CISI Resources & e-Bulletins

Resources & E-Bulletins


CISI provides E-Bulletins as a service to members by email. Here you find archived E-Bulletins in addition to topically searchable resources on the following topics:

District Leadership: LCFF, LCAP, Budget, & API

Curriculum & Instruction: Common Core, Teaching, School Climate

Assessment: Smarter Balanced Assessment & Other Testing

Legislation & Policy: Politics, SBE, Legislation Analysis

Research in Brief: Curated research briefs and summaries


Leveraging LCFF: How Can School Funding Benefit High-Needs Students?

Research in Brief

SOURCE: Hill and Ugo (2014). "Implementing California’s School Funding Formula: Will High-Need Students Benefit?"

New research from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) raises concerns that high-need schools in districts with comparatively low levels of high-need students may not receive adequate funding. This PPIC report highlights counties in Southern California, the Bay Area, and Sacramento that may require special attention and support to provide adequately for high-needs students due to distribution patterns. A useful resource in this report is the visual ranking of all California counties by unevenness of high-need student distribution between school and district averages.


Social and Emotional Learning

Research in Brief

Social and emotional learning (SEL) encompasses a skillset comprising emotional processes, social and interpersonal skills, and cognitive regulation. Numerous studies suggest that high-quality SEL programs and instruction in schools do matter, but many approaches currently lack support and validation. In this Research in Brief, we provide an overview of research, policy, and standards relating to social and emotional learning. Additionally, we cover promising approaches for integrating SEL into instruction and schooling.


Collaboration in Education

Research in Brief

What is Collaboration?

The term collaboration crops up extensively throughout educational articles in many forms: among teachers, between administrators, and between students. Beyond individual interactions, the term collaboration is also employed to describe inter-agency relationships useful in promoting educational change.

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