SI2 Newsletter - Update 1 & 2 Steering Team Members - April 2017

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APRIL ITEMS
Congratulations! April will be a time of wrapping up the Interventions by creating the Preparations Task List. Once the webinar has been attended on April 6th (or viewed after it is published on the VTA process page), Preparations will be organized, dropped into the system, and submitted for review. Once all items on the VTA process page have met criteria (be sure to carefully check all needed submissions for the year), submit the SIP Final Review by April 30. Then...watch for balloons! Celebrations will follow!

DON’T SKIP STEPS!
Since all Update 1 and 2 schools have participated in the VTA process at least once, you know how important the month of April is in getting items in order and submitted. It may be tempting to skip various parts of the process and jump some steps. This weakens the process--make sure that Council and Student Body discussions take place BEFORE decisions are made by the Steering Team; to not include their input is to have a partial plan with little buy-in for implementation. The discussions for the fifth meetings will need to be submitted and Tina will read them and make notes before beginning the reads of the Intervention descriptions. The descriptions should reflect the findings from the groups on how the Interventions are to be implemented during the 2017-18 school year. If the Interventions are submitted and are not being read and returned, be sure to check the VTA process page to make sure that the Student Body Summary 5 and the Council 5 Summary are both submitted and meet criteria. (This same process holds true for Discussion 4 on Root Causes.)

A SPECIAL NOTE ON SUBMITTING INTERVENTION DESCRIPTIONS
In writing the descriptions for the Interventions, keep in mind that these are a compilation of several different items--these include the input from Council and Student Body, the Root Cause Reports, and any External Expectations that are intended to be implemented. Once an Intervention description is written, be sure to have a “skeptical read” of the description. It is only natural to “read in” items that may or may not be in a piece of writing. Tina looks very objectively at the descriptions and makes sure that they deliver on all the items that are checked off concerning external expectations as well as local root causes.

STICKING TO THE TIMELINE
The SI2 calendar 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 is falling behind, it is crucial to email or call Tina to discuss and formulate a catch-up plan. Remember, ALL Steering Team members have duties throughout the year; it is vital that all contribute and not just have one or two members doing all the work. This is the reason schools fall far behind in the submission process.

Tina will start sending weekly friendly reminders for past due work in April. Please remember that these reminders are to help your team to get moving at a more accelerated pace in order to finish by the deadline.

SI2 Webinars

If you haven’t already registered for the April webinar, please see the link below and register ASAP (add to your calendar, too!). Please note that webinars begin at 3:30 Eastern Time and will last approximately an hour.

Date Time (Eastern) Who Should Attend Topic Registration
Apr 6 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
Preparation Update Register

Contact

Please don't hesitate 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.

REMEMBER THE 5 SECOND RULE
5 SECONDS OF CONFUSION/FRUSTRATION = PICK UP THAT PHONE OR SEND THAT EMAIL!