Overview of CCEE’s
Direct Technical Assistance
CCEE’s Role in Technical Assistance
The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) is a statewide agency created by the Legislature to help deliver on California’s promise for advancing pupil achievement through a quality, equitable education for every student. CCEE is a team of experienced educators, researchers, and facilitators, who are passionate about ensuring that each and every student in California receives a high-quality education. We focus on positive systemic changes that produce sustainable outcomes for all students. Designed to “advise and assist,” CCEE does not carry out compliance related functions. Instead, CCEE serves as a strategic thought partner working alongside educators to listen, identify goals and needs, promote innovative thinking, and jointly solve problems. With an equity-oriented perspective and a focus on continuous improvement and evidence-based practices, CCEE’s Theory of Action posits this capacity building as the driver of sustained improvements in student outcomes. CCEE’s Theory of Action relies on collaborating with System of Support partners (e.g., county offices of education, statewide associations, and stakeholder groups) to support highneed local education agencies (LEAs) in building this capacity.
The Direct Technical Assistance (DTA) process provides tailored instructional support at the local level. We do this by teaming with county offices of education (COEs) and other expert resources to build the capacity of individual local education agencies (LEAs) through the DTA process. Within this integrated, highly collaborative approach, we focus on key areas and provide wraparound assistance such as analyzing and addressing existing challenges to help identify and develop new opportunities. CCEE engages LEAs in utilizing cycles of improvement using a Plan, Do, Study, Act, and repeat model to champion two ways that drive change for attaining pupil achievement goals:
- Continuous improvement is an ongoing effort to improve outcomes, services, or processes. These efforts can achieve incremental improvement over time or breakthrough improvement all at once.
- Innovation sprints seek to shape, test, and adapt ideas until we have found sufficient evidence that they will work. Thus, most decisions are reversible and should be made quickly.
We support local education agencies with county offices of education through the three primary Modes of Engagement, which are rooted in continuous improvement processes. Our role is to advise and assist, working to build capacity and move toward a gradual release of support.
CCEE’s DTA Theory of Action
The CCEE Theory of Action informs the direct technical assistance provided to districts with significant academic and fiscal challenges. The CCEE Direct Technical Assistance framework includes:
Pathways to Access DTA
CCEE’s work with school districts and local education agencies can be initiated in more than one way, as outlined in section 52074 of the California Education Code. The pathways to DTA are as follows and descriptions can be found on the CCEE website, click here to read more.
- Primary DTA Pathway
The primary pathway to direct technical assistance is through the California System of Support. A local school district should first consult and work with its county office of education (COE). The COE will consider the request and may confer with the regional geographic lead agency to determine the right kind of support. If the COE and the geographic lead agree the district needs CCEE’s advice and assistance, then CCEE can engage with and consider offering direct technical assistance to the school district at no cost.
- Wraparound Support
Under Education Code 52074(g)(2)(a): If a school district receives an emergency apportionment pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 41320) of Chapter 3 of Part 24 of Division 3, the school district shall be deemed to have been referred to the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (previously AB 1840).
- Continuum of Support
The Continuum of Support also referred to as SIR+ Support, falls within California’s System of Support. Education Code 52072(b)(1) states that if a school district meets the criteria established pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 52064.5 (CA School Dashboard) whereby three or more pupil subgroups identified pursuant to Section 52052 did not make progress in three out of four consecutive school years based on the CA School Dashboard they are eligible for this support from CCEE.
- State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI)
The Superintendent determines the advice and assistance of the CCEE is necessary to support an LEA. Education Code 52074(g)(1)(B): If the Superintendent determines that the advice and assistance of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence is necessary to help the school district, county superintendent of schools, or charter school accomplish the goals set forth in the local control and accountability plan adopted pursuant to this article.
- Fee for Service
An LEA can access CCEE’s DTA services for a fee. CCEE provides support through its Modes of Engagement. Education Code 52074(g)(3): A school district, county office of education, or charter school that requests the advice and assistance of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence shall reimburse the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence for the cost of those services pursuant to authority provided in the annual Budget Act.
Local Education Agencies Engaged with CCEE in DTA
CCEE is currently engaged with six school districts, per statute, and in consultation with the county offices of education. While two districts were referred to CCEE based on their receiving an emergency apportionment (Ed. Code Section 52074 (AB 1840)), four districts were identified for a continuum of support, as a result of their California School Dashboard results over three years 2017- 2019 (Ed. Code Section 52064.5).
Systemic Instructional Review
Getting to the Root of the Problem(s) to Best Develop Solutions: Systemic Instructional Review
When an LEA is experiencing chronic systemic challenges it often requires assistance to uncover the deep root causes and create a plan for systemic changes. With sustainable capacity building as a priority, the CCEE Systemic Instructional Review (SIR) creates a structured focus on instruction and continuous improvement. The SIR was developed based on research and practice that have been utilized by other states and LEAs within and outside California to improve instructional quality and pupil achievement. Twelve instructional components are used to collect and analyze data to determine how to best support the LEA priorities in attaining its pupil achievement goals. These twelve components, discussed in greater detail below, have been identified as key, intertwined but distinct, elements that contribute to the functioning of an LEAs instructional system.
The purpose of a SIR is to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) in the implementation of instructional initiatives and practices of a local education agency performed through a series of data collection activities. The SIR culminates in recommended action steps that are intended to serve the district as a roadmap to systemic instructional improvement and to ultimately align with other district plans and strategic vision. CCEE provides ongoing progress monitoring of the recommended action steps, as well as ongoing support as needed. The ongoing support is determined with input from the local education agency and county office of education to ensure that resources within the Statewide System of Support are leveraged. To learn more about the CCEE Systemic Instructional Review visit our website: https:// ccee-ca.org/services/systemic-instructional-review/
The purpose of progress monitoring is to assist the LEA to measure the rates of improvement or progress toward the LEAs implementation of the recommended actions, while also supporting the LEA in utilizing continuous improvement cycles that lead to the increase of student outcomes. The LEA, along with CCEE and the COE engage in progress monitoring meetings a minimum of four times a year. The progress of LEAs is shared on the CCEE website and the progress updates are reported to the CCEE board and State Superintendent for Public Instruction as appropriate.
Instructional Components Overview
- Culture, Coherence, and the Planning Process
The school district strongly values inclusivity and diversity. The culture of the district is unified in supporting and engaging every member of the school community.
- Curriculum, Learning, and Support
The school district uses a standards-aligned curriculum and a comprehensive assessment system that is culturally and linguistically appropriate for the learners in its community and meets the needs of all learners.
- Instructional Practice and Strategies
The school district has implemented evidencebased teaching methods that are rigorous, standards-aligned, culturally inclusive, and meet the needs of all learners.
- Social-Emotional and Behavioral Health and Development
The school district supports the social-emotional and behavioral well-being of every learner through the curriculum, specific instructional practices and resources, and intentional modeling by adults in the school community.
- Assessment and Accountability
The school district has a cohesive process to measure and analyze student data, which includes data on academic, behavior, and social-emotional learning. The data is used to support accountability and continuous improvement.
- Student and Family Engagement
The school district practices two-way communication that reflects the cultural and linguistic needs of families in the community. The district uses resources and activities to promote student leadership and organizes active family and community engagement.
- School-based Instructional Leadership Teams (ILTs)
Every school in the district has educators organized into Instructional Leadership Teams that focus on professional learning and make culturally responsive, data-driven decisions to design instruction for all students.
- Administrative Coaching and Leadership
The school district has systems in place across the district to support, promote, and enhance a collaborative culture for administrator effectiveness in management and instructional leadership.
- Professional Learning and Coaching
The school district has a data-driven professional learning plan focused on effective teaching methods that improve student academic, social-emotional, and behavioral learning.
- Data Management and Use and Student Information Systems
The school district effectively uses a student information system that stores and tracks all student data, including grades, attendance, and discipline.
- District and Leadership Capacity
The school district has a multi-level organizational structure that ensures goals related to the district’s overarching mission and vision are aligned. Each member of the school and district leadership is supported in fulfilling their role.
- Governance Support with Instruction
The school district’s governing board has clearly established written policies, processes, and protocols to help implement robust instructional practices and educational supports for every student.