SI2 Newsletter - Update 1, 2, & 3 Steering Team Members - September 2017

Please do not reply to this email. Contact Tina Weisman by email or call 812-349-4142 if you have questions.

IS YOUR SCHOOL ENROLLED IN SI2 FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR?

Remember that enrollment for SI2 is not automatic. Renewal is very easy--just follow these steps:

  1. Open http://asainstitute.org/si2
  2. Click on "Renewal" on the right-hand side of the page
  3. Complete the form in accordance with instructions given
  4. If your school has already enrolled for the 2017-18, you'll see a message in red--you do not need to continue with the form

Be sure to do this as soon as you can to avoid any interruption in your SI2 services.

IDOE DEADLINE FOR SIPs

The IDOE has set September 15 as the deadline for submitting SIPs. If your team hasn't already submitted your PDF to IDOE, follow the steps in the last section of the VTA Process.

SYSTEM ROLL-OVER

The VTA Process page will roll over to the new school year on September 18. At this time you will see that you will have an empty status column and new deadline dates. Everything entered by your team has been saved and your School Improvement Plan PDF has been archived. The roll-over is the beginning of your new year with SI2!

PREPARATION YOU CAN DO NOW FOR THE NEW YEAR

It's a new school year, and you're ready to start the year with your completed SIP--hooray! Now is the time to:

  1. Look over the plan, make any needed changes to the Steering Team Roster.
  2. Look over the Council Roster and make needed adjustments (U1 schools will be receiving instructions on how to create a Council in the September 28 webinar--see below).
  3. Work with the person who manages email at your school to make sure all Steering Team and Council Members can receive email from asai@asainstitute.org. This is the address we use to send Council Discussion invitations.
  4. Make sure all Preparation Activities (including professional development) are added to the school's calendar.

At this time, you can also continue to drop in Achievement Data from the spring of 2017 so it will be ready for discussions later.

SETTING UP YOUR PLAN FOR SUCCESS

It is crucial that you use your time wisely and not wait until the last minute to get things done; to do so results in a weakened plan that neither you nor your colleagues will be satisfied with for student achievement and academic growth.

As always, communication is key for implementation of a successful SIP. Make sure all participants know the details of the plan for your building.

2017-18 WEBINAR SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION LINKS

Registration is open for webinars! Please be sure to add these dates to your calendar and register for each webinar.

DATE TIME (Eastern) WHO SHOULD ATTEND TOPIC REGISTRATION
Thu, Sep 28 3:30pm Required for Steering Teams starting Update 1 (i.e. just completed the StartUp tab of the VTA Process) Preparing for Council Discussions Register
Thu, Oct 5 3:30pm Required for Update 1, 2, and 3 Steering Team Members
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

Intervention Kick Off Register
Thu, Nov 2 * 3:30pm U1-3: Update Data
U3: Vision & Survey *
Register
Thu, Dec 7 3:30pm Evaluate Intervention Progress Register
Thu, Jan 4 3:30pm Update Goals Register
Thu, Feb 1 3:30pm Update Root Causes Register
Thu, Mar 1 3:30pm Update Interventions Register

* NOTE: November Webinar for Update 3 Teams: Plan to stay until 5:30pm so that we may go over the steps for reviewing and revising the Vision and administering the Survey. (Update 1 & 2 schools will be dismissed at 4:30pm.)

GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOOLS INTERESTED IN JOINING SI2

ASAI has emailed all superintendents and principals in the state regarding this year's SI2 grant. If you would like to encourage other buildings in your corporation to join SI2, please feel free to share along with your experiences. Applications are due on October 20. Tina will be happy to answer any questions they have via email or phone.

CONTACT

If you have questions or need help, please don't hesitate tocontact Tina Weisman, SI2 Strategic Planning Specialist, at weisman@asainstitute.org or 812-349-4142.