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School Improvement Services

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OVERVIEW

GEAR UP Kentucky School Improvement Services are designed to provide support, technical assistance, training, professional development, and resources to build and sustain a college-going culture in participating schools. These services emphasize using data to make proactive decisions about student readiness, improve school practices and policy, and measure progress.

The 2013-16 School Improvement Services Plan outlines planned activities and initiatives in this category of services; download the summary document here or view the detailed plan. Throughout the life of the grant, schools will receive services targeted at four main school improvement strategies:

1) BUILD A COLLEGE-GOING CULTURE FOR ALL

The following services and activities seek to assist teachers and administrators in understanding the culture and climate of GUK schools and promoting changes in policy and practice. GUK activities include:

1a. School benchmarking

School and classroom walkthroughs to collect data on the presence of a college-going culture

1b. Technical Assistance for Sustainability Planning – Integration of GUK curricula models into core content classes

1c. GUK Leadership Network

Virtual forum to bring leaders together to share and develop college-going policies and structures in schools. The leadership network includes the following components

2) INCREASE CAPACITY TO IMPLEMENT KENTUCKY CORE ACADEMIC STANDARDS (KCAS)

This strategy provides school personnel training and professional development to improve instruction, increase student academic readiness and expand leadership capacity. GUK activities and services to support this strategy include the following:

2a. GUK Teacher/Leader Summer Academy

Four-day summer workshops for GUK teachers and principals focusedon KCAS-aligned instructional design in math, ELA and science.

2b. Technical Assistance-School Leadership Teams

Assistance to help schools align instruction to college readiness standards and KCAS and address effective student transitions for one grade level to the next.

2c. High School & Postsecondary Faculty Collaboration Model

Summer professional development strands focused on the development/delivery of GUK Summer Enrichment Academy in core content areas.

3) USE DATA TO CHANGE POLICY AND PLAN INSTRUCTION

The following activities seek to develop an understanding of the need for data gathering, accurate analysis and comprehensive planning for a college-going culture

3a. Technical Assistance-Assessment Data

Establishment of school and student baselines for achievement using EXPLORE/PLAN assessment scores and early warning indicators.

Instruction Sheets for Test Administrators:

2013 Transition Workshops

3b. Technical Assistance: Advising

Assistance to help schools use advising structure to improve academic performance focused on: student access to rigorous course work, transition planning, college & career planning through allocation of intervention services, and embedding the ILP process in school culture.

2015 GUK School Counseling & Advising Institute

3c. School Data Reports

School reports offering a comparison of walkthrough data with student assessment scores.

4) ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT STRUCTURES FOR SUSTAINABILITY

This strategy seeks to build a support structure that enables GUK schools to implement strategies for sustainable change  by the end of the GUK project in September 2017.

4a. Technical Assistance – School Sustainability Planning

Assist school teams in developing and implementing a 4-year plan, drawing on practices from research to promote college readiness.

4b. Regional School Sustainability Summits

Regional workshops offer GUK school teams a chance to assess progress and revise sustainability plans, using data from school walkthroughs, student assessments, and other data.