Increased Capacity to Support Productivity, Effectiveness, and Efficiency
The CA CC is working with the California Department of Education to identify opportunities to improve the CDE’s productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness through retooling processes, leveraging technology, increasing knowledge through professional development, and improving use of available data.
Local Engagement Exemplar Prize
WestEd Announces Local Engagement Exemplar Prize
Families have an important and significant role in supporting their children’s learning. The aim of Local Engagement Exemplar Prize, funded by The California Endowment, is to shine a spotlight on innovative and uplifting engagement practices that support academic achievement and overall health and well-being for California’s students.
To find out more about the award or to apply, go here: http://cacompcenter.org/award.
California Accountability and Improvement System (CAIS)
The CA CC is helping the CDE improve the process and increase efficiency of compliance monitoring of major federal and state programs. Coupled with this effort, the CA CC is supporting the CDE with a cross-program initiative to integrate improvement planning, including Title I and III. The use of web-based technologies is an integral part of this work.
- CAIS County Leads (Link to the CDE’s website)
Organizational Planning and Change Facilitation
Organizational changes are being initiated at a rapid pace throughout the CDE. Employees are being asked to trouble-shoot new problems and provide new forms of technical assistance. They are expected to learn and apply emerging technologies and communicate with field practitioners and co-workers in different ways. As managers retire or accept other positions within CDE, new managers are recruited. Even strong managers face a steep learning curve and enter into existing cultures that may limit the pace or impact of organizational change efforts. The CA CC provides facilitation, coaching, and professional development to assist CDE managers in conducting strategic planning processes, realigning their organizational structures, analyzing work practices, and implementing change.
School Improvement Grant (SIG) Webinar Resources
Implementing and Managing Accountable and Sustainable Budgets can be a challenge for local education agencies. The CA CC has prepared resources to help local educational agencies as they work on meeting the fiscal requirements of the SIG and continue with school improvement efforts.
- SIG Fiscal Issues: Sustainability presentation (PDF) and a tool assessing “How Well We are FINDING MONEY.” (PDF)
- SIG Fiscal Issues: Addressing Fiscal Monitoring Issues (PDF)
- SIG Fiscal Issues: Supplement, Not Supplant (PDF)
- Hierarchy of Supplementing (PDF)
- Best Practices for Business and Program Offices (PDF)
- What to do When you get a Finding (PDF)
- How to Avoid a Finding Scavenger Hunt (PDF)
Effective Resource Alignment – Decision Trees
The California Comprehensive Center created a collection of simple to follow decision trees to help educational leaders develop and execute plans to support student achievement. Through a series of simple questions this resource helps leaders navigate funding and planning rules associated with common improvement needs. Feel free to download and share these decision trees to support effective resource alignment.
- Go With The Flow: Decision Trees to Navigate Categorical Decisions (PowerPoint)
- Decision Trees (PC ZIP)
- Decision Trees (MAC ZIP)