Ed100 Chapter of the Month #7: The System

by Jeff Camp | February 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
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The Education System

The public education system is far more complex than most people realize. In fact, it's so massive and so complex it's almost a miracle that it works at all. Who's in charge?

This complex system is the focus of Ed100 Chapter 7, the Ed100 Chapter of the Month for February-March. This post is the seventh of ten for the Ed100 Chapter of the Month Program, our biggest effort yet to help parent leaders make a lasting difference in their schools and districts.

What's in Ed100 Chapter 7?

The California constitution makes it clear that providing education is ultimately a responsibility of the state...but what does that mean? What are the intersecting roles of the legislature, the State Board of Education, the Department of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and other independent agencies? Where does the judiciary fit in? As a practical matter, most decisions are made by school districts and school boards, but County Offices of Education play an important role, too, especially for oversight. When a school district descends into crisis, what part of the system is meant to respond? Teachers Unions play a powerful role in the education system; how does that work, and is it changing? Where do philanthropies and PTAs fit in?

Chapter 7 delves into these topics and more. As always, the very best way to learn from these lessons is to discuss them. To help you get the conversation going we've prepared discussion guides in English and Spanish. Each chapter is matched with a brief summary video that you can use to bring everyone into the conversation (even if they haven't actually read the lessons). Here's the discussion guide for Chapter 7 in English and Spanish:

About the Ed100 Chapter of the Month Program (CHAMP)

Each month of this school year we are featuring one chapter of Ed100 through email and social media. It's all scheduled. This month (February-March) we are featuring Chapter 7.

Each lesson of Ed100 includes a simple quiz. For Lesson 7.6, for example, the quiz looks like this:

For each quiz you complete, you earn a ticket, which helps you in two ways.

Ed100 Graduate CertificateEarn your Ed100 Certificate!

First, tickets count toward your Ed100 Graduate Certificate, which you earn by completing the quiz for each lesson in Ed100.

Second, tickets count as chances to win in the next drawing, which is coming up on June 4. If you're lucky, a ticket you earn could win $1,000! for your PTA!

Tips for PTA Leaders:

The Ed100 drawing is a great tool for creating urgency. If you are trying to get an Ed100 group going in your school group or PTA council, a short presentation can help make it clear.

Your board members might not be the only ones interested in becoming Ed100 Graduates this year. If you have the opportunity to speak to your school community, why not invite them to join you? Tell them about your PTA board's plan to use the Ed100 Chapter of the Month.

You might also want to draw inspiration from the Ed100 Big Book of Questions, an ever-evolving public set of question slides for ALL of the lessons in Ed100. The slides don't give away the answers, but they tell you where to find them.

Here are examples from lessons in Chapter 7:

Ed100 Lesson 7.2 - How much of California's education budget comes from the Federal government?

Ed100 Lesson 7.3 - What is the role of a mayor in the education system?

How can we help you succeed with Ed100? Drop me an email or leave a comment on this blog post! I'm jeffcamp@ed100.org.

P.S. Thanks to our friends at the San Mateo County Office of Education for translating ALL of our Discussion Guides into Spanish.

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