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Promoting Deeper Learning through Equity, Diversity, and Personalized Learning (Study Tour, Oakland, California)

Overview

The goal of this study tour is to learn how schools are promoting equity, diversity, and personalized learning to ensure all students have access to ‘deeper learning’ – the mastery of rigorous core academic content; critical thinking and problem solving; teamwork and collaboration; effective communication; learning how to learn; and cultivation of an academic mindset. On this tour, participants will visit two high schools in Oakland, CA that are providing students with rich, student-centered curricula that incorporates personalized, project-based, and work-based learning. Through conversations with students, teachers, and administrators, as well as explorations of classrooms and internship sites, participants will witness first-hand how to create a culture that supports traditionally underserved students, including recent immigrant, English learner, economically disadvantaged, and students of color, as they acquire deeper learning competencies. High-level state and district education policy leaders will also join the study tour to share an understanding of the policy conditions in California that support the promotion of deeper learning. The policy discussions will focus on effective and scalable models, capacity building, professional development, funding, curriculum, instruction, innovative assessments, and data and reporting systems. State teams will enjoy time to reflect on necessary policy conditions as it relates to their own states, as well as learn from colleagues in other states.

Presenter Biographies

Dr. Tameka L. McGlawn is the Director of Equity and Impact, for ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career. Considered a seasoned collaborator and evidence-based strategist, Dr. McGlawn served as the Senior Associate for Linked Learning at The Education Trust-West, where she led assessments of Linked Learning implementation, with a strong focus on the quality of curriculum and instruction delivered through Linked Learning pathways, as well as equitable systemic access and improved outcomes for students. Earlier in her career, she served as the Instructional Dean of Students at Construction Technology Academy at the Kearny High Educational Complex where she was instrumental in the development of their data-driven instructional Leadership team. She also served as an In-School Counselor at the School of International Business. Dr. McGlawn has provided servant leadership to urban learning communities for over twenty years.

Having served at every academic level (K-20), in a myriad of settings and professional roles, Dr. McGlawn offers a unique perspective on student-centered achievement, equity-based outcomes and effective institutional practices. Her actionable research interests where she has served and facilitated professional development include strategic reform implementation, systemic accountability, culturally responsive pedagogy and leadership, and building network alliances through innovative collective impact initiatives. Dr. McGlawn is a proud graduate of both the CSU San Diego’s Community Based Block Multicultural & Social Justice Master’s Program, and the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California where she earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership. She also has credentials in Administrative Services and Pupil Personnel. An effective consensus builder and action-oriented researcher, Dr. McGlawn brings an ideal synthesis of research savviness, practical application and a deep commitment to increased opportunity for all students.

Glen Price brings over 30 years of expertise in highly successful strategic planning, policy development, and high performance programming for a wide range of local, state, national, and international organizations. Glen has been the principal team leader for efforts that have raised over $1 billion dollars for the capital, program, and strategic planning needs of public and private agencies. He has worked extensively with numerous non-profit organizations, local education agencies, government entities, and collaborative initiatives including the American Red Cross, CARE, County of Sonoma, First 5 California, S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and others. In 2009, the Alameda County Family Justice Center presented Glen with its first “Champion Extraordinaire” award. Glen’s extensive work in public education includes serving two terms as an elected board member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District. His most recent work supporting major statewide education initiatives includes facilitating and coordinating the development of: Blueprint for Great Schools; Greatness by Design; California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan; CDE After School Division Strategic Plan; CDE Early Education and Support Division Strategic Plan; California Labor Management Initiative, and others. Currently, Glen serves as a Chief Deputy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at the California Department of Education.

Additional Resources

State Policy Focus:

California Accountability Model and School Dashboard

District Focus:

Oakland Promise
English Language Learning Master Plan
OUSD Public Dashboards

Equity and Deeper Learning:

Deeper Learning Has a Race Problem
Educators Can Combat the Deeper-Learning Race Problem

Deeper Learning Videos and Images:

Next State of Learning Videos (4)
American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action

CCSSO Suggested Resources:

CCSSO Innovation Lab Network Resource Page
CCSSO Every Student Succeeds Act Resources
CCSSO Leading for Equity
USC Center for Urban Education
Changing the Discourse in Schools
Educational Debt by Gloria Ladson-Billings
Equity Chalk Talk Quotes
The Problem We All Live With (This American Life podcast)
How Do We Ensure Personalized Learning is a True Equity Initiative?
Is Personalized Learning the Real Key to Solving Equity Issues?
Moving Towards a Culturally Responsive Assessment
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Conversations about Race (TED Talk by Jay Smooth)
Personalized Learning in Massachusetts

Research on Deeper Learning:

Jobs For the Future Deeper Learning Research Series
Alliance for Excellent Education Deeper Learning Resources
American Institutes for Research Deeper Learning Study
Education for Life and Work Report

General Resources:

Education Week Learning Deeply Blog Post
Hewlett Foundation Deeper Learning Initiative
Hewlett Foundation Deeper Learning Infographic – School and Construction
Hewlett Foundation Deeper Learning Infographic – School and Office
Hewlett Foundation Deeper Learning Infographic – School and Lab

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF’s events and policy reports are made possible by the support of a consortium of philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.

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