Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) /School Improvement Planning
Continuous school improvement and school turn-around continues to be a focus of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act/Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA/ESSA)--reauthorized in December, 2014. Guided by ESEA/ESSE, each state's academic standards and student assessment/proficiency process, and other state and local initiatives, every school and district in the country needs to establish paths and set goals in the following areas:
- Comprehensive and planned school improvement
- Teacher evaluation and effective classroom instruction
- Scientifically-based or research-based school and schooling practices
- Standards-based assessments and academic progress for all students
- Safe schools, effective classroom management, and bully prevention initiatives
- Academic interventions and ongoing "progress monitoring" assessments for students not making academic progress
- Student engagement, attendance, and graduation
- Professional development for all educators with documented accountability
- Parent outreach and involvement
As a national school improvement project, Project ACHIEVE has worked with thousands of schools and districts in a partnership to help them meet these ESEA mandates. More importantly, Project ACHIEVE has focused on the primary motivation behind school improvement: the academic and social, emotional, and behavioral development, growth, and success of all students.
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ESEA/School Improvement Planning Services:
- Strategic planning, organizational change, school improvement policies, procedures, and strategies
- Integrated "Building Committee" approaches to organization and personnel management
- Professional development, peer consultation, and technical assistance procedures, strategies, and activities
- Parent and community involvement, training, and support assessments, procedures, strategies, and activities
- Clinical supervision and peer- or co-teaching strategies and procedures
- Formative and summative Program Evaluation and Accountability procedures, strategies, and activities along with the creation of functional, interactive, real-time data-bases
- Training of Trainers programs along with other systemic capacity-building and long-term institutionalization policies, stategies, and activities
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Project ACHIEVE Experience in this Area:
Project ACHIEVE components have been implemented in thousands of schools and districts across the country—focusing especially on school improvement and ESEA processes. These include school and districts in large urban settings (e.g., Washington, DC, Baltimore, Tampa, San Franscisco, New York City, Monterey County), to those in small rural communities (including more than ten Native American communities).
Project ACHIEVE has also worked with many state education departments over the years (e.g., Arkansas, Alaska, Kansas, Florida)--helping to create realistic and effective blueprints and partnerships that facilitate school and schooling success.
Finally, Project ACHIEVE presentations and keynotes have been delivered, for many years, at notable national and state meetings—including those sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education—where ESEA strategies and issues are the main topics of discussion.