PACE Event

Getting Down To Facts II Symposium

Findings and Implications for San Diego
San Deigo State University


Over the past 10 years, California's PreK-12 public school system has seen transformative changes in almost every arena, from academic standards and accountability to resource allocation through the funding formula. The Getting Down To Fact II project brought together over 100 of the country's top education scholars to examine these changes and assess our progress. The project's 36 studies, released this past fall, focused on student success, governance systems, personnel issues, and school finance, and together, they can help build a common understanding of where we are that can be used to guide further improvements.

This symposium is designed to enable education leaders in the San Diego area to engage directly with some of the GDTF researchers, and each other. The researchers will provide brief overviews of the findings in three different areas, followed by time for questions and table discussions around how this evidence might inform local efforts to improve our schools. This event will be co-hosted by San Diego State University and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).


Welcome (4:00-4:15pm)
Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Interim Provost, San Diego State University, and Executive Director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation; and Barry Chung, Dean, College of Education, San Diego State University

Overview of the Getting Down to Facts II Project (4:15-4:30pm)
Jennifer Imazeki, Professor of Economics and Director of the SDSU Center for Teaching and Learning, San Diego State University

Preparing Teachers of English Learners (4:30-5:00pm)
Lucrecia Santibañez, Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University

Building Stakeholder Engagement (5:00-5:30pm)
Taylor N. Allbright, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Using Data for Continuous Improvement (5:30-6:00pm)
Heather J. Hough, Executive Director, Policy Analysis for California Education

Closing (6:00pm)

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