 4 of 10)


EL Roadmap Training (Part 4 of 10)

This video features the Anaheim Union High School District's approach to implementing the EL Roadmap Policy. Also, the Davis Unified School District shares a …

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EL Roadmap Training Video (Part 5 of 10)

EL Roadmap Training (Part 5 of 10)

This video provides an overview of the connections between the CA EL Roadmap and the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Participants in the session have the …

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EL Roadmap Training Video (Part 6 of 10)

EL Roadmap Training (Part 6 of 10)

This video shows how to use a self-reflection rubric to reflect on strengths and areas for growth at a district or school This rubric includes each of the CA EL …

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EL Roadmap Training Video (Part 7 of 10)

EL Roadmap Training (Part 7 of 10)

This video shows how a large district began the process of integrating the EL Roadmap into its local EL policy. Session participants discuss the extent the …

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EL Roadmap Training Video (Part 8 of 10)

EL Roadmap Training (Part 8 of 10)

This video includes the California Department of Education's (CDE) EL Roadmap web-based resources and shows viewers how to us a vetting tool and …

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EL Roadmap Training Video (Part 9 of 10)

EL Roadmap Training (Part 9 of 10)

This video focuses on messaging and taking action on the CA EL Roadmap. It features the California Association of Bilingual Education's call to action video …

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EL Roadmap Training Video (Part I of 10)

EL Roadmap Training (Part 1 of 10) This video features an overview of the agend and intorductory comments from leaders of educational organizations. Part I includes comments from Dr. Tom Adams, Deputy Superintendent at the California …

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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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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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Gaining Traction, Gaining Ground

This study, conducted by the Education Trust, describes four high schools that made greater-than-expected academic gains with previously underperforming students. The findings are summarized in the following …

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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 School Climate Standards

The National School Climate Standards present a vision and framework for a positive and sustainable school climate. They complement national standards for Content, Leadership, and Professional Development and the Parent Teacher …

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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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Reforming Districts: How Districts Support School Reform

This document describes data and research findings from two districts in the Bay Area and San Diego City Schools. The author notes that: the central office plays a critical role in what goes on in schools and classrooms; effective …

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School Turnarounds, Actions and Results

This report provides descriptive, real-world vignettes that illustrate actions that successful school leaders have taken to turn around low-performing schools. It identifies and explains the leader actions associated with a …

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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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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 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 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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The Turnaround Challenge

This document includes a section on strategies implemented in schools successfully serving high poverty populations, and recommends that turnaround efforts include these strategies. They are described in the High-Performing …

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Voices From the Classroom : Maureen Messier – Sheldon High School Theatre Teacher

This video is an interview with Maureen Messier, Sheldon High School Theatre Director and VAPA Department Chair, Elk Grove Unified and Joe Demers, Choir Director. Maureen and Joe describe how the arts impact students and engage …

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