Past Events

Oct
4
2019
Lessons from the CORE Districts
Date
Friday, October 4, 2019
11:30am to 1:00pm
Location

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

In line with LCFF and California’s ESSA plan, districts and schools across the state are increasingly seeking to use continuous improvement to identify areas of focus and to shape their approach to addressing performance gaps and improve student outcomes. For many districts, this raises two critical questions: 1) How do we support educators in learning continuous improvement? And 2) What school and district conditions facilitate continuous improvement work? As part of its work in the CORE-PACE Research Partnership, PACE spent the 2018-19 school year studying improvement efforts in the CORE districts and how the CORE capability-building programs and other supports are helping their districts and school take up continuous improvement. In this seminar, Alix Gallagher (PACE) will present lessons learned about these critical questions from the most recent research report and case studies, and Rick Miller (CORE districts) will discuss how these findings are influencing CORE’s approach moving forward.

Jun
11
2019
Date
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
10:00am to 11:00am
Location

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

The costs of employee and retiree health and welfare benefits have increased rapidly in recent years and districts require employees to pay relatively little of these costs. As a consequence, the cost of these benefits represent a growing share of district budgets. Many districts have accumulated large unfunded liabilities in the form of health benefits promised to their retirees. These financial pressures divert resources from other district priorities and may become worse if revenues stagnate or decline.

May
30
2019
Date
Thursday, May 30, 2019
11:00am to 12:00pm

A key aspect of California’s new policy approach is a multiple measures data system that includes local measures of school performance. As school districts across California consider what to measure and how to measure it, there is much to be learned from the CORE districts. In this webinar, PACE will highlight two of CORE’s innovative data approaches: their school impact model and student surveys of social-emotional learning.

May
10
2019
Date
Friday, May 10, 2019
11:30am to 1:00pm
Location

Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Sound, timely data is critical to making good decisions about schooling policy and practice. However, despite California’s investments and improvements in a statewide data system (the California Longitudinal Pupil Assessment and Data System, or CALPADS), important data are still fragmented and not generally accessible to district-level personnel; additionally, the system is not geared toward helping districts measure progress toward specific goals in real time. Examples of stronger data systems can be found both outside and inside the state.

Apr
29
2019
Date
Monday, April 29, 2019
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location

Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center
San Diego State University
5250 55th Street, CA 92182

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 Facts 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.

Apr
15
2019
Date
Monday, April 15, 2019
11:45am to 11:45am
Location

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

At the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Comparative Education Society in San Francisco, the President of the Society invited Linda Darling-Hammond, Christopher Edley, and David Plank to present a Plenary Session introducing California’s education system to education scholars and leaders from countries around the world.

Apr
12
2019
Date
Friday, April 12, 2019
11:30am to 1:00pm
Location

Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Since the adoption of the LCFF, California’s public school funding structures have become more straightforward and transparent. Additionally, per pupil spending has increased, but remains below the national average. It’s estimated that in 2016-17, California would have needed to spend about $26 billion, over one third more than it did, to adequately fund public schools.

Mar
8
2019
Date
Friday, March 8, 2019
11:30am to 1:00pm
Location

Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

California supports the learning of 1.3 million English learner (EL) students and has the highest proportion (21%) of EL students in the nation. With the adoption of the California English Learner Roadmap in 2017 by the State Board of Education and the passage of Prop 58 that repealed limitations on bilingual education programs, state support has grown for improved services for EL students. Consideration of the needs of the diverse EL student population is essential as early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education continue to evolve.

Feb
22
2019
Date
Friday, February 22, 2019
9:00am to 3:00pm
Location

California Community Foundation
281 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA

More than 100 researchers from across the nation have focused their attention on the current status of California’s schools as part of the Getting Down to Facts II project. This fall, the project released 36 detailed studies that examined progress and challenges in student success and provide a comprehensive overview of the state’s preK-12 finance, personnel, and governance systems.

Feb
1
2019
Putting Evidence into Action to Advance Equity in California
Date
Friday, February 1, 2019
9:00am to 4:00pm
Location

Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
500 J St
Sacramento, CA 95814

The PACE 2019 Annual Conference, Putting Evidence into Action to Advance Equity in California, will be held on February 1, 2019 (9:00am-4:00pm) at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento. The conference will build on the Getting Down to Facts II research released this fall, which assembled the nation’s top education scholars to investigate the current status of PreK-12 education in California in the areas of student success, governance, personnel, and finance. With this rigorous and comprehensive research as a shared evidence base, participants at this conference will engage with leaders in policy, practice, and research from across the state to discuss the priorities for the future of PK-12 education policy in California.