Closing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps: Aligning Systems to Target Supports and Interventions for Students Most in Need

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Closing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps: Aligning Systems to Target Supports and Interventions for Students Most in Need Overview

The purpose of this meeting is to provide states the opportunity to collaborate and discuss key issues as they work to close opportunity and achievement gaps by supporting turnaround in the lowest performing schools and schools with the largest opportunity and achievement gaps. This meeting features panel discussions and leverage peer-to-peer learning with intentional time for state discussions and interaction. The meeting primarily consists of a variety of breakout sessions during which state teams will have an opportunity to determine how the topics apply to their state and what actions they might take next.

Key Meeting Objectives

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  • Provide an opportunity for within-state collaboration to problem solve and develop strategies to enhance implementation of supports and interventions to assist in closing the opportunity and achievement gaps across schools and districts;
  • Engage in peer-to-peer learning within and across states to discuss promising practices and lessons learned from this work, and determine appropriate next steps for actualizing new ideas; and
  • Leave the meeting with a deeper knowledge of how other states support efforts to close the opportunity and achievement gaps in the lowest performing schools and with concrete ideas for application within states.

Below you will find links to download materials from the conference. After the conference concludes we will add all of the PowerPoint presentations and handouts from the various sessions.

Agenda, Participants List, and Other Conference Downloads

  • For a detailed overview of the conference, download the Agenda and the All Conference Summary.
  • Closing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Conference Workbook.
  • To see who attended the conference, download the Participant List.
  • To learn more about the Center on School Turnaround, download our three page Overview.
  • To learn more about the Council of Chief State School Officers, you can check out the CCSSO website.
  • To learn more about the National Center for Systemic Improvement you can check out the NCSI website.
  • To learn more about the CCSSO Supports and Interventions State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS), download the 1-page FlyerTo view the S&I Funding Streams draft document please click here.
  • To learn more about the Center on School Turnaround’s Network of State Turnaround and School Improvement Leaders (NSTIL), download the 1-page Flyer.
  • Check out the School Turnaround Learning Community, which provides technical assistance and shares research-based practices and emerging promising practices to help states increase their capacity to support districts in turning around their lowest-performing schools.

 

Day 1 Plenary Materials – Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Panel Discussion – The Need for Systemic Alignment: 9:20 – 10:30am

Description, PowerPoint, Resources, Moderator, and Panelists

What does collaboration really mean? How do leaders integrate efforts, align visions, and bring vision to the implementation of systems of support? This session highlights the various efforts the U.S. Department of Education is taking to increase collaboration and alignment amongst staff. In addition, an SEA leader will discuss the steps his state is taking to collaborate within an SEA, and will react and respond to some of the recent changes at the U.S. Department of Education.

PowerPoint & Session Summary

Resources

  • ESEA Title I Schoolwide Guidance: Download
  • Leveraging Federal Funding Focus Group – Final Report: Download
  • School Turnaround Learning Community (STLC) Profiles of SIG Strategies – State Level: View Collection
  • STLC Profiles of SIG Strategies – District Level: View Collection
  • STLC Profiles of SIG Strategies – School Level: View Collection

Moderator

Carlas McCauley – Center for School Turnaround: Carlas L. McCauley is the Director for WestEd’s Center on School Turnaround. The Center on School Turnaround is part of a federal network of Regional Comprehensive Centers, serving individual states or clusters of states, and seven national Content Centers. The Comprehensive Centers are charged with building the capacity of state educational agencies to assist districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals.

Panelists

Monique Chism – U.S. Department of Education Panelists: Dr. Chism is the Director for the Student Achievement and School Accountability (SASA) program in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. SASA is responsible for administering Title I, Part A Grants to Local Educational Agencies, Title III English Acquisition State Grants, the State Agency Neglected and Delinquent program, the State Assessment Grant program, the Enhanced Assessment Grant program, and the McKinney-Vento Program for Homeless Children and Youth.

Ruth Ryder – U.S. Department of Education: Ruth Ryder is the Deputy Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education. OSEP has responsibility for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act program, providing financial support to States through formula grant programs and national leadership in supporting States through technical assistance, personnel preparation, parent training, technology and State personnel development.

Pedro Rivera – Secretary of Education, Pennsylvania: Pedro A. Rivera was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to serve as the Secretary of Education on January 20, 2015. He most recently served as Superintendent of The School District of Lancaster, a position he held from 2008-2015. Under Rivera’s leadership, The School District of Lancaster developed and implemented a new curriculum, an aggressive professional development plan, and innovative teacher observation tools. These initiatives resulted in an increased graduation rate, notable improvements in math, science and writing proficiency scores, and enhanced the level of participation from high-performing students in programs that help prepare them for college and other post-graduation opportunities. In September 2014, Rivera was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to transform urban education – one of ten recipients nationwide to receive the prestigious honor.

Panel Discussion – Multi-Tier Systems of Support for Closing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps: 10:45 – 12:00pm

Description, PowerPoint, Moderator, and Panelists

This session features the efforts state and districts are taking to concentrate on the needs of subgroups and identified focus schools. Panelists will discuss the use of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), strong tier 1 instruction, the use of interventions, and developing academic and behavioral support systems for struggling learners.

PowerPoint & Session Summary

Moderator

Rorie Fitzpatrick – National Center for Systemic Improvement: Rorie Fitzpatrick serves as Co-Director of the Center for Prevention & Early Intervention (CPEI) at WestEd. CPEI provides training and technical assistance in support of children and youth (birth through age 22) with, or at risk for, disabilities and their families. CPEI partners with state education and human service agencies to build local capacity to improve developmental, academic, and behavioral outcomes for children and youth. Fitzpatrick also serves as Co-Director of the National Center for Systemic Improvement, designed to help states transform their systems to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.

Panelists

Todd Wiedemann – Kansas Department of Education: Todd Wiedemann is a graduate of Wichita State University and Indiana University and is currently the Assistant Coordinator for the Kansas MTSS Team. After starting his career as a special education teacher and head college basketball coach, he is now seen as one of the go-to people for educational leaders that want their school to improve their culture, leadership, communication skills and ultimately have students achieve better results. With his background as the leader of rural and urban schools, both small and large, Todd honed his skills in effective educational leadership, MTSS, school turnaround, communication, data based decision making, school improvement, and classroom walk-throughs.

John Allison – Wichita Public Schools: John Allison has served as Superintendent in the Wichita Public Schools since 2009. During his tenure as superintendent, the district has led the implementation of systemic reforms that focus on developing and improving students’ literacy skills. Allison’s reform effort, developed around a framework of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is in its fifth year in 2014-15. Since his arrival in Wichita in July 2009, Allison has actively reached out to stakeholders of all types including students, parents, staff, partners and business leaders. Key outcomes shaped by an engaged community include budget development, boundary changes, bond issue pause and study decisions, and various aspects of student achievement.

George Sugai – University of Connecticut: Professor George Sugai received his M.Ed. in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1980 at the University of Washington. Currently at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Sugai is Carole J. Neag Endowed Chair in Behavior Disorders and professor with tenure. Dr. Sugai is the Director of the Center for Behavioral Education and Research in the Neag School of Education, which focuses on research and outreach activities, related to promoting effective academic and social behavior supports. Dr. Sugai is also currently co-director (with Rob Horner at the University of Oregon and Tim Lewis at the University of Missouri) of the national Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

Working Lunch – State teams problem-solving on collaboration and focus school issues: 12:00 – 1:00pm

Description

Use the questions in the workbook to think through some of the ideas shared during the morning session.

Day 1 Breakout Session Descriptions and Downloadable Materials

Breakout Session #1: 1:00 – 2:30pm; Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Quality Special Education Programs in the School Turnaround Context

Assessing and improving special education programs, especially those that serve a significant proportion of students in schools identified for focused turnaround, can be a key leverage point for successful turnaround efforts. Yet, too often, schools charged with turnaround are not prepared to conduct a structured assessment of their special education or develop a coherent plan of action. This interactive session will explore the critical importance of developing an intentional effort to improve special education as part of a broader turnaround effort, share findings from new case studies of such efforts, and facilitate a discussion regarding a new tool developed by CST to assist schools and districts assess the overall quality of their special education programs.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Presenter(s): Lauren Morando Rhim, Executive Director, National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools; Strategic Partner, Center for School Turnaround

Identifying, Selecting and Sustaining a Pipeline of Turnaround Leaders

Strong leaders are crucial to the success of turnaround efforts and closing opportunity and achievement gaps. Staff from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and the University of Virginia will present on a variety of resources that they’ve recently created for states to support the recruitment, hiring, and professional development of great teachers and leaders.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Professional Learning Modules Overview: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Turnaround Competencies Handout: Download
  • Presenter(s): Catherine Barbour, Principal TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research; Jeanette Cornier, Senior Policy Fellow, Public Impact; Dallas Hambrick Hitt, Research Scientist, University of Virginia and Center on School Turnaround

Building a Pipeline of Turnaround Teachers

Students in high-need schools need consistent access to great teachers in order to catch up and leap ahead.  But high-need schools typically struggle the most to attract and retain excellent educators. This session will feature some innovative approaches from districts across the U.S. tackling this challenge. The Opportunity Culture Initiative, under the leadership of Public Impact, is working with 60 schools in 7 districts to redesign the teaching profession and extend excellent teachers’ reach to every student via opportunities for leadership and substantially increased pay – within existing school budgets. The District of Columbia has revamped teacher compensation, roles, and evaluation in an effort to attract and retain great teachers in the nation’s capital, especially in high need schools.  Presenters from Public Impact and DCPS will share strategies and early results, and then lead a discussion about how states and districts nationally can prime their turnaround teacher pipelines.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Presenter(s): Bryan Hassel, Co-Director, Public Impact; Scott Thompson, Deputy Chief of Human Capital-Teacher Effectiveness, District of Columbia Public Schools

Closing the Achievement Gap by Supporting Focus Schools

Focus Schools are schools that usually do not require a school-wide systemic change, but rather need to focus on the services to only one subgroup or the lowest performing students. Since 2012, Maryland has invested resources to support its 41 Focus Schools across the state. Since that time, Maryland has learned a lot about what works and what is still needed to close achievement gaps in the identified schools. Maryland has built these “lessons learned” into its ESEA Flex Renewal. The presenters will discuss where Maryland has been, and what’s next in their journey with Focus Schools.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Presenter(s): Maria E. DiPietro Lamb, Director of the Program Improvement and Family Support Branch Maryland State Department of Education; Nola Cromer, Focus School Lead, Maryland State Department of Education

Breakout Session #2: 2:45 – 4:15pm; Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Quality Special Education Programs in the School Turnaround Context

Assessing and improving special education programs, especially those that serve a significant proportion of students in schools identified for focused turnaround, can be a key leverage point for successful turnaround efforts. Yet, too often, schools charged with turnaround are not prepared to conduct a structured assessment of their special education or develop a coherent plan of action. This interactive session will explore the critical importance of developing an intentional effort to improve special education as part of a broader turnaround effort, share findings from new case studies of such efforts, and facilitate a discussion regarding a new tool developed by CST to assist schools and districts assess the overall quality of their special education programs.Preview Changes

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Presenter(s): Lauren Morando Rhim, Executive Director, National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools; Strategic Partner, Center for School Turnaround

Identifying, Selecting and Sustaining a Pipeline of Turnaround Leaders

Strong leaders are crucial to the success of turnaround efforts and closing opportunity and achievement gaps. Staff from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and the University of Virginia will present on a variety of resources that they’ve recently created for states to support the recruitment, hiring, and professional development of great teachers and leaders.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Professional Learning Modules Overview: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Turnaround Competencies Handout: Download
  • Presenter(s): Catherine Barbour, Principal TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research; Jeanette Cornier, Senior Policy Fellow, Public Impact; Dallas Hambrick Hitt, Research Scientist, University of Virginia and Center on School Turnaround

Building a Pipeline of Turnaround Teachers

Students in high-need schools need consistent access to great teachers in order to catch up and leap ahead.  But high-need schools typically struggle the most to attract and retain excellent educators. This session will feature some innovative approaches from districts across the U.S. tackling this challenge. The Opportunity Culture Initiative, under the leadership of Public Impact, is working with 60 schools in 7 districts to redesign the teaching profession and extend excellent teachers’ reach to every student via opportunities for leadership and substantially increased pay – within existing school budgets. The District of Columbia has revamped teacher compensation, roles, and evaluation in an effort to attract and retain great teachers in the nation’s capital, especially in high need schools.  Presenters from Public Impact and DCPS will share strategies and early results, and then lead a discussion about how states and districts nationally can prime their turnaround teacher pipelines.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Presenter(s): Bryan Hassel, Co-Director, Public Impact; Scott Thompson, Deputy Chief of Human Capital-Teacher Effectiveness, District of Columbia Public Schools

Developing a Comprehensive Turnaround Strategy that Integrates Early Learning

This work session will function as a peer exchange for SEAs seeking to develop systemic turnaround efforts through the integration of early learning into their turnaround work. Experts from the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) will moderate the discussion and highlight practices others are implementing.

  • Selected Early Learning Materials: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Presenter(s): Jana Martella, Co-Director Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes; Lori Connors-Tadros, Co-Director Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes

 

Day 2 Plenary Materials – Thursday, September 17, 2015

Presentations – Lessons Learned: Closing the Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Statewide: 9:00 – 10:30am

Description, Moderator, Presenters, PowerPoints, and Materials

This session features strategies states have taken to close opportunity and achievement gaps statewide. The presenters will highlight information on SEA approaches to closing gaps, including the SEA’s belief system, vision of leadership and specific strategies implemented, how efforts are monitored, and lessons learned that could be helpful for other state leaders.

Moderator

Julie Corbett – Advisor to CCSSO Supports and Interventions SCASS and CST Strategic Partner: Julie Corbett, President and Founder of Corbett Education Consulting LLC, specializes in school and district education reform and turnaround strategies with clients throughout the country and is based in Norwalk, CT. She works with school management organizations, districts, state education agencies, and other non-profit organizations on a variety of turnaround-related projects. She is the author of a growing list of publications, acted as a Peer Reviewer for USED’s Race to the Top District competition, is a member of USED’s Race to the Top Reform Support Network, is a Strategic Partner and a member of the Scientific Council for the Center on School Turnaround (USED grant awarded to WestEd), and is the Advisor for the Supports & Interventions SCASS group with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

Presenters

Glenna Gallo – Utah State Office of Education: Glenna Gallo is the State Director of Special Education at the Utah State Office of Education where she takes the lead on administering statewide special education programs, organizes LEA special education meetings, and oversees the dissemination of federal grant funds. Gallo also previously worked as the Coordinator for State and Federal Compliance and an Education Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education.

Mary Earick – New Hampshire Department of Education: Mary Earick is the Administrator for the Bureau of Integrated Programs and State Director of Title I for the New Hampshire Department of Education where she led a comprehensive needs assessment and strategic planning process to shift from a silo model of statewide educational supports to an integrated management model of statewide technical assistance and developed a Problems of Practice Model of Innovation for Focus and Priority schools.

Coby Meyers – University of Virginia, Center on School Turnaround Strategic Partner: Coby Meyers is the Chief of Research of the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE) and Associate Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Dr. Meyers’ research focuses on understanding the role of school system leadership, especially in the context of school turnaround. Meyers has also played integral roles in various school turnaround initiatives, an area in which he has presented and published, including co-authoring the book Turning Around Failing Schools: Leadership Lessons from the Organizational Sciences, and multiple journal articles. He was recognized in 2012 with the Emerging Scholar Award by the American Educational Research Association’s special-interest group School Turnaround and Reform.

Day 2 Breakout Session Descriptions and Downloadable Materials

Breakout Session #3: 10:45 – 12:00pm; Thursday, September 17, 2015

Monitoring Our Impact as a Statewide System of Support (SSoS)

Following the reauthorization of ESEA in 2001 states were required to establish a statewide system of support to assist schools designated as in need of improvement. Recently, Oregon developed a number of monitoring protocols to assess the impact of the state’s system of support on schools and districts, as well as to monitor the work of the SEA itself. Presenters from Oregon will share how they have monitored the impact of their statewide system of support via the “How are our schools doing?” and “How are we doing?” protocols. These monitoring routines allow the SEA to make mid-course changes to better support schools and districts close opportunity and achievement gaps.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Presenter(s): Shawna Moran, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education; Tim Boyd, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education

Reallocating Funds and Breaking Down Silos

Determining how to maximize federal funding across different program areas has long presented a challenge for state leaders. In addition, some school wide program flexibilities are not being used to their full extent due to confusion over federal rules that influence state policies. In July of 2015, the US Department of Education released a school wide guidance that addressed common misunderstandings about the use of Title I funding in the school wide setting. Presenters from the Federal Education Group will present this resource, as well as others, to the states and provide time for discussion with the states regarding resource allocation and Title I funding.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Presenter(s): Melissa Junge, Attorney, Federal Education Group; Sheara Krvaric, Attorney, Federal Education Group

Authentic Stakeholder Engagement

While sharing information with stakeholders is a part of engagement, too often, that may be the extent of our efforts to engage a diverse group of stakeholders around an issue or problem of practice. To increase the likelihood of successfully addressing an issue, or implementing a change, we must understand the difference between merely informing stakeholders, and empowering them to influence policy and implementation. That is, we must engage stakeholders as true partners in the work. Presenters from the Arizona Department of Education will discuss the state’s efforts to authentically engage stakeholders in their work, particularly in the area of school turnaround.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Presenter(s): Angela M. Denning, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Exceptional Student Services, Arizona Department of Education; Nancy Konitzer, Title I Director, Arizona Department of Education

Building a Comprehensive Approach to District Level Capacity Building Efforts

Participants will learn about the context of the Commonwealth’s turnaround work and engage in activities highlighted in a 2014 summary of the work entitled, “Turnaround Practices in Action: A Three Year Analysis of School and District Practices, Systems, Policies, and Use of Resources Contributing to Successful Turnaround Efforts.”

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Presenter(s): Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner for Accountability, Partnerships and Targeted Assistance, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Joan Tuttle, Director of Office of District & School Turnaround, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Susan Berglund, Assistance Liaison, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Breakout Session #4: 1:15 – 2:45pm; Thursday, September 17, 2015

Monitoring Our Impact as a Statewide System of Support (SSoS)

Following the reauthorization of ESEA in 2001 states were required to establish a statewide system of support to assist schools designated as in need of improvement. Recently, Oregon developed a number of monitoring protocols to assess the impact of the state’s system of support on schools and districts, as well as to monitor the work of the SEA itself. Presenters from Oregon will share how they have monitored the impact of their statewide system of support via the “How are our schools doing?” and “How are we doing?” protocols. These monitoring routines allow the SEA to make mid-course changes to better support schools and districts close opportunity and achievement gaps.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Presenter(s): Shawna Moran, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education; Tim Boyd, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education

Reallocating Funds and Breaking Down Silos

Determining how to maximize federal funding across different program areas has long presented a challenge for state leaders. In addition, some school wide program flexibilities are not being used to their full extent due to confusion over federal rules that influence state policies. In July of 2015, the US Department of Education released a school wide guidance that addressed common misunderstandings about the use of Title I funding in the school wide setting. Presenters from the Federal Education Group will present this resource, as well as others, to the states and provide time for discussion with the states regarding resource allocation and Title I funding.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Presenter(s): Melissa Junge, Attorney, Federal Education Group; Sheara Krvaric, Attorney, Federal Education Group

Alternative Approaches for Monitoring Performance and Progress via School Quality Reviews

School systems and states have used School Quality Reviews (sometimes known as “diagnostic reviews” or the “inspectorate model”) for several years as in-depth reviews to support continuous improvement in Turnaround and Priority Schools. The model has potential for providing high quality information about school performance, climate, and quality to state leaders, while also stimulating continuous improvement in all schools, not just the struggling ones. The Vermont Agency of Education has built a powerful model for a state-based School Quality Review system, which will be a central component of its state accountability system, which supports continuous improvement, shared learning, and progress. This session will be led by the Deputy Secretary from Vermont and her collaborator from CCSSO.

  • Introduction to the Education Quality Standards: Download
  • Annotated Version of the Education Quality Standards: Download
  • Education Quality Reviews: Download
  • Presenter(s): Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Department of EducationJoey Hunziker, Senior Program Associate, Council of Chief State School Officers

Building Implementation Capacity of Regional and District Teams

The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) focuses on developing the infrastructure and capacity of regional and district teams to support teacher’s use of effective math practices. Participants in this session will learn how KDE plans to leverage the SSIP to align state initiatives and close opportunity and achievement gaps in math. Challenges and barriers through trial and learning will be shared.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Kentucky IPAC Graphic Organizer: Download
  • SSIP – Stages-Phases Alignment: Download
  • Presenter(s): Veronica Sullivan, Exceptional Children Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education; Amanda Waldroup, State Transformation Specialist, Kentucky Department of Education; Kathleen Ryan Jackson, Implementation Specialist, National Implementation Research Network/Center on School Turnaround

Breakout Session #5: 3:00 – 4:30pm; Thursday, September 17, 2015

Building a Comprehensive Approach to District Level Capacity Building Efforts

Participants will learn about the context of the Commonwealth’s turnaround work and engage in activities highlighted in a 2014 summary of the work entitled, “Turnaround Practices in Action: A Three Year Analysis of School and District Practices, Systems, Policies, and Use of Resources Contributing to Successful Turnaround Efforts.”

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Presenter(s): Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner for Accountability, Partnerships and Targeted Assistance, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Joan Tuttle, Director of Office of District & School Turnaround, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Susan Berglund, Assistance Liaison, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Developing a Comprehensive Turnaround Strategy that Integrates Early Learning

This work session will function as a peer exchange for SEAs seeking to develop systemic turnaround efforts through the integration of early learning into their turnaround work. Experts from the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) will moderate the discussion and highlight practices others are implementing.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Presenter(s): Jana Martella, Co-Director Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes; Lori Connors-Tadros, Co-Director Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes

Building Implementation Capacity of Regional and District Teams

The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) focuses on developing the infrastructure and capacity of regional and district teams to support teacher’s use of effective math practices. Participants in this session will learn how KDE plans to leverage the SSIP to align state initiatives and close opportunity and achievement gaps in math. Challenges and barriers through trial and learning will be shared.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Download
  • Session Summary: Download
  • Kentucky IPAC Graphic Organizer: Download
  • SSIP – Stages-Phases Alignment: Download
  • Presenter(s): Veronica Sullivan, Exceptional Children Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education; Amanda Waldroup, State Transformation Specialist, Kentucky Department of Education; Kathleen Ryan Jackson, Implementation Specialist, National Implementation Research Network/Center on School Turnaround

 

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