Michael Funk

Director of the Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) for the California Department of Education (CDE), appointed in 2012.

The EXLD, with deep field engagement at the start, developed “A Vision for Expanded Learning in California, Strategic Plan 1.0: 2014–2016”. The impact of this Strategic Plan resulted in numerous successes in embedding quality, systems, and technical assistance to support programs and elevate expanded learning as a key partner in the K–12 education system. The plan created a California statewide system of support comprised of members of the CDE, County Offices of Education, and Statewide Contracted Technical Assistance Providers.

Michael led the second iteration, “A Vision for Expanded Learning in California, Strategic Plan 2.0: 2019–2023”, to sustain California’s momentum and innovative path to support quality expanded learning programs across the State.

This System of Support for Expanded Learning has been working with the Center for Systems Awareness for many years to support staff and students through the Compassionate Systems Framework.

Prior to this role, Michael worked in San Francisco and founded the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center in the early 1995 and founded Experience Corps Bay Area in 1998. Michael also co-founded and co-led the Learning In Afterschool and Summer initiative, a partnership with Temescal Associates.