Studies and Projects

CEPAL Reports

Yoga in Public Schools

Yoga in Public Schools: Evidence from the Encinitas Union School District's Yoga Program 2012-2013

This study documents the potential student and community effects of the first year of the Encinitas Union School District’s Yoga Program.



Student Misuse of Electronic Communication Devices (ECD)

Student Misuse of Electronic Communication Devices (ECD) On and Off-Campus (ECD Project) April 2013 (ECD Additional Resources)

The purpose of this report is to help school personnel in California and other states understand the issues involved in student misuse of their personally owned ECDs, and to help those administrators prepare policies and discipline rules accordingly.

San Diego Unified School District: Schools in City Council Districts 1-8

San Diego Unified School District: Schools in City Council Districts 1-8 March 2012

The purposes of this report are to characterize the subpopulation of SDUSD students served within each of the eight San Diego city council districts and to compare each of these subpopulations to the population of students in the district as a whole.

California Mayoral Empowerment Study

California Mayoral Empowerment Study January 2013

Mayoral control of urban school districts, which face many challenges and often fail to provide every K-12 student with a high quality public education, is a reform effort seeking to create a more integrated approach to school governance.  This study examines the implications of mayoral influence in public education.

 

Profile of Latino Students in the SDUSD

Profile of Latino Students in the SDUSD 2002-2011

The purpose of this report is to describe the Latino condition within SDUSD, both over time and in relation to the overall student population.

 

The African American Student Profile: SDUSD

The African American Student Profile: SDUSD October 2011

The purpose of this study is to better understand the African-American condition within the school district, both over time and in relation to the overall student population.

 

San Diego Unified School District Status Report

San Diego Unified School District Status Report: 2002-2011

This report covers the school years from 2002-03 to 2010-11 and provides information in four areas:  student enrollment, demographics, and students in underperforming schools; student performance on national and state tests; student high school performance and college opportunity; and financial and personnel trends.

 

Involving Chambers of Commerce in Expanding Career Technical Education (CTE Chambers Report)

Involving Chambers of Commerce in Expanding Career Technical Education (CTE Chambers Project)

Online Learning in Public Schools

A Summary of Existing and Pending Law Involving Online Learning in Public Schools November 2009

A Study of Career and Technical Education Funding in California and San Diego County

A Study of Career and Technical Education Funding in California and San Diego County May 2008

The purpose of this study was to enhance understanding of the policy, program, and funding environment involved with California career and technical education (CTE) at the state and San Diego County levels.

 

Public Involvement in Union Negotiations Under the Educational Employment Relations Act

Public Involvement in Union Negotiations Under the Educational Employment Relations Act September 2009

CEPAL Current Projects

Health & Wellness – Encinitas Union School District: CEPAL is currently in the 2nd year of evaluating the effects of the “On the Mat” (yoga) and “Through my Actions” (character education) components of EUSD’s program. A Year Two report is being written and will be complete by August 31st, 2014

Health & Wellness – Monarch School: Similar to EUSD, CEPAL will analyze the program’s impact on student self-regulation and calm. A Year one report will be completed during the Fall 2014.

Health & Wellness – New York City Schools: CEPAL has partnered with Long Island University faculty to support a study that builds upon the research in EUSD.

Health & Wellness – Cajon Valley (Patch): CEPAL has engaged Cajon Valley Union School District to evaluate their pilot yoga and physical education program that began this spring. The program integrates the practice of yoga with a physical education obstacle course, Patch Fitness. Researchers are studying the program outcomes. 

Early Childhood Learning and STEM: CEPAL researchers are currently working on building the internal capacity of the center to better understand the field of early childhood STEM learning in the context of the newly developed Next Generation Science Standards, a complement to the Common Core State Standards. This project focuses on extensive reviews of the literature in areas including STEM learning, early childhood development, access to STEM for historically underrepresented groups, the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Standards, Makerspaces and the Maker Movement, and avenues for non-profit and policy work centered on STEM fields.  CEPAL researchers are currently writing an article based off of this research that centers on the connection between the informal science learning activities that take place in maker spaces and the K-12 educational system.

Pedagogy and Environment Fit: In collaboration with SDSU, CEPAL is continuing the research at e3 Civic High School to better understand the manner in which specific design elements fit with the intended pedagogy of an urban high school.

Law and Politics of Educational Policy Development Course:  An inside look on how educational policy is formulated, the School of Law and the School of Leadership and Education Studies co-sponsor this seminar under the auspices of CEPAL.

San Diego Catholic Diocese: CEPAL has partnered with Bishop Cirilo Flores and the Catholic Diocese of San Diego to develop a better understanding of the current state of the local diocesan Catholic schools.  This study centers on examining the challenges that local schools currently face in relation to the national Catholic school trends of declining enrollments and school closures.  In addition, this research focuses on locating the foundational pieces of the schools that can be sustained and developed from in the future.   CEPAL researchers have deployed a diocesan-wide survey and interview campaign for all diocesan stakeholders.  The findings from this study will be used by the Catholic Diocese of San Diego to develop plans and strategies to strengthen and sustain Catholic education in local communities.
Learning Space Design: CEPAL will collaborate with the Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) to align its new learning and teaching goals with its current and future physical learning environments.  As part of the overall learning space design project, four school site pilots are proposed that will ultimately inform the development of facilities design guidelines to enhance CVUSD’s blended and 1-to-1 device learning and teaching pedagogy as well as innovative spaces for applied STEM learning and coding.

Enhancing Communication

San Diego Linked Learning: In collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE) and ConnectEd, The University of San Diego, five LEAs, and the Long Beach Unified School District (serving as a mentoring district), the project will develop a regional approach to Linked Learning, conduct intensive needs and capacity assessments in the region and in each of the five districts, and produce by April 2014 a comprehensive plan for implementing systems of Linked Learning in the San Diego County region.

San Diego Workforce and Community College Collaboration: Currently moving into Phase Two, the steering committee’s goal is to collaboratively design a regional pilot program to serve students supported by federal workforce funding dollars.