Hot Topics: Transforming Education Through Community Engagement – A Deep Dive into the New Training Series

The educational landscape is evolving, and at the heart of this transformation is the power of community engagement. Recognizing its importance, the Community Engagement Initiative has announced an in-depth training series aimed at deepening pupil, family, and community involvement in schools. These comprehensive resources and modules are designed to foster effective engagement strategies.

Purpose and Objectives: The training series, set to launch on December 1, 2023, was developed in collaboration with esteemed partners, including the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, San Diego County Office of Education, Eskolta, University of San Diego, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Families In Schools, California Association for Bilingual Educators, WestEd, Dr. Jennifer Edic-Bryant, Inform2Inspire, and the California Community Schools Partnership Program. The goal is to equip key school staff with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to enhance their community and family engagement strategies, per the mandate in Education Code Section 52073.3. By participating in these trainings, local school agencies and staff will gain best practice insights into effectively engaging with students, families, communities, and school staff to strengthen the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) process.

Training Modules Overview:

Impact and Implications:

This training series is a monumental step towards redefining the role of community in education. By equipping stakeholders with the necessary tools and knowledge, it aims to create a more collaborative, inclusive, and effective learning environment. The series not only addresses current educational challenges but also paves the way for future innovations in community engagement.

Call to Action:

I encourage educators, administrators, and community members to participate in the training series. It emphasizes the importance of their feedback and active involvement in shaping an educational system that truly reflects the needs and aspirations of the community it serves. The new training series is more than just a set of modules; it’s a movement towards a more engaged, inclusive, and effective educational system. It’s an invitation to all stakeholders to come together, learn, and contribute to the betterment of education through active community engagement.

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Hot Topics-Statewide System of Support Directory

CCEE’s Hot Topics Blog Update: Exciting News: Launch of CCEE Statewide System of Support Directory!

We are thrilled to unveil a comprehensive and user-friendly tool that is set to revolutionize the way educational support is accessed across California – the CCEE Statewide System of Support (SSOS) searchable directory!

A Unified Resource Hub

For the first time ever, we are bringing together a plethora of vital contact information, spanning state, regional, county, and local LEA levels, all under one digital roof. This initiative is a giant leap towards ensuring equity and seamless access to the Statewide System of Support, ultimately enhancing student outcomes throughout the vibrant state of California.

Navigate with Ease

Navigating through the directory is a breeze! For initiatives with specific geographic support regions such as Geographic Leads, Regional English Learners, and the Educator Workforce Investment Grant, a simple click will reveal the counties served by each lead, providing you with the exact information you need, right when you need it.

Keeping Information Current

We understand that change is constant, and keeping information up-to-date is crucial. Should you come across any details that need a refresh, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Melissa Hodgson at [email protected]. Your proactive approach ensures that we are always in sync and ready to serve with accuracy and efficiency.

Spread the Word

The power of community cannot be overstated. We encourage you to share the directory far and wide within your educational networks. By doing so, we collectively amplify the reach of the outstanding work and support available through the SSOS, fostering an environment where every student in California has the opportunity to thrive.

A Tool for Impact

We are optimistic and excited about the potential impact of this directory on student achievement. By granting easier access to the vast array of supports and services offered by the SSOS, we are taking a significant step forward in our collective journey toward educational excellence.

Call to Action

Join us in celebrating this milestone and help us spread the word. Together, let’s continue to nurture and support the educational landscape of California, ensuring a brighter, more equitable future for all students. Explore the CCEE Statewide System of Support directory today and discover the world of support at your fingertips!

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Hot Topics-Madera Unified Intensive Assistance Model

CCEE’s Hot Topics Blog Update: Madera Unified’s journey to implementing the Intensive Assistance Model of PLCs with the CCEE.

Featured Topic – This week Todd Lile, Superintendent of Madera Unified School District, and Adalberto Hernandez, Principal at Washington Elementary in Madera USD presented how their work has been progressing with the Intensive Assistance Model in partnership with CCEE. Washington Elementary School is one of 8 schools in 5 districts across the State engaged in this work. This work is focused on job-embedded coaching focused on developing Leadership, English Language Arts, Mathematics, English Language Development and PLCs with over 130 onsite coaching for teachers and leaders.

Statewide Context: This model has the potential to be a statewide professional development model for districts.

Call to Action: See the power point presentation from Principal, Adalberto Hernandez on how their school is using this model to track student performance and results.

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Hot Topics-American Student Report

CCEE’s Hot Topics Blog Update: State of the American Student Report, by Center for Reinventing Public Education, Fall 2023: CCEE Hot Topics.

Featured TopicThe Center for Reinventing Public Education: This week we feature Robin Lake, Director and Professor of Practice at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Robin reviewed CRPE’s recently released report titled The State of the American Student: We are Failing Older Students, Bold Ideas to Change Course. The report and summary can be found here: Executive Summary and Report. We look forward to your feedback and reactions to the report.

Statewide Context: much has transpired for education, but how it is specifically affecting students and how our investments are falling short is the focus of this report. 

Call to Action: The report called for local and state leaders to do several things to address the challenges highlighted in this report: Radical Transparency around the way we look and talk publicly about student data, conduct a State of the Student Report of your own and Innovate around practices that force the current system to stay as it is!

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Hot Topics-Fresno Unified ELO-P

Fresno Unified Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant

Superintendent, Bob Nelson, describes how FUSD is addressing student well-being needs through the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, led by Michael Funk from the California Department of Education.

Dive deeper: Please find attached two slide decks about California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program. There is a slide deck that provides background information should you want additional information and specifics about the program.

Slide Deck ELOP and FUSD

Background Information (ELOP)

Statewide Context: Bob Nelson, Superintendent of Fresno Unified, and Michael Funk, Director of CDE ELOP Division,  provide insights into how FUSD is using ELOP to address post-pandemic learning needs, chronic absenteeism, community and Students with Disabilities needs. 

Call to Action: If you need innovative thinking related to how to use ELOP funding the above slides are incredibly helpful at helping share some ideas!
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Hot Topics-Hybrid Models that Work

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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Hot Topics-Proposed Changes to LCAP

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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Hot Topics-Statewide Literacy Coordination

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 California’s ELA/ELD Framework Webinar Series.”

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Hot Topics-System Levers Tool

Unlock Success for Every Student: Introducing the System Levers Tool for Strategic LEA Improvement

I’m excited to introduce you to a powerful resource – the System Levers Tool. This resource is designed to support Local Educational Agency (LEA) leaders in assessing and strengthening their educational infrastructure to meet the needs of all students.

Key Benefits:

  1. Evaluate six essential components
  2. Identify strengths and growth areas
  3. Collaborate with your team
  4. Drive strategic improvement efforts

Next Steps:

  1. Assess: Visit https://levers.ccee-ca.org/ to evaluate your district’s processes to support all students.
  2. Collaborate: Engage your team for diverse insights.
  3. Action: Inform strategic planning based on results.

This tool was developed by the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) and WestEd, with El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer, Orange, and Santa Clara county offices of education.

The CCEE is here to support you every step of the way. Reach out to Mindy Fattig, Senior Advisor, at [email protected] for assistance.

Elevate your district’s support for all students with the System Levers Tool. Visit https://levers.ccee-ca.org/ today.

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