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Western Association of Schools and Colleges 
Accrediting Commission for Schools  -
Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Schools
533 Airport Boulevard, Suite 200
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone (650) 696-1060
Fax (650) 696-1867

Southern California Office:
Phone (951) 693-2550

The official WASC website with any materials are available for download. Check it out!

Webinars are available for review; documents for schools, visiting committee members, and chairs are there to download.

California Department of Education
Intersegmental Relations Office
Secondary, Postsecondary, and Adult Leadership Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4503
Sacramento, CA 95814

(Use this address for written inquiries regarding WASC at the CDE)

Carolyn Hamilton, PhD, Educational Programs Consultant, serves as liaison between CDE and WASC for FOL.
916-323-5765    916-323-2817 FAX
Doing What Works Doing What Works is a U.S. Department of Education website dedicated to helping educators identify and make use of effective teaching practices. Doing What Works contains practice guides developed by the Departmentís Institute for Education Sciences that evaluate research on the effectiveness of teaching practices described in the guides. The website also contains examples of possible ways this research may be used, but not necessarily the only ways to implement these teaching practices.
Re-Inventing Schools Coalition (RISC) The RISC Schools Model (RSM) brings together all stakeholders as a learning community to create and then continuously refine a system that improves the educational experience of EACH individual student, allowing them to reach their full potential, through standards and assessments that are authentic, challenging, fair, and consistent. RSM causes systemic and sustainable changes to the educational process resulting in learning communities.

The model (based largely on the work of Robert Marzano) is composed of four components: Each of these elements is an essential aspect of a model designed to create systemic changes in education as they understand it today.

Other Regional Accrediting Associations

Each organization has its own set of standards (criteria) & protocols. All have  these on-line. They are instructive regarding national thinking about accreditation & school improvement as well as useful in developing language for the school self-study & the Visiting Committee report.

New England Association of Schools & Colleges
North Central Association - Commission on Accreditation & School Improvement
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Southern Association of Schools and Colleges
Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools
County Offices of Education 
County offices are supportive of schools' work with Focus on Learning. Resources (print and people) are likely available.  
California Legislative Information The official site for California legislative information, this site is updated nightly. The site contains legislation from the 1993-1994 Regular Session of the Legislature to the current time.
Filamentality A remaining vestige of the Knowledge Network Explorer, Filamentality helps teachers create web-based activities without having to know any programming or html coding.
Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership   California Department of Education funded project to assist educators in their technology decisions. The site has for its "meat and potatoes," a matrix of resources compiled by a team of educators throughout California.  

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