We at Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation do our best work when:
In a state that educates 6.2 million children, CDE Foundation has:
As we remodel our system of education, California has shifted to a new set of standards. To support communications efforts in the state, CDEF has worked with the Frameworks Institute to develop a number of communications tools and has gathered information about other ones that can help you talk about the California Common Core Standards effectively.
STEM learning is important for everyone. These interconnected content areas give us the building blocks for understanding and continuing to improve the systems that power, develop, and advance our society, our economy and industry.
CDEF’s leadership on STEM is reflected in its annual STEM Symposium as well as its support for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Health is critical to academic success. Active and well-nourished children & youth have better attendance, stay in school, and are ready to learn. CDEF’s whole child approach to health and wellness guides our work by recognizing the complex, interrelated, and unique aspects of children’s health and wellness in the broader scope of public education.
Collaborative work by local teacher unions and school districts in California has often led to significant school and district improvement. To support and build upon this work, CDEF is coordinating a California Labor-Management Initiative (CA LMI) with a range of statewide partners, including the California Department of Education.
The CA LMI is focused on four primary goals:
1. Build the collective knowledge base for supporting local labor-management collaborations in California;
2. Build capacity and resources at the state, regional, and local levels to support local labor-management collaborations;
3. Facilitate learning and sharing of promising labor-management practices among local labor-management teams; and
4. Improve a wide range of educational outcomes.
The Advisory Task Force on Accountability and Continuous Improvement is a team of education leaders convened to advise the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on his recommendations for a new California system of public education accountability and continuous improvement to the State Board of Education and the state legislature.
The task force is being co-chaired by Wes Smith, ACSA Executive Director, and Eric Heins, CTA President. Additionally, the SSPI has appointed 25+ key education leaders from throughout California to serve on the task force.