Policy brief

Leadership for Continuous Improvement

The Vision for County Offices of Education
Leadership for Continuous Improvement
Ed Manansala
El Dorado County Office of Education
Benjamin W. Cottingham
Policy Analysis for California Education, Stanford University


County offices of education (COEs) are expected to provide ongoing support to districts and other local education agencies to drive continuous improvement within California’s education system. Fulfilling this role has required COEs to carry out their historical role as compliance monitors while simultaneously developing the necessary mindsets, skills, and structures and process to build the capacity for continuous improvement within their own offices and the districts they serve. This policy brief highlights three major shifts identified by COE superintendents in partnership with California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) and PACE that COEs must make in order to fulfill their expanded capacity-building responsibility within California’s Statewide System of Support (SSS).

Suggested citationManansala, E., & Cottingham, B. (2019, December). Leadership for continuous improvement: The vision for County Offices of Education [Policy brief]. Policy Analysis for California Education. https://edpolicyinca.org/publications/leadership-continuous-improvement