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Teachers and Teaching

Well-intentioned approaches to education improvement too frequently fall short of their aspirations because they insufficiently address the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the teachers and administrators charged with bringing those approaches to life. Any vision for progress must take into account the need to understand and address the capacity of educators who will make a difference for students.

Collaborative meetings and publications regularly address strategies for building teacher and administrator capacity, as well as the systems and conditions that can foster capacity development at all levels of the district, in order to ensure quality in the teaching force and in classroom instruction.

December 2017

It started with a cup of coffee. In the wake of an intense contract negotiation, and against the backdrop of a district bankruptcy, multiple teacher strikes, and a wave of mistrust that veterans of the era still refer to as "rock bottom," the San… Read More

September 2013

Teachers matter. Educators, policymakers, and the general public alike agree that great teachers are vital to a thriving K-12 education system, yet the pathways to assembling a high quality teaching force remain elusive. This case study of Garden… Read More

September 2013

In recent years, education stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels have increasingly turned to human resources policies on teacher tenure, compensation, and evaluation as leverage points for improving teaching quality in classrooms.… Read More

October 2023 - November 2023

Meeting 51 
October 31 - November 1, 2023 
Elk Grove, CaliforniaWe are excited to see you at our upcoming meeting on October 31-November 1 in Elk Grove. Our upcoming deliberations represent an important progression from recent emphases on… Read More

March 2022 - March 2022

Meeting 46
March 29-30, 2022
Long Beach, California The meeting will deepen our ongoing attention to matters of educational equity, in this case through the lens of the recently adopted Excellence and Equity Board Policy in Long Beach… Read More

April 2016

Meeting 30
May 12-13, 2016
San José, California The California Collaborative on District Reform convened in San José for a two-day meeting, Ensuring Equitable Access to High Quality Teaching: Human Capital in San José. The discussion… Read More

December 2014 - December 2014

Meeting 26
December 17-18, 2014
Sanger, California The California Collaborative on District Reform convened in Sanger for a two-day meeeting, Implementing the Common Core in Mathematics: Designing, Supporting, and Monitoring High… Read More

July 2014 - July 2014

Meeting 25
July 15-16, 2014
Garden Grove, California The California Collaborative on District Reform convened in Garden Grove for a two-day meeting, Professional Capital in a Time of Transition: Moving to the Common Core in Garden Grove… Read More

June 2011 - July 2011

Meeting 16
June 30-July 1, 2011
Los Angeles, CA The California Collaborative on District Reform convened for the sixteenth time on June 30 and July 1, 2011 in Los Angeles. The group explored the ways in which assessments can both help… Read More

November 2010 - November 2010

Meeting 14
November 29-30,2010
Sanger, CA The California Collaborative on District Reform convened for the fourteenth time on November 29 and 30, 2010 to explore how high expectations and the use of professional learning communities in… Read More