Past Events

Mar
19
2021
Date
Friday, March 19, 2021
10:00am to 11:00am

The pandemic has introduced a great deal of hardship into many students’ lives, which may make it difficult for them to learn. Disruptions to students’ mental and emotional health, social systems of support, and learning environments require a new focus on social and emotional well-being. At the same time, pandemic-related school disruptions have put a heightened focus on the need to understand student learning. Measurement now is more critical than ever but requires new methods of assessing students and new approaches for analyzing and acting upon the data.

Feb
9
2021
Date
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
9:00am to 10:00am
Districts across California are working on three discrete but related challenges as they address the impacts of COVID-19 on teaching on learning: 1) What do we do now to support student learning before school year ends; 2) What can we do in the Summer to mitigate the disparate impact of distance learning; and 3) What should we be designing for the Fall to best meet the needs of students, teachers and families. Expanded learning providers are critical partners for all three challenges.
Jul
28
2020
Date
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm

This webinar will present findings from two forthcoming publications on community schools: the PACE brief “Community Schools: A Coronavirus Recovery Strategy;” and “Creating Strong Community Schools: The Role of California Counties in Providing Technical Assistance” by the Learning Policy Institute. The webinar will also feature perspectives from leaders at the school and county levels who will speak to what it takes to launch and sustain community schools.

Jun
11
2020
Date
Thursday, June 11, 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm

The rapid onset of the health and economic crisis accompanying COVID-19 has presented an array of challenges for school districts and county offices across California. To aid in both local and state decision-making, Pivot Learning and PACE have been documenting promising practices at school districts in California. In this webinar, researchers and local superintendents will highlight how two districts initially addressed students’ immediate needs and how they are approaching strategic planning for the months ahead.

Feb
27
2020
Date
Thursday, February 27, 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm

This webinar was the first of a three-part webinar series on special education featuring new research on the status of special education in California and paths forward for organizing schools to better support students with disabilities. This webinar covered issues related to transitions into and out of special education services for students: Early Identification,

May
8
2020
Date
Friday, May 8, 2020
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Even before COVID-19 dramatically changed the context of teaching and learning in California and across the country, there was a growing consensus in education that schools can and should attend to students’ social-emotional development. In this webinar, researchers will share new evidence showing that improvements in students’ social-emotional skills can be an effective strategy for improving academic and behavioral outcomes, and that teachers and schools can play an important role in helping students develop these skills.

Apr
3
2020
Date
Friday, April 3, 2020
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Improving education equity is one of the most important goals of California's education system, and undergirds the state's policy structures, including how money is allocated to districts and how districts and schools are held accountable for student outcomes. However, the state's current measurement approach, like most across the county, is insufficient for understanding the extent to which our education systems are providing equitable opportunities for California's students.

Feb
7
2020
Date
Friday, February 7, 2020
9:00am to 4:00pm

PACE’s annual conference brings together nearly 300 California policymakers, researchers, and education leaders to discuss new research and approaches to improving educational outcomes for California’s students, from early childhood through higher education.

Nov
6
2019
Date
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
9:00am to 10:00am

Since 2014-15, the CORE districts have surveyed students in grades 4-12 on their social-emotional learning (SEL). School and district leaders use these measures in the context of CORE’s multiple measures data system to understand and improve student and school outcomes. Because SEL measurement at scale is so new nationally, studying the properties of these measures and their use has been a strong focus research coordinated by the CORE-PACE Research Partnership.

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

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
24
2009
Date
Friday, April 24, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

An audio broadcast of our recent seminar “Effects of the California High School Exit Exam on Student Achievement and Graduation” featuring Sean F. Reardon and Michal Kurlaender is now available.

Mar
20
2009
Date
Friday, March 20, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

An audio broadcast of our recent seminar “Making Policy Matter: Why Have Accountability and Assessment Policies Failed to Close the Equity Gaps in Higher Education?” featuring Estela Mara Bensimon and Alicia C. Dowd from the University of Southern California, is now available.

Nov
14
2008
Date
Friday, November 14, 2008
11:30am to 11:30am

The November 14th seminar featured a round-table discussion to assess NCLB from a variety of perspectives, asking what we have learned since 2001, and can the federal government rethink it historical mission of equalizing education opportunity and results. The speakers included Bruce Fuller, Jorge Ruiz-de-Velasco, Bill Lucia, and Patricia Rucker, with an introduction from PACE's Executive Director David N. Plank.