The three-year Systems Transformation Collaborative aimed to deepen leadership skills at all levels of a district to mobilize commitment and energy to achieve shared goals with a laser-like focus on improved instruction. The collaborative included three phases: design, capacity building, and sustainability, all focused on district and school leaders and leadership within districts to support change. Funded by the Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation, this evaluation will run through June 2015.
Armed with a grant from the Stuart Foundation, the UC Davis School of Education’s Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) is partnering with Dr. Michael Fullan, professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, to implement his Whole System Change program in four Northern California school districts. The aim is nothing short of revolutionary. (Project leaders are evaluating the results.)
Paul Heckman knows firsthand the power of a community that takes charge of its own destiny. In fact, he believes communities made up of empowered parents have schools that function better.
Usually schools talk to parents: administrators and teachers tell them what their children are doing in school and report on their academic progress. It is a one-way conversation, according to Heckman.
Faculty ProfileEMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. developmental education in colleges, the effects of grade retention, the returns to for-profit colleges, the impacts of school facility investments, and community college tuition subsidies
Francisco (Paco) Martorell joined the School as an assistant professor in July 2014. Martorell completed his PhD in economics at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the School, he was an Economist at the RAND Corporation and was a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School since 2006. He has broad research interests in both higher education and K-12 policy. Current projects cover areas including developmental education in colleges, the effects of grade retention, the returns to for-profit colleges, the impacts of school facility investments, and community college tuition subsidies.
Faculty ProfileEMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Curriculum theory and change; Educational Ecology of communities; Educational Leadership; School, curriculum and community change; School restructuring: Organizational arrangements and structures; School culture: change and cognition