Transforming
Systems

Advancing
Equity

Sharing
Success

Transforming Education in California

Our Mission

The College & Career Alliance and Support Network (CCASN) at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education partners with our collaborative network to include, system leaders, educators, organizational partners, and diverse learning communities to inform, influence and impact California’s public education system. CCASN is committed to bold strategies that aim to institutionalize racial equity in California’s public education system.

Our Vision

CCASN strives to build an equitable education system that prepares all students for college, careers, and communal-civic life; supporting seamless intersegmental transitions and elevating optimal postsecondary opportunities and pathways for all.

  • We center students furthest from opportunity in our work, including Black, LatinX, Asian American and Pacific Islander students, as well as English Learners.
  • We utilize action research, data and improvement science methodologies to assess, diagnosis, analyze, and deploy strategies that enhance equity in instructional, structural and systemic practices.
  • We are proud to serve as a trusted partner focused on serving the field and influencing impactful policy, advocacy and practice.

New Series: Making the Way by Leading

Event: Making the Way by Leading: SANKOFA, Reflecting Forward to Racial Equity in Californiat Eduation; The first event in our series highlighting conscious and courageous leaders and changemakers dedicated to racial equity in education.
On November 5th CCASN launched the Making the Way by Leading series. Over the next two years, collaborative teams of conscious and courageous leaders will organize quarterly events that focus on different aspects of racial equity and social justice in education.

Our Teaching, Leading and Learning Stance

CCASN has extensive experience partnering with system leaders, educators, schools, districts and institutional and organizational partners to build capacity and support the use of evidence-based research to implement equitable and effective approaches that inform state policy, advance institutional equity initiatives, and provide guidance that informs, influences and impacts California’s public education systems. We are an emergent learning organization that continues to build and learn with our network of partners.

Testing Our New Name

College & Career Alliance and Support Network (Still CCASN)

As of November 2021, the College and Career Academy Support Network will interchangeably use the College & Career Alliance & Support Network at UC Berkeley.

CCASN has made this minor adjustment to reflect our deep commitment to collaborative partnerships, working in alignment with others in, across and beyond our network to bridge historic and systemic educational inequities.

CCASN in Action

Transforming
Systems

CCASN provides a wealth of practical tools for educators. Check out our three-workshop series: Leading Equity Action Research for Education Practitioners in a Public Health Crisis. Or view our video workshop: Advancing Equity in College & Career Pathways: Transformative Research-Based Approaches.

All Presentations

Scales of Justice

Advancing
Equity

Read the executive summary of our report, “Advancing Equity at Scale-Up: Research Priorities for College and Career Pathways,” synthesizing lessons from four symposia connecting College and Career Pathway researchers with practitioners to stimulate collaboration, build capacity, and prioritize equity issues.

All Publications

Sharing
Success

CCASN worked with nearly 100 CPA teams in intensive three-day sessions using Human-Centered Design Thinking to strengthen the three main components of successful academies: the School-within-a-School model; work-based learning opportunities; and partnerships with business, industry, community, and post-secondary partners.

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