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Casualties of War – Reading Science Denial and Racism’s Impact on African American Children
It is critical that schools provide African American children the same opportunities to achieve academic success as other children. In this webinar, Kareem Weaver, Member of the NAACP Oakland Branch’s Education Committee, provides insights into how to address the persistent issues that create the achievement gap, particularly the lack of quality, evidence-based reading instruction.
Two California Districts Use LCFF to Better Serve English Learners
This report investigates how two districts—Los Banos Unified School District in the Central Valley and Chino Valley Unified School District in the Inland Empire—have been able to use the flexibility of the LCFF to serve students who are classified as English Language Learners (ELLs).
The Power and Potential of District Peer-to-Peer Learning
Monica Ng, Pivot Learning’s Director, Education Programs, recently shared details of Pivot Learning’s collaboration with Monterey Peninsula USD and Lancaster SD to pilot an innovative peer-to-peer learning model. Leadership teams from these two districts were provided the opportunity to learn strategies for leveraging multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) models to address the needs of at-risk student populations from educators in Sanger USD, a national leader in the use of MTSS.
CEO Arun Ramanathan Shares Thoughts About Gov. Newsom’s Budget Proposals
EdSource asked more than 40 education leaders from across California’s education system to share their thoughts on Gov. Newsom’s sweeping budget proposals, which will set the direction for the state’s education priorities. Arun Ramanathan shared his perspective, encouraging state leadership and support.
EdReports Releases Reviews of 5 ELA Supplemental Programs
EdReports provided independent analyses of five ELA foundational skills programs, including whether or not the skills apply research-based practices and are presented systematically with explicit instruction, so that educators can ensure they’re selecting strong, research-based supplemental reading curriculum. Linda Diamond, president of our partner organization, CORE, was a reviewer.
Pivot’s Approach to Differentiated Assistance: CEO Arun Ramanathan Shares Insight
Educate78 recently took a deep dive into 2018-19 SBAC trends in "CRUNCHED: 5 Years of SBAC; 4 Views on Differentiated Assistance." Their analysis found that 32 schools in Oakland did not see positive gains in either ELA or Math. With the majority of schools needing support of some kind, Educate78 reached out to Oakland-based education organizations to find out how Differentiated Assistance can be provided. Pivot’s CEO, Arun Ramanthan, shared Pivot’s approach to school improvement.
On-Demand Webinar: Strategies for Success — Helping All Students Become Strong Readers
Lake Orion Community Schools has been working hard to improve ELA instructional practices and increase reading achievement across the district. Not only have reading scores improved, but the district’s early literacy intervention program has received international recognition. Watch this webinar to learn more.
The Implications of District Budgetary Challenges for Local and State Policy
In California, recent funding increases have been outpaced by rising costs. Two new case studies drill into how budget pressures are playing out in Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and in Marin county school districts.
Assessment and Intervention, Understanding the Nature of Reading Difficulties
Watch this on-demand webinar featuring Dr. David Kilpatrick, Author of Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, to learn how word-level reading develops and why some students struggle are valuable starting points for planning reading instruction and interventions.