SI2 Newsletter - Update 1 & 2 Steering Team Members - December 2016

Please do not reply to this email. If you have questions or need help, contact Tina Weisman by sending email to weisman@asainstitute.org or calling 812-349-4142.

News and Tips

December is a slow month for SI2 submissions; it’s a great time to get caught up in order to start 2017 ready to plan the 2017-18 SIP. The two items due in December are the Council Discussion Summary 2 and Student Body Summary 2.

BELOW YOU WILL FIND HELPFUL INFORMATION IN ORDER TO GET YOUR VTA PROCESS PAGE IN ORDER. BE SURE TO CALL OR EMAIL TINA IF YOU NEED ANY ASSISTANCE.

SIP USES (TEMPORARY)
While we await the official word from the IDOE concerning SIP Uses categories, please make an internal informed prediction based on your most current data. Your selections in SIP Uses tailors the online system so that your school improvement plan meets all necessary state and/or federal criteria required for your school. Once official word is received from DOE, update SIP Uses (if needed) for an accurate 2017-18 SIP.

RESENDING DISCUSSION INVITATIONS
As you open Council Discussion 2, you may hear from Council members that they have not received their invitation to the discussion. Email from our system is sometimes sent to spam or blocked by school email systems. Please ask council members to remove asai@asainstitute.org from any spam filtering they are using. To get an invitation to someone who didn't receive it when the discussion was opened, follow these steps:

  1. Click envelope in Open Council Discussion 2.

  2. Click the resend link next to the person's name.

  3. A window pops up with the text of the email. Copy all of the text in this window.

  4. Open your email program and start a new message.

  5. Paste the text from the pop up into the new message.

  6. Return to the discussion page in your browser and clickX in the top right corner to close the pop up.

  7. Copy the person's email address and paste it into the "to" line of the email.

  8. Send the email.

CHANGES TO ISTEP+ STANDARDS MASTERY ACHIEVEMENT DATA CHARTS
We have updated the ISTEP Standards Mastery charts in Achievement Data to reflect the 2016 ISTEP+ data your school has received. (You will recall that these data are entered into the online system by the school.)  If you have already dropped in data for the 2015-16 school year in these charts, please re-visit them. We have found through our research that some Standards Mastery areas have changed. We have also added science and social studies Standards Mastery at the proper grades. Schools with Grade 10 have an additional chart now.

DROPPING IN 2015-16 ACHIEVEMENT DATA
SI2 has and will continue to  auto-populate any ISTEP+ and Graduation data released publicly by IDOE. Mastery of Standards on the ISTEP+ as well as all local (in-house) data will be entered into the charts by the Point Person. Be sure to have the data finished by the end of calendar year; it is crucial to have the most recent data available for discussions that will be held in January. It is also important to disaggregate the data as much as possible; students who many times fall through the cracks of school improvement do so because they are not clearly identified through the data. Any group with 10 or more students should be reported.

REVIEWING SELF-STUDIES
Be sure to review all Root Causes Self Studies, done by the Steering Team; many times this takes little editing. It is important, however, to look over the self-studies as a team in order to identify and make any needed edits. The self studies are listed in the Update Data section of the VTA Process.

STICKING TO THE TIMELINE
The SI2 timeline has been designed so that all schools may complete their School Improvement Plans on the timeline set by PL221. Steering Teams are strongly urged to stay as close to that timeline as possible. If, however, your team falls behind, it is important to email or call Tina with a catch-up plan. Tina will send friendly reminders if work is past due; please remember that these reminders are to help your team stay on track.

REGISTER FOR WEBINARS
If you haven’t already registered for this year’s webinars, please see the links below and register ASAP (add to your calendar, too!). Please note that webinars will begin at 3:30 this year and will last approximately an hour.

SI2 Calendar: 2016-2017

Please register for all webinars today! Note that the dates and topics give you an outline of SI2 work to come.

Date Time (Eastern) Who Should Attend Topic Registration
Jan 5 3:30 - 4:30pm Steering Team (required)

These webinars help Steering Team members:
  • Understand and prepare for upcoming tasks
  • Receive updates about state agency activities
    pertinent to school improvement planning
  • Ask questions
Goals Update Register
Feb 2 3:30 - 4:30pm Root Cause Update Register
Mar 2 3:30 - 4:30pm Intervention Update Register
Apr 6 3:30 - 4:30pm Preparation Update Register

Contact

Please feel free to call Tina at any time! You can reach her by email (weisman@asainstitute.org) or phone (812-349-4142) Monday through Friday from 8am to 2pm.

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