Month: January 2014

Governor Brown 2014 Budget Verdict on Education

(Excerpt from the Campaign for College Opportunity) Governor Brown has once again introduced a budget that includes significant increases for California’s public colleges and universities, proposing $1.1 billion over last year’s budget.  The Governor, however, is quite clear that new monies will come with expectations. Expectations that colleges and universities remain affordable, improve transfer, and reduce the time it takes to earn a degree or certificate. “When Californians passed Proposition 30 in 2012, it was a statement of support for our public colleges and universities. It’s now up to us to be smart about those resources to ensure California gets …

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Targeting Improvement: Instructional Rounds

    Superintendent/Principal of Pleasant View Elementary School Dist Presents Instructional Rounds at California GEAR UP Leadership Institute (Repost from AASA School Administrator Journal.) Similar to physician training, this new model emphasizes collegial classroom observations, diagnosis and a plan of action BY COLLEEN GILLARD When Mark Odsather moved into the superintendency of the Pleasant View Elementary School District in California’s San Joaquin Valley four years ago with a mission to turn around one of the state’s most impoverished and low-achieving districts, his first visit was to the lower school’s kindergarten. Watching the young pupils answer yes/no questions to the story the …

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Math Diagnostic Testing Project Videos Have Impact

MATHEMATICS DIAGNOSTIC TESTING PROJECT (MDTP) is an Intersegmental statewide project that develops, distributes, scores, and reports the results of tests that measure student readiness for mathematics courses ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. Based at UC Sand Diego, the project helps California’s teachers better prepare students for further study in mathematics, identifies topics and skills needed for success in mathematics, and brings secondary, college, and university faculty together for cooperative discussions. MDTP videos were produced to document how MDTP tests are used formatively in classrooms, departments, and schools through interviews with teachers, students, and administrators in their classrooms and offices. MDTP hopes …

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