Each: A Vision For Changing Education


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Each: A Vision For Changing Education

  1. 1. Each A New Way of Approaching Education Reform 1/27/2010
  2. 2. Who we are… 150+ donor-member volunteers in the Bay Area. A blend of private, non-profit, and public sectors. Non-partisan, solution-oriented. We build teams that work. Our Issue areas: Education, Environment, Economic Opportunity 1/27/2010
  3. 3. How We Can Help Frame issues clearly Suggest/evaluate policy solutions Serve as a sounding board Goals for Today Review the “EACH” platform Exchange ideas Identify next steps 1/27/2010
  4. 4. Context: California is Big 7 million students ~ ~400,000 educators ~10,000 schools ~1,000 districts 4
  5. 5. 3 California is Behind Years 2 Ahead Massachusetts 1 National Average Years 1 California kids Behind are a year behind 2 3 2007 NAEP All average of grades 4&8 5 blended math, language Students
  6. 6. 3 Every Segment Lags Years 2 Ahead 1 Years 1 Behind 2 3 All In Not in 6 Students Poverty Black Latino Poverty Asian White
  7. 7. What should be the Unit of Change? 7
  8. 8. Each Each Student – Each Teacher 8 Each School – Each Community
  9. 9. Each Student 9
  10. 10. Each Student Goal: Advance each student’s learning steadily regardless of starting place or learning needs. Measure success in terms of each student’s progress toward the end goals of college and career success 10
  11. 11. Each Student Policy Overview Make college and career success the core metric for K-12 success (recommendation 1.1a) Fund districts based on students, weighted by each student’s needs (1.2b) Strategically increase total education investment per student to national norms, fostering change in the process. (1.2a) 11
  12. 12. Each California Average Spending per K-12 Student Dramatically Lags Other States (especially high-wage states) 17,500 NJ NY Average Expenditure per Student in K-12 enrollment 15,000 12,500 10,000 Indifference CA curve 7,500 5,000 30,000 35,000 40,000 45,000 50,000 55,000 60,000 65,000 70,000 75,000 Source: NEA, 2008-09 tables C-11 and H-16 Bubble size: enrollment Average Teacher Salary (Revised data as of 1/27/2010) 12
  13. 13. Each Student Staff per 1,000 Students in Percent of State Personal California’s CA compared to Rest of USA Income Invested in K-12 financial commitment 6% California to education Rest of USA 5% has declined. 140.0 4% +43% 120.0 100.0 3% 80.0 60.0 +36% 2% 40.0 20.0 0.0 1% Total Staff Teachers 0% 1970 2005 2009-10 (est) 13
  14. 14. Each Student Policy Overview Invest in state education data infrastructure capable of supporting each student, teacher, and school. California lags far behind in this essential area. (1.3a) Invest in data dashboards for students, parents, teachers, school leaders, and community stakeholders. (1.3b) Spur development of better student assessment technology, especially adaptive testing.(1.3c) Support flexible approaches to learning, especially computer-based and online (1.4a and 1.4b) 14
  15. 15. Each Teacher 15
  16. 16. Each Teacher Goal: Prepare, recruit, support and retain each highly effective educator. 16
  17. 17. Each Teacher Policy Overview Attract thousands of great new people to compete for teaching jobs with a statewide campaign. Unblock alternative teacher prep pathways with tough, evidence-based accountability for effectiveness (2.1a and 2.1b) Professionalize teacher compensation and evaluation. Require districts to re-negotiate their pay structures, eliminating incentives for things that make no difference for student learning (e.g. precise number of years worked, most masters degrees.) (2.2b) Create a competitive state fund that supports creation of differentiated teacher pay programs. (2.2a) 17
  18. 18. Each School 18
  19. 19. Each School Goal: Make each school an effective launching pad for each student’s future. 19
  20. 20. Each School Policy Overview Cut Red Tape. Give successful schools and districts charter-like flexibility and freedom from program mandates. (3.1a) Cut ALL the tape. Set an orderly process to sunset the Ed Code, enabling (indeed, requiring) a fresh look. (3.1b) Invest in programs to build school leadership capacity. (3.2) 20
  21. 21. Each Community 21
  22. 22. Each Community Goals: Rebuild and extend the connection between schools and the communities they serve. Equitably empower each community to provide material support to its local schools. 22
  23. 23. Each Community Policy Overview Empower all Equalize funding power communities to with state matching raise funds locally for funds for lower-wealth schools. (4.1a) communities. (4.1b) 23
  24. 24. Each Community Policy Overview “Lean into” success: create a state “educational momentum fund” to direct incremental resources to districts and schools that improve student achievement, similar to “Race to the Top” but ongoing. (4.2) 24
  25. 25. Each Community Policy Overview Invest in a toolset for districts to communicate with parents and community. (4.3a) Foster coordination of community services, building on examples like Harlem Children’s Zone. (4.3b) Do more of what works, less of what does not, and know the difference. (4.3c) 25
  26. 26. Each Each Student – Each Teacher 26 Each School – Each Community
  27. 27. Each Next Steps 1/27/2010