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Redefining the Classroom: The Rise and Refinement of Hybrid Learning in America

Districts nationwide are overcoming the initial challenges of pandemic-induced hybrid learning, showcasing the benefits of evolved, effective hybrid models. Leveraging both virtual and in-person learning platforms, these new models offer a wide range of affordable courses, address teacher shortages, and foster successful credit recovery initiatives. ERS supports these strides with an inclusive toolkit featuring a vision paper, a how-to guide, and inspiring case studies from successful districts, offering a blueprint for revolutionizing high school education.

Call to Action

Don’t let the past dictate the future of hybrid learning. Discover how schools are turning the tide, utilizing improved hybrid learning models to shape a new educational landscape. Learn from the success stories and explore the comprehensive toolkit from ERS to guide your district towards a brighter, more flexible educational future. Let’s redefine what school means!

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On August 13, 2023, the State Board of Education engaged in a discussion regarding the proposed Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) template.  Our team has been represented on the state LCAP Advisory Group.  

Item 02: the Proposed Revisions to the Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update Template and Instructions, was replaced with a corrected version that shows the track changes revisions to the Current Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update Template and Instructions reflected in Attachment 2.

See link to Item 2 Attachment LCAP Template presented to the State Board on September 13, 2023.

See link to LCAP track changes in Ed. Code

If you have any questions about what is being proposed please contact Michelle Magyar at [email protected].  If you have missed weekly blogs past, please see the link to our past  “Hot Topics Weekly” for AC members.

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On August 31, 2023 the CCEE presented the year one overview of the Intensive Assistance Model (IAM) work with cohort I schools.  The IAM is one of the most intensive coaching models in the country with over 150 days of on-site coaching in schools for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Assessment, Leadership and Professional Learning Communities.  There are currently five school districts and eight schools involved in the model for cohort 1 (please click here to see list of LEA participants and CCEEโ€™s role in Technical Assistance).

The CCEE governing board listened to the presentation by the CCEE and PACE (Public Analysis for California Education) regarding the progress of the schools in this model.

Slide 8 includes a video of Nishimoto Elementary in Madera Unified School District describing the work in year one. 

The learnings from this model, even in just one year, are invaluable. They shed light on the exact nature and type of support educators require to refine their teaching methodologies and elevate student learning experiences.

Take Action Now!

๐Ÿ”— Key Resources:

  1. Explore the entire presentation from CCEE and PACE 
  2. Engage with the heartfelt video testimonial on slide 8 of the presentation, showcasing the bright and promising transformation taking place at Nishimoto Elementary.
  3. Watch the entire CCEE board meeting on August 31, 2023
  4. Stay Tuned for the comprehensive PACE Year I report unveiling soon, providing a detailed overview of the journey thus far. 

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Literacy: CCLA Statewide Community of Practice (CoP)

The intent of this Community of Practice (CoP) is to leverage the expertise of others, to gain knowledge and deepen understanding of learning acceleration in foundational literacy skills and reading comprehension utilizing evidence-based practices and elements of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy (CSP).

2023-2024 CCLA Literacy CoP Dates; Tuesdays from 3:30 โ€“ 5:00 PM
Session 1: September 19, 2023
Session 2: November 14, 2023
Session 3: January 23, 2024
Session 4: March 12, 2024
Session 5: May 14, 2024

INTENDED AUDIENCE: K-12 educators
(breakout sessions will consist of grade-alike groupings)

REGISTER: sccoe.to/2023-2024CCLALiteracyCoP

CONTACT: Rebecca Davidson | 408.453.4295 | [email protected]

The California Collaborative for Learning Acceleration (CCLA) in partnership with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) and six County Offices of Education (COE) will be creating an inclusive space for collaboration and learning for educators across the state through this Community of Practice (CoP).

Mathematics: CCLA Statewide Community of Practice

The Mathematics Community of Practice (CoP) is a space for learning and collaboration. Together, we will leverage the expertise of each other to gain knowledge and deepen understanding of learning acceleration in mathematics utilizing evidence-based practices and the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy (CSP).

2023-2024 CCLA Mathematics CoP Dates
Choose your 2023 Sessions:
Session 1: Tuesday, August 29 or Thursday, August 31 @ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Session 2: Tuesday, October 17 or Thursday, October 19 @ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Session 3: Tuesday, December 12 or Thursday, December 14 @ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Choose your 2024 Sessions:
Session 4: Tuesday, February 27 or Thursday, February 29 @ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Session 5: Tuesday, April 16 or Thursday, April 18 @ 3:30-5:00 p.m.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: K-12 educators
(breakout sessions will consist of grade-alike groupings)

FREE-REGISTER: sccoe.to/2023-2024CCLAMathCoP
CONTACT: Rebecca Davidson | 408.453.4295 | [email protected]

The California Collaborative for Learning Acceleration (CCLA) in partnership with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) and six County Offices of Education (COE) will be creating an inclusive space for collaboration and learning for educators across the state through this Community of Practice (CoP).

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Statewide policy leaders are focusing on a literacy series to support the coherence and implementation of statewide literacy initiatives. The landscape of literacy initiatives across California presents many opportunities for ways to make the supports, resources, and lessons learned from each of the Literacy Leads accessible to every LEA in California.  

The attached presentations were presented by the CCEE and California Department of Education as a way to help ground understanding of the various literacy initiatives across the state. 

These presentations will help you to more broadly understand the investments of the state when it comes to building a coherent literacy plan, know who the state leads are for literacy, and will provide guiding questions for what state leaders are grappling with when it comes to building a coherent statewide plan.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

California Landscape of Literacy Initiatives, Stephanie Gregson, Deputy Executive Director, CCEE

Dr. Stephanie Gregson’s presentation offers an in-depth look at the landscape of literacy initiatives in California, emphasizing connections, leverage opportunities, and ensuring that the resources and lessons from these initiatives are accessible to all Local Education Agencies (LEA). The presentation also underscores a call to action for education leaders to support the coherence of statewide literacy initiatives, referencing frameworks, new standards, and the establishment of a statewide community of practice.

Statewide Literacy Office Updates, Nancy Brynelson and Bonnie Garcia, Co-Directors Statewide Literacy Leads, California Department of Education

Nancy Brynelson and Bonnie Garcia, Co-Directors of Statewide Literacy Leads at the California Department of Education, presented their mission to implement a statewide literacy campaign, aiming to ensure all students in California are proficient readers by third grade and fully literate by high school graduation. Their initiative includes promoting evidence-based literacy instruction, aligning literacy efforts across levels, addressing equity gaps, and collaborating with statewide organizations, with efforts such as the “Recentering Californiaโ€™s ELA/ELD Framework Webinar Series.”

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Maximizing Student Engagement and Attendance Through Collaborative Whole-Child Approach

๐ŸŒŸ Shape Futures, Ignite Change! ๐ŸŒŸ

Superintendents & admins drive student success. Embrace the whole-child approach to tackle absenteeism, and boost engagement! Dive into insights from Turnaround for Children, Butte County Office, Palermo USD. Apply transformative findings to your context. Let’s build a holistic learning journey! Together, we empower learners & educators. Click to revolutionize education! ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ“š #EducationRevolution #WholeChildApproach #TransformLearning #ChronicAbsenteeism

REGISTER NOW: FREE CA Small School District Leadership Institute

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) in partnership with the Small School Districts Association (SSDA) are collaborating on the Leadership Institute. The ultimate goal of the Leadership Institute is to creating networks and support systems for small school district leaders so that they gain the skill set and confidence needed to effectively lead their districts. The LI aims to empower educational leaders in an authentic environment of learning and grace to grow in service to their students, staff, and communities.

Registration for the 2023-24 Leadership Institute is now open and scheduled to start July, 2023.

Areas of focus include:

  • Development of clear goals with impact for the Board and the Superintendent
  • Alignment and allocation of resources for transformative system improvement
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Capacity building to sustain and scale
  • Create a professional learning network among other small school district leaders

Leadership Team:

  • Chris Hartley, Deputy Executive Director, CCEE
  • Julie Boesch, Assistant Director, State System of Support, CCEE
  • Tim Taylor, Executive Director, SSDA
  • Jana Rosborough, Consultant, CCEE
  • Melissa Hodgson, Program Specialist, CCEE

Faculty Coaching Team:

  • Amy Alzina           Cold Springs Elementary School
  • Nikol Baker          Lake Elementary School District
  • Ken Burkhart        Alpine County Unified School District
  • Liz Bystedt            Jamul-Dulzura Union School District
  • Todd Cutler           Tahoe Unified School District
  • Merrill Grant          Fall River Joint Unified
  • Tom O’Malley        Modoc Joint Unified School District
  • Stuart Packardย  ย  ย  Buttonwillow Union School District (retired)
  • Jeremy Powell       Hamilton Unified School District
  • Terri Rufertย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  Sundale Union Elementary School District (retired)
  • Heidi Torix             Eastern Sierra School District

Leadership Institute 2023-2024

For more information or to join the upcoming Leadership Institute Network, please contact Julie Boesch at jboesch@ccee-ca.org