Dear District Superintendents and Independent Study Administrators and Principals:
The California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Consortium for Independent Study invite you to consider applying for the Exemplary Independent Study Recognition Award (EISRA). This award recognizes excellent educational practices in schools where independent study is the primary mode of instruction. The EISRA also creates a resource list of quality programs for school visits.
The 2013–14 EISRA application packet is available on the CDE Independent Study Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/eo/is. The packet includes eligibility criteria, instructions for completing the application, and forms for submission.
Please review the eligibility criteria; all eligible schools are encouraged to apply. An Intent to Submit Form is due to the CDE by 4 p.m. on June 30, 2014. Successful applicants will be identified through an application evaluation and site visit process.
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact ToShawne Williams, Associate Governmental Programs Analyst, Educational Options, Student Support, and American Indian Education Office, by phone at 916-319-0507 or by e-mail at INDEPENDENTSTUDY@cde.ca.gov.
William J. Ellerbee, Jr., Deputy Superintendent
Student Support and Special Services Branch