Consulting Services: ESEA Improvement/Planning

School Improvement 

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Academic proficiency, student behavior, continuous school improvement, and school turn-around continue to be the focus areas of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act/Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA/ESSA)--reauthorized in December, 2015. Guided by ESEA/ESSA, each state has developed its own processes 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 (including chronic absenteeism), and graduation
  • Professional development for all educators with documented accountability
  • Parent outreach and involvement

As a national school improvement expert, Howie (through Project ACHIEVE's different components) has worked with thousands of schools and districts in partnerships to help them meet their respective ESEA requirements. Critically, Project ACHIEVE strategies focus on the primary motivation behind school improvement: the academic and social, emotional, and behavioral development, growth, and success of all students.

ESEA/School Improvement Implementation Services:

  • Strategic planning, organizational change, school improvement policies, procedures, and strategies
  • District/School success, continuous improvement, and School Turn-Around services
  • Shared Leadership approaches maximizing the impact of district and school committees and PLCs
  • Student assessment audits and alignments
  • Professional development, peer consultation, and internal (school-generated) 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 dashboards and data-bases
  • Training of Trainers programs to build staff, school, and district capacity and independence in critical instructional and support areas