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Our Collaborations

California Language & Learning Innovation Collaborations (CALLI) @CALLIcollabs

This new portfolio is anchored by the SCALE Up Collaboration, and is made up of five distinct district-to-district collaborations across California. Each collaboration is focused on a key challenge, derived from shared, high priority needs. Through in person and virtual work, teams are joining together from across the state to undertake an exciting, authentic, transformational journey of capacity-building and improvement. From 2016-2018, these teams will engage in a dynamic learning and systems-change process that will allow them to learn new skills, refine tools and approaches, share best practices, implement dynamic new strategies in their topic area. Ultimately, through this work, they will be able to more effectively and sustainably address the key challenges and opportunities of transitioning to the new California Standards, inspiring and equipping all of students for a successful transition to college and career. [Visit the virtual collaboration site]

Over the course of the the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years, participating districts will focus on deepening their learning and improving student outcomes in one of our three focal areas: High School Math, Academic Language and Early Literacy, as well as spreading best practices in continuous improvement across their district in order to build their own lasting improvement infrastructure.

In doing so, districts and their schools will engage in deep learning and systems improvement work that will allow them to build a culture of continuous improvement, learn new skills, refine systems and tools, share best practices, learn from expert thought partners, and implement dynamic new strategies - all in service of improving outcomes for students.

Math in Common® @mathincommon

Math in Common® (MiC) was , established in 2013 with significant support from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, is a collaboration of diverse California school districts working together to learn from and support one another in the  the transition to the Common Core State Standards for Math (CCSS-M) in grades K-8. Leading the statewide transition to the CCSS-M, MiC is a robust learning community where district participants share plans, lessons learned, and tools with other members and statewide. The initiative spans 2013 to 2020. [Visit the virtual collaboration site]MiC uses a Continuous Improvement framework to build internal capacity in districts by analyzing their system, determining root causes of problems, and testing researched based change ideas to close inequitable gaps in student outcomes.

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As part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Network for School Improvement (NSI) strategy, 17 districts serving 138,532 students from across California are focused on improving opportunities for African-American, Latinx and socioeconomically disadvantaged students completing 8th and 12th grade.  The districts are using data-driven continuous improvement—to look at data to identify a problem, select a strategy to address the problem, set a target for improvement, and iterate to make the approach more effective and improve student achievement. This approach is based on the idea that while no two schools or classrooms are the same, there’s a lot they can learn together about how to solve challenges.  When schools learn, students learn.This network of districts will work together until June of 2023.

Stanford/SFUSD Partnership @stanfordsfusd

The Stanford/SFUSD Partnership, established in 2011, supports and promotes innovative, practical research, and engages practitioners, policy makers, and academics in a dialogue about research findings and implications for research-based decision-making. The collaboration helps San Francisco acquire, interpret, and utilize research, and enables Stanford to learn from real world practices taking place in San Francisco’s schools, with the goal of improving student academic and behavior outcomes in San Francisco and beyond, with special attention to improving outcomes for under-served students. [Visit the virtual collaboration site]

Stanford-Sequoia K-12 Research Collaborative ~ @StanfordSequoia 

The practitioners and researchers of the Stanford-Sequoia K-12 Research Collaborative aim to work reciprocally to conduct research that informs innovative and sustainable practices and leads to equitable educational experiences and outcomes for students. Since the Collaborative’s official launch in 2017, 20 GSE faculty, staff and students have partnered with 25 school district leaders on research projects that are helping these school districts, along with educators more broadly, support the success of English Learners. twelve research projects have been co-developed between Stanford researchers and school district leaders in our nine partner school districts.  These projects address specific district problems of practice, contribute to the education field and emphasize supporting students that are acquiring English and increasing access and equity for marginalized groups of students. [Visit the virtual collaboration site]