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

Pivot Learning Partners Design Cycle: A Tool for Change

For educators to succeed in the new world of 21st Century Learning and its Common Core Standards, we believe the most promising approach is to adapt some of the design processes that are common in the private sector. This working paper explores the idea of “design thinking” and its use as a way for educators […]

Change Design for 21st Century Leaders

“The creation of a public education system aspires to educate all of this nation’s children is a great achievement.Yet today this bedrock American institution is at risk. The system continually falls short of its aspiration, and the achievement gap, the dropout rate, chronic absenteeism, low morale among teachers, the sense of disconnection between schools and […]

Community Engagement Listening Plan

In order for districts to support the creation of a system of high quality schools, both school and district leaders must move from thinking of community engagement as an episodic event that is a requirement of particular programs to treating engagement as an ongoing, core function of the school district. PDF

A Guidebook for Implementing Per-Pupil Budgeting

Pivot Learning Partners teamed with the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., to publish this white paper report on Strategic School Funding for Results — a new concept in education budgeting. Pivot’s SSFR process and the research behind it are available on the AIR website. PDF