New Report Documents How Two CA Districts Are Using LCFF to Better Serve ELLs

When then-Governor Jerry Brown signed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) into law in 2013, California’s leaders were hopeful that this legislation would set high expectations for flexibility, transparency, and equity within school districts. In a new report, “English Language Learners and the Local Control Funding Formula: Implementation Challenges and Successes from Two District Cases,” […]

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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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To Keep Students Safe and Learning, California Needs Strong State Leadership

Written by Heather J. Hough, Policy Analysis for California Education; Jennifer O’Day, American Institutes for Research; Arun Ramanathan, CEO, Pivot Learning; and Carrie Gloudemans Hahnel, Independent Education Consultant Published by our partners at Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) In preparing for the next school year, California state policymakers must set clear statewide expectations for […]

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Confronting a Racist System

At the beginning of the week, we released a brief statement from Pivot Learning condemning the murder of Mr. George Floyd. As the week has progressed, I wanted to share some additional personal reflections. Decades ago, I walked into my first classroom of students with emotional disturbance. The first thing I noticed was that nearly […]

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Open Forum: Unfunded pensions are hurting California students and teachers

Our recent report, The Big Squeeze: How Unfunded Pension Costs Threaten Educational Equity, continues to bring attention to the issue of rising pension costs and how schools are being impacted. An op-ed published in the San Francisco Chronicle sounds the alarm about the equity crisis facing California public schools due to unfunded pensions costs. Learn more […]

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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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Why Focusing On Adult Learning Builds A School Culture Where Students Thrive

Published by KQED News Pivot Learning’s work with Monterey Peninsula Unified School District to develop a culture of adult learning was recently featured in KQED’s Mindshift. Harvard researchers have been studying the impact of what they call a “growth culture” on the effectiveness and productivity of companies. Now, they’re expanding that work into schools as […]

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The Power and Potential of District Peer-to-Peer Learning

Published by National Association of School Superintendents Monica Ng, Pivot Learning’s Director, Education Programs, recently shared details of Pivot Learning’s collaboration with Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (Monterey, CA),  Lancaster School District (Lancaster, CA) to pilot an innovative peer-to-peer learning model. Leadership teams from these two districts were provided the opportunity to learn strategies for […]

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Differentiated Assistance

Michigan Dept. of Education Selects CORE as a Provider of Research-Based Literacy Instruction Professional Learning

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) recently named Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education (CORE), a subsidiary of Pivot Learning, as one of the approved providers for research-based effective literacy instructional professional learning throughout the state. CORE will collaborate with district and school leaders to provide job-embedded professional learning based on the science of reading that […]

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EdReports.org Releases Reviews of 5 ELA Supplemental Programs

Last month, EdReports.org released reviews of five ELA Foundational Skills programs, evaluating them each based on the reading foundational skills called for, including whether or not the skills apply research-based practices and are presented systematically with explicit instruction. Linda Diamond, president of our partner organization, CORE, was a reviewer and provided feedback on the development […]

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Program Helps Educate the Educators at MPUSD

At one time when a student acted out in class, that student would often be punished for their behavior and possibly excluded from the classroom. The student would bear all the blame. Recent research, however, suggests at least part of the problem lies not with the student, but with the school’s culture. Educational research shows […]

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LCFF Budget Brief

Making the Most of the Governor’s Budget Proposal

Recommendations from the LCFF Test Kitchen for Aligning Reporting Requirements Governor Newsom’s January budget proposal outlines plans for a single web-based application that can merge various district reporting tools to increase efficiency and public understanding. Drawing on the experiences of the LCFF Test Kitchen, a new brief offers four recommendations for making the most of […]

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The impact of underfunded pension funds

THE BIG SQUEEZE: How Pension Costs Threaten Educational Equity

A new report from Pivot Learning finds that California’s unfunded pension costs threaten educational equity. California’s chronic underfunding of teacher pensions is pushing school districts into financial distress, forcing them to make painful cuts that will increasingly harm both the state’s teachers and its most vulnerable students, according to a report released today by Pivot […]

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Monterey City Council to hear ideas to rein in housing costs

Our recent Crisis on the Coast event held earlier this March continues to bring attention to the homeless crisis in our community. The Monterey Herald mentioned Pivot Learning’s report, “Crisis on the Coast: The Bay Coastal Foster Youth and Homeless Student Populations.“ The report outlines a study we conducted in partnership with National Center for […]

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Free Math Implementation Workshops

Calcurriculum and the California Department of Education are partnering to offer free workshops this May and June to help county offices, districts, and charter management identify opportunities and strategies to improve their math program implementation. May 20-21, SacramentoJune 18-19, Santa Ana The workshops will be beneficial to districts needing Tier 1 math curriculum support as […]

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Monterey County’s homeless student population is massive, so what are officials doing?

The Californian is helping spread the news about the Crisis on the Coast event we held on March 11th at the Monterey County Office of Education in Salinas, CA. The panel and forum discussed the report “Crisis on the Coast: The Bay Coastal Foster Youth and Homeless Student Populations” that outlines the findings of a […]

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