High-Leverage Opportunity 1
Emphasize collaborative work across SEA units to deliver evidence-based programs to CSI and TSI schools.
The challenges facing low-performing schools are long-running and persistent. This is why it’s critical for the Region 6 Comprehensive Center (RC6) to help build capacity within State Educational Agencies (SEAs) to work across units to deliver evidence-based programs. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) frames this work within High-Leverage Problem (HLPs) areas and HLP #1 is Statewide Systems of Support to Low-Performing Schools.
In this area, RC6 emphasizes collaborative work to support Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI)schools. These school categories are defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which gives SEAs more flexibility than previous federal law to determine which schools in their state are low-performing.
Key strategies for RC6 to support low-performing schools:
The RC6 projects within its three-state coverage area will address one or more HLPs according to the work and SEA and school district needs. This is the work around HLP #1 in the RC6’s first year:
Building collaborative structures around ESSA implementation and supporting CSI schools as they implement their awarded Innovative Partnership Grants.
Strengthening the South Carolina Department of Education’s (SCDE’s) support services across departments. The RC6 provides individualized consultative services to improve lines of communication across SCDE program offices to enable better alignment and coordination of key support systems to low-performing schools and their districts.
Enhancing training to School Improvement Coaches in low-performing schools.The RC6 provides the Georgia Department of Education with the LAUNCH!™ Training from the Institute for Performance Improvement (TIFPI) to better prepare School Improvement Coaches.