Terms of Use

School Turnaround Learning Community Web Site Terms of Use


This Web site was developed under contract ED-04-CO-0060/003 with the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development of the U.S. Department of Education.  This is a U.S Department of Education funded website supported by WestEd. The Web site is designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among the School Improvement Grant (SIG) recipients, the technical assistance contractor and subcontractors, and the U.S. Department of Education ("Department"), and to provide access to resources developed by the grantees and sub-recipients, the contractor and subcontractors, and the Department. It is offered as a convenience for users.

Users of the School Turnaround Learning Community Web site should read the following Web site Terms of Use ("Terms") carefully. By using the Community Web site you agree to abide by these Terms.  As a user, you agree to use the Community Web site at your own risk subject at all times to these Terms. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of these policies and notices at any time. You should refer to this page often for the latest changes to these Terms.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

The Community Web site contains information and documents from public and private organizations, the technical assistance contractor and subcontractors, and School Improvement Grantees that may be useful to the reader. Inclusion of this information does not necessarily reflect the views of the Community or the Department and is provided for the convenience of the reader. By including this information, neither the Community nor the Department endorses any products or services or views expressed by those public and/or private organizations. The Community or the Department will not assume or have any responsibility or liability for any information posted, or for any claims, damages, or losses resulting from the use or appearance of such information.

Posting information regarding research-based practices, models, or strategies should not be construed as an endorsement by the Department. The Department does not endorse specific activities, products, programs, or curricula.

The documents posted on the Community Web site may contain hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for the User's convenience. The inclusion of such links or pointers to particular items in hypertext is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered, on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.

Neither the Community nor the Department endorses, supports or otherwise promotes any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those sites that may be reached through links on our site.

Linking Policy

The Community Web site provides links to other Web sites. Links may be provided in many ways, including by the Community, the Department, and users of the site. When you leave our site, you will be going to sites that are beyond our control. The policies and procedures described here for the Community Web site do not apply to any external links. These other sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data, or solicit personal information. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of any site you link to from the Community Web site, especially if you share any personal information. The Community does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked site.

Users are solely responsible for any links they enter into the site. The Community and all users are prohibited from linking to any Web site or content that exhibits hate, bias, or discrimination. The Community has no obligation to screen links or information in advance and is not responsible for screening or monitoring information posted by any user. However, both the Community and the Department reserve the right to deny or remove, in whole or in part, any information or link that is, in its discretion, unacceptable.

The Community does not warrant that the other sites linked to the Community Web site will operate error-free, are free of computer viruses, or other harmful mechanisms. If your use of the site results, directly or indirectly, in the need for computer servicing or replacement, neither the Community nor the Department is or will be responsible for those costs.

Comment Policy

The opinions expressed on the Community Web site belong to the individuals who expressed them. They do not belong to or represent views of the Community or the Department. The Department does not make any representations or guarantees regarding the truthfulness, accuracy, legality, completeness, timeliness, or reliability of any of the information posted by users, blogs created by users, or of any other form of communication engaged in by users. Your reliance on any information posted by users, or any other form of communication with users, is at your own risk. We expect that users submitting comments will treat each other, as well as the Department and its employees and the Community, with respect. Users are solely responsible for any information they post onto or enter into the site. Users should not post comments that:

  • Contain vulgar or abusive language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups,
  • May be considered obscene, sexually explicit, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, or embarrassing to another User,
  • Promote services or products (non-commercial links that are relevant to the comment are acceptable),
  • Contain requests for payment or fees for services or products,
  • Contain any form of advertising or other services for commercial interests,
  • Are clearly "off topic," or "spam,"
  • Make unsupported accusations,
  • Contain any material used for any unlawful purpose,
  • Contain false, misleading, or inaccurate information,
  • Contain software viruses or any other computer code designed to alter, misdirect, mislead or otherwise impair the User's experience of the Web site,
  • Contain any material that is copyrighted, unless the user has obtained permission in writing from the owner to do so,
  • Contain material that reveals trade secrets or otherwise infringes on any intellectual property rights of others, and
  • Uses any device, software, or routine actions to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Web site or activity on the Web site.


We do not edit comments to remove objectionable content prior to comments being posted, so users are required to ensure their comments contain none of the above. The Community has no obligation to screen communications or information in advance and is not responsible for screening or monitoring information posted by any User. However, both the Community and the Department reserve the right to edit or remove, in whole or in part, any information that is, in its discretion, unacceptable.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as Social Security number, home address, personal phone numbers or personal email addresses in the body of your comment.

Users may not post comments or documents on this Web site for the purpose of submitting any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy. Posting comments on this Web site is not a substitute channel for information on School Improvement Grant funds and related policy or procedures, or questions regarding other Department services or programs. Further, comments posted by staff of the Community or the Department do not necessarily represent the views or official policy of the Department. Inquiries or comments regarding the Department's policies or procedures on School Improvement Grants programs or other Department programs should be submitted to add STLC email.

Users should not post comments or documents for the purpose of submitting unsolicited proposals. While users may post comments regarding opportunities to collaborate and coordinate on School Improvement Grant efforts, this site is not to be used for conducting commercial business.


The Department reserves the right to remove any user who repeatedly violates the comment policy.

Intellectual Property Rights

1. Third Party Materials

Information available on the Community Web site provided by outside organizations, authors, and other persons who are not employees of the Community or the Department may be protected under copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws of the United States, or other countries. It is the User's responsibility to obtain licenses or permissions from the appropriate persons to use or copy these materials. If you believe that any material included on the Web site constitutes copyright or trademark infringement, or you believe that any intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide the following information to the Office of the General Counsel at (202) 401-6000:

  • A description of the intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
  • A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Web site; and
  • A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  • A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the intellectual property owner's behalf.

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable law, the Department, in its sole discretion, will terminate a User's access to the Site, if the User is deemed to be a repeat infringer. The Department may also, in its sole discretion, limit access to the Site and/or terminate access to the Site if a User is deemed to have infringed on the intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.

2. Commercial Use

Under no circumstances will this site be used to promote or advertise third party services such as curriculum or services. If a user repeatedly advertises, promotes, or solicits members with products and/or services, the user will be removed from the Community..

3. Use of Department Seal

Only the Secretary of Education and his or her designee(s) are authorized to affix the Department Seal, including any replicas or reproductions to documents, publications, electronic media, and any other materials. Any use or reproduction of the Department's Seal by any person or organization outside of the Department is prohibited absent prior express written authorization from the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Communications and Outreach at the Department. Requests to use the Seal should be made in writing to Assistant Secretary, Office of Communications and Outreach, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202. The request must specify in detail exactly how the Department Seal will be used. Any permission granted applies only to the specific use for which it was granted and is not to be construed as permission for any other use.

4. Use of Department Trademarks

Use of Department trademarks, service marks, and logos are prohibited without the Department's express written permission. Requests for permission to use Department logos may be obtained by contacting in writing: Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202.

All users agree not to display any Department or government Seals or logos on their homepage or elsewhere on their web site, unless permission to do so has been granted by the Department or by other relevant federal government authority.

Privacy and Security Policy

We collect no personal information about you unless you choose to provide that information to us. To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as Social Security number, home address, personal phone numbers or personal email addresses anywhere on the Web site. If you want to know more about how we record nonpersonal information about your visit or how we use information that you voluntarily submit, please read on.

1. Nonpersonal Information We Record

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the Website, read pages, or download information, our Website's operating system will automatically record some general information about your visit. Visitors to this website who have JavaScript enabled, which is typically a default setting in most browsers, are tracked using Google Analytics and cookies, which are employed as Tier I – single-session web measurement and customization technologies, as defined by OMB Memorandum M-10-22 (PDF 103 KB). Google Analytics is used to provide aggregated statistics on how the Website is used so that we may optimize the performance of the website for future releases. Google Analytics uses single-session cookies and collects IP addresses along with additional non-personal information. Google Analytics data is shared with Google as a condition of its use. To learn more about Google Analytics privacy, please visit http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html.

You may opt out of Google Analytics by disabling JavaScript within your browser or using the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On. Disabling Google Analytics or JavaScript still permits you to access comparable information or services. To disable JavaScript, refer to your vendor's browser instruction guide (e.g., Internet ExplorerMozilla Firefox).

To opt out of cookies, you should refer to http://www.usa.gov/optout_instructions.shtml, which contains general instructions on how the public can opt out of some of the most commonly used web measurement and customization technologies.

2. Cookies

A cookie is a tiny piece of data stored by a user's browser that helps a web site or service recognize that user's unique computer. On this Web site, we use single-session "cookies" to help you use our Website interactively.

The cookies on this Web site do not collect information about you, but only about your browser "session." The cookies make it easier to use the dynamic features of these web pages, without having to provide the same information again as you move from one page to another. These cookies expire in a very short time frame or when a browser window closes.

To protect your privacy, be sure to close your browser completely after you have finished conducting business with a website that uses cookies. If you are concerned about the potential use of information gathered from your computer by cookies, you can set your browser to prompt you before it accepts a cookie. Most Internet browsers have settings that let you identify and/or reject cookies. As noted above, to obtain directions on how to opt out of cookies, you should refer to http://www.usa.gov/optout_instructions.shtml. Please be aware that preventing cookies from being used, you may be unable to fully use the Web site.

3. Security and Intrusion Detection

For security purposes and to make sure this service remains available to all users, we use special software programs for monitoring Community traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise to cause damage to this government computer system. These programs collect no personally identifiable information, but they do collect information that could help us identify someone attempting to tamper with this Web site.

If you use this system, you should understand that all activities may be monitored and recorded. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring. WARNING: If such monitoring reveals possible evidence of criminal activity, monitoring records may be provided to law enforcement officials. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, we make no other attempts to identify individual users or their usage habits. We only use raw monitoring data logs for determining trends in usage patterns and in diagnosing system problems.

4. Information from E-mail You Send to Us

If you decide to send us an e-mail, the message will usually contain your return e-mail address. If you include personally identifiable information in your e-mail because you want us to help you with a specific problem, we may use that information in responding to your request. Of course, you do not need to send us any personally identifiable information in your e-mail. Also, e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. Please send only information necessary to help us process your request.

Accessibility Statement

Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers to information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage the development of new technologies to help achieve these goals.

This law requires that all individuals with disabilities have access to information and data comparable to that which is available to individuals without disabilities.

If you have questions or feedback about accessibility on the Community Web site, please email us at the email address info@schoolturnaroundsupport.org