Leveraging the Local Control Funding Formula to accelerate learning in
Pomona Unified School District

CTQ, along with our partners at the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools, took an in depth look at the ways in which Pomona Unified School District (PUSD) is transforming professional learning that results in more equitable outcomes for students.

Case study

This case study summarizes how the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), California’s state school funding law since 2013, is being implemented in Pomona Unified School District (PUSD). The goal of this report is to inform educators and education system leaders about how district practices have changed as a result of LCFF and to better understand strategies for improving educational outcomes for historically underserved students.

Executive summary

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Policy report

This policy paper summarizes how one school district is using California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to bolster teachers’ professional learning to drive more equitable outcomes for its students. The authors expand upon Pomona’s current efforts with practice and policy recommendations to help spread new teacher-led change strategies across the state.

Executive summary

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Video highlights

The power of co-teaching:
Using Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds, PUSD created co-teaching positions that provide teachers like Jamie and Paula to lead without leaving the classroom. During their non student contact time these teachers facilitate professional learning which provides opportunities for teachers to collectively lead the improvement of their practice and accelerate student learning.
Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF):
Superintendent Richard Martinez discusses how LCFF has changed decision making in PUSD.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL):
Superintendent Richard Martinez shares how addressing social and emotional needs of students has impacted teaching and learning in PUSD.  
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS):
Superintendent Richard Martinez reflects on how PBIS has impacted school discipline policy and practice in PUSD.
Co-teaching:
Superintendent Richard Martinez shares what he has been learning from the co-teaching model in PUSD.
Educating the Whole Child :
Cynthia Sanchez, principal at Armstrong Elementary in PUSD, explores the importance of relationships, collaboration, and mindsets in educating the whole child.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL):
Cynthia Sanchez, principal at Armstrong Elementary in PUSD, explains how educators at her school are building the capacity of students to deal with stress, trauma, and factors that can negatively impact their health and learning.

Teacher-led learning as a lever for equity: Stories from educators

Click the image above to find out more about what teacher led learning looks like in PUSD.

This project was made possible because of generous support provided by the Silver Giving Foundation and Stuart Foundation. CTQ and CTS are grateful for the opportunity to learn about and share the work of the educators in Pomona Unified School District.