A partial podcast for our October 15th seminar “The Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership: Lessons for Policy and Practice” is now available. Due to technical difficulties, we lost half of the discussion and the recording ends, abruptly, after 18 minutes.
The presenters were Mike Hanson, Superintendent, Fresno Unified School District; Vincent Harris, Executive Officer of District Accountability and Improvement, Fresno Unified School District; Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District; Robert Tagorda, Assistant to the Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District; Jim Brown, Senior Advisor, Pivot Learning Partners; and Helen Duffy, Senior Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research. The speakers were introduced by David N. Plank, Executive Director of PACE.
As California faces growing numbers of districts identified for improvement with shrinking resources to support them, policymakers are eager to identify effective alternatives to the usual external assistance models, given their uneven results. In addition, the state and other districts are interested in learning more about the ways districts are leveraging their resources in this difficult state budget climate and the one-time influx of federal dollars. Since 2008, Fresno and Long Beach Unified School Districts have been engaged in a formal district partnership designed to help the districts achieve a common a set of goals. With the generous support of the Hewlett and Stuart Foundations, the American Institutes for Research, in collaboration with Pivot Learning Partners, has been documenting the districts’ work together. This panel featured the leaders of these two districts who discussed their Partnership and its implications for policy and practice. In addition, Brown and Duffy shared findings from their documentation of the Partnership.
For more information on the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership, please read the AIR’s Special Series on the Fresno Long Beach Learning Partnership: Perspectives of District Leaders.
**DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, WE WERE ONLY ABLE TO CAPTURE THE FIRST 18 MINUTES OF THIS SEMINAR.