Welcome to the California Institute for School Improvement

CISI is organized around the belief that curriculum and instruction matters – it is the central business of schools. CISI is designed to support district and county instructional leaders. Over 140 school districts and county offices of education are currently CISI members.

What’s New?

The US Department of Education has compiled an extensive collection on FREE online resources for educators to access and use – Federal Resources for Educational Excellence – Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies – HERE

CCSS Online Resources – Clearinghouse  – HERE

LCAP Approval Manual for County Superintendents (CCSESA) – HERE

LCFF FCMAT Calculator – HERE

% FRMP Eligibility Data – by School – California 2012-2013 Statewide % Free and Reduced lunch eligibility by school site (CDE) – Excel File


UC Davis Campus, ARC Meeting Room, (http://campusmap.ucdavis.edu/?b=203)
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA  95616

This workshop will cover the governor’s May budget revision as well as the other planned topics.

  • Now accepting registrations for the Spring 2014 Workshops! For more information, click here.
  • Early registration fee (until April 1, 2014): $120 CISI Members; $145 CISI Non-Members
    Registration Fee (after April 1, 2014):$160 CISI Members; $190 Non-Members


1111 Las Gallinas Avenue
San Rafael, CA  94903

This workshop will cover the governor’s May budget revision as well as the other planned topics. Marin Flier


Los Angeles Workshop – Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 8:30-11:00 am – Board Room
Los Angeles County Office of Education – EC 100
9300 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242

Fresno Workshop – Thursday, April 24, 2014, 2:00-4:30pm
Fresno County Office of Education – Room 301
1111 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721

Orange County Workshop – Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 8:30-11:00am
Orange County Office of Education – Room D-1005/6
200 Kalmus Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Santa Clara Workshop – Thursday, May 1 , 2014, 8:30-11:00 am
Santa Clara County Office of Education – Milpitas Room
1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131

Sacramento Workshop – Friday, April 18, 2014, 8:30-11:00 am
Placer County Office of Education, Seavy Center
655 Menlo Drive
Rocklin, CA 95765

Butte Workshop – Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 8:30-11:00 am
Butte County Office of Education – Board Room
1859 Bird Street
Oroville, CA 95965

San Bernardino Workshop – Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 2-4:30pm
San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools – Roy C. Hill Education Center
601 N. E Street
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Sonoma Workshop – Thursday, May 1, 2014, 2:30-5:00pm
Sonoma County Office of Education – Redwood Room C
5340 Skyland Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405



Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) 6th Annual Summit at UC Davis Freeborn Hall

The 6th Anuual SAYS Summit will take place on Friday, May 2, 2014 at UC Davis. The summit is open to middle and high school-aged youth, adult allies, and educators of all kinds.

Cost: $75 per participant (includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, t-shirt, educational workshops, and more)
Payment: Schools/Districts can pay by purchase order

For more information click here or view the video from the 5th Annual SAYS Summit



A Question of Law: Key Legal Issues in Public Education – Sponsored by the UC Davis School of Education and featuring legal experts from Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard – click here for Workshop Flier


SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014 | 9:30am–3:30pm | UC Davis

9:30 – 10:00 Registration and Introductions

10:00 – 12:00 Morning Sessions

12:00 – 1:30 Complimentary Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 Afternoon Sessions

UC Davis, Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)

232 One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616

This is a FREE workshop. Registration is required.

Concurrent Morning Sessions | 10am – 12pm

Equal Education Opportunity in the Courts: This presentation will discuss key concepts in the area of students’ rights to equal educational opportunity. | Presenter Marsha Bedwell

Student Discipline and Cyber-Bullying: This presentation will cover legal grounds for suspension or expulsion, recent legislative changes including cyber-bullying, and outline the critical due process hearing requirements. | Presenter Chris Keiner

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions | 1:30 – 3:30pm

Legal Implications for Local Control: This presentation will discuss the operation and impact of the Schools Local Public Protection Act. | Presenter Addison Covert

Free Speech, Student Rights and Transgender Issues: This presentation will discuss implementation of the new statute regarding use of bathrooms and other private facilities by students asserting a different gender than reflected on their records. The impact of the new Common Core standards on personnel issues and collective bargaining issues also will be addressed. | Presenter Michael Hersher

Who Should Attend: K-12 Superintendents, Administrators and Principals

Reserve Your Spot Today for this FREE Workshop! Register via email at caped@ucdavis.edu


CISI hosted links to Common Core State Standards Web Resources for school districts, principals and teachers – Click Here


March 2014US News & World Report ranks UC Davis School of Education nationally in the top 50 schools of education. The ranking methodology is based on quality assessment from education school deans and deans of graduate studies, school superintendents nationwide, mean GRE scores, acceptance rate, faculty resources, student-faculty ratio and percent faculty with awards, among others. Says UC Davis School of Education Dean Harold Levine, “This is a 15 point jump from our last ranking. It is a remarkable achievement for all of us, and one for which I am singularly proud.”


Roominate Building Kits and Activity Guides -  building kits with themed activity guides aligned to the Common Core State Standards – Roominate Educator Packs The Center for Innovation in Education at the UC Davis School of Education and Roominate are partnering on a series of themed activity guides to accompany the kits designed for kids to have fun with STEM.


January 17, 2014 – The CA State Board of Education adopts emergency Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Regulations. Click here to access the adopted emergency regulations and LCAP template. SBE Adopted LCFF & LCAP Emergency Regs Jan 2014

The 31st Annual Edition of the CISI Fall School Program Update (Resource Book) provided at the Fall 2013 Workshops is now available in pdf. Click here to access: CISI Resource Book FINAL_Fall 2013

The CISI Common Core State Standards Spending Plan Template (CCSS District Plan template, CCSS District Spending Plan) has been developed to assist school districts this fall as they receive one time CCSS implementation funding from the $1.25 billion allocated in the state budget. We hope you will find it useful and feel free to use it as you see fit. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Can Michael Fullan Save California From NCLB?, Education Week


CISI joined The Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) and the UC Davis School of Education on July 1, 2012. CISI’s goal of providing education leaders with unbiased, accurate, up to date, and useful information on education policy that is presented in a thoughtful and accessible way fits well with CAP-Ed’s mission. We are excited about this new relationship and pledge to continue to provide the high quality of service that has been the hallmark of CISI as well as to explore ways to provide additional assistance to CISI members.

Please click on the link for information on upcoming workshops in April 2014.

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