Co-designing school improvement strategies at the state and local levels
School Improvement Needs-Assessment Revision
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) identified the need to update its processes for supporting schools and districts identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Currently, PDE is engaged in a pilot phase that focuses on preparing regional and local technical assistance providers to lead needs-assessment and analysis activities with 15 schools selected from three school districts. The revised needs-assessment process is aimed at improving the gathering and ongoing analysis of data to better identify the status and needs of each district related to school improvement.
- Review and provide suggestions for revisions to existing rubrics, interview protocols, and data templates used for gathering data to assess needs
- Provide professional learning sessions to prepare Pennsylvania-based facilitators to use tools for school-level qualitative data analysis
- Collaborate with PDE to utilize root-cause analyses to identify and strengthen high-leverage actions at the classroom and school levels to support overall school improvement and student achievement
- Use a continuous improvement cycle to refine and improve PDE’s full-scale rollout of the updated needs-assessment process
SIG Principals’ Academy
The MACC@WestEd partners with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to host an annual SIG [School Improvement Grant] Principals’ Academy for representatives from schools receiving SIG funding authorized under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The second annual academy, held in January 2018, focused on building the capacity of local education agency (LEA) and school staff to create school improvement plans, based on school-level needs assessments, that include appropriately matched, evidenced-based interventions for their context. There were 34 LEA participants and 10 representatives from the PDE at the statewide convening.
- Provide customized and engaging content around the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: A Systems Framework, developed by the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd
- Lead breakout sessions based on strategies aligned with the domains; engage participants in discussions and activities designed to apply the domains to their schools’ respective problems of practice
- Engage teams in action-planning, including moving toward more purposeful collaborative time with teachers and a focus on a more robust family engagement model