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Our most recent seminars have been recorded and are available for streaming or download. Older seminars are also listed, although audio is not available prior to November 2008. Upcoming seminars can be found on the Seminars page.

Summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income students and therefore likely contributes to the achievement gap between these students and their higher-income peers. Until now, however, research has not demonstrated whether voluntary school district summer learning programs offered to large numbers of urban, low-income students can actually make a difference.

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) represents the first significant change in 40 years to the way California funds education. LCFF gives school districts greatly expanded flexibility to allocate dollars in ways they believe make the most educational sense for their students. The new funding formula requires districts to engage parents, community members, and other stakeholders in discussion and deliberation about district services, programs, and priorities.

This seminar presents findings on the early implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in California. Milbrey McLaughlin reports on interviews with educators in all regions of the state, and on their views of how implementation is proceeding in their schools and districts. She reviews some of the key challenges that local educators identify as they move forward with CCSS implementation, and highlights areas where districts, schools, and counties will require more or different support as they continue their implementation efforts.

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), in partnership with EdSource, is pleased to invite you to attend a webinar featuring California's Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor on Governor Brown's May Revision of the 2014-15 state budget, what it means for schools and the fiscal outlook for education funding generally.

Districts and schools across the country are working to comply with new state and federal policies requiring that all students be prepared for success in college. In California, educators are actively engaged in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and a new state accountability system, both of which emphasize college readiness.

School districts throughout the country are facing mounting accountability pressures to improve student achievement and turn around failing schools. In response to these pressures more than 20 major cities have adopted the portfolio management model of school governance. In this seminar, Katharine Strunk and Julie Marsh will explore how portfolio management is working in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)’s Public School Choice Initiative (PSCI).

The sequence of math courses that students take in their middle school years, and the degree to which they master critical math knowledge and skills in those courses, are strong predictors of how well students will do in high school and of how likely they are to complete California’s A-G requirements.

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) provides English Learner (EL) students with a variety of instructional program options, including English Immersion programs, Bilingual Programs, and Dual (Two-way) Immersion Programs. Moreover, the district has a very diverse EL student population, with 40 percent of Latina/o, 40 percent Chinese, and 20 percent from a wide range of other language/ethnic backgrounds.

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