Transformative Systems for Equitable Educational Outcomes

The Center for Transformative Systems facilitates a common integrated vision for the Statewide System of Support for the development of coordinated, equitable, educational student outcomes.

Our Initiatives

Initiative #1
The Center facilitates the development and implementation of structures, relationship, and processes to support the System of Support for all LEAs in effectively meeting their LCAP goals for students historically undeserved.
Initiative #2
The Center identifies and distributes promising practices of county offices of education/local educational agencies that build innovation, collaboration, and implementation across the state.
Initiative #3
The Center builds a coherent statewide system of support that coordinates, collaborates, and integrates resources and strategies to improve educational outcomes for all students.

Areas of 



Nine geographic leads work together to support county offices (COEs) and school districts, including providing expertise to build the capacity of other COEs to effectively provide support to school districts and identifying existing resources and (if requested by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE)) develop new resources to improve student outcomes under state priorities, or other areas of identified need, among other supports. GeoLeads also connect COEs and local educational agencies (LEAs) to the other initiatives within California’s System of Support.

Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) System Improvement Leads

The SELPA Improvement Leads (SIL) work collaboratively within the Statewide System of Support and with other SELPAs to build capacity across the state in an identified content area of need. The focus of each project is to increase the use of evidence-based practices leading to demonstrated positive academic and social emotional outcomes for students with disabilities.

Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Content Leads

There are four SELPA Content Lead Agencies that offer further support to SELPAs so they can help Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) develop and implement evidence-based practices for students with disabilities. The SELPA Content Leads are South County SELPA with a focus on Equity, Disproportionality and Design; Imperial County SELPA with a focus on Improving Outcomes for English Learners with Disabilities; Placer County SELPA with a focus on Open Access: Learning and Participation for All; and Marin County SELPA and California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) with a focus on Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

Community Engagement Initiative (CEI)

The Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) is a five-year effort intended to strengthen the System of Support by building the capacity of school districts to authentically engage one another. This includes identifying effective models of community engagement, developing metrics to evaluate those models, having difficult conversations, building trusting relationships and participating in the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) development process.

Leadership Institute

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) launched the Leadership Institute (Institute) for rural leaders to meet the professional growth needs of Superintendents and aspiring Superintendents, and support improvement of educational systems and student outcomes throughout California.

21st Century California School Leadership Academy

The 21st Century California School Leadership Academy (21CSLA) is a statewide professional learning initiative for administrators and other school leaders. The CCEE and California Department of Education are responsible for establishing a process to organize and offer professional learning opportunities, and select providers.

System of Support Evaluation

Partner with all lead agencies for Geographic Leads, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Leads, Community Engagement Initiative (CEI), and 21st Century California School Leadership Academy (21CSLA) and contract with Response to Intervention (RTI) for evaluation services to collect data to understand how the system is evolving, what improvements can be made, and where collaboration and connections are developing.

Special Education Educator Workforce Investment Grant (SpEd EWIG)

The California Coalition for Inclusive Literacy (CCIL) works collaboratively with the Statewide System of Support to build the capacity of local educational agencies (LEAs) across the state to create, design, and deliver professional learning opportunities for teachers and paraprofessionals in literacy development.

Early Literacy Support Block Grant

The Early Literacy Support Block Grant shall demonstrate abilities and expertise developing, implementing, and supporting other LEAs and their schools with literacy instruction and support programs particularly focused on literacy in early grades (kindergarten, which includes transitional kindergarten, and grades 1-3).

Reading Instruction and Intervention (RII)

This grant serves to generate and disseminate professional learning opportunities for K-12 educators and school leaders in evidence-based literacy instruction, intensive literacy interventions, and support of pupils’ executive-functioning skills.

Statewide Support for LEAs

We provide support directly to local educational agencies (LEAs) through various resources to support systems change and improvement, including through the Summer Game Plan Series, in collaboration with Partnership for Children and Youth; the Whole Child Design Series in collaboration with Turnaround for Children; and Transforming Education in California, in collaboration with the Small School Districts Association and the Community Schools Learning Exchange.

Communication and Partnerships

We develop and support the implementation of a strategic communication and partnership plan across CCEE. We identify audiences, audience profiles, and strategies specific to those audiences and support CCEE staff as they implement strategies for communication and partnership development.

One System Collective

The One System Collective, coordinated by the CCEE, is to bring a collective group of state agency leaders together to share and learn from each other, and others, of current practices, research, and initiatives focused on students with disabilities (SWD) in throughout the state of California to improve outcomes for SWD.


We coordinate comprehensive assistance for CCEE business operations and administrative support. Lead the coordination of contract execution and ongoing contract monitoring with internal and external stakeholders. We cooperate with the MCOE business team, lead CCEE access and management of QSS (Accounting System software) to monitor budget distribution and project expenditure, among other responsibilities.


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Chris Hartley
Deputy Executive Director
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David M. Toston
Senior Advisor of Equity & Innovation
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Mindy Fattig
Senior Advisor of System of Support
Steven Sterling Mitchell
Assistant Director, Community Engagement & System of Support
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Julie Boesch
Assistant Director, State System of Support
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Kashani Daniels
Program Specialist, Community Engagement & System of Support
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Nicole LoBese
Program Specialist, Community Engagement
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Andrew Lawton
Program Specialist, Community and Strategic Engagement
Jasmine Hennessy
Program Specialist, System of Support
Melissa Hodgson
Program Specialist, System of Support
Emma Oh
Fiscal Analyst
Mayra Mendoza-Flores
Administrative Assistant II
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