Sacramento kicked off October buzzing with excitement as over 275 early care and education (ECE) and K-12 stakeholders from across California united for the debut of the Birth to 12th Grade Water Cooler Conference, a two-day conference to build a collective educational equity agenda. Birth to twelfth grade alignment is the next essential statewide education policy in closing California’s achievement gap, allowing for comprehensive investments and supports across both the early care and education and K-12 education systems. Together, we vetted ideas for policy and practice to build a shared equity agenda that supports California’s children and families, grounded in community voice and uplifting a racial equity lens.
Advancement Project California thanks all attendees, speakers and panelists for joining us. We look forward to seeing you next year! Read on for a few highlights and photos.
Realizing Racial Equity in California’s Birth to Twelfth Grade Education Systems
Creating Welcoming and Safe Schools in California
Conversation with Tony Thurmond: Vision, Priorities, and Challenges: A Dialogue with the Candidates for California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction
A Shared Vision for California’s Early Care and Education System
Keynote: The Honorable Delaine Eastin
Getting Down to Facts II and the Role of Community Voices
Conversation with Marshall Tuck: Vision, Priorities, and Challenges: A Dialogue with the Candidates for California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Building on the Cultural and Linguistic Gifts of California’s Diverse Students
Counting All Kids! Educational Implications of the 2020 Census
Getting to Full and Fair Funding