2017 strand descriptions

The conference planning committee has identified the following major "strands" for the 2017 AEC program as they relate to school governance teams and their policy role: 

Equity, adequacy and opportunity

The equity, adequacy and opportunity strand explores the relationships between funding for schools, educational performance and access to a meaningful diploma upon graduation for all California students. This strand also touches on ways to differentiate instruction, services, and resource distribution to respond effectively to the diverse needs of students so all students are able to learn and thrive.
Topics could include: Successful programs that close the opportunity gap for low-income students, students of color, English language learners, homeless, foster youth and immigrant children; special education; Local Control Funding Formula; effective strategies to engage, retain and graduate all students; college and career readiness; STEM; increasing public funding for K-12 education; efficiency and adequacy; professional development; and 21st Century education. 

Innovation and student learning

This strand underscores the importance of innovation and student learning for all students through designing, planning and goal setting for 21st Century Schools. District strategies for successfully providing, measuring and communicating methods used to equip students with basic services, access to California’s academic and performance standards and ensuring all students are college or career ready are also at the core of this strand.
Topics could include
: Local Control and Accountability Plans; California School Dashboards – continuous improvement and communicating with communities; accountability; STEM and STEAM; Next Generation Science Standards; looking at multiple data points; broadening and enriching curriculum; ensuring teacher excellence and diversity; teacher recruitment and retention; summer learning opportunities; causes of achievement gaps and how to address these factors; Common Core State Standards; what Career Technical Education/Regional Occupational Programs looks like in the 21st century; partnerships for grants and alignment; blended learning; 1:1 digital devices; Every Student Succeeds Act; what charter schools look like under the Every Student Succeeds Act; AB2862 and visual and performing arts education; liberal arts education; bilingual education; critical thinking; early learning programs; and special education.

School climate and engagement

The school climate and engagement strand highlights the importance of educating and addressing achievement gaps through the whole child by showcasing innovative programs that reach out to a district’s students, parents, teachers and community. This strand also considers and addresses all factors found both inside and outside of the classroom that have an impact on student successes such as health, safety, student discipline and school connectedness.
Topics could include
: Social and emotional well-being; mental health services and partnerships; bullying and harassment at school; restorative justice; foster youth; undocumented students; homeless students; unaccompanied minors; vulnerable children; LBGTQ matters; student resiliency; youth suicide; pre-kindergarten; transitional kindergarten; social-emotional learning professional development; trauma-informed schools; school safety; safe havens; nutrition; absenteeism; suspension and expulsion; alternatives to expulsions; attendance rates; Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports; board member role in promoting healthy school climate; and parent involvement. 

Leadership through governance

This strand aims to equip board members with leadership skills, qualities, strategies and techniques to become effective agents of change.
Topics could include
: Local Control and Accountability Plans as a governance and oversight tool; marketing the value of public education; charter school oversight; board/superintendent relations; district and county office relations; strategic planning; superintendent evaluations and contracts; crisis communication and management; communication styles; mandated reporting; ethics; superintendent hiring process; policy and protocol development to ensure practice follows policy; building public trust in board members; developing governance handbooks and district master plans; characteristics of high functioning boards; leadership role of the board president; understanding and following parliamentary procedure; the Brown Act; Form 700 and conflict of interest; social media use and technology in the board room; media training for school board members; Prop 64 and best practices for supporting students; lobbying the legislature; local advocacy; and bringing attention to public education.

Funding, finance and facilities

The funding, finance and facilities strand will include a broad spectrum of learning opportunities that address sound fiscal management and budget oversight, cost-cutting strategies, and how districts can accomplish “achievement by design” through dynamic facilities planning.
Topics could include
: The Local Control Funding Formula; special education resources; teacher housing; oversight and understanding bonds, reauthorization bonds and technology bonds; collective bargaining; STRS and PERS planning; health care and labor negotiations; chronic absenteeism; ADA recovery; creative and innovative strategies for budgeting in good and bad times; preparing for the next recession; communicating the budget to the community; construction and modernization of new facilities; safety issues surrounding aging facilities and planning for new ones; and local, state and federal budget issues.


Calling all 2015 and 2016 Golden Bell award winners!

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Are you a 2015 or 2016 Golden Bell winner? Your colleagues want to hear from you! Here’s your chance to share what has worked for your district and county office of education through your award winning programs and governance practices by presenting at the next Annual Education Conference and Trade Show.

*2017 Golden Bell award winning programs are not eligible to present at the 2017 Annual Education Conference and Trade Show.