Whitepaper: Changing Practice

Rolling the Stone Up the Hill or Focusing on Implementation Research on professional development for teachers consistently points out the need to provide ongoing and robust support and coaching to transfer knowledge and skills learned in workshops to classroom practice. However, despite this solid and long body of research, school districts continue to futilely emphasize […]

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 […]

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 […]

Human Centered Change Design

Neither top-down nor bottom-up strategies work well to lead large-scale change initiatives in public education. It takes a combination. Pivot’s human-centered Change Design model offers districts a structured and intentional approach to engaging diverse stakeholders in designing, iteratively testing and refining, and scaling change. PDF

Pivot’s Whole Systems Approach

Since the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the ELD Standards were created and adopted, academics, think tanks and education reform providers have framed the transition as a series of “shifts.” With good reason, much of the emphasis has been on the instructional shifts. But focusing on instruction ignores a whole set of other shifts […]

A Common Core Strategy Guidebook for Leaders

Our strategy guidebook offers a research-based, structured and human-centered process for leaders to design, lead and implement strategies and tactics for the transition to CCSS in ways that promote innovation, build reciprocal accountability, and effectively address both the technical and human dimensions of change. PDF

Getting to the Core: A Research Report on Early Implementers of CCSS

Based on interviews with 11 school districts, this report analyzes the technical and change management strategies that districts are implementing to transition to the CCSS, as well as some early lessons learned. PDF

LCFF and LCAP Policy Brief

On January 16, 2014, the State Board of Education (SBE) passed emergency spending regulations and LCAP guidelines and called for their review within the following 180 days. While districts develop their initial LCAPs, upcoming deadlines include: Annual budget deadlines, including March lay-off notices and submission of a final budget by July 1; and LEA adoption of a three-year LCAP by July 1, 2014. […]

Four Roles of a Change Designer

For almost two decades, Pivot Learning Partners has built the capacity of education leaders and the organizations they work in to design, lead and implement change initiatives. Based on both our experience and research, we believe the role of the Change Designer has four dimensions. Download our working paper to learn more. PDF