Project ACHIEVE: Improvement with a Purpose
Project ACHIEVE is an innovative school reform and school effectiveness program that has been implemented in schools and school districts across the country since 1990. To date, thousands of schools in every state in the country have implemented one or more of its components—in urban, suburban, and rural settings, along with the lowest to the highest performing schools in the nation. As in the past, we fully understand the new ESEA/ESSA legislation, and we are prepared to help districts and schools to succeed across the different ESEA/ESSA requirements--especially those schools identified by their states as needing comprehensive school improvement or turn-around efforts.
Project ACHIEVE’s ultimate goal is to help design and implement effective school and schooling processes to maximize the academic and social/emotional/behavioral progress and achievement of all students--especially those experiencing academic struggles and/or exhibiting behavioral challenges. Project ACHIEVE has also helped schools to implement effective multi-tiered systems of services, supports, and interventions, while improving professional development and PLC outcomes, and increasing the quality of parent (and community) involvement and engagement.
In all, Project ACHIEVE helps schools, communities, and families to develop, strengthen, reinforce, and solidify children and adolescents’ resilience, protective, and effective self-management skills so that they can become college and career ready, and able to avoid or resist unhealthy patterns of behavior.
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Project ACHIEVE Outcomes
- Positive School and Classroom Climate
- Increased Attendance and Academic Engagement
- Improved Academic Achievement
- More Effective Instruction
- Better Classroom Management
- More Prepared and Confident Teachers
- Students with Stronger Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Skills
- Fewer Discipline Referrals and Suspensions
- Decreased Disproportionality
- More Effective Early Academic and Behavioral Interventions
- Fewer Special Education Referrals and Placements
- Stronger Home and Community Involvement
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More About Project ACHIEVE
At its core, Project ACHIEVE is a blueprint that is based on research-proven and empirically-demonstrated effective practices that have been woven together into an implementation process that works. Using the blueprint, schools complete a needs assessment to determine their current needs, the current approaches they are using that are working, and the gaps that are preventing them from improving further. Project ACHIEVE then employs a whole school improvement process that has professional development and ongoing technical consultation as its foundation. The professional development process focuses on teaching staff (a) research-based information and effective instructional and educational practices that (b) translate into skills that are successfully implemented in school and classroom settings in a way where (c) staff confidence and autonomy develops over time.
Using its school effectiveness and professional development process, Project ACHIEVE places particular emphasis on increasing student performance in the areas of social skills and conflict resolution, improving student achievement and academic progress, facilitating positive school climates and safe school practices, increasing and sustaining effective school and schooling processes, and increasing parental involvement and support.
Project ACHIEVE has demonstrated its ability to positively impact schools and districts across the country, and it has earned its designation as a National Model Prevention Program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Project ACHIEVE truly lives its motto: “Building Strong Schools to Strengthen Student Outcomes.”
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Applying to Become a Project ACHIEVE School
School and districts that are interesting in becoming involved with Project ACHIEVE, or in implementing one or more of its components may contact Dr. Knoff directly or complete a Project ACHIEVE Application.