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    Recognition of the importance of school leadership has led to increased attention to recruiting and preparing school leaders. Yet, principal preparation and development programs tend to emphasize the role of principals as instructional leaders. In this seminar, Professor Susanna Loeb, Executive Director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis program at Stanford University, discussed the findings of her leadership studies that highlight the importance of organizational leadership and the development of organizational structures for improved instruction. Strong organizational managers, the studies have found, are effective in hiring and supporting staff, allocating budgets and resources, and maintaining positive working/learning environments. Schools that have demonstrated academic improvement are more likely to have effective organizational managers.

  • In July of 2008 the State Board of Education passed a motion to make the Algebra I CST the sole 8th grade math test of record for federal accountability purposes, increasing the policy pressure for schools to place more students into that course in 8th grade. That decision was put on hold by the courts, leaving districts and schools without clear direction. With all good intentions, many more schools are placing all their students in Algebra I to ensure equal access, regardless of their prior math preparation. Yet other schools and districts take a more customized approach to placement.

  • Despite increasing awareness on the part of educators about the importance of addressing the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs), there has been almost no systematic attention to supporting school and district leaders. Instructional strategies for addressing the language and content needs of ELLs has been working itself steadily into the mainstream – through teacher preparation standards, teacher induction program standards, and various prominent professional development programs.

  • A great deal of recent attention has been focused on policies that affect the employment relationship between school districts and teachers. Although there is broad agreement that teacher quality is related to student achievement, there is far less agreement about the degree to which school districts and administrators are constrained in making policies that affect the employment and working conditions of teachers. In this seminar, William S.

  • The podcast for our January 21st seminar, "Experiments in Deregulating School Finance" is now available. The presenters were Bruce Fuller, Professor of Education and Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Jennifer Imazeki, Professor of Economics, San Diego State University; Brian Stecher, Acting Director of Education Research, RAND Corporation; and Thomas Timar, Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Applied Policy in Education, University of California, Davis.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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