Yearly Archives: 2009


December 11 Seminar Podcast

pace seminarOur recent seminar, The American Diploma Project in California: Findings and Policy Implications, is now available for streaming or download. The seminar featured Herb Fischer, retired San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Marc Frazer, partner with Education First Consulting, Scott Hill, Vice President at School Innovations & Advocacy, Jorge Ruiz-de-Velasco, Associate Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute and Christine Tell, Director of State Services with Achieve.

The ADP has sought to strengthen alignment between standards and expectations in K-12 schools and post-secondary education and training. In the first year the ADP has worked toward agreement on a common standard of readiness for non-remedial college coursework across the three segments of California’s higher education system, with a particular focus on the augmented CST that students take as part of CSU’s Early Assessment Program (EAP). Members of the ADP team discuss progress to date and next steps in the effort to ensure that more California students are prepared for success in college and careers. The speakers were introduced by PACE Executive Director David N. Plank.

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Teacher Pay Reform

David Plank and Jeff Camp made a presentation to the annual meeting of the California School Boards Association in San Diego on December 4, 2009.  Their session was entitled “Teacher Pay Reform:  Are you ready to innovate?”  Slides from their session are available here.

The American Diploma Project in California: Findings and Policy Implications

December 11, 2009
The American Diploma Project in California: Findings and Policy Implications
Herb Fischer, retired San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
Marc Frazer, partner with Education First Consulting
Scott Hill, Vice President at School Innovations & Advocacy
Jorge Ruiz-de-Velasco, Associate Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute
Christine Tell, Director of State Services with Achieve

The ADP has sought to strengthen alignment between standards and expectations in K-12 schools and post-secondary education and training. In the first year the ADP has worked toward agreement on a common standard of readiness for non-remedial college coursework across the three segments of California’s higher education system, with a particular focus on the augmented CST that students take as part of CSU’s Early Assessment Program (EAP). Members of the ADP team will discuss progress to date and next steps in the effort to ensure that more California students are prepared for success in college and careers.

November 6 Seminar Podcast

pace seminarAn audio broadcast of our recent seminar International Teachers in California Schools by Lora Bartlett, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California – Santa Cruz is now available for download.

Increasing the percentage of highly qualified teachers in public schools is a priority for California. In this seminar, Bartlett highlights the role overseas trained teachers have played in addressing this goal. She presents data on the number and distribution of overseas trained K-12 teachers in California public schools, highlighting their concentration in high poverty districts and schools. She also examines the implications of different definitions of teacher qualification, and traces connections between education and immigration policy.

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California Diploma Project

The California Diploma Project convened its final Alignment Institute in San Francisco at the end of October, to discuss the technical analyses of the EAP assessment conducted by Achieve and to plan for next steps on the project.

Materials from this meeting are available here.

International Teachers in California Schools

November 6, 2009
International Teachers in California Schools
Lora Bartlett, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California – Santa Cruz

Increasing the percentage of highly qualified teachers in public schools is a priority for California. In this seminar, Bartlett highlights the role overseas trained teachers have played in addressing this goal. She presents data on the number and distribution of overseas trained K-12 teachers in California public schools, highlighting their concentration in high poverty districts and schools. She also examines the implications of different definitions of teacher qualification, and traces connections between education and immigration policy.

October 29th Seminar Materials

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Our recent seminar The Future of Early Education Systems in California (PreK-3rd) featuring Brad Strong, Director of Education, Children Now, Lisa Guernsey, Director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation and Loretta Burns, Director, Santa Clara County Partnership for School Readiness, took place last week but no audio is available.

California’s education system continues to struggle to close persistent achievement gaps that often exist at school entry, and the state’s dire fiscal situation certainly doesn’t help. But real progress is possible, even now, as new strategies to build seamless early learning systems are being developed and supported through federal efforts. Presenters discussed the critical components of PreK-3rd systems, provided specific examples of how these systems are working locally to improve school readiness in California, and offered up new opportunities for statewide leadership that are outlined in a New America Foundation report on California’s early education system.

Please see the following links for more information:
Children Now, Kindergarten Readiness Data: Improving Children’s Success in School
Santa Clara County Partnership for School Readiness, School Readiness Assessment – 2008
New America Foundation, On the Cusp in California: How PreK-3rd Strategies Could Improve Education in the Golden State

The Future of Early Education Systems in California (PreK-3rd)

October 29, 2009
The Future of Early Education Systems in California (PreK-3rd)
Brad Strong, Director of Education, Children Now
Lisa Guernsey, Director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation
Loretta Burns, Director, Santa Clara County Partnership for School Readiness

California’s education system continues to struggle to close persistent achievement gaps that often exist at school entry, and the state’s dire fiscal situation certainly doesn’t help. But real progress is possible, even now, as new strategies to build seamless early learning systems are being developed and supported through federal efforts. Presenters will discuss the critical components of PreK-3rd systems, provide specific examples of how these systems are working locally to improve school readiness in California, and offer up new opportunities for statewide leadership that are outlined in a New America Foundation report on California’s early education system.