Epic Steps Issue 1 – September 2015

VALLEY HIGH IS REDEFINING ITS CULTURE It’s hard to forget the early 90’s Canon television commercials featuring a mullet­ haired Andre Agassi repeating the slogan, “image is everything.” While we at Epic School Partnerships may not agree that it’s “everything,” perceptions do play an important role in the effectiveness of schools. Schools that fail to…

EPIC Newsletter – January 2014

Sign up for our newsletter on the Contact Us page. In our last newsletter we talked about the importance of persistence, one of the metacognitive learning skills necessary for students to make a successful transition to college or career. It’s now several weeks into the New Year…are you persisting in your resolutions, both personal and…

CCRS Newsletter – October 2013

Sign up for our newsletter on the Contact Us page. With autumn just beginning and schools settling into their routine, EPIC’s College and Career Readiness team wishes to share various resources to help you instill the college and career readiness skills your students need to succeed. What’s the Value of a Good Education? According to…

Preface to Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind

In this preface to his book Engaging Students With Poverty in Mind, Eric Jensen gives a personal narrative of challenges met and struggles overcome, providing a first-person perspective on poverty that he uses to lend credibility to his claims. While lacking in concrete advice or ideas on how to best reach struggling students or disadvantaged…

Crosswalk Analysis of Deeper Learning Skills

The Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) conducted an analysis of deeper learning skills on behalf of the Hewlett Foundation to create a crosswalk between the Deeper Learning Skills (DLS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The purpose of the crosswalk was to understand the ways in which strategies for deeper learning relate to the CCSS.…

California Diploma Project Technical Report III: Validity Study

California Diploma Project: Validity Study Technical Report. This validity study examines two research questions: How applicable are the Health Science and Medical Technology Standards to entry-level postsecondary courses and workforce expectations? How important are the Health Science and Medical Technology Standards to success in postsecondary courses and workforce expectations?The rationale for conducting this initial validity…

California Diploma Project Technical Report I: Crosswalk Study

Crosswalk of the Intersegmental Committee for the Academic Senate Statements of Competencies to the Common Core State Standards. EPIC conducted an investigation of the Intersegmental Committee for the Academic Senates (ICAS) Statements of Competencies for Mathematics and Academic Literacy. The purpose of this work is to understand how the ICAS competencies relate to college and…