Profiles of School Improvement Grant Strategies

By Scott Vince / April 20, 2015

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has awarded over $5.5 billion in School Improvement Grants (SIG) throughout all 50 states.  As part of an effort to increase peer-to-peer sharing, the USDE contracted with American Institutes of Research to develop a number of school, district, and state level profiles that detail a variety of SIG strategies being used throughout the country. 

These strategies, built around ultimately improving student outcomes, span a diverse range of focus areas. Among others, you will read about:

  • A school in Kentucky that developed an system of instructional support driven by an intense focus on student data;
  • A school in California that implemented job-embedded professional development and increased structured opportunities for teacher collaboration;
  • A district in Alabama that developed a professional pathway to grow leadership capacity throughout all of its Title I schools;
  • A district in Florida that implemented a strategy to develop multiple pathways to build the skills of aspiring leaders;
  • A state that established an alternative route to principal certification for teachers;
  • A state that improved internal coordination to develop tools and processes to ensure consistent guidance and support to districts and schools.

Each profile, a result of key stakeholder interviews, covers the strategy used, the strategy development process, implementation, barriers overcome, signs of promising practice, and lessons learned.

Check out the STLC Collections for each level of these profiles:

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Scott Vince

Scott Vince is a Research Associate at WestEd and a Center on School Turnaround staff member. He is on the Journeys content team, and is also a Journeys school facilitator and a blog contributor.

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