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6 Steps to Improve Teacher Coaching Practices
Maximize the impact of professional learning and improve instructional quality and academic achievement in your district or site next school year by following the six coaching best practices outlined in this checklist.
A Standards-Aligned Curriculum with Excellent Implementation is Still Not Enough
Linda Diamond, president of CORE, writes about the importance of selecting and implementing a strong standards-aligned core curriculum as core instruction for all students, and, at the same time, identifying and implementing structured materials designed specifically to fill learning gaps for those students who need more targeted instruction and materials.
Drawing on the experiences of the LCFF Test Kitchen, this brief offers four recommendations for making the most of Governor Newsom’s January budget proposal for a single web-based application that can merge various district reporting tools to increase efficiency and public understanding.
The Big Squeeze: How Pension Costs Threaten Educational Equity
The Big Squeeze finds that in order to offset the costs of required and growing contributions to the state’s unsustainable pension system, California school districts are increasing class sizes; cutting enrichment opportunities like art, music and after-school activities; reducing counseling and health supports; and making other compromises that stifle learning.
Two New Briefs Share How Three Districts are Re-envisioning LCAP
Over the course of one year, three districts embraced a user-centered design approach to foster local innovation and develop better solutions to persistent LCAP challenges. The results of their work are available in these two new briefs.
Crisis on the Coast: The Bay Coastal Foster Youth and Homeless Student Populations
A homelessness crisis is exploding, mostly out of the public view, in Monterey County, just down the bay from the upscale high-tech capital of San Francisco. In this report, our findings highlight the role of region’s soaring housing costs, lower wage jobs and scant social services infrastructure in the growing crisis.
Promoting Instructional Leadership and Excellence in Special Education
Pivot Learning’s expert team of district and school improvement specialists came together for a webinar on continuous improvement in special education. This targeted webinar focused on building the capacity of special education leaders, teachers, and related service providers to serve as instructional leaders.
“Invisible California” Report Highlights Educational Needs of Antelope Valley
A panel of experts, including school district, community, and city leaders and researchers will discuss the state of education in the Antelope Valley. They will provide recommendations to expand and improve educational opportunities for the large numbers of African-American, English Learners, low-income, homeless, and foster youth in the region.
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 well as owners Catherine Honig and Linda Diamond. This gift brings together two of the longest tenured and most respected education service providers to districts and schools in California and the nation.
Enhance Your Students’ Success with the California Curriculum Collaborative
On February 7th, 2017, Pivot Learning launched the California Curriculum Collaborative in partnership with EdReports.org. Calcurriculum.org offers free independent analysis of K-12 Math and English Language Arts materials from national publishers as well as best practices for curriculum adoption.