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Lifting Student Learning Institutes are for principals and their teams.

Regional System of District and School Support

The Regional System of District and School Support (RSDSS) of Region 9 provides leadership, resources, and technical assistance to the schools, districts, and county offices of San Diego, Orange, and Imperial counties in order to increase their collective capacity to support students in meeting or exceeding the state's academic content standards.

Upcoming Events​

Lifting Student Learning ​Institute

Accelerate instructional improvement with the Lifting Student Learning Institute. The two-day institute helps principals and their teams develop expertise around the high-leverage instructional strategies that increase student agency and accelerate student achievement. 

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Don't want to wait? Contact Sheelagh Moran to bring the Lifting Student Learning Institute to your district. 

Read what attendees had to say about the institute at the 2016 summer session. 

Lifting Student Learning Institute participants will:

  • Investigate the research of educator and author John Hattie on the factors that influence achievement, and how to align high-leverage practices with student learning needs.
  • Develop an understanding of the instructional routines that increase students' thinking and reasoning through research from Project Zero by Harvard University.
  • Create a focused professional learning plan which supports collective efficacy in your school. 

The Lifting Student Learning Institute aligns with LCAP State Priority 2 (Implementation of State Standards) and LCAP State Priority 4 (Pupil Achievement).

Leading for Coherence

This one-day event is a follow-up to the highly popular LIFT Institute. Administrators looking for more can build upon their professional development plan created in the LIFT Institute and continue their efforts to create coherence around an instructional focus that supports student learning.

Improvement Science in Practice

This three-day intensive workshop is based upon the work of the Carnegie Foundation on leading for improvement in education. Improvement science is a methodology for using disciplined inquiry to solve a specific problem of practice. 

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  • Learn improvement methodologies through working on a specific problem facing your organization over the course of three months. 
  • Choose an appropriate project and the right team for a productive learning experience. 


Federal legislation requires all states to provide a statewide system of sustained support for districts and schools receiving Title I funding. In California, this support structure is organized through the state's configuration of 11 regions by the RSDSS. Each region, under the leadership of a consortium of county superintendents provides regional coordination and collaboration of services through the RSDSS offices. RSDSS continues to partner with the California Department of Education (CDE), the Comprehensive Assistance Center, and county offices of education to form the Statewide System of School Support and satisfy federal requirements.

​​R​SDSS Foundational Services​ ​​


The RSDSS Foundational Services works to assist Districts and Schools in the improvement of teaching and learning in the following ways.

  • Guide LEAs to establish and implement an effective District School Liaison Team (DSLT)

  • Improve instructional practices

  • Engage in partnerships

  • Provide customized technical assistance and/or professional development​


The RSDSS Team engages in improvement processes with school districts in Program Improvement status and schools in years three through five of Program Improvement including:

  • Gather and analyze data

  • Use data to establish school and district priorities

  • Establish and implement a local monitoring system

  • Use school plan to improve instruction

  • Provide guidance, information and brokering of services on research-based resources for increased parent support

  • Develop district professional development plan​

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