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Education California | The official newspaper of the Association of California School Administrators Volume 47 | Number 7 | September 19, 2016 LCFF has system of measures Through her actions, Principal Gina Zietlow helps define the culture of Gahr High School. She reminds everyone she works with that their collective purpose is to “serve, teach and show love to students.” Making a lasting impact Gina Zietlow believes that a shared vision is crucial to creating a successful educational environment. As principal of Gahr High School in the ABC Unified School District, Zietlow leads a large team of faculty, staff and administrators to achieve this shared vision; in her own words, ensuring the “staff truly believes that all students can and will learn and that there is something at the school for every student.” For her leadership, guidance and tireless efforts to promote student learning, Zietlow has been named ACSA’s 2016 Secondary Administrator of the Year. The successes achieved by the team at Gahr High under her leadership are making a lasting impact on not only student learning, but school culture. According to ABC Superintendent Mary Sieu, “Three words describe Gina’s leadership style – ‘visionary,’ ‘supportive’ and ‘inclusive.’” Relying on a “strong moral compass,” Zietlow’s management style is rooted in respect, integrity, communication, collaboration and the willingness to address See SECONDARY, page 4 Over the past two years, the State Board of Education and California Department of Education have been working to develop a new accountability and continuous improvement system in time for use in the 2017-18 school year. This includes the Local Control Funding Formula evaluation rubrics and redesigned three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update Template. At the core of the new system are the eight priority areas for school districts and charter schools, as well as 10 priority areas for county offices of education, set forth in the LCFF statute. At its Sept. 8 meeting, the SBE adopted the initial phase of the new accountability system, grounded in the concept that local education agencies and schools will make continuous improvement on multiple measures that define a quality public education. The SBE made it clear the LCFF evaluation rubrics will continue to evolve and be refined over time. The board approved an annual process for review of the rubrics to determine whether newly available data and research support the inclusion of new state or local performance indicators or substitution of existing indicators. See MEASURES, page 2 Mentor program for principals too Orcutt USD Principal Liz Herbstreith finds relationships with staff, students and parents invigorating. Enjoying site leadership A good elementary principal can have a tremendous impact on student learning, and one of the best is Liz Herbstreith of Ralph Dunlap Elementary in Orcutt Union School District. ACSA is recognizing Herbstreith as the statewide 2016 Elementary Principal of the Year. Herbstreith has been with Orcutt her entire 27 years in education. She taught at both the elementary and middle school levels, then moved up to become an assistant principal. For the past 13 years she has been a principal, serving at Ralph Dunlap School for six years. In the spring of 2014 the school received its second California Distinguished Schools award. “It was quite an honor for the staff, students and parents to have been selected, and they were quite proud to review, analyze and showcase their programs and accomplishments,” Herbstreith said. Building on that success could have been a challenge in this changing time for California’s educational system. Yet, Herbstreith said, through district efforts and vision, professional development to address the changes remains a focus. “For the past two years we’ve been able to take teacher-leaders from all our sites See ELEMENTARY, page 4 The 2016-17 school year is now in full swing, and ACSA’s Mentor Program is entering its second full year of operation. The Mentor Program is one of the many professional development opportunities offered by ACSA. During the past year, the program’s regional facilitators were responsible for establishing approximately 50 mentor/protégé relationships. “Feedback from participants has been very positive, and it’s our hope that even more new administrators will take advantage of the program this year,” said former ACSA President Marc Ecker, who coordinates the program with fellow retiree Jon Almond, both of whom served prestigious careers in the superintendency. The Mentor Program began with superintendents and has now moved on to include site administrators, especially principals, and district office staff. Essentially, See MENTORING, page 5 Webinar day. Sept. 20 is a good day to catch an ACSA Partner4Purpose webinar. Two are scheduled – one on college readiness and one on organiza­ tional leadership. First up, at 10 a.m., is a presentation on the implications of SB 1050, presented by Hobsons. Join a panel of experts who will help you understand the upcoming $200 million in block grants for college and career readiness administered by the California Department of Education. Register at http://goo.gl/iOze8D. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., join Brandman University for a discussion on the advantages of Brandman’s Doctorate in Education, Organizational Leadership program. This interdisciplinary degree includes 57 total credits, with course­ work complete in two years. Cohort begins August 2017. Register at https:// goo.gl/V2kkFM. Bill proposals. 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