ACSA's Equity Project receives CCEE grant

June 23, 2017

ACSA’s Equity Project focuses on three goals to support the capacity-building of school leaders. One of these goals is to provide unique professional development experiences designed to build equity leadership skills that work toward closing educational gaps.

We are excited to announce that ACSA’s Equity Project has received a two-year grant from the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence to host a Professional Learning Network. CCEE is committed to supporting LEAs with resources and tools to assist them in implementing LCFF through their LCAPs and use of the California School Dashboard. The grant was received based on our unique experience of providing continuous improvement training in the form of Equity Institutes and other professional learning focused on equity.

The PLN will be based on ACSA’s Equity Institute, which has been held in 10 regions around the state since 2015, in addition to district-hosted institutes. Participants have been identified to be a part of the PLN including ACSA members who have participated in past institutes.

Closing equity gaps is a difficult task, and we believe that it requires a collaborative approach. This PLN will support the building of a coherent process wherein LEAs can strengthen their ability to identify equity gaps, collect and utilize “good” data, as well as develop a plan of action with the reflective feedback of their colleagues. This process of collaborative planning and cycle of feedback will allow them to build the capacity of county offices of education and school districts to leverage a common vision and momentum of this difficult work.

This PLN will provide a systemic approach to supporting district and county teams in their quest to achieve their goals in LCAP implementation through an equity framework and cultural proficiency rubric. This process will be facilitated through the support of content experts who deeply understand the change process, equity action plan implementation, as well as have demonstrated experience sup-porting LCFF implementation.

Plans will focus on an equity gap that participants identify through analyzing their dashboard data to enhance a system of continuous improvement around one of the following state priorities: school climate; student achievement; parent involvement; course access; and student engagement.

From August 2017 through June 2019, this two-year grant, in the amount of $103,000, will directly support ACSA’s Equity Project costs associated with the facilitator, content experts, and research team who will be responsible for ensuring the fidelity of the PLN requirements. These include 18 PLN meetings per year, research and case study support, coaching sup-port, ongoing participant check ins, as well as collaboration with other PLNs. The PLN will be facilitated by ACSA Equity Research Lead Shayna Sullivan Langhorne in collaboration with ACSA.

– Nicole Anderson, Diversity and Equal Access Executive

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