To help charter school teams use California’s accountability systems effectively – and to prepare for a tough new political reality in California – this “hands-on” workshop aims to deepen understanding of the California School Dashboard, new charter school renewal criteria, and Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP). Join CSDC and our School Accountability and Development Specialist, Susanne Coie, for the 2020 Dashboard Dive and LCAP Update workshops. Participants can sign up for a morning workshop on post AB 1505 charter renewal criteria and Dashboard data dive, an afternoon workshop on LCAP planning, or a full-day on both. Workshops will be held in-person throughout California in the following locations: Redding, Sacramento, the Bay Area, Fresno, Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Why does CSDC recommend most charter schools look at renewal and Dashboard now?
Complex post AB 1505 charter renewal criteria give far more discretion to authorizers. Even schools with strong performance data are now more exposed to risk. School leaders should understand the new criteria, both Dashboard- and non-Dashboard based components, preferably a few years in advance so there is ample time to prepare. Many school leaders may not yet be aware of straightforward ways to help their renewal prospects. CSDC urges school leaders to unpack the criteria sooner rather than later.
Workshop activities will prompt school teams to scrutinize school and student subgroup performance on the Dashboard relative to charter renewal “targets.” Attendees will parse the data to determine a strategic plan: what metrics to address, for which students, on what timeline. Attendees will also consider what non-Dashboard data to track and how to make their case with data.
Dashboard and Renewal Content:
In the morning, the workshop will:
Why deepen your LCAP skills?
Charter and non-charter administrators alike have often completed LCAPs without fully understanding the document’s structure and key points of compliance. With LCAPs receiving more attention, and at the start of a new three-year cycle, Spring 2020 is a great time to invest in “getting it right.”
In the afternoon, the workshop will:
The workshop will alternate between content presentations and hands-on work time with the Dashboard, renewal criteria, and LCAP template. Participants will be encouraged to work with their own school teams and have small groups discussions with colleagues from like schools.
Who should attend?
Any charter school staff, authorizers, or board members seeking to build on their fundamental knowledge in these areas. We especially urge school leaders and key collaborators on data, program planning, and the LCAP to attend. Please note that large portions of the renewal criteria do not apply to Dashboard Alternative Status Schools (DASS). Also, schools that have little or no information on the Dashboard may find the Dashboard walk-throughs less useful.
What should participants have for background knowledge?
This is not an introductory-level workshop. The workshop will assume that participants have previously spent time exploring their school’s Dashboard and the underlying 5x5 tables (bonus points for exploring the Dashboard Technical Guide). The workshop will also assume that participants are familiar with the structure of previous LCAP template and have a basic understanding of its purpose. The new LCAP template will post in early February 2020.
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