The Shared Learning Initiative builds the capacity of California communities to advance more equitable and racially just school systems through partnerships with school and district leaders. It is a collaborative effort between the Learning Policy Institute and the California Partnership for the Future of Learning. Through school learning visits, virtual learning sessions, and relevant resources, participants get an up-close look at exemplary schools and practices and learn from students, families, educators, and community partners about the systems, structures, and practices that support their equity-focused work. The Initiative broadly focuses on evidence-based practices for supporting the academic success and social-emotional well-being of underserved students, with a particular focus on English learners; students from low-income families; and Black, Indigenous, and other students of color.
Through their participation in the Shared Learning Initiative, participants deepen their understanding of the strategies and practices that are essential to long-term systemic transformation of schools. The sessions provide participants with information and resources they can then use locally to extend the knowledge and capacity of students, families, and community members. To this end, shared learning sessions and resources are made available in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Local educators, school and district leaders, and state policymakers also participate to build an understanding of key levers to advance equitable opportunities and improve student outcomes. Through this shared learning, participants are better able to be informed and engaged partners in school and district decision-making.