What are examples of planning and other pre-implementation activities?
The following response is compiled from the Guidance on School Improvement Grants posted by the U.S. Department of Education in March 2015.
activities are examples of possible planning and pre-implementation activities
that an LEA may carry out using SIG funds, depending on the needs of particular
SIG schools. This is not an exhaustive list, nor are all activities necessarily
appropriate for all LEAs or schools. Rather, they represent activities that might be appropriate if they are directly related to the selected intervention, are reasonable and necessary for full and effective implementation, are designed to address specific needs identified through the needs assessment, represent a meaningful change that could help improve student achievement, are research-based, and represent a significant reform that goes beyond the basic educational program.
Staffing: Recruit and hire the incoming principal, leadership team, instructional staff, and administrative support; or evaluate the strengths and areas of need of current staff.
Instructional Programs: Provide remediation and enrichment to students through programs with evidence of raising achievement; identify and purchase instructional materials that are research-based and aligned with State academic standards, and have data-based evidence of raising student achievement; or compensate staff for instructional planning, such as examining student data, developing a curriculum that is aligned to State standards and aligned vertically from one grade level to another, collaborating within and across disciplines, and devising student assessments.
Professional Development and Support: Train staff on the implementation of new or revised instructional programs and policies that are aligned with the school’s comprehensive instructional plan and the school’s intervention model; provide instructional support for returning staff members, such as classroom coaching, structured common planning time, mentoring, consultation with outside experts, and observations of classroom practice, that is aligned with the school’s comprehensive instructional plan and the school’s intervention model; or train staff on the new evaluation system and locally adopted competencies.Preparation for Accountability Measures: Develop and pilot a data system for use in SIG-funded schools; analyze data on leading baseline indicators; or develop and adopt interim assessments for use in SIG-funded schools.