Alliance for Regional Collaboration to Heighten Educational Success (ARCHES) fosters and supports ongoing regional collaboration aimed at improving student achievement and closing the achievement gap. ARCHES’ collaboratives are comprised of K-12 educators and leaders, higher education professors and administrators, parents, business leaders, and community stakeholders working together to expand opportunities for students and build a college-going culture. All collaboratives work towards the same overall goal described above, but individual collaboratives identify the barriers to student access and success in their region and how to address these barriers. ARCHES provides financial and technical assistance to its collaboratives in order to build capacity at the regional level and to evaluate evidenced-based practices worth pursuing and scaling across the state. By helping education, business, and community organization partners work together on projects and activities that enhance the quality of education, ARCHES helps to prepare California students for success in college, careers, and life.
The California Education Policy Fund (CEPF) supports nonprofit organizations focused on education policy reform implementation and advocacy on state and local levels. CEPF was established in 2011 with a leadership gift from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. With annual grantmaking levels of approximately $3 million, CEPF continues to build on the Hewlett Foundation’s long-term leadership and deep commitment to education in California by supporting nonprofit organizations that boost student achievement and prime students for college and career success, especially for disadvantaged students. CEPF is focused on supporting organizations working to advance policy and practice reform to promote Deeper Learning in the K-12 system and/or alignment between the K-12 system and higher education.
The California Legislative Staff Education Institute (aka CLSEI or LegEd) provides the time, support and venue for legislative staff to develop bipartisan relationships, have educational opportunities with experts, and spend real time on discussion and collaboration. It brings research and expertise in the field around specific topics to support quality decision making, and helps to foster a culture of evidence-based decision making in the Legislature. Working with a stable, persistent cohort of staff significantly improves the power of the learning outcomes in the policy process by diffusing the same information, data, and anecdotes across staff in both houses and parties. This creates the common language and cognitive reference points necessary for effective negotiation based on mutual trust and understanding.
CORE is a collaboration of ten school districts in California that work together to innovate, implement, and scale new strategies and tools to help students succeed and meet the challenges of the 21st century. These districts serve more than 1.1 million students and share a fundamental belief that all students can achieve at high levels. Several CORE school districts are participating in a federal waiver replacing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) accountability rules with the School Quality Improvement System. This holistic approach to school improvement is rooted in shared learning and responsibility for student achievement. It is designed to instill a new collective and individual moral imperative to prepare all students for successful futures – nested in the specific needs of California students – with an all-encompassing focus on eliminating disparities between subgroups in all academic areas, social-emotional learning, and school culture and climate.
LaunchPath is an innovative platform that leverages web-based technology to connect employers with motivated students ready to contribute in the workplace. Our goal is to take quality work-based learning to scale throughout California and help students aspire for success both inside the classroom and beyond. Using advanced matching and badging technology, LaunchPath identifies students with the right interests and experiences and simplifies the process of creating beneficial work-based learning experiences for these students. Linked Learning students prepare for internships through a course of study that integrates rigorous academics with career-based learning offered through a pathway or academy. LaunchPath also works for community college students, in partnership with the California Community College system, which focuses on providing training for careers in priority and emerging economic sectors.
The Linked Learning Alliance is a statewide coalition of education, industry, and community organizations dedicated to improving California’s high schools and preparing students for success in college, career, and life. The Linked Learning Alliance aims to build a collective voice and coordinate efforts to expand access to Linked Learning in California. This engaging approach to high school integrates rigorous academics with real-world learning opportunities through career-oriented pathways in fields such as engineering, health care, performing arts, law, and more.