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ERIC Number: ED533732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Building District Capacity for Data-Informed Leadership. Special Series on the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership
Duffy, Helen; Hannan, Stephanie; O'Day, Jennifer; Brown, Jim
California Collaborative on District Reform
In 2008, Fresno Unified and Long Beach Unified School Districts entered into a formal learning partnership, with the goal of preparing all students for success in higher education or for a career with significant growth potential. Though they were perhaps at different points on their growth trajectories, both districts were on similar paths, and their Partnership was an opportunity to accelerate existing work. With this overarching goal in mind, the districts focused initially on three key areas: enhancing mathematics instruction (curriculum), improving outcomes for English learners (students), and developing strong leadership at the district and school levels (adults). In 2011, the districts added an explicit focus on college and career readiness. The cross-district conversations in these four arenas have led to a number of strategic district policy and program reforms designed to improve outcomes for all students as the districts work toward their common goals. Over time, the Partnership has leveraged a variety of data to measure progress and accelerate growth. The districts have also worked together to increase the capacity of each system to generate and use data effectively for decision making. This brief provides examples of the way the Partnership has done the following: (1) Deepened the culture of evidence-based practice within and across the districts; (2) Helped both districts as they address infrastructure challenges, such as access to data, deployment of resources, and training; and (3) Provided support as they use data for local and state policy conversations. (Contains 3 figures and 11 endnotes.) [For previous brief, "Separate Paths, Common Goals: Cross-District Collaboration on Mathematics and English Learner Instruction. Special Series on the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership," see ED528169. For "Series Overview. Special Series on the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership," see ED533727.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Stuart Foundation
Authoring Institution: California Collaborative on District Reform
Identifiers - Location: California