Pivot Learning Acquires Consortium On Reaching Excellence In Education Inc. (CORE)

PIVOT LEARNING ACQUIRES CONSORTIUM ON REACHING EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION, INC. (CORE) THROUGH A GENEROUS GIFT FROM OWNERS Oakland, CA – On May 22, 2017, the Pivot Learning Board of Directors approved the acquisition of the Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education, Inc. (CORE) through a generous gift from the founder and owner Bill Honig, as […]

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PIVOT LEARNING LAUNCHES “BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL” WITH PIONEERING DISTRICTS AND TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS TO TRANSFORM THE SECONDARY SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

  Pivot Learning joins Oceanside Unified, Monterey Unified, and Bonsall Unified, along with the Linked Learning Alliance, to rethink and redesign the 6-12 school experience.    Oakland, CA – Pivot Learning is proud to announce the launch of the Beyond High School Initiative to transform the secondary school experience in order to ensure that all […]

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Pivot Learning and EdReports.org Team Up to Help CA Districts Select the Best Instructional Materials for Their Students

California educators know that curriculum and instructional materials can have a large impact on what and how well students learn. Quality instructional materials must be aligned to national and California content standards and meet the specific needs of districts and charters. In Pivot’s work with dozens of districts throughout California, we have found that teachers […]

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PIVOT LEARNING AND EDREPORTS.ORG LAUNCH THE CALIFORNIA CURRICULUM COLLABORATIVE, A NEW RESOURCE FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ADOPTION

  Oakland, CA – Today, February 7th, 2017, Pivot Learning, an Oakland-based nonprofit supporting dozens of CA school districts to improve college and career readiness, launched the California Curriculum Collaborative in partnership with EdReports.org, a national nonprofit providing rigorous evidence-based reviews of K-12 instructional materials. Calcurriculum.org offers free independent analysis of K-12 Math and English […]

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PIVOT LEARNING’S SMARTER SCHOOL SPENDING APPROACH IDENTIFIES MILLIONS IN SAVINGS AND NEW REVENUE FOR FIVE CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS

Sacramento, CA – On Friday, January 27, 2017, Pivot Learning, an Oakland based non-profit, presented the first-year results of the California Smarter School Spending initiative at the annual Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) Research and Policy Conference. The Smarter School Spending model is an innovative approach to district budgeting that helps districts and charters […]

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Allovue and Pivot Learning Partner to Improve Strategic Budgeting Processes for School Districts

Baltimore, MD – Today, Allovue, a growing force in education technology, and Pivot Learning, a California-based education professional services leader, announced a partnership to revolutionize strategic budgeting and goal-tracking for school districts. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allovue and Pivot are working with pilot districts in California to automate their financial data […]

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Pivot Learning Partners and Five Districts Partner to Transform Budgeting and LCAP Development in California

Oakland, CA – Today, Pivot Learning Partners announced a statewide pilot program, called the California Smarter School Spending Project, to transform instructional planning, district budgeting, and LCAP development. Over the course of the next year, with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pivot will work closely with leadership in five pioneering California […]

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Pivot Learning Partners Launches the Rural Professional Learning Network, Covering Major Gaps in Professional Support for Rural Educators

Oakland, CA – Today, Pivot Learning Partners launched the Rural Professional Learning Network (RPLN) with support from the S.H. Cowell Foundation and the California Education Policy Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The Rural Professional Learning Network is a new initiative geared toward helping school districts in remote areas with implementation of the […]

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Why California Local Funding Requires State Leadership

I’ve played plenty of Scrabble in my life, but I’d never heard the word “subsidiarity” until it was used as a way to explain Local Control Funding Formula. According to Wikipedia, subsidiarity is a principal of decentralization originating in the Catholic Church that, “in its most basic formulation holds that social problems should be dealt […]

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Baseball Can Teach Education a Lesson

I wish that discussions of education data were as interesting as my conversations on baseball statistics. Contrary to my reputation as an Ed Dork, I do not wake up every morning, grab my phone and check out EdWeek, EdSource and Eduwonk for the latest Ed news. I wake up, grab my phone and check out […]

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Four Steps to Merge Special and General Education

As a great man once said, it’s déjà vu all over again. The State Board of Education has announced an effort to merge special and general education. On one level, this is great news. For much of the past decade, students with disabilities have disappeared from policy discussions around the big shifts in standards, instruction […]

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Would I Tell My Daughter to Teach?

My youngest daughter asked for a teacher’s kit for her birthday. A few days later, her bedroom had been transformed into a mini-classroom. On the wall, she’d posted the classroom rules and attached a tiny blackboard. She was standing in front of a multitude of stuffed animals and describing the day’s activities using the pointer […]

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For Small School Districts, Smaller Can Mean Better

We’ve all heard that “bigger is better.” A bigger slice of pizza is better. A bigger paycheck is better. A bigger school district is better. Actually, hold it right there: that one might not be true. Big districts get all the attention. Their leaders make headlines when they announce their latest initiatives. They have hundreds […]

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I’ve Seen the LCAP’s Future, And it Ain’t Pretty

I’ve been reading a lot of California district’s Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs) lately. After the first few, I felt this acute sense of deja vu. I knew there was a time years ago when I also sat in a dusty office, surrounded by stacks of paper covered with check boxes and objectives and targets. […]

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Pivot Collaborates with PACE to Release Rural Professional Learning Network Research Paper

“We don’t really have the expertise on site so we rely on working with other small school districts and the curriculum department at our [county] office of education.”                                                                                 -Rural School Leader Over the past two years , with generous support from the S.H. Cowell and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Pivot Learning has supported […]

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Enhance your students’ success with the California Curriculum Collaborative!

New website provides information about Common Core materials

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We’re really excited to welcome Bonsall into our Beyond High School program!

  BUSD approves agreement with Pivot Learning for Linked Learning program  

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National Teachers Week – From Student to Learner

The sign on Mrs. Wilkerson’s door read “Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate:” Abandon hope all ye who enter here. Through me, you go to the grief-wracked city; Through me you go to everlasting pain. For many, this proved an accurate hint at the sorts of trials they’d go through in Mrs. Wilkerson’s English classes. “Good […]

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Gridley Unified Joins Pivot Learning Partners in Launch of the Rural Professional Learning Network

A team from the Gridley Unified School District including Superintendent, Rick Rubino, Director of Curriculum & Instructional Technology, Dr. Mona Bernal, Wilson Elementary School Principal, Tracey Allen and Wilson Elementary Fourth Grade Teacher, Alice Montgomery, joined Pivot Learning Partners in their launch of the Rural Professional Learning Network (RPLN) with support from the S.H. Cowell […]

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New School Funding Formula to Get Huge Increase

Arun Ramanathan, CEO of Pivot Learning Partners, a nonprofit education consulting firm based in San Francisco, said that districts would be wise to invest in a few strategies that could be sustained for the next several years, such as increasing learning time by extending the school year to reduce summer learning loss, adopting early reading strategies […]

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