Building Early Education Staff Capacity

Summary: This slide deck and infographic build capacity for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten staff to support California’s Universal Prekindergarten and Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P). With comprehensive coverage of early childhood development science and the vital role of play-based learning, these resources empower educators to create enrichment activities that unleash young children’s curiosity.


  • Succinct overview of UPK and ELO-P framework
  • Illuminating examples bringing key concepts to life
  • Concrete guidance on planning and facilitating play
  • Hang vibrant infographic for quick reference
  • Materials to train staff and elevate TK/K programming through developmentally-appropriate, play-centered pedagogy

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Chris Hartley at [email protected].

Creating Engaging Early Learning Spaces

Summary: With the expansion of early education programs in California, this three-part series offers tips, tools, and inspiration to help educators design developmentally appropriate and creative indoor and outdoor spaces for transitional kindergarten (TK) and kindergarten students.


  • Video tour showing thoughtful TK learning spaces that support student development
  • Slide deck with specific recommendations for materials and environmental features
  • Reference chart aligning space design with health, safety and early childhood standards

The resources spark ideas for making spaces engaging and tailored to your students’ unique needs. Borrow and adapt ideas as you upgrade existing spaces or build new ones to embrace the shifts happening in TK-12 education, thanks to California’s Universal Prekindergarten and Expanded Learning Initiatives. Support provided through collaboration between the California and the California Department of Education.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Chris Hartley at [email protected].

Podcast: Leading Forward

The Leading Forward Podcast showcases voices from leading California researchers and practitioners talking about lessons we can all learn from 2020 — and how we can reimagine education moving forward.

A perfect companion to the Field Guide, the podcast offers an additional way of learning about key research from recognized experts and promising practices directly from practitioners in the field.

Produced in a conversational format and under 30 minutes in length per episode, busy educators will find great insights they can listen to at their convenience — be it in the office or on the go.

🎙️ Click here to listen to the podcast episodes.

Podcast: California School Field Trip

The CCEE’s pioneering podcast, “CA School Field Trip,” served as an immersive audio journey, offering listeners detailed insights into how educators and local educational agencies across the state engaged with the Local Control Funding Formula and dedicated themselves to ongoing enhancement efforts. Though the series has concluded, its episodes remain a valuable resource. Highlighted topics in the archive feature discussions on tailored support in Mother Lode, advancement strategies within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, and the cooperative endeavors linking county education offices with local districts.

🎙️ Click here to listen to the podcast episodes.

Statewide System of Support Resource Hub

Statewide System of Support Resource Hub

🌐 Announcement: CCEE launches the Statewide System of Support Resource Hub! 📚
Discover a wealth of universal resources aimed at enhancing student outcomes and supporting educators! With over 30 statewide projects, grants, and initiatives, there is a new one-stop website designed to provide equity in access to valuable tools for educators.
🔗 Visit the CCEE SOS Resource Hub:
There are 130+ universal resources catered to benefit your district, county office, or charter school, and this number will continue to grow! From webinars, to toolkits, to self-assessment frameworks, find what you need to improve outcomes for your students. We encourage you to share the link to the resource hub with all of your educational partners and to include it on your organization’s website.
Special thanks to the members of the CCEE One System Collective and the educators who contributed submissions to the Resource Hub for making this a reality!
Let’s collaborate to empower educators and enhance student success! 🎓💡

If you have information about a statewide initiative or resource that you would like to add to the Resource Hub, please contact Jasmine Hennessy at [email protected]

Guiding Our Schools Forward: Best Practices For Districts Utilizing Assessment Dashboards to Improve Data Literacy and Target Student Supports


This session highlights Sanger Unified School District and San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s pioneering work in developing customized data dashboards to drive student success, emphasizing data literacy and real-time interventions. Learn about their strategies for comprehensive data systems aiding instructional decisions and their unique approaches to data visualization for targeted interventions. Additionally, the session covered best practices from the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) on measuring dashboard impact and fostering data engagement, ensuring participants gain insights into building and implementing assessment dashboards effectively. The participants of this event engaged through roundtable discussions, live demonstrations, and interactive tools to deepen their understanding and application of data-driven strategies.


Allan Taing, Senior Manager, CCEE

Nhi Hang, Program Specialist, CCEE

Thomas Soto, Director, Educational Services, SUSD

Katie Gault, Coordinator, Data and Assessment, SUSD

Kit Bragg, Director, Assessment Research and Evaluation, SRVUSD

Ramma Ravi, Educational Services Technical Analyst, SRVUSD


RESOURCES – Coming Soon!

Amplifying Community Engagement for Continuous Improvement


Embark on a journey into the transformative impact of the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) in California, explored through the principles of the Dual Capacity-Building Framework and the Participatory Systems Change for Equity Approach. This session navigates the pivotal role of capacity building in fostering meaningful conversations and relationships within communities and districts, emphasizing trust and mutual respect for enhanced pupil outcomes, utilizing real-life case studies from CEI.

Delving into the Participatory Systems Change for Equity Approach, the session highlights the significance of peer-to-peer partnerships in driving systemic change, focusing on building robust networks between school districts and communities to address educational disparities. Attendees will glean strategies to cultivate and sustain such partnerships in their own contexts.

In the session’s final segment, explore CEI’s statewide efforts in scaling effective practices for community engagement, drawing insights from the Peer Leading and Learning Network (PLLN) and how these initiatives can be expanded for broader community involvement and integrated into continuous improvement endeavors.


David Toston, Senior Advisor, CCEE

Amber Valdez, Senior Program Associate, WestEd


RESOURCES – Coming December 1!

Supporting Black Student Achievement: Lessons Learned from Year 1 of the African American Student Success Network


In collaboration with the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA), the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) initiated a professional learning network (PLN) in 2017 to address disparities faced by African American students in K-12 schools.

This session revisits the PLN’s progress, focusing on five LEA teams—Fresno Unified, Lynwood Unified, Pittsburg Unified, Napa County Office of Education, and San Diego County Office of Education—as they tackle specific challenges hindering the academic and socio-emotional growth of Black students.

Attendees explored the strategies, challenges, and lessons learned from these teams, engaging in Q&A sessions and smaller group breakouts to delve deeper into each LEA’s approaches and outcomes. All participants received a summary brief encompassing the latest data and insights from this ongoing network’s efforts to improve educational outcomes for African American students.


Sujie Shin, Deputy Executive Director, CCEE

Italo Ciccarelli, Program Specialist, Data & Impact, CCEE

Dwight Bonds, Executive Director, CAAASA

Tracy R. Thompson, Executive Director, Juvenile Court & Community Schools, SDCOE

Deborah Hernandez, Director, Continuous Improvement LCAP, SDCOE

Leilah Kirkendoll, Director, Equity, LCAP, MTSS, and Categorical Funds, SDCOE

Allison Wulf, Coordinator, Juvenile Court & Community Schools, SDCOE


RESOURCES – Coming Soon!

Balanced Assessment Systems: A Case Study of One District’s Journey to Rebalance their Assessment System for Improved Student Outcomes


In the 2022-2023 school year, the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) introduced the Data Research Learning Network (DRLN) aimed at transforming data and assessment practices in districts across California. The DRLN, structured into three strands, emphasizes Deeper Learning, Data Review, and Data Dashboards to enhance educational strategies.

As part of the Deeper Learning strand, Rincon Valley Union School District (RVUSD) shared their experiences in cultivating a more balanced assessment system, particularly focusing on formative assessment practices in mathematics. The session dissected the crucial elements of a Balanced Assessment System and the role of Formative Assessments, underlining coherence, comprehensiveness, and continuity as key features.

RVUSD leaders detailed their journey of re-balancing the assessment system, starting with a needs assessment and action plan, shedding light on the pivotal role of formative assessments in math. Attendees gained a toolkit for Balanced Assessment Systems and access to CCEE’s MicroLearning courses, providing valuable resources for their own educational innovation.

RVUSD’s research, a part of CCEE’s Data Research Learning Network, concentrated on formative assessment in mathematics, drawing insights on enhancing assessment systems based on the collaborative work with the Center for Assessment. The DRLN serves as a conduit for sharing these innovative experiences to inspire and guide other districts venturing on their innovation journeys.


Ingrid Roberson, Assistant Director, Research Learning, CCEE

Dorcas Kong, Senior Specialist, Executive Projects, CCEE

Hilary Kjaer, Director, Teaching and Learning, RVUSD

Tasha Lopez, Teacher on Special Assignment, RVUSD


RESOURCES – Coming Soon!

African-American Student Success Network


With the launch of CCEE’s Research Practice Partnership (RPP) initiative, five of the original CAAASA Professional Learning Network (PLN) partners have rejoined the network to continue their work to support Black student achievement through their LEA-specific problem of practice, focusing on progress monitoring activities to support the measurement of student outcomes in the coming year. 



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