This Special Series on the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership examines the evolution of this unique partnership, which began over four years ago with informal conversations between two superintendents.
This fourth and final brief about the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership looks at the ways that two districts push one another to deepen the culture of data use within and across districts, address infrastructure challenges and provide support as they navigate public conversations about student outcomes. This example of collaboration can inform schools and districts across the country as they develop tools and processes to access and use data for decision making. The brief demonstrates how two districts are building their collective capacity to look at student outcomes and leading indicators such as course transcripts and formative assessment scores to uncover root causes for achievement patterns and develop solutions to common challenges. This brief concludes the series documenting the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership. For an overview of the series and a summary of key themes and implications, please visit the link below.
As school districts across the country seek opportunities to work strategically with other districts to increase efficiencies and learn from each other's experiences, the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership serves as a useful example of such collaboration. This third in a series of briefs about the Partnership looks more deeply at two specific areas of focus for the Partnership—mathematics and English Learners—demonstrating that different kinds of cross-district learning can occur depending upon the degree to which work is shared across districts. These differences help demonstrate that there is not just one model for this sort of cross-district partnership; instead, different kinds of learning are part of the dynamic and organic nature of this work and help sustain the Partnership over time.
The Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership is a joint effort of the third and fourth largest districts in California to pursue common goals, measure student outcomes, share professional knowledge, learn from each other, and support each other’s progress. Based on interviews with district staff, this second in a series of briefs focuses on the leadership practices of the superintendents and the ways in which their partnership strengthens the strategies they employ. The brief concludes with a discussion of challenges – both for those who would seek to collaborate in this way and for the Fresno-Long Beach Partnership itself.
The Fresno/Long Beach Learning Partnership is a joint effort of the third and fourth largest districts in California to pursue common goals, measure student outcomes, share professional knowledge, learn from each other, and support each other’s progress. Based on interviews with district staff, this first in a series of briefs describes the initial stages of the Partnership, the essential features of the districts’ work together, and some of the promising outcomes of the collaboration. The brief concludes with some questions that partnerships such as this raise.