PACE Seminar Series 2015-2016
The radical transformation of California’s education system promised by the adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards is now well underway. Rapid growth in state revenues has given local education authorities (LEAs) the resources they need to fund new initiatives to address the needs of the schools and students that face the greatest challenges. The state’s emerging accountability system has meanwhile opened up unprecedented opportunities for LEAs to experiment with innovative policies and practices. Radical change produces great opportunity, but also great uncertainty. As California moves toward a new and very different education system, the value of hard evidence on policy impacts and rigorous analysis of policy alternatives has never been greater.
PACE seminars bring California’s leading education researchers together with policymakers for an informed discussion of the many issues facing California’s education system, and for thoughtful analysis of the difficult policy choices facing our state. Our 2015-2016 Sacramento seminar series will feature presentations on critical issues ranging from the education of English learners to the impact of teacher layoffs that can help to inform and guide decisions at both state and local levels.
Ilana Umansky, University of Oregon
Dan Humphrey, Independent Consultant Julia Koppich, J. Koppich & Associates Julie Marsh, University of Southern California
Rick Miller, CORE
David Plank and Heather Hough, PACE
Michael Gottfried, University of California, Santa Barbara
Rachel Baker, University of California, Irvine
Robert Sheffield, Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, WestEd
Katharine Strunk, University of Southern California