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SI2 Newsletter for Update 1, 2, & 3 Steering Team Members - May 2018

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

CONGRATULATIONS!

Nine U1-U3 schools have completed their SIPs! Great work keeping to the timeline while involving your full councils and student bodies in creating data-driven plans that will be implemented with integrity next year!

For everyone still working, keep going! You're well on your way to seeing those balloons on the VTA Process page.

LOOKING FOR NEW SCHOOLS TO JOIN US

We will be opening up a new cohort for the fall of 2018; if there are any schools in your district that would like to join us, please have them contact Tina soon! As we've done in recent years, ASAI will be awarding a limited number of grants to schools joining SI2 for the first time. These grants will cover each school's first year in SI2.

MAY STEPS

Throughout the month of April your teams have been preparing and submitting the Interventions for implementation. If you are not yet finished, please keep your eye on the calendar. Remember, once the adults (who are the catalyst of the Interventions) have left the building, you’ll not have easy access to their input. Their input is the first step in heading off resistance to change.

Professional Development is also a very important part of successful Interventions. Don’t fall into the old way of thinking that the only good PD is one that requires time, money, and lots of coffee and doughnuts. With the plethora of technology we have at our fingertips, PD is easier that ever to develop. Remember the Google Docs you used with Student Discussions? Why not use this as well for Teachers as a piece of PD? Don't forget to review ASAI's Professional Development Planning Guide for best practices gleaned from years of working with SI2 schools. Good professional development often works just like good teaching--planning is key!

ALERT TO FOCUS-TARGETED TITLE I SCHOOLS: Be sure to closely check the Rubric for criteria that are required in the Preparation stage.

SUBMITTING SIP TO IDOE

We will publish information as to when the IDOE opens the window for SIP submissions as soon as that word is received.

USING THE SCHOOL’S SIP FOR PLANNING

All that diligent work has gone into your school’s SIP; now you have an easy-to-read and follow pdf for your use. You can always go to your school’s VTA process page and scroll down the tabs (color buttons on the left) and click on SIP Archive. You will see two columns. You can click on the ASAI approved document in regard to the appropriate year. Print out and then be sure and share the document with your colleagues as you plan out a successful 2018-19 school year.

WEEKLY REMINDERS

Continuing throughout the month of May, schools will receive Friendly Reminders and Friendly Phone Calls once a week in order to encourage completion of the SIP before teachers and students are gone for the summer.

CATCHING UP--TIME FOR A CONFERENCE CALL/WORK SESSION WITH TINA

If you find that your SIP is running behind schedule, now is the time to set up a conference call with the Steering Team and Tina in order to put a catch-up plan in place. May has arrived--it is essential that throughout this month your Team works diligently to get all items up-to-date in order to finish the plan on time. Plan to finish up before you lose your teachers and students!

TINA’S OFFICE HOURS

In order to better serve our schools this semester, Tina will be working regular hours of 8-2 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. She is available from 2:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesdays. If you’d like a pre-arranged conference call anytime, please contact Tina to set a date and time. Tina will be working a modified schedule during the week of April 16. She will return phone messages, answer emails, and check submissions to keep the VTA process going.

PLANNING AHEAD FOR  SPRING 2018 ACHIEVEMENT DATA COLLECTION

Now is a great time to be looking ahead on how to gather achievement data for the 2017-18 school year. When the teachers turn in grades, supply them with a Google doc or Excel sheet (or whatever method you use) with all the disaggregated groups you drop in for grade level data--Mastery Grades. The teachers can write in these number on hard copy and then it’s just a matter of data entry instead of having to search out all this information.

CONTACT

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