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Brown, Brentt; Vargo, Merrill – Pivot Learning Partners, 2014
California has embarked on a major new wave of curriculum reform with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the new English Language Development (ELD) standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The adoption of the CCSS builds a legacy of standards-based education reform in California that began with the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Program Implementation, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
Pivot Learning Partners, 2013
With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the new English Language Development (ELD) standards, California has embarked on its third wave of major curriculum reform, continuing a process that began with the initial round of curriculum frameworks in the 1980s and that continued with the adoption of the California State…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Program Implementation, Common Core State Standards, Curriculum Development
Pivot Learning Partners, 2013
This paper is the first in a series of working papers on change. The creation of a public education system that aspires to educate all of this nation's children is a great achievement. Yet today this bedrock American institution is at risk. The system continually falls short of its aspiration, and the achievement gap, the drop-out rate, chronic…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Change Strategies, Stakeholders, School Districts
Pivot Learning Partners, 2012
Situated in the heart of the fertile San Joaquin Valley twenty miles north of Fresno, the city of Madera has a population of 56,710 people. Agriculture is the driving force behind the local economy; the area produces more than 100 crops including raisin grapes, almonds, figs, pistachios, alfalfa, corn, milk, cattle and poultry. The total value of…
Descriptors: Poverty, Program Improvement, Standardized Tests, Population Growth
Kingsley, Judith W. – Pivot Learning Partners, 2011
When Palmdale School District and Pivot Learning Partners entered into their first contract in 2006, neither organization foresaw the magnitude and complexity the relationship would take over time. Pivot Learning Partners (formerly known as Springboard Schools) is a non-profit service provider that first entered the Palmdale School District…
Descriptors: School Districts, Organizational Development, Superintendents, Nonprofit Organizations
Pivot Learning Partners, 2011
When the five-member Board of the Alameda Unified School District selected Kirsten Vital as the new superintendent in 2009, they chose someone from outside their tight-knit community. Board Trustee Margie Sherratt thought Vital was chosen to "get us moving," to be a change agent on closing the achievement gap. Vital, in her initial…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Superintendents, Change Strategies, Educational Finance