Podcasts

Our most recent seminars have been recorded and are available for streaming or download. Older seminars are also listed, although audio is not available prior to November 2008. Upcoming seminars can be found on the Seminars page.


January 12th Podcast – Redesigning Evaluation Processes

Redesigning Evaluation Processes: A Systems Approach to Improving Evaluation and Teacher/Principal Effectiveness

On January 12th, Pivot Learning Partners, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) and Full Circle Fund sponsored a one-day conference for school district teams with an interest in redesigning their teacher/principal evaluation systems in the larger context of strengthening teacher/principal effectiveness. In addition to listening to a panel of experts, team members had  the opportunity to network with other district leaders from across the state. For biographies of the speakers, please click here

Introduction
Judith Warren Little
, Dean of Education, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Education
The Policy Context: What’s Driving the Interest in Teacher and Principal Evaluation?

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The Policy Context: What’s Driving the Interest in Teacher and Principal Evaluation?
Johanna VanderMolen,
Pivot Learning Partners 
Merrill Vargo, Executive Director, Pivot Learning Partners

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Framing the Issues: What Should Be Driving Our Work On?
Jim Brown
, Pivot Learning Partners
Teacher and Principal Evaluation

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Discussion Panel – Perspectives from Policy and Research
David N. Plank,
Panel Moderator. Executive Director, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).
Katharine Strunk, Assistant Professor of Education and Policy, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California.  
What We Know (and Don’t Know) About Teacher Evaluations.

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Michael Egan, Assistant Executive Director of the California Teachers Association.
Union Perspective on the Components of an Effective Teacher Evaluation Procedure.

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Julia Koppich, President, J. Koppich & Associates.
Making Evaluation Work.

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To view a copy of Julia Koppich’s slides, click here.  For her activity sheet, click here.

December 17th Podcast – Learning from L.A.: Policy Levers for Institutional Change

The podcast for our December 17th seminar, “Learning from L.A.: Policy Levers for Institutional Change” is now available.  The speaker was Charles Taylor Kerchner, Research Professor, Claremont Graduate University.

The history of the Los Angeles Unified School District over the past five decades, reveals an organization pulled up from its early 20th Century Progressive Era roots.  Decades of reform efforts have provided a lively audition for what a new institution of public education could look like. But public policy and the surrounding political system have created an atmosphere of continuing crisis rather than a new institutional stability. In this seminar Charles Kerchner reviews the recent history of LAUSD, drawing from the recent book, Learning from L.A.: Institutional Change in Public Education. He shows how successive reform efforts have outlined the design of a more effective educational system, and identifies some policy levers that can help to create a new institutional structure for public education, in L.A. and for all of California and beyond. The speaker is introduced by David N. Plank, Executive Director of PACE.

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November 19 Podcast – Strategic School Funding for Results

The podcast for our November 19th seminar “Strategic School Funding for Results” is now available.

The presenters were Jay Chambers, PhD, Senior Research Fellow and Managing Director, American Institutes for Research;
Jim Brown, Senior Advisor, Pivot Learning Partners; Steve Jubb, Director of Innovation and District Redesign, Pivot Learning Partners.  The speakers were introduced by David N. Plank, Executive Director of PACE.

Since July 2009, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Pivot Learning Partners (Pivot) have successfully formed partnerships with the Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Twin Rivers Unified School Districts. The Strategic School Funding for Results (SSFR) project has these major goals: (a) to develop and implement more equitable and transparent strategies for allocating resources to schools within each district; (b) to link these strategies to systems designed to encourage innovation and efficiency; and (c) to strengthen accountability for student outcomes.

The AIR/Pivot team has made a great deal of progress in initiating the activities necessary to implement the basic policy elements of SSFR at the local level.  The team has engaged district partners in substantive discussions about how to create an incentive structure that encourages equitable distribution of teaching talent, meaningful engagement of parents and teachers in support of student learning, and more effective and efficient use of public education dollars. In the current fiscal and policy environment, it is clear that California’s school finance system needs to change significantly. At this briefing, representatives from each district joined Jay Chambers (AIR), Steve Jubb and Jim Brown (Pivot Learning Partners), and the district leads from Pivot Learning in discussing the partnership’s progress and the challenges, and offered recommendations for state policy and other districts.

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October 15 Podcast – The Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership: Lessons for Policy and Practice

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.

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**DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, WE WERE ONLY ABLE TO CAPTURE THE FIRST 18 MINUTES OF THIS SEMINAR.

21st Century Assessments: Implications for California

21st Century Assessments: Implications for California
A policy forum co-sponsored by SCOPE and PACE

The United States’ shrinking graduation rates and slipping ranking on international assessments have prompted the Obama administration to encourage states to develop different student assessments — ones that reliably measure the higher-order thinking that will keep our students competitive in the 21st Century global economy.

A panel of leading education researchers, administrators, educators, funders, and community partners convened for a daylong forum to discuss assessment policies and practices that support improved student achievement in California.

This forum took place in Sacramento, and was sponsored by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). Featured speakers included SCOPE Co-Director Linda Darling-Hammond and PACE Executive Director David N. Plank.


Welcome and Introduction

David Plank, Executive Director, Policy Analysis for California Education

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Keynote “Overview of Assessments and Standards”
Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education, Stanford University and Co-Director, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education

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Panel 1: “Experiences Beyond California: International and State Perspectives”

  • Practices in Canada and Internationally: Carol Campbell, Executive Director, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.  View slides.
  • Practices in Singapore: Lay Choo Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Examination and Assessment Board. View slides.
  • Practices in England: Jeffrey Goodwin, Independent Consultant, Assessment, Curriculum, Research. View slides.
  • The Costs of Assessments: Lawrence Picus, Professor, USC Rossier School of Education. View slides.

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Panel 2: “Assessments in California”

  • David Plank, Professor, Stanford University, and Executive Director, PACE (Chair)
  • Bob Lenz, Chief Education Officer and Co-founder, Envision Schools. View slides.
  • Monica Martinez, President, New Tech Network. View slides.
  • Edys Quellmalz, Director of Technology Enhanced Assessments & Learning Systems, WestEd. View slides.
  • Susan Schultz, Associate Director for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Stanford University. View slides.

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Panel 3: “Policy Strategies: Bringing Effective Assessment to the Classroom”

  • David Plank, Professor, Stanford University, and Executive Director, PACE (Chair).
  • Geno Flores, Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education (effective July 1, 2010).
  • Gary Hoachlander, President, The California Center for College and Career (ConnectEd).
  • Maggie Mejia, Former Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District.
  • Gerry Shelton, Chief Consultant California State Assembly, Education Committee.

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Concluding Remarks.
Linda Darling-Hammond and David Plank

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From Resources to Results: LAUSD's Quest for Equity, Autonomy, Transparency and Excellence

On April 27th, PACE and Pivot Learning Partners presented “From Resources to Results: LAUSD’s Quest for Equity, Autonomy, Transparency and Excellence.”  This daylong conference examined the reform efforts of the LAUSD amidst one of the largest budget crisis known to the district.  The panels featured multiple perspectives discussing how resources are allocated to afford greater autonomy for schools, greater budget transparency for the community and greater equity of results for students.

Following are the podcasts of the events:

Overview of LAUSD’s Core Stratergies

Ray Cortines.  Superintendent.  LAUSD. [Podcast unavailable].

Keynote Address

Susanna Loeb. Professor of Education. Stanford University.  Co-Director, PACE.

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LAUSD Spending Analysis Presentation

Jay Chambers.  Senior Research Fellow and Managing Director, American Institutes for Research.

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Panel: School-level Perspective on Transparent Budgeting

Brett Gallini. Director of School Leader recruitment and Selection.  NYC Department of Education.  Former Principal, the Discovery School for Inquiry and Research P.S. 201Q.
Rosemarie Martinez
.  Principal, The Academic Leadership Community at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex. LAUSD.
Aaron Townsend
.  Principal, Coliseum College Prep.  Oakland USD.
Facilitator:
Dorothy Harpner, Pivot Learning Partners.

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Panel: District-level Perspective on Transparent Budgeting and the Change Management Process

Judy Elliott.  Chief Academic Officer, LAUSD.
Matt Hill.  Administrative Officer, LAUSD.
Brett Gallini.  Director of School Leader Recruitment and Selection.  NYC Department of Education and Former Principal, The Discovery School for Inquiry and Research P.S. 201Q.
Facilitator: Steve Jubb.  Pivot Learning Partners.

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Panel: Policy implications of Transparent Budgeting

Arun Ramanathan.  Executive Director, EdTrust West.
David Rattray.  SVP Education and Workforce Development, LA Chamber of Commerce.
Dom Summa.  Retired Assistant Executive Director, CTA.
Facilitator: Charles Kerchner.  Research Professor, Claremont Graduate University.

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April 23rd Podcast – Value-Added Measures of Education Performance: Clearing Away the Smoke and Mirrors

The podcast for our April 23rd seminar “Value-Added Measures of Education Performance: Clearing Away the Smoke and Mirrors” is now available online. The speaker was Douglas N. Harris, Associate Professor of Education Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison.

President Obama’s administration has made a priority of compensating teachers, at least in part, for their performance. One of the approaches to the assessment of teachers is using value-added measures. In this seminar, Douglas N. Harris of the University of Wisconsin at Madison discusses the strengths and weaknesses of value-added assessment, both as a means to assess teachers and as a means to assess schools. Harris identifies the strengths and weaknesses of value-added measures, and discusses the errors that are often made in using and interpreting such measures. As a part of a system including other performance measures, however, Harris concludes that value-added assessments can be used to support progress in California schools and classrooms. The speaker was introduced by PACE Executive Director David N. Plank.

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May 6 Podcast — You Can’t Get There from Here: Postsecondary Capacity, the Master Plan, and the Role of For-profit and Private Institution

The podcast of our May 6 seminar “You Can’t Get There from Here: Postsecondary Capacity, the Master Plan, and the Role of For-profit and Private Institution” is now available online. The speaker was William G. Tierney, Ph.D., Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education and Director, Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California.

If California participates in President Obama’s goal of increasing participation in postsecondary education the state needs to add roughly 100,000 students a year for the next ten years. Public institutions do not have the ability to meet these needs under current fiscal and structural constraints. What might be the role of private and for-profit colleges and universities in meeting the needs of the state? Criticism of for-profit higher education, in particular, has made the state hesitant to see them as partners. Debt burden for students, and retention and graduation rates at for-profit institutions have made individuals skeptical about the fastest growing sector in higher education. Tierney first considers the criticism of this sector and then outlines the issues the state might consider to ensure students make informed choices, and the three sectors – public, private and for-profit – work together to meet the goal of increased access. The speaker was introduced by PACE Executive Director David N. Plank.

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