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|The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is a prominent professional association committed to forging covenants in teaching and learning for the success of all learners. ASCD provides professional development, a major annual conference, a wide range of practitioner-oriented publications, and other services for educators.|
|The purpose of this project is to synthesize existing research and undertake new research to inform policymakers and the larger public about the nature of and potential solutions to the dropout problem in California. From December 1, 2006 to January 31, 2008 the project will produce a series of reports and policy briefs addressing four facets of the issue: (1) the measurement and incidence of dropping out; (2) the educational, social, and economic costs of dropouts for individuals and the state; (3) the short-term and long-term causes of dropping out; and (4) proven interventions. Drawing on this information, a policy committee composed of researchers, policymakers, and educators will then draft a state policy agenda to improve California's high school graduation rate.|
|CSBA is an advocacy organization with school board members from nearly 1,000 school districts and county offices of education statewide.|
|Wondering when and how you'll be able to transfer students' records and other information among and between schools and complete your state reporting requirements--all electronically? Visit the California School Information Services (CSIS) site for current updates.|
|While we might take exception to its billing as "the nation's only center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators," CASTLE does offer many technology leadership resources that complement our own here at TICAL. It is the brainchild of Dr. Scott McLeod.|
|Chugach School District, Alaska, was the smallest organization to ever win a Baldrige Award. This small Alaskan school district transformed itself from failing to thriving with data-driven decision making, and individualized instruction. Their site contains many lessons learned and resources.|
|The Consortium for School Networking is a professional organization that sponsors conferences, workshops, as well as offering timely updates and information through its web site. CoSN promotes the use of telecommunications to improve K-12 learning. Members represent state and local education agencies, nonprofits, and companies and individuals who the CoSN vision. CoSN's goal areas are leadership development, advocacy, coalition building, and emerging technology.|
|In this Radio TICAL episode, San Jose Unified School District managers Bill Erlendson and Marcy Lauck share a new way to facilitate data-driven decision making.|
|Great video and white paper describing Kevin Silberberg's Data Dashboard using data to start conversations and make decisions.|
|Instructional materials purchases are generally the largest annual purchases school districts make. Often, districts have too many products to review and too little time to review them carefully. Research has shown that only 54% of the instructional materials that claim to be 100% aligned actually are. For that reason alone, districts, on average, have half a million dollars worth of unused instructional materials. Does yours? In this webinar, Jackie Lain, president of Learning List, shared effective practices to help districts stretch their instructional materials funds and avoid purchasing materials that ultimately go unused or do not deliver as promised.|