In collaboration with EdInsights and UC Davis, a new PACE report and related infographic as well as a webinar on Monday, March 6th, at 12pm (PST) examine ways to improve math course-taking for high school students in California public schools.
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Making Change from Where I Sit: Insights from West Ed’s Lupita Cortez Alcalá
In October 2022, the 2022-23 California Education Policy Fellows (EPFP) resumed in-person meetings for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. For our “Making Change from Where I Sit,” we invited Lupita Cortez Alcalá from WestEd to share about her career and journey. Learn how she worked to create access and opportunities to college and university for students of color to give them future career options in our latest Insights blog.
A 2023 New Year Message from EdInsights’ Executive Director Dr. LeAnn Fong-Batkin
As we begin 2023, I remain optimistic that the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) will focus on ways we can support California’s higher education system by informing policymaking and improving practice to create more equitable outcomes for students. These past few years have shown us that we can persevere, address equity issues (even in the midst of our racial and health pandemics), and care for our communities and each other.
Policy, Leadership, and Networking: The Education Policy Fellowship Program’s Summer Alumni Event
EPFP is a professional development program focused on education policy (both K-12 and postsecondary) that brings together fellows from across the state to provide professional development in policy, leadership, and networking. It is sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership, the state budget, and philanthropic funding from the Hewlett Foundation and College Futures Foundation. The program is entering its seventh year in 2022-23. As a statewide initiative, EPFP provides an opportunity for those from the K-12 and postsecondary practice and policy spheres to come together to break down silos that may exist in order to effectively create change.
Toward Racial Justice in California’s Education Systems: An Introduction to Policy Spanning K-12 and Higher Education
Since the efforts to be made in education equity follow the entire student pathway, this guide seeks to advance a...
Looking Forward in 2022: A Message from Our Executive Director
As the new Executive Director of EdInsights, I wanted to share some of my ideas and thoughts about where we are today and where we would like to go in 2022. EdInsights remains optimistic that together we can support students by identifying equity gaps and recommending improvements to the transitions that our students are experiencing as they move through our institutions.
Dr. LeAnn Fong-Batkin Appointed as New Executive Director!
The Education Insights Center (EdInsights) is pleased to announce Dr. LeAnn Fong-Batkin as our new Executive Director. Dr. Fong-Batkin brings over two decades of K-12 and higher education policy experience from WestEd, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, Sacramento State, the California Department of Education, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the California State Auditor. She has committed her career to social justice and equity for under-represented students.
A “Powerful Way of Learning”: Teacher Perceptions about Alternative Math Courses for High School Seniors
Math instructors teaching alternative 12th-grade courses outside the “traditional” high school math curriculum were...
Justice-Involved Students’ Education: Barriers to Expanding Programs, but Opportunities for Future Progress
Many California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) adult facilities paused in-person interactions and...
The Strategy and Politics of California’s Major School Finance Reform
In 2013, California approved a massive overhaul of its byzantine and unequal school finance system when the state...
Justice-Involved Students’ Education: The Importance of Collaboration and Communication
Correspondence-based educational courses are the only form of programming being offered in California Department of...
Justice-Involved Students’ Education: Understanding Barriers Exacerbated by COVID-19
California’s public colleges and universities cannot change the significant racial disparities embedded within the...
A Community Anchor: A Review of Career Education Policy Barriers and Solutions
In this third brief of our Community Anchor series, EdInsights offers policy recommendations to strengthen workforce...
A Community Anchor: College Personnel Perspectives about Developing and Implementing Career Education Programs
Learning from the experiences of faculty, staff, and administrators can help colleges prepare for barriers and avoid...
Setting Priorities for California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System
The California Cradle-to-Career Data System Workgroup and its various subcommittees and advisory groups have been...
A Community Anchor: Student Perspectives about Career Education
A Community Anchor: Student Perspectives about Career Education The CCCs provide education and training to diverse...
Governance Decisions are Critical to the Success of California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System
California’s planning process for a “Cradle-to-Career” data system has reached a critical juncture, as the Workgroup charged with making recommendations about the system considers governance options and the selection of an entity to manage it. Past efforts to develop a statewide data system in California were stymied over concerns about the make-up, roles, and responsibilities of the entity selected to manage the system, and how data collected by that entity would be used and by whom.
Our Commitment to Action for Racial Justice
EdInsights stands in solidarity with demands for racial justice, and commits to actions to identify and dismantle white supremacy, structural racism, and oppression in public education. We will work to ensure that our education systems deeply value and provide meaningful learning opportunities for Black students. We take the President of Sacramento State’s charge to hold his colleagues responsible for action very seriously.
Shared Via EdSource: How to Ensure Equitable Opportunities for College Students Coping with the Pandemic with Commentary by Andrea Venezia, Bianca Mothe and Terra Thorne
Once a student steps out of college, it’s very hard to get them back. That’s a profound problem in higher education, and an even bigger one during a pandemic that has pushed students off campus to take all their courses online. Right now, colleges don’t know where many of their students are — or if they are safe.
Pulling Together Across Roles and Sectors in a Time of Crisis
The annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) was to be held in San Francisco this week, but, like all events, the in-person conference was cancelled so that its members could stay safe and focus on urgent transformations in their lives and work situations during this crisis.