The California Department of Education (CDE) is now accepting proposals for presentations at breakout sessions during the 2014 California Title I Conference scheduled for March 25–26, 2014, in Burlingame, California. The 2014 conference theme is Transforming Times. The purpose of the 2014 California Title I Conference is to provide a forum for sharing strategies that enhance equitable teaching and learning experiences for students to meet California’s rigorous academic requirements. The conference also provides updates and ideas for effective planning and implementation of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Nationally renowned speakers, powerful breakout sessions about timely topics, and access to technical assistance from the staff of CDE will be featured. The conference is designed for administrators, teachers, and other education leaders who serve children from low-income families, as well as parents/guardians throughout the state.
Presenters with expertise in school and district improvement are invited to submit session proposals for the upcoming conference, organized around four strands:
Transforming California Education
Federal and state decisions continuously impact local planning and decision-making, greatly affecting the quality and variety of opportunities schools and local educational agencies can deliver. These informative sessions will showcase voices from the field speaking to how they have successfully implemented the most recent legislative, fiscal, and academic developments transforming planning, policy, expenditure, and instructional decisions.
Achieving More through Family-School-Community Partnerships
Robust family-school-community partnerships cultivate higher educational aspirations and increased student motivation. These varied workshops will offer a range of effective and innovative practices aligned with the Title I requirements for engaging families and communities and ensuring the equitable provision of services—both essential components for students to learn and thrive.
Putting Common Core to Work in Title I
Teacher practices and the quality of their instruction can have a striking impact on student engagement and achievement while preparing students to contribute to the society and economy of the 21st century. These interactive sessions will capture the complexity and rigor of the Common Core State Standards, provide ideas for professional development, and offer instructional strategies that ensure all students succeed.
Embracing Title I
Implementing local Title I programs innovatively and with confidence can make learning a tremendous experience for the most vulnerable students. These differentiated workshops—designed for novice and veteran audiences—will present guidelines for equitably implementing Title I programs, budgeting to enhance the learning experience of students, compliance with both current and sunsetting legislation, and opportunities to ask questions of Title I specialists.
Visit the CDE California Title I Conference [http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/sw/t1/title1conf.asp] Web page.