Handbook on Effective Implementation of School Improvement Grants

2009-2010 SIG Guidance New!

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Chapter 4: Organizational Structures - Introduction (CII)

A. Creating a Turnaround Office (CII)
B. Implementing New School Models (CII)
C. Restarting with a Charter School (CII)
D. Restarting with an Education Management Organization (CII)
E. Closing Schools (CII)
F. Implementing Community-Oriented School Structures (CII)

Changing High School Structures and Programs (NHSC)
A. Dual Enrollment/Early-College High Schools (NHSC)
B. Thematic Learning Academies (NHSC)
C. Credit-Recovery Programs (NHSC)
D. Re-engagement Strategies (NHSC)
E. Smaller Learning Communities (NHSC)

Chapter 5: Leadership and Decision Making - Introduction (CII)

A. Establishing Team Structures to Drive Improvement (CII)
B. Granting Waivers and Exemptions (CII)
C. Providing Flexibility in Staffing, Scheduling, Budgeting (CII)
D. Establishing Early-Warning Systems (NHSC)
E. Hiring and Evaluating External Providers (CII)
F. Using Operational Data, Including Classroom Observations (COI/CII)
G. Monitoring Fidelity of Implementation (CII)
H. Documenting and Reporting Progress (CII)
I. Sustaining Reforms (CII)

Chapter 6: Human Capital - Personnel and Professional Development - Introduction (TQ CENTER)

A. Recruiting Staff and Attracting High-Quality Staff to Hard-to-Staff Schools (TQ CENTER)
B. Improving Staff Evaluation Systems (TQ CENTER)
C. Providing Performance-Based Incentives (TQ CENTER)
D. Differentiating Roles, Re-assigning Staff, and Aligning Staff Competencies with School/Student Needs (TQ CENTER)
E. Retaining Staff (TQ CENTER)
F. Providing Career Growth Ladders (TQ CENTER)
G. Providing Professional Development (TQ CENTER)

Chapter 7: Curriculum and Instruction - Introduction (COI and NHSC)

A. Aligning Instruction (COI)
B. Differentiating Instruction (COI)
C. Using Student Data to Drive Instruction (COI)
D. Using Instructional Practice Data to Alter Strategies (COI)
E. Determining Teacher Effectiveness (TQ CENTER)
F. Using Response to Intervention (COI/NHSC)
G. Choosing and Implementing Technology Wisely (NHSC)
H. Using Performance-Based Student Assessments (AACC)
I. Accelerating Acquisition of Basic Reading Skills: Elementary and Middle School (COI)
J. Accelerating Acquisition of Basic Mathematics Skills: Elementary and Middle School (COI)
K. Accelerating Instruction in Reading: Grades 9-12 (NHSC)
L. Accelerating Instruction in Mathematics: Grades 9-12 (NHSC)
M. Providing Advanced Coursework in High Schools (NHSC)
N. Implementing Competency-Based Instruction in High Schools (NHSC)

Chapter 8: Scheduling and Learning Time - Introduction (COI)

A. Restructuring and Extending the School Day (NHSC)
B. Providing Full-Day Kindergarten (COI)
C. Providing Pre-school Programs (COI)
D. Providing Adequate and Structured Teacher Instructional Planning Time(COI)
E. Increasing Time on Task and Student Engagement (COI/NHSC)
F. Applying Mastery Learning Techniques (COI)

Chapter 9: Student Supports - Introduction (COI)

A. Understanding and Addressing Learner Diversity (AACC)
B. Identifying Students in Need of Support, Intervention (COI)
C. Support for Students with Disabilities (COI)
D. Support for English Language Learners (COI)
E. Addressing Social and Emotional Learning (CII)
F. Providing Community Supports and Resources (CII)
G. Providing Effective Tutoring (COI)
H. Addressing Middle to High School Transitions (NHSC)
I. Engaging Families in Student Learning (CII)
J. Establishing a Supportive School Climate and an Effective Approach to Discipline (CII)
K. Strategies that Build Relationships (NHSC)


Appendix Federal Guidance A15 New!
Indicators of Effective Practice (School) – Center on Innovation & Improvement
Indicators of Effective Practice (District) – Center on Innovation & Improvement
Rapid Improvement Leader Indicators—Center on Innovation & Improvement
Elements of High School Improvement – National High School Center

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