Hot Topics: Fillmore Unified’s Intensive Support and Math-Focused Initiatives

Overview:

Fillmore Unified School District, which includes Fillmore Middle School, Mountain Vista Elementary, Piru Elementary, Rio Vista Elementary, San Cayetano Elementary, and Fillmore Senior High School, is participating in the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence’s (CCEE) Intensive Assistance Model Project.

Key Highlights:

  1. Professional Learning Communities: Fillmore Unified has established Guiding Coalitions at each school to lead the PLC process, with all staff receiving extensive professional development and coaching to implement, deepen, and sustain the PLC.
  2. Math-Focused Collaboration: The district has partnered with expert math coaches to focus on research-based strategies, diagnostics, standards-based instruction, and equity-based grading, aiming to improve student outcomes in math across all grade levels.
  3. Enhanced Student Support: The district has implemented student tutoring and expanded enrichment opportunities addressing SEL and STEAM activities during intersessions and after school. These initiatives aim to provide comprehensive academic support and development for all students.

Call to Action:

To learn more about the transformative initiatives at Fillmore Unified and hear directly from school leaders, listen to Rising from the Margins Season One Episode Five, featuring Fillmore High School and Fillmore Middle School.

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Hot Topics: Empowering Rural Math Education through The Rural Math Collaborative (RMC)

Introduction: As California embarks on a transformative journey with the adoption of its new Mathematics Framework, the Rural Math Collaborative (RMC) has emerged as a reliable resource for small, rural local educational agencies (LEAs). Led by Lake County and Butte County, in partnership with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) and the California Mathematics Project (CMP), the RMC is revamping math education in twenty participating counties.

You can learn more about the RMC on May 8 Open Door Session, Register Here.

Accelerating Learning through Innovative Strategies: The RMC leadership team has developed a dynamic approach to accelerate learning in mathematics. By providing member counties and LEAs with targeted instructional coaching, intervention, and Lesson Study, the RMC is equipping educators with the tools they need to enhance student achievement. These strategies are designed to address the unique challenges faced by rural schools and ensure that every student has access to high-quality math education.

Collaboration and Support for Rural LEAs: One of the key strengths of the RMC lies in its collaborative nature. The partnership between the twenty participating counties fosters a supportive network where best practices, resources, and expertise are shared. This collaboration enables rural LEAs to overcome the limitations of their size and location, leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the RMC community.

Deepening Knowledge with Asynchronous Courses: To further support educators in implementing the new Mathematics Framework, the RMC has launched asynchronous courses. 

  • Number Sense Overview Module : Provides an introduction to the layout of the entire Framework including the Drivers of Investigation, Content Connections and Standards for Math Practice. Introduces aspects of the Framework’s interpretation of number sense, and the progression of number sense ideas through grades TK-8.
  • Number Sense Module Part I Grades TK-2: This information is focused around three key areas of number sense in grades TK-2: organizing and counting numbers, comparing and ordering numbers on a line, and operating with numbers flexibly. 

These courses, freely available statewide, aim to deepen educators’ understanding of the framework and its implications for classroom instruction. By providing flexible, self-paced learning opportunities, the RMC is ensuring that teachers have the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively implement the new standards.

From our Partners:

The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) also provides extensive resources on Mathematics including the following:

As California embraces its new Mathematics Framework, these resources will empower educators, ensuring that every child, regardless of their geographic location, has the opportunity to excel in mathematics.

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Hot Topics: Celebrating Innovation and Inclusion – The Spotlight Project Shines On

In the ever-evolving landscape of education, the Spotlight Project emerges as a beacon of progress and practicality. This groundbreaking initiative celebrates the innovative, inclusive, and shareable practices that Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) have developed to enhance student outcomes across our state. By distilling each success story into actionable insights, the Spotlight Project not only showcases emerging best practices but also provides reproducible strategies and essential resources. This serves as an invaluable toolkit for other LEAs looking to tackle similar challenges.

The Spotlight Project highlights key areas of impact, including:

  • Enhancing Student Academic Outcomes: The project spotlights strategies that have significantly improved academic performance, offering a roadmap for others to replicate this success.
  • Boosting Student and Family Engagement and Well-being: It shares initiatives that strengthen the bonds between schools, students, and their families, fostering a supportive educational environment.
  • Supporting Staff and Community: The Spotlight Project highlights efforts to empower educational staff and effectively engage community resources, creating a resilient support network for students.

We invite all educators, administrators, and community stakeholders to dive To learn more about these innovative practices and how you can get involved, click here to explore the Spotlight Project in depth.deeper into the transformative practices shared through the Spotlight Project.

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Hot Topics: Rising from the Margins – Episode 3

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our latest podcast, “Rising from the Margins!” This podcast, Episode 3,  showcases the inspiring journey of H.W. Harkness Elementary in the Sac City Unified School District and their collaboration with the CCEE under the Intensive Assistance Model (IAM).

The IAM is dedicated to establishing National Model Schools that prioritize collaboration with an intensive focus on teaching and learning. This partnership entails a three-year commitment to transform H.W. Harkness Elementary into a replicable model for the Sac City School District. Moreover, it aims to provide a roadmap for school improvement that can be scaled across the district and extended to support other districts under CCEE Direct Technical Assistance.

We invite you to tune in and discover the remarkable story of H.W. Harkness as they undergo an incredible school transformation.

If you have any questions about CCEE and how to engage with our resources and professional learning opportunities, please visit our website. Stay Ahead in Education! 📚 Check out our Podcast Rising from the Margins, Statewide System of Support Directory, and Friday 5! Join CCEE’s ListServ & Calendar Updates to Never Miss an Event. Sign Up Now for Limitless Learning Opportunities. 🌟 #CCEEConnections”

Hot Topics: CCEE Hosts Open Door Sessions

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), in partnership with Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and other organizations, is hosting “open door” sessions to showcase innovative ideas and best practices from educational practitioners. These sessions aim to highlight effective tools, resources, and strategies based on the Whole Child Design Framework to support student learning.

The open door sessions provide a platform for county office and district staff across the state to learn from each other and connect further through smaller “Special Interest Group” sessions. Presenters from LEAs will be available to address specific questions and share their experiences.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • April 26: Preparing for a ‘new normal’: climate emergencies and their impacts on schools. the rising threat of climate emergencies on our schools and communities. We’ll hear from districts impacted by extreme weather events, from flooding to wildfires to extreme heat, and we’ll hear from an LEA who is leading on the prevention and preparedness we can all be doing to keep students safe, healthy, and in school during these times.
  • April 30: Ethel Phillips Elementary School in Sacramento City Unified will review their implementation of the “whole-child” approach and considerations for site level leaders. This session will also review the latest report by The Center for Whole-Child Education “Strengthening Coherence Across Initiatives: A Whole-Child Lens,” discuss best practices, and provide actionable tips for promoting coherence in educational communities.
  • May 8: During this session, the Rural Math Collaborative leadership team will describe their dynamic approach to accelerating learning in mathematics by supporting member counties and LEAs with instructional coaching, intervention, and Lesson Study. Additionally, you will learn about RMC’s newly released asynchronous course, developed by the CMP and freely available statewide, that can help your school or district deepen knowledge of the new Mathematics Framework.

To access materials from past sessions, visit the CCEE Resource Center.

For information on upcoming Open Door sessions, check the Open Door Event Calendar.

If you have any questions about CCEE and how to engage with our resources and professional learning opportunities, please visit our website. Stay Ahead in Education! 📚 Check out our Podcast Rising from the Margins, Statewide System of Support Directory, and Friday 5! Join CCEE’s ListServ & Calendar Updates to Never Miss an Event. Sign Up Now for Limitless Learning Opportunities. 🌟 #CCEEConnections”

Hot Topics: Strengthening Coherence Across Initiatives

In line with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence’s (CCEE) strategic commitment to reducing friction and enhancing coherence within the Statewide System of Support (SSOS) for Local Education Agencies (LEAs), we are pleased to share the Center for Whole-Child Education’s latest report: “Strengthening Coherence Across Initiatives: A Whole-Child Lens.” This pivotal report emerges at a time when educators throughout California face the challenging task of deciphering and integrating numerous state-wide initiatives. By drawing on a unified whole-child approach, the report illuminates the intrinsic connections and shared values underpinning these diverse initiatives, offering a fresh perspective that seeks to simplify and align efforts. Furthermore, it provides valuable insights and practical strategies from experienced educational leaders, aimed at fostering a more cohesive and streamlined approach to system-wide improvement. This comprehensive guide is an essential resource for educators aiming to enhance coherence and ensure consistent application of whole-child practices across California’s educational landscape.

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Hot Topics: Join Cohort V and Elevate Community Engagement

Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) is a statewide initiative in California that is dedicated to improving the relationships between Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), such as school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education, and their local communities. Administered by the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence and the San Diego County Office of Education, CEI partners with Eskolta School Research and Design and the University of San Diego to bring about positive change in our education system.

What’s in Store for Cohort V?
As a member of Cohort V, you will have the unique opportunity to engage with passionate educators and community leaders from across the state. CEI hosts a series of in-person and online gatherings throughout the year, where you’ll lead and learn from your peers on a wide range of community engagement topics and strategies. Plus, we’ve got you covered with travel costs and an additional stipend for your valuable participation!

Ready to Take the Next Step?
For all the details on the application process, requirements, commitments, deadlines, and the fantastic benefits of joining CEI, please visit our website by clicking on the button below. 

Feel free to share this exciting news with colleagues, friends, and anyone who might be interested in joining Cohort V of the Community Engagement Initiative. Together, we can create meaningful change and strengthen the bond between education and communities in our state.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our shared mission.

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Hot Topics: A Game-Changer for Educational Equity and Excellence

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) has made equitable access to educational resources and support a central priority for 2024. To achieve this, we are focused on minimizing obstacles and “friction” within the Statewide System of Support (SSOS) that make it difficult for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to understand and access available resources.

A significant solution is the creation of the Statewide System of Support Resource Hub – an online portal that consolidates information and resources from state programs and initiatives into a single, universally accessible source. Over 130 resources are currently available.

The Statewide System of Support was established to ensure all LEAs in California have access to essential expertise and support. However, there are challenges in coordinating and delivering these resources equitably and in a timely manner. The new Resource Hub aims to increase availability and accessibility of crucial resources for all County Offices of Education, districts, charter schools and educational partners.

The CCEE is working with the California Department of Education and other educational partners to transform the state’s educational landscape and ensure every student has the chance to thrive, regardless of location. The Resource Hub is a game-changer in working towards more educational equity and excellence across California.

If you have any questions about CCEE and how to engage with our resources and professional learning opportunities, please visit our website. Stay Ahead in Education! 📚 Check out our Podcast Rising from the Margins, Statewide System of Support Directory, and Friday 5! Join CCEE’s ListServ & Calendar Updates to Never Miss an Event. Sign Up Now for Limitless Learning Opportunities. 🌟 #CCEEConnections”