California's Rialto USD Finds the Formula for ELL Common Core Success

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A case study published by School Improvement Network describes the strategies used in Rialto Unified School District to implement the Common Core Standards in a high-percentage ELL student population.

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Rialto’s partnership with School Improvement Network has 'really helped to focus on the activities that will have the biggest impact across the district.'

A case study detailing the strategies used by Rialto School District in San Bernardino County, California, to implement the Common Core Standards has been published by School Improvement Network.

The strategies described in the case study are meant to guide education leaders who are encountering challenges as they implement the Common Core in their schools—especially the challenge of implementing the Standards in ELL classrooms. To this end, the case study provides advice based on successful strategies employed in Rialto USD.

“We were doing classroom observations every week, but we weren’t talking the same language,” said Beth Curtis, Executive Director of Elementary Instruction. “We needed alignment across the district to ensure that we were looking for the same practices.”

For help in creating a common framework, Rialto turned to School Improvement Network, a professional learning provider for educators.

School Improvement Network aided district leaders in identifying high-impact instructional strategies that would prepare students effectively for the rigor of the Common Core. The company also helped show Rialto’s teachers how to implement these strategies, and district leaders are using School Improvement Network’s software to understand the strengths, and gaps, in teachers’ instruction so they know where to focus their professional learning efforts.

Rialto’s partnership with School Improvement Network has “really helped us to focus on the activities that will have the biggest impact across the district,” Curtis said.

To view the case study, visit

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Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed Edivate, a personalized professional learning solution for educators. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in Edivate produce better teachers and, as a result, experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student proficiency by an average of 18 percent in a single year when compared to neighboring schools. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world, and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at

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