The Regional System of District and School Support (RSDSS) is a part of the statewide system of school support that was established to meet state and federal requirements. The support system, working within county offices of education (COEs), offers intensive and sustained assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools receiving Title I funds to increase the opportunity for all students to meet the state’s academic content standards. California uses a regional approach to address the needs of students because of the vast number of schools and districts in the state. This support system delivers and brokers resources to districts and schools in need of improvement.
The mission of Region 4 is to provide leadership, resources, and assistance to schools and districts in order to increase their capacity to provide opportunities for all students to meet and/or exceed state and local content and performance standards.
Purpose of Work
Region 4 plays an integral role in delivering support to LEAs assisting schools subject to corrective action; LEAs with schools identified as in need of improvement; and to other LEAs and schools that need support to reach higher levels of academic achievement in accordance with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.
Region 4 consists of seven bay area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco are larger counties that include large urban districts (San Francisco Unified, Oakland Unified, and West Contra Costa Unified) and Marin, San Mateo, Napa, and Solano reflect smaller counties with both suburban and rural settings.
Context of Work
Region 4 provides the following services:
- Provide regular ongoing accountability professional development and informational meetings for Program Improvement (PI) LEAs and PI schools.
- Provide research and standards-based professional development for teachers, coaches, and administrators implementing a site/district action plan for academic improvement.
- Design and implement research-supported instructional programs to assist students in acquiring standards-based knowledge and skills so that students meet or exceed the annual measurable objectives in English language arts and mathematics.
- Develop District/School Liaison Teams to work with LEA and school staff members as district and school staff utilize the state-adopted tools and implement single-school plans.
- Train LEA staff in a decision-making process regarding mandated responsibilities to schools in PI years 3, 4, and 5.
- Provide regional trainings to build the county offices, PI LEAs, and PI schools’ capacity to use state-developed tools and protocols and implement corrective action or restructuring/alternative governance plans developed in accordance with NCLB.
- Maintain regional networks of programs designed to assist LEAs and schools in their efforts to increase student achievement.
- Ensure effective utilization of funds throughout Region 4 to align with the RSDSS goals.