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Meeting 34: Building a Statewide System of Support for Equity and Improvement: Principles, Players, and Proposals

Meeting 34
December 14-15, 2017
Placerville, California

Plans are well underway to develop a statewide system of support in California that, according to State Board of Education memos, will “assist LEAs and their schools to meet the needs of each student served, with a focus on building capacity to sustain improvement and effectively address inequities in student opportunities and outcomes.” The California Collaborative on District Reform convened for a two-day meeting to consider what such a system might entail. The group first considered what the field has learned about effective support through the lenses of research, practice, and continuous improvement. Based on these lessons, participants articulated a set of design principles that might guide an effective system of support. The group then turned its attention to current plans in California to learn about what existing proposals entail, reflect on the degree of alignment between that system and the principles established earlier in the meeting, and offer recommendations for how the state might move forward. Resources from the meeting are available below.

Meeting 34 Summary


Supplemental Materials

Briefing Book

Policy and practice briefs produced as an outcome from Meeting 34.

Always Room for Improvement: The California System of Support as a Catalyst for Change
September 2018


In the 2017-18 school year, the California State Board of Education rolled out a new statewide system of support for local education agencies, with the goal of moving away from punitive accountability policies toward working alongside schools and districts to respond directly to local needs and contexts. Distilling lessons from prior research, practice, and continuous improvement endeavors, this brief outlines key principles of effective support and presents state policymakers, county offices, districts, and support providers with suggestions on how to engage in this work productively to ensure that the sytem successfully serves the students of California.