Educational Materials

The Riverside County Office of Education produces the following educational materials that are available for sale, or in some cases, download.

Instructional Resources

Instructional Services has a collection of free resources for classroom teachers, principals, and district administrators. These materials can be downloaded and used freely within a Riverside County school.

Academic Vocabulary Cover PageAcademic Vocabulary
Academic Vocabulary is an important topic; there are a variety of academic lists that are used in our schools. In partnership with Key Data Systems we have pulled out the common academic words found in the Released Test Questions (RTQs) and standards provided by the California Department of Education. The document is divided by grade level. We recommend that this word list be used throughout the year.

CAHSEE ELA Cover imageCAHSEE ELA Released Test Questions
This document provides teachers an easy tool as they utilize the Released Test Questions as part of their department and individual standards-based planning for English.

 

CAHSEE Math cover imageCAHSEE Math Released Test Questions
This document provides teachers an easy tool as they utilize the Released Test Questions as part of their department and individual standards-based planning for math.

 

Report Card cover imageA Report Card on District Achievement
On April 27, 2011, The Education Trust—West released, A Report Card on District Achievement: How Low-income,African-American,andLatino Students Fare in California School Districts (Stuart & Hahnel, 2011).  In that report, The Education Trust—West graded the 146 largest, unified school districts in the state on four different indicators of district performance.  All districts with an enrollment of 5,000 students or more who served K?12 students were included.  This resulted in the inclusion of 15 out of Riverside County’s 23 school districts.  The report specifically analyzed how these school districts are performing with their African?American, Latino, and low?income students (students qualifying for NSLP).

While it was found that most districts earned Cs and Ds on the indicators, some districts far exceeded the norm in California.  This was especially the case for many of the districts in RiversideCounty.  The current paper highlights key points with respect to the districts in Riverside County.  It also provides a comparison between the combined performance of the districts in Riverside County and the other 131 districts.

Test Taking Tips cover imageTest-Taking Tips for Parents
As we know parents play a significant role in their children’s educational success. As part of preparation for the annual state testing done in grades 2-11 we have put together this parent brochure with our educational partner, Key Data Systems. This four-panel brochure will provide parents with the Do’s and Don’ts, Test-Taking Strategies, and a list of parent friendly websites to assist their children in this annual event.

Understanding Drop Outs cover imageUnderstanding Drop Out: Accuracy of Reporting and Risk and Protective Factors
Understanding our county’s graduation and drop-out rates has moved beyond just looking at strategies.  For the past few years we have noticed that district’s and school’s accurate reporting of graduation and drop-out data has become an important aspect of the solution.  The following report discusses graduation and drop-out strategies plus a section on how districts can continue to accurately report their data.  The systems developed for this report were created after many conversations with districts and school leaders.

Leadership Videos

Produced by the Leadership Institute of Riverside County

Tuning Protocol with Terry WilhelmTuning Protocol, Featuring Presenting Teacher Gareth Richards: A Structure for Discussing Student Work in Vertical or Diverse Teams
This video showcases a high school team of visual and performing arts and career tech teachers, using this protocol to discuss student writing from a video production class, sharing strategies all team members can utilize.
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Secondary Interventions Within the Master ScheduleSecondary Interventions Within the Master Schedule
This video of an interview for RCOE TV showcases Joe Balleweg, former principal of Great Oak High School in the Temecula Valley Unified School District. Joe discusses the process he used to lead the Great Oak staff on the journey of building a highly effective Pyramid Response to Intervention within the master schedule.
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Connecting Teacher Collaboration video Connecting Teacher Collaboration to Classroom Practice
This video showcases a collaborative meeting of the 7th grade English team at Moutain View Middle School in the Moreno Valley Unified School District, with subsequent clips of the teachers implementing the various agreed-upon research based strategies back in their classrooms with their students.
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v-finetuningTuning Protocol, Featuring Presenting Teacher Donn Cushing:  A Structure for Discussing Student Work in Vertical or Diverse Teams
This video showcases a high school team of visual and performing arts and career tech teachers, using this protocol to discuss student work from an auto shop class, sharing strategies all team members can utilize.
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v-studentbasedprotocolThe Student-Based Protocol: A Structure for Discussing Common Formative Assessments
This video showcases a high school Algebra I team using this protocol to discuss one of their weekly three-item quizzes.
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v-collabprincipalteamsCollaborative Principal Teams
This video was taken at a principals’ meeting in the Jurupa Unified School District. Each team of principals is using a data protocol to discuss classroom walk-through data.
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v-mathprotocolElementary Math Data Protocol Video
This video captures a mathematics collaboration at a 4th grade team meeting.
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v-leadershipDeveloping Shared Leadership
This video captures an interview for RCOE TV, featuring Debbie Fay, principal at Mountain View Middle School in the Moreno Valley Unified School District. Ms. Fay describes her six-year journey of developing shared leadership with her teachers in order to dramatically improve student outcomes, transforming a school with poor outcomes and a toxic culture to a highly-functional Professional Learning Community.
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Preview/discussion questions for using the interview for professional development with principal groups are also available: Interview Preview/Discussion Questions

Leadership Tools

Produced by the Leadership Institute of Riverside County

 Documents and Tools

Support Documents for Protocol Videos

Assessment Survey

This survey (based on the Essential Program Components) is a user friendly way to take a look at your level of understanding of all systems that impact your site, students and district.  The information from this survey provides a clear picture of the depth of implementation of core curriculum, commitment to continuous improvement, understanding of performance expectations, capacity to meet these expectations, and the extent to which your accountability system provides viable feedback that drives instruction.

Barriers and Solutions Matrices

Both of these matrices provide you with the ability to translate areas that need improvement into focused solutions.  Using the information from the Assessment Survey, the Barrier Matrix helps you to place the areas that need improvement (1 or 2 on the level of understanding) into perspective and in the appropriate category of expectations or stakeholders.  Input for determining the priority implementing workable solutions can be solicited from those stakeholders who will be responsible for finding workable solutions.

Once this part of the process is complete, you then use the Solutions Matrix to begin structuring the changes and implementation timeline for these changes.  By listing all expectations, data that will be collected and analyzed, targeted instructional strategies, professional development that must take place and those responsible for executing, monitoring and evaluating, you set into motion the change processes and the accountability for implementation.

Special Education Materials

Steps to Success: Assessment, Resource and Instructional Planning Kit
A comprehensive classroom system for students taking the California Alternate Performance Assessment (more information and samples | order form)