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Resources - ESSA: Implications for Equity in our States

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   California

    ESSA: Implications for California and Equity

    On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, EdSource and Partners for Each and Every Child hosted a webinar to examine the implications of the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act on California and the effort to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school.

     Implications for California and Equity - Webinar Material:

       Backgrounder

       Slide Deck

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    Student Achievement in California: Smarter Balanced Scores and the Achievement Gap

    On Oct. 19th, 2015, EdSource and Partners for Each and Every Child hosted a webinar featuring leading educators and experts who examined strategies for closing the achievement gap in the wake of California’s Smarter Balanced test scores, which were released in September.

    Closing the Achievement Gap in CA - Webinar Material:

    Slide Deck

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    Partner Priorities:

  • Educator Effectiveness
  • Deeper Learning
  • Early Learning: Quality Standards & Rating System Implementation
  • Racial Equity Index/Report Card
  • Community Schools standards
  • Research Collaborative on LCFF implementation & evaluation

   Colorado

    ESSA: Implications for Colorado and Equity

    April 2016 webinar: exploring the equity implications of ESSA implementation in Colorado

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    Partner Priorities:

  • Resource alignment/equity and adequate funding
  • Educator Equity
  • English learners/immigrants
  • Early childhood education workforce development & K-12 alignment
  • Access to health & wellness supports

   Georgia

    ESSA: Implications for Georgia and Equity

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    Partner Priorities:

  • Resource alignment/equity and adequate funding
  • Local labor market impact & ROI analyses
  • Student-based budgeting model
  • Educator Effectiveness
  • English learners/immigrants
  • Early childhood education workforce development & K-12 alignment
  • Equitable access to health & wellness supports
  • Governor’s Reform Commission & the Opportunity School District in GA

   Illinois

    ESSA: Implications for Illinois and Equity

    June 2016 webinar: exploring the equity implications of ESSA implementation in Illinois

    Held on June 14, 2016, this video-conference included a presentation by Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Tony Smith on stakeholder engagement and ESSA implementation, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, who will be joined by a group of national experts with diverse perspectives on ESSA policy development and implementation, particularly with regard to stakeholder engagement, accountability systems, educator equity, and addressing equity for vulnerable populations.

     Implications for Equity in Illinois - Webinar Material:

       Backgrounder

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    Partner Priorities:

  • State funding reform to be evidence-based, adequate, equitable
  • Educator Effectiveness
  • English learners/immigrants
  • Deeper Learning
  • Early Learning: Developing and implementing program quality standards
  • Healthy Schools Campaign: access to health & wellness supports
  • Community Schools standards
  • Dashboard Development

   Mississippi

    MDE Mississippi Educator Equity Convening

      As a follow up to the March 29th Educator Equity Lab, this conference - hosted by the Mississippi Department of Education - is focused on sharing strategies to address equity gaps, implement effective teacher mentoring programs, building P-16 councils, and using Title II funds to address equidty gaps.

      Click Here for the Event Flyer!

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    Mississippi Educator Equity Lab

    On March 28th, 2016 the first-ever Educator Equity Lab was held at Jackson State University in Mississippi, where more than one hundred education stakeholders made commitments to ensuring equal access to excellent teachers for the state’s students of color and students from low income backgrounds. The Lab was co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Mississippi Department of Education, in collaboration with Partners for.

    ESSA: Implications for Equity in Mississipi WEBINAR

    On Thursday, February 25, 2016, Partners for Each and Every Child and Mississippi partners (see below for a full list) hosted a webinar to examine the implications of the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act on Mississippi and efforts to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school.

    For more information about this webinar, please see the Opportunity Institute blog, here!

     Implications for Equity in Mississippi - Webinar Material:

       Full Summary

       Read Ahead

       Slide Deck

    This live video-conference was presented in collaboration with:

  • Mississippi Center for Education Innovation
  • Mississippi Association of Educators
  • Mississippi Association of School Superintendents
  • Mississippi Alliance of Black School Educators
  • Mississippi State Conference NAACP
  • One Voice
  • Partners for Each and Every Child
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    Partner Priorities:

  • Ensuring full funding for K-12 schools & reforming the state funding formula
  • Educator Effectiveness: Educator equity & stakeholder engagement
  • Early childhood education workforce development & K-12 alignment
  • Ensuring equitable access to health&and wellness supports
  • Identifying & supporting school districts in need

   New Jersey

    ESSA: Implications for New Jersey and Equity

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    Partner Priorities:

  • innovative revenue streams
  • Teacher recruitment, retention, & professional development
  • Health & wellness supports

   Ohio

    ESSA: Implications for Equity in Ohio

    April 14, 2016

      On April 14, 2016, Partners for co-hosted a live webinar conversation with Ohio stakeholders to explore the implications for equity in Ohio and the role of stakeholders in implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

      The webinar included presentations by  Lonny Rivera, Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education and Former West Virginia Governor  Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education, followed by a panel conversation moderated by  Brad Mitchell, Managing Director of Innovation, Battelle for Kids.

      The panel consisted of:

    •  Chad Aldis, Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
    •  Denise Baba, Vice President of Streetsboro City Schools Board of Education and President-Elect, Ohio School Boards Association
    •  Marsha Mockabee, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Cleveland
    •  Michael Tefs, Superintendent, Wooster City Schools
    •  Kay Wait, Teacher and Instructional Planner, Toledo Public Schools
    •  Chris Woolard, Senior Executive Director, Center for Accountability and Continuous Improvement, Ohio Department of Education
    • The conversation focused mainly on what authentic engagement means to various stakeholder communities across Ohio addressing the need to educate and prepare all members of the stakeholder community for heightened levels of engagement called for by ESSA, the importance of working diligently to ensure stakeholders not typically present have a opportunity to be included, and meaningful collaboration on the issues most important to individual communities, schools, and students.

      ESSA: Implications for Equity in Ohio - Webinar Material:

      Read Ahead

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    Partner Priorities:

  • Resource alignment/equity
  • Teacher recruitment, retention, & professional development
  • Rural schools
  • 3rd grade reading guarantee
  • Ensuring equitable & adequate access to health & wellness supports in schools
  • Expansion of broadband access in rural areas
  • Course access
  • Labor-Management Collaboration (LMC) districts

National Network

   ESSA State Equity Series: Implications for Implementation

    The current moment contains extraordinary possibilities to advance an equity agenda, supporting state leaders and equity communities in sharing, refining and aligning strategies to truly advance opportunities for at-risk, underserved, and politically underrepresented students, their families and their schools.

    The purpose of this series will be to facilitate a robust conversation, rooted in action, among a diverse group of researchers and practitioners around state accountability systems, the new federal education law and how the state’s planned or needed accountability “guardrails” will require attention/resources/energy to ensure equity.

    See above for individual state activity

   School Finance and Efficiency

  • Innovative Revenue Streams
  • State Budget Strategies/ Adequate Funding
  • Resource Alignment/ Equity

   Teaching, Leading and Learning

  • Educator Effectiveness and Professional Development
  • Teacher Pipeline
  • ELL and Immigrant Children
  • Course Access
  • Digital Learning
  • Race and Leadership

   Early Childhood Education

  • Systems of and Access to Quality
  • Developing a Quality Early Childhood Workforce
  • Incorporating Pre-K in the School Funding Formula
  • Identifying and Leveraging Supports for B-3 Programming

   Mitigation of Poverty's Effects

  • Community Schools
  • Access to Health and Wellness Supports
  • Youth and Community Mobilization
  • Rural Education and Technology
  • School Climate
  • More and Better Data

   Governance and Accountability

  • ESSA & State Accountability Systems
  • School Interventions and Supports
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Continuous Improvement
  • Legal Enforcement and Regulatory Compliance
  • *for more information about our work and ESSA, please contact us at info@partnersforeachandeverychild.org

Highlighted Work

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)  

  • Throughout 2016, Partners for has been working with each of our states to shape an equity strategy that encompasses all local equity needs under ESSA and otherwise.
  • Community Schools  

  • Implementation standards for Community Schools can help new sites more effectively develop their strategy, assist existing schools to strengthen their practice and document outcomes, and help provide a consistent language and framework for advocacy, technical assistance, research, funding and policy engineering.

    Partners for is working to engage and support the local and national Community Schools movement as a standards-driven, evidence-based strategy to promote equity and educational excellence for each and every child.
  • Partners in this effort include:
    • Illinois Federation of Community Schools
    • Partnership for Children and Youth
    • National Coalition of Community Schools