Giving Compass' Take:

• Tom Armelino explains how the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence plans to build a support system for students through partnerships in 2019. 

• How can funders support partnerships to benefit students? 

• Find out why schools need to go beyond academic support for students


As the Golden State enters a new year full of promise and opportunity, it will take all the educational agencies that support our children to work together to realize the goals of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence is committed to partnering with all these groups to strengthen supports for each and every student.

To that end, the Collaborative has been working closely with the California Department of Education to establish new key supports within the System of Support. The state has designated a range of agencies to take the lead in everything from special education to English language acquisition.

  • Geographic Lead Agencies– will create teams of technical assistance experts within seven regions of the state. For example, one Geo Lead Agency consists of two county offices of education: San Diego and Riverside. Experts within these two county offices of education will now be able to offer targeted supports to districts in any part of the state.
  • SELPA Lead Agencies– will strengthen California public schools by training and supporting Special Education Local Plan Areas or SELPAs across the state to use best practices in data analysis, root cause analyses and systems alignment. In addition, SELPA Leads will help counties and schools develop and implement evidence-based instructional practices for students with disabilities.
  • Community Engagement Initiative– will establish professional learning networks (PLNs) across the state consisting of educators, community members, parents and non-profit leaders to help counties and districts build their capacity in this area.

Read the full article about building a support system for students by Tom Armelino at EdSource.