Community Engagement Initiative: Lessons Learned So Far

DESCRIPTION

This session highlights the high impact school governance has on culturally responsive efforts of districts that are participating in the Community Engagement Initiative, and how their participation has led to them building trusting relationships, effective partnership structures that require district teams (comprised of various educational partners) to develop a sustainable community engagement system and in turn allowing them to have difficult conversations and more meaningful engagement in the LCAP process and in supporting the success of their students.

PRESENTERS

Steven Mitchell, Assistant Director, Community Engagement and System of Support, CCEE

Mars Serna, Family and Community Engagement Program Manager, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

Jan Gustafson-Corea, CEO, California Association of Bilingual Educators

Dr. Karling Aguilera-Fort, Superintendent, Oxnard School District

Tamara Otero, School Board Member, Cajon Valley Union School District

SLIDES

RESOURCE TYPE

Media, Professional Learning

TYPE OF AUDIENCE

Board, Site Administrator / Instructional Coach, Systems Leadership, Teacher

TOPIC AREA

Community Engagement

KEYWORDS

California Statewide System of Support for Governance Teams

DESCRIPTION

Serving the needs of our children and youth is the top priority for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. With so many demands at the local level, it can be challenging for Governance teams to know how to align initiatives and identify the support that may be needed by administrators, teachers, and most importantly the students. This presentation provides an overview of California‘s Statewide System of Support (52074) and better understand the services and supports that are available to support districts. Utilizing the many resources created by state, regional and local agencies, Governance teams can build capacity, and improve collaboration with educational and community partners to improve outcomes for our students and their families.

PRESENTERS

Dr. Chris Hartley, Deputy Executive Director, CCEE

Mindy Fattig, Senior Advisor, CCEE

Dr. Stephanie Gregson, Deputy Executive Director, CCEE

Ed Manansala, Superintendent, El Dorado County

Stuart Packard, Superintendent, Buttonwillow Union School District

SLIDES

RESOURCES

21st Century California School Leadership Academy (21CSLA)

System of Support Evaluation

Special Education Educator Workforce Investment Grant (SpEd EWIG)

California Coalition for Inclusive Literacy

California Dyslexia Initiative

ELRISE! English Learner Roadmap Implementation for Systemic Excellence

Early Literacy Support Block (ELSB) Grant

Regional County English Learner Specialist (RELS)

California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE)

California Early Math Initiative

RESOURCE TYPE

Media, Professional Learning

TYPE OF AUDIENCE

Board, Site Administrator / Instructional Coach, Systems Leadership, Teacher

TOPIC AREA

Governance

KEYWORDS

Equity in Action: A Systems Change Approach to Improving the Learning Landscape for African American and Other Underserved Students in California

DESCRIPTION

CCEE and the California Association of African-American Superintendents & Administrators (CAAASA) presented at the Kern Equity Conference, held on October 20, 2022. In the session, CCEE and CAAASA moderated a panel with district and county teams, as they shared their final research report and key takeaways about promoting equitable access, increasing family engagement, and ensuring college readiness and success for African-American and ALL students in California.   

The learning outcomes for this session included:

  • Understanding equity gaps in statewide measures for African-American students, beyond test scores
  • Identification of systemic practices that districts have put into place to support African-American student success that also leads to generalized student success
  • Contact information for district teams/leadership who have led this work

PRESENTERS

Sujie Shin, Deputy Executive Director, CCEE

Dwight Bonds, Executive Director, California Association of African-American Superintendents & Administrators (CAAASA)

Dr. Kimberly Hendricks-Brown, Principal on Special Assignment, Fresno Unified School District

Dr. Darryl Brown, Coordinator III of Charter School Office, Los Angeles County Office of Education

RESOURCES

RESOURCE TYPE

Professional Learning

TYPE OF AUDIENCE

LEA Leadership and Staff, Site Administrator

TOPIC AREA

Equity

Advancing Student Equity Through District Learning Networks

DESCRIPTION

CCEE and the California Association of African-American Superintendents & Administrators (CAAASA) presented at the 2022 California Educational Research Association (CERA) Annual Conference, held on November 2-4, 2022 in Anaheim, CA. In the session, CCEE and CAAASA moderated a panel with district and county teams, as they shared their final research report and key takeaways about promoting equitable access, increasing family engagement, and ensuring college readiness and success for African-American and ALL students in California.   

The learning outcomes for this session included:

  • Understanding equity gaps in statewide measures for African-American students, beyond test scores
  • Identification of systemic practices that districts have put into place to support African-American student success that also leads to generalized student success
  • Contact information for district teams/leadership who have led this work

PRESENTERS

Sujie Shin, Deputy Executive Director, CCEE

Dwight Bonds, Executive Director, California Association of African-American Superintendents & Administrators (CAAASA)

Dr. Darin Brawley, Superintendent, Compton Unified School District

Dr. Jorge Torres, Senior Director of College & Career Readiness, Compton Unified School District

Dr. Shaunte Knox, Director of Black Student Achievement, Compton Unified School District

Josh Schultz, Deputy Superintendent, Napa County Office of Education

RESOURCES

RESOURCE TYPE

Professional Learning

TYPE OF AUDIENCE

LEA Leadership and Staff, Site Administrator

TOPIC AREA

Equity

Student Social-Emotional Learning, Mental Health and Well-Being

DESCRIPTION

Executive Advisor, Michelle Magyar with Deputy Executive Director Chris Hartley co-presented with partners from from Simply Software, Orange County Department of Education, and WestEd on a series of presentations from a larger project on student social-emotional learning , mental health and well-being.

Using CalSCHLS Data to Monitor and Evaluate Social and Emotional Health

Thomas Hanson; Rebeca Cerna; Nisha Bala; Natalie Walrond; Amber Valdez; Michelle Magyar

Analysis of An Integrated County-Based System of Care Through Cross-Sector Collaboration: Humboldt County

Michelle Magyar; Nisha Bala; Chris Hartley; Ronda Stemach; Amber Valdez; Natalie Walrond

Exploring Rigorous Evaluation of the CA Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Implementation

Nicholas Gage; Christine Olmstead; Lauren Duran; Amber Valdez; Natalie Walrond; Michelle Magyar

RESOURCES

Statewide Trends: CHKS

Statewide Trends: MTSS

Regional/County Trends: Humboldt

RESOURCE TYPE

Media, Professional Learning

TYPE OF AUDIENCE

Board, Site Administrator / Instructional Coach, Systems Leadership, Teacher

TOPIC AREA

Social-Emotional Learning

KEYWORDS

California’s Statewide System of Support 2022 Community Engagement Initiative Year 2 Report

DESCRIPTION

Senior Advisor David Toston, Assistant Director Steven Sterling Mitchell, and Deputy Executive Director Chris Hartley partnered with Joel Rabin from Inform to Inspire to present on California’s Statewide System of Support 2022 Community Engagement Initiative Year 2 Report.

RESOURCES

California Engage Website

RESOURCE TYPE

Media, Professional Learning

TYPE OF AUDIENCE

Board, Site Administrator / Instructional Coach, Systems Leadership, Teacher

TOPIC AREA

Community Engagement

KEYWORDS

Lessons Learned: Resources for Championing Equity

DESCRIPTION

The California Association of African-American Superintendents & Administrators (CAAASA)’s statewide Professional Learning Network (PLN) began in the Fall of 2017, with the generous support of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE). The goal of the CAAASA PLN is to identify the inequities experienced by African American students in California K-12 schools and to address them through a systems-change approach. The CAAASA PLN has worked over the past five years to surface and share best evidence-based practices that improve the educational outcomes of African American students. It aims to uncover the policy, practice, and performance that most effectively address systemic problems and lead to improved student outcomes.

During the onset of the pandemic, CAAASA worked closely with CCEE to respond to the crisis conditions in the field of education with professional development resources and forums and venues for information sharing and support. PLN members, including the three county offices, were active in this response, co-developing resources with CAAASA. In late 2021, CAAASA had the opportunity to reconvene the original seven local educational agencies (LEAs), including their superintendent leadership, for an in-depth discussion of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our schools, our students, their families, and teaching staff and school site, district, and county leadership. Led by Dr. Alicia Montgomery, Executive Director of the Center for Powerful Public Schools, we continued these important discussions throughout the spring of 2022, recording conversations and interviews on video for CCEE highlight reels and future resource development. In this brief, each of the LEAs provides highlights of their individual trajectories, reflecting on the enormous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAAASA PLN MEMBERS

  • Napa County Office of Education
  • Los Angeles County Office of Education
  • San Diego County Office of Education
  • Pittsburg Unified School District
  • Fresno Unified School District
  • Lynwood Unified School District
  • Compton Unified School District

RESOURCES

CAAASA’s Professional Learning Network Impact Report

RESOURCE TYPE

Reports & Publications

TYPE OF AUDIENCE

Governance (Research & Policy), LEA Leadership and Staff, Site Admin & Coach

TOPIC AREA

Equity

KEYWORDS

CAAASA