Services to Schools and Districts

Whole Staff and Programatic Services

  • Develop capacity and leadership of all stakeholdersMentor teachers and administrators to improve school-wide outcomes Develop Youth to be great campus leaders
  • Demonstrate and facilitate strong writing of plans, programs and activities
  • Use LCAP dollars to improve students academically, socially, and personally.

  • Facilitate staff, student and parent workshops and training on a variety of topics 
  • Conducting school improvement and cultural competency audits and related reports
  • Teaching administrators how to inspect what they expect- teaching leadership how to assess and support instruction for school-wide improvement.

Our Black Parallel School Board Partnership

In 2011 SILCC entered into a funding agreement with the Black Parallel School Board to provide those
“wrap-around” services” for students and their families to ensure the continued academic, personal, and social success of students.

Equity Training and Support

The following is a sampling of what our organization wants to improve at the school site.

1.Assessing their capacity to adapt to system-wide changes.

2.Developing the equity and culturally responsive toolkits of teachers to improve instruction for all learners.

3.Increasing employee cultural competence and sensitivity that build cross-cultural communication skills to make equity possible for historically low achievers.

4.Building capacity through a commitment to in-house training and development of a professional learning community.

5.Fostering respectful communications and civility in the workplace as participants move through a cultural competency process.

Positive School Climate and Training

According to the U. S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, school administrators expelled over 21,039 students and suspended another 750,000 students in California from 2009 to 2010. What’s more troubling is that suspended or expelled students are at a greater risk of drop-out than their peers. They have lower achievement scores and experience higher levels of juvenile delinquency. When administrators repeatedly suspend students, they set them up for failure.

Each year in California, many students are sent home unsupervised because of misbehavior. Students with disabilities are twice as likely, and African American boys are three times as likely to be suspended.

The Sacramento Independent Learning Center (SILCC) and the Black Parallel School Board (BPSB) find the above data troubling. We have discovered that school district suspension and expulsion policies that derive from the national zero-tolerance program are not compatible with the needs of not only Black students but students of color.

Equity Audits and Reports

As part of the Sacramento Independent Learning Center Corporation’s equity audit process, stakeholder teams visit school sites to assess systems, programs, policies, and curricula to ensure equitable service delivery and activities for all students, regardless of race or ethnicity.

In addition, examine programs and policies, determine the equity index, and make recommendations for improvement. The audit process provides challenging and provocative culturally proficient experiences for all educational stakeholders to help identify barriers to equity to create educational programs, services and activities that promote all students’ health, academic, social, and personal success.

SILCC visits schools virtually or in-person to conduct its equity audit. The SILCC visiting team uses Themes are identified. Our audit visiting team is part of our network and includes a diverse group of educators and parents who understand the audit process and related surveys and assessments. SILCC works to meet the needs of schools that are interested in:

A successful audit requires a team of at least 5-8 experienced persons as part of the visiting team who will work 3-5 days at the school site virtually, in-person or both reviewing data, interviewing stakeholders, reviewing surveys and writing recommendations and commendations. Stipends will be required to compensate the participants for their time and service.

Student Leadership Training

SILCC formed a Zero Tolerance Student Committee to change the interpretation of the zero tolerance law. Our formation describes real-life student stories about the negative impact of what happens when schools suspend and expel students.

Student members of the Zero Tolerance Committee have established bilingual teams to visit schools to educate all stakeholders about the range of decisions that emanate from the zero tolerance law. Students have discovered that too often the punishment at one school does not match the punishment of another school for the same action. Consequently, school site expulsion/suspension decisions negatively impact many students, particularly those of color.

Student teams will use various outreach techniques, e.g., social media (such as Facebook), websites, articles and digital recordings, to discuss school discipline.

Zero Tolerance students discuss alternatives to suspension/expulsion by demonstrating successful restorative justice and peer mediation techniques to expand the understanding of all our community stakeholders. Eventually, we hope that stakeholders, in partnership with school districts, will develop and/or design an alternative discipline process to serve as a model for all schools can use.