Oct 06 2016 (All day)

Making it Work: Implementing California's New Vision for School Success

The annual EdSource Symposium, in partnership with the Learning Policy Institute, was held Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oakland Convention Center.

California is in the midst of a historic drive to further educational equity and promote school success—but will the outcomes match the state’s ambitions? Will the move from test-based accountability to a more complex system measuring school climate, student engagement, and academic achievement make a difference? Will students end up better prepared for college and careers?

In its 2016 Symposium, Making it Work: Implementing California's New Vision for School Success, EdSource offered a timely, in-depth look at these reforms. Attendees left with need-to-know information about the changes and the extent to which new ways of assessing success can translate into improved education outcomes.

Presenters included:

  • Learning Policy Institute President and CEO Linda Darling-Hammond
  • State Board of Education President Michael Kirst
  • Opportunity Institute Co-Founder Christopher Edley, Jr.
  • Policy Analysis for California Education Executive Director David Plank
  • Summit Public Schools CEO Diane Tavenner
  • California Legislative Policy Analyst Mac Taylor (invited)

Who should attend? School district leaders, parent leaders, advocates, teachers, policy experts, and elected officials -- and anyone who is committed to improving public education in the state.

A limited number of scholarships are available for low-income parents in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. For more information, contact Eve Pearlman at epearlman@edsource.org or 510 433-0421.

Topics Include:

  • What is the budget outlook for implementation of California's reform initiatives?
  • How feasible will it be for California to use multiple measures to assess school improvement?
  • How will schools benefit from California's drive to replace top-down mandates emphasizing sanctions and punishment?
  • How will schools improve school climate -- and measure it?
  • What are better forms of assessment? Where does social-emotional learning fit in?

Oakland Convention Center
550 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94607