QEIA Symposium Held in Pasadena
In a CTA school reform symposium here, local teachers at schools supported by an acclaimed state school turnaround law confirmed what ongoing research is showing – California’s highest-performing at-risk schools have reduced class sizes, and added more time for teachers to collaborate and share ideas. They also focus on classroom data to improve student learning.
QEIA Helps Livermore Elementary School Thrive
A recent press conference held at the award-winning Marylin Avenue Elementary in Livermore highlighted new research showing how the Quality Education Investment Act is helping high-poverty schools excel and thrive. More time for professional development is making a big difference at the school, as are smaller class sizes and more resources provided by what is the largest school turnaround law of its kind in the nation.
For its academic gains, Marylin Avenue Elementary won an achievement award from California Business for Education Excellence, and its faculty collaboration is making headlines.
Lauderbach Elementary in Chula Vista Benefits from QEIA
New independent research shows the state’s Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) of 2006 is helping high-poverty schools like Lauderbach Elementary in Chula Vista to thrive and excel.
“With QEIA, we are finding new and effective ways to help our vulnerable students and to discover practices that all teachers can learn from,” said Jim Groth, a teacher in the Chula Vista Elementary School District and CTA Boardmember. “New research shows that these proven reforms are leading to positive impacts in achievement, school reputation, school climate and parent engagement at our schools of greatest need.”
Lauderbach parent Ofelia Antuna de Dios shares her thoughts on the QEIA turnaround program
Zamboni Middle School Honored
You can hear the pride and accomplishment in sixth-grade teacher Nelda McCone’s voice when she talks about her 922-student Zamboni Middle School in Los Angeles County earning a prestigious state “School to Watch” award.
“We are excited by our success,” McCone says. “We have made a lot of growth over the years. And we really are fortunate to have had QEIA funding, especially to keep our class sizes small.”
In January, Zamboni was one of only 12 new California middle schools named by the California Department of Education as model schools in the state’s “Schools to Watch — Taking Center Stage” program. The state partners with the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform and the California Middle Grades Alliance on the program.
Book Praises CTA’s Bold QEIA Program
Critics agree that The Global Fourth Way: The Quest for Educational Excellence is a must-read for anyone interested in education, “especially so for those currently involved in any form of teaching and learning, as well as those responsible for developing and implementing education policy.”
Authors and education researchers Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley praise the QEIA program, noting that CTA showed itself to be a “morally centered union” by sponsoring the landmark Quality Education Investment Act.