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Statewide System of School Support (S4)

Technical assistance for local educational agencies (LEAs) with Title I schools, including those identified as Program Improvement (PI), under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.

Statewide System of School Support | Regional System of District and School Support

Statewide System of School Support

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 Section 1117 External link opens in new window or tab. requires each state to establish a statewide system of intensive and sustained support and improvement for local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools receiving Title I funds to increase the opportunity for all students served by those agencies and schools to meet the State's academic content standards and student academic achievement standards. This Federal requirement was codified in State law through Assembly Bill 312 (Chapter 1020, Statutes of 2002) External link opens in new window or tab., a trailer bill to the 2002 Budget Act for California, which established a Statewide System of School Support (S4) designed to support the requirements of the ESEA. See also California Education Code Section 52059 External link opens in new window or tab. .

The mission of California's S4 is to build school districts' capacity to support its low-performing schools. This mission is realized through the dissemination of information, technical assistance, and brokering of regional and statewide resources. Three entities work together to complete the work of S4:

  1. Regional System of District and School Support (RSDSS)
  2. California Comprehensive Center (CA CC) External link opens in new window or tab.
  3. California Department of Education (CDE)

The RSDSS is organized around the 11 county superintendent regions identified by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) External link opens in new window or tab. . Each region has a RSDSS Director who operates out of one of the county offices of education in each region.

The federally funded CA CC facilitates the dissemination of resources and information through the RSDSS.

The CDE serves in an administrative role convening regular meetings of representatives from these entities and provides state-level information, coordination, and training on various topics related to supporting S4's mission. In administering S4, the CDE must ensure that support is provided in the following order of priority to:

  1. School districts or county offices of education with Title I schools that are subject to corrective action under ESEA.
  2. School districts or county offices of education with Title I schools that are identified as program improvement (PI) schools.
  3. School districts or county offices of education with schools participating in Title I under ESEA that need support and assistance.

The CDE S4 Web page contains information about the S4 grant: Funding Results, RSDSS Budget Form, and Expenditure Report Forms.

The CDE contracted with the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) to conduct an independent evaluation of the S4 system. The HumRRO Evaluation of the California Statewide System of School Support (S4): Final Report (PDF; 2MB), includes, but is not limited to, the finding, conclusions, and recommendations of the evaluation.

Regional System of District and School Support

The CDE Improvement and Accountability Division (IAD) is responsible for administering grants to support RSDSS regional work and offering technical assistance to regions in support of their work with districts and schools. The CDE's S4 Coordinator works collaboratively with designated county office of education staff and representatives from the CA CC and CCSESA in order to ensure statewide direction and support. The CDE's S4 Coordinator, housed within CDE's District Innovation and Improvement Office (DIIO), is responsible for the overall management of the S4. School Turnaround Office (STO) staff serves as primary contact for fiscal questions.

For RSDSS program related questions, please contact Janice Morrison, Education Programs Consultant, DIIO, by phone at 916-319-0259 or by e-mail at jamorrison@cde.ca.gov or Alejandro Hernandez, Education Programs Consultant, DIIO, by phone at 916-319-0940 or by e-mail at ahernandez@cde.ca.gov.

For RSDSS fiscal related questions, please contact Lou Ann Harada, Associate Governmental Programs Analyst, STO, by phone at 916-319-0299 or by e-mail at lharada@cde.ca.gov.

Information about each RSDSS Region is available on its respective Web site. The RSDSS Regional Director is the first contact for support for LEAs and schools. The table below includes RSDSS Region Web site links and Regional Director contact information. Information about additional services available in each county is available on the CCSESA External link opens in new window or tab. Web site.
Map of California showing 11 regions of various counties. The names and contact information of the RSDSS Regional Directors for each region are on the following table.

RSDSS Region (Web site)
Counties Served Within the Region

RSDSS Regional Director
Contact Information

Region 1 External link opens in new window or tab.
Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma

Tim Gill
Lake County Office of Education
707-262-4152
tgill@lakecoe.org

Region 2 External link opens in new window or tab.
Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity

Maria Elena Diaz
Tehama County Office of Education
530-528-7350
mdiaz@tehamaschools.org

Region 3 External link opens in new window or tab.
Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba

Mark Calonico
Sacramento County Office of Education
916-228-2615
mcalonico@scoe.net

Region 4 External link opens in new window or tab.
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano

Robin Hall
Alameda County Office of Education
510-670-4170
rhall@acoe.org

Region 5 External link opens in new window or tab.
Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz

David Kennedy
Santa Clara County Office of Education
408-453-6982
david_kennedy@sccoe.org

Region 6 External link opens in new window or tab.
Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne

Rhonda Cicolani
San Joaquin County Office of Education
209-468-9056
rcicolani@sjcoe.net

Region 7 External link opens in new window or tab.
Kings, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare

Art Davis
Madera County Office of Education
559-662-3862
adavis@maderacoe.us

Region 8 External link opens in new window or tab.
Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

Carlos Dominguez
Ventura County Office of Education
805-437-1334
cdominguez@vcoe.org

Region 9 External link opens in new window or tab.
Imperial, Orange, San Diego

Juli Coleman
San Diego County Office of Education
858-292-3870
jucoleman@sdcoe.net

Region 10 External link opens in new window or tab.
Inyo, Mono, Riverside, San Bernardino

Russell Frank
Riverside County Office of Education
951-826-6601
rfrank@rcoe.us

Region 11 External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles

Tammy Gabel
Los Angeles County Office of Education
562-922-6792
gabel_tammy@lacoe.edu

Questions:   District Innovation and Improvement Office | 916-319-0836
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