What It is: Launched in early 2019, the Shared Learning Initiative is a collaborative effort between the Learning Policy Institute and the California Partnership for the Future of Learning. It builds the capacity of students, families, educators, and community members, alongside school and district leaders and state policymakers to advance more equitable and racially just school systems in California.
How Shared Learning Happens: Through school learning visits, virtual learning sessions, and relevant resources, participants in the Shared Learning Initiative get an up-close look at the systems, structures, and evidence-based practices of exemplary schools that support the academic success and social-emotional well-being of underserved students, with a particular focus on English learners; students from low-income families; and Black, Indigenous, and other students of color.
Focus on Community Schools: Since 2022, in response to the unprecedented investment in California community schools, the Shared Learning Initiative has focused on developing a series of trilingual learning sessions focused on building participants’ capacities to create transformative, racially just, and relationship-centered community schools. Descriptions of these sessions and their accompanying resources in English, Spanish, and Arabic are available below.