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Geographic Lead Agencies

The Geographic Lead Agencies are part of California's System of Support.

Legislative Authorization

Assembly Bill 1808 (Statutes of 2018) appropriated $4 million to establish the California Geographic Lead Agencies (Geo Leads) to build the capacity of county offices of education (COEs) to ensure that counties are equipped to build the capacity of their local educational agencies (LEAs) to support the continuous improvement of student performance within the state priorities as defined in California Education Code (EC) sections 52060 and 52066 and address the gaps in achievement between student groups as defined in EC Section 52052.

Purpose

The 9 Geo Leads work together to provide the following support for county offices and school districts. The Geo Leads also connect COEs and LEAs to the other initiatives within California's System of Support.

  • Provide expertise to build the capacity of other COEs to effectively provide support to school districts.
  • Identify existing resources and (if requested by the CDE and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence ([CCEE]) develop new resources to improve student outcomes under state priorities, or other areas of identified need.
  • Coordinate and calibrate support provided to local educational agencies with other geographic and expert lead agencies, special education resources lead agencies, the CCEE, and the CDE.
  • Provide necessary assistance to school districts, when requested by a district or county superintendent.
  • Be willing to establish goals and be held accountable for improved performance across multiple measures.
  • Perform other duties as specified by the CDE and the CCEE.

Funding Description

Each Geo Lead has been selected for a term ending no later than June 30, 2023. Each awardee receives a minimum of $250,000 and additional funds are allocated based on a formula derived from the 2018 list of school districts eligible for differentiated assistance. For additional information on funding, please see the California Geographic Lead Agency Program funding profile.

Geographic Lead Agencies

Map of California with County Geographic Areas

Geographic Lead Agency Counties Served
Alameda County Office of Education Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano
Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

Placer and Sacramento County Offices of Education Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba
Riverside and San Diego County Offices of Education Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego
Shasta County Office of Education Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
Sonoma County Office of Education

Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma

Tulare County Office of Education

Inyo, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Tulare

Contact Information

Geographic Lead Agency Director Contact Information Lead or Co-Lead Web Page
Alameda County Office of Education Ingrid Roberson
iroberson@acoe.org
Lead Alameda County Office of Education's Website External link opens in new window or tab.
Kern County Superintendent of Schools Lisa Gilbert
ligibert@kern.org
Lead Valley to Coast Collaborative’s Website External link opens in new window or tab.
Placer County Offices of Education Gayle Garbolino-Mojica
ggarbolino@placercoe.k12.ca.us
Co-Lead with Sacramento County Office of Education Placer County Office of Education's Website External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside County Office of Education Cynthia Glover Woods
cwoods@rcoe.us
Co-Lead with San Diego County Office of Education Southern California System of Support's Website External link opens in new window or tab.
Sacramento County Office of Education David W. Gordon
dgordon@scoe.net
Co-Lead with Placer County Office of Education Sacramento County Office of Education's Website External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego County Office of Education Jeanette Chien
Jeanette.chien@sdcoe.net
Co-Lead with Riverside County Office of Education Southern California System of Support's Website External link opens in new window or tab.
Shasta County Office of Education Judy Flores
jflores@shastacoe.org
Lead Shasta County Office of Education's Website External link opens in new window or tab.

Sonoma County Office of Education

Jennie Snyder
jsnyder@scoe.org

Lead Sonoma County Office of Education’s Website External link opens in new window or tab.
Tulare County Office of Education Charlene Stringham
charlene.stringham@tcoe.org
Lead Mid-State Collaborative’s Website External link opens in new window or tab.
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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
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