California Education Partners
California Education Partners (Ed Partners) seeds and grows collaborations between California’s school districts. To do so, they bring together leaders to innovate, improve, and build internal capacity as learning organizations, so they can serve all students well for the 21st century. Ed Partners believes that people working in our school systems are the ones most capable of improving outcomes for all students. The organization’s goal is to create authentic, shared spaces for transformative, collaborative inquiry and impact in California’s education systems. Ed Partners’ vision is that school systems throughout California work together and learn from each other in innovative, transformative ways, so that all students succeed and are empowered as life-long learners who contribute in a global society.
Below is a list of their partnerships and collaborations:
- The CALLI collaboration is a portfolio of 5 district-to-district collaborations across California, with a total of 30 districts participating in groups of five to eight districts per sub-collaboration. Each sub-collaboration is focused on a specific challenge, derived from shared, high priority needs. Three of the CALLI sub-collaborations are regionally based in the Central Valley. Over the course of two years, individuals and teams will engage in a dynamic learning and systems-change process that will allow them to learn new skills, refine tools and approaches, share best practices, implement dynamic new strategies, and to more effectively address the key challenges and opportunities of transitioning to the new California Standards, and, ultimately, inspiring and equipping all of our students for a successful transition to college and career.
- Math in Common (MiC) is a collaboration of 10 districts working together to learn from and support one another in the transition to the Common Core State Standards for Math (CCSS-M) in grades K-8. Leading the statewide transition to the CCSS-M, MiC is a robust learning community where district participants share plans, lessons learned, and tools with other members and statewide. This collaboration was founded in 2013 with significant funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.
- The Stanford/SFUSD Partnership established in 2011 supports and promotes innovative, practical research, and engages practitioners, policy makers, and academics in a dialogue about research findings and implications for research-based decision-making. The collaboration helps San Francisco acquire, interpret, and utilize research, and enables Stanford to learn from real world practices taking place in San Francisco’s schools, with the goal of improving student academic and behavior outcomes in San Francisco and beyond, with special attention to improving outcomes for under-served students.
Our Children, Our Families
In an effort to align outcomes and funding streams for children and youth in San Francisco, the voters of the city passed “Proposition C” (Prop C) in November 2014, creating the Our Children, Our Families Council (OCOF). OCOF consists of up to 42 carefully selected members, with leaders from the City & County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District, the community, as well as from student populations. The proposition created the Council to coordinate the many efforts across the city and county, the school district, and the community aimed at improving outcomes for children, youth and families in San Francisco. The goal is to break down silos between organizations to best serve San Franciscans. Prop C renewed and helps to align two large city funds dedicated to children and youth (the Children’s Fund and the Public Education Enrichment Fund). Read the “Proposition C.” Legislation.
OCOF is charged with promoting coordination, increasing accessibility, and enhancing the effectiveness of programs and services for children, youth and families. The Council focuses on helping all children, youth and families in San Francisco thrive, with an emphasis on those with the greatest needs. The Council is developing an outcomes framework that articulates the milestones we want all children, youth and families to reach, and a five-year plan with recommendations on how to reach those outcomes. The Council is also charged with ensuring data sharing between the city and school district occurs in a systemic way to inform decision-making, and the creation of a citywide inventory of publicly-funded services for children, youth and their families. “If we want families to stay, grow and thrive here in San Francisco, we need to do more,” said Mayor Lee. “We know we must invest in our schools and our families so we can…prepare our young people for their future. Thank you to Supervisors Norman Yee, Jane Kim, John Avalos and all of the other members of the Board along with the school district, City departments and children and family advocates for all working together on a single proposed Charter Amendment to take to the voters that supports our youth. We will continue to create a long term vision for our schools that leverages the investments we are making today and that will directly lead to a world class public school system, starting with universal pre-school and continuing through college.”
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