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School Improvement Resources and Guidance

Links to Federal, State, and other resources on the School Improvement Grant (SIG) and topics related to school improvement.

Federal Resources and Guidance

School Improvement Grant Non-regulatory Guidance External link opens in new window or tab. U.S. Department of Education
A technical assistance document that answers frequently asked questions. See the Guidance section and select the most current School Improvement Grant (SIG) Guidance document.

Cohort 4 SIG Final Requirements–Federal Registrar Notice (February 9, 2015) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) U.S. Department of Education

Cohort 3 SIG Final Requirements–Federal Registrar Notice (October 28, 2010) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) U.S. Department of Education

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California Resources and Guidance

California Accountability Model & School Dashboard California Department of Education
Links to the California School Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab., California Model Five-by-Five Grid Placement Reports External link opens in new window or tab., as well as other related resources for parents and educators.

Continuous Improvement Resources California Department of Education
Resources and tools to assist local educational agencies, schools, and local stakeholders as they plan and implement their continuous improvement efforts through their Local Control and Accountability Plan or other improvement planning processes.

School Improvement Listserv California Department of Education
Members receive regular e-mails featuring upcoming technical assistance from the School Improvement and Support Office for School Improvement Grant (SIG) sub-grantees, as well as outside conferences, Webinars, events and other resources on topics relevant to School Improvement and the SIG. Anyone can join by sending a blank e-mail message to join-school-improvement@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0 California Department of Education

Greatness by Design (PDF; 4MB) California Department of Education
A report by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Task Force on Educator Excellence.

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Outside Resources

The Center on School Turnaround WestEd External link opens in new window or tab.
The Center on School Turnaround is part of a federal network of 22 comprehensive centers. The centers are charged with building the capacity of state educational agencies (SEAs) to assist districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals.

School Turnaround Learning Community External link opens in new window or tab. Center on School Turnaround WestEd
The School Turnaround Learning Community (STLC) is a project of the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd that provides a range of school improvement resources and connects users with specialists and other educators to share school turnaround research and promising practices.

  • STLC Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
    Find practical strategies, case studies, and research in a variety of formats, organized by school improvement/turnaround topic.

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Resources by Topic

Planning

Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: A Systems Framework External link opens in new window or tab. The Center on School Turnaround WestEd

Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: Indicators of Effective Practice External link opens in new window or tab. The Center on School Turnaround WestEd

Using Needs Assessments to Drive School and District Improvement External link opens in new window or tab. Council of Chief State School Officers

A Rubric for Assessing Schools’ Plans for Rapid Improvement External link opens in new window or tab. The Center on School Turnaround WestEd

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External Partnership

California State-determined Intervention Model: Information and Guidance for Lead Partnerships California Department of Education

Implementing Tiered Interventions Through School-Community Partnerships: A Toolkit for School Improvement Leaders External link opens in new window or tab. School Turnaround Learning Community WestEd

Guide to Working With External Providers External link opens in new window or tab. American Institutes for Research

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Leadership Effectiveness

Identifying, Selecting, and Retaining School Turnaround Leaders: How-To Modules External link opens in new window or tab. The Center on School Turnaround WestEd

“What it Takes” for a Turnaround: Principal Competencies that Matter for Student Achievement–A Guide to Thoughtfully Identifying and Supporting Turnaround Leaders External link opens in new window or tab. The Center on School Turnaround WestEd

Promising Leadership Practices for Rapid School Improvement That Lasts External link opens in new window or tab. The Center on School Turnaround WestEd

Turnaround Leadership: How to Identify Successful School Leaders External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) U.S. Department of Education

California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL): Standards, Elements, and Example Indicators External link opens in new window or tab. WestEd

Quality Schooling Framework California Department of Education
The Quality Schooling Framework (QSF) is the California educator’s destination for timely tools and practices to guide effective planning, policy, expenditure, and instructional decisions at all schools and districts.

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Teaching and Learning

California Standards for the Teaching Profession External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Educator Evaluation Systems California Department of Education
The CDE’s source of information for districts, the general public, and interested parties who wish to learn more about Educator Evaluation systems at the local, state, and national levels.

Evidence-based Interventions Under the ESSA California Department of Education
Information regarding evidence-based interventions as defined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Using Evidence to Create Next Generation High Schools External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) U.S. Department of Education
This document from the Next Generation High Schools: Redesigning the American High School Experience External link opens in new window or tab. Web page highlights six general evidence-based strategies to improve high schools: participation in rigorous curriculum, small learning communities/small schools of choice, career academies, dual enrollment, early college high schools, and college and career counseling. These strategies can be used to create Next Generation High Schools that improve important student outcomes, such as high school completion and readiness for college and career.

Quality Schooling Framework California Department of Education
The Quality Schooling Framework (QSF) is the California educator’s destination for timely tools and practices to guide effective planning, policy, expenditure, and instructional decisions at all schools and districts.

California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) External link opens in new window or tab. The Regents of the University of California
A network of nine discipline-based statewide projects that support on-going quality professional development. Activities and programs are designed by university faculty, teacher leaders, and teacher practitioners to improve instructional practices that lead to increased achievement for all students.

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Student Non-academic Support

Multi-tiered Systems of Support California Department of Education

  • Training and Resources
    See the “Training and Resources” tab at the bottom of the Web page
  • Scaling Up MTSS Statewide (SUMS) Initiative
    See the “Statewide Initiative” tab at bottom of the Web page

Social and Emotional Learning California Department of Education

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning External link opens in new window or tab.
See tabs for links to research and resources.

California Healthy Kids Survey California Department of Education
A comprehensive youth self-reported data collection system that addresses school climate, health risks and behaviors, and youth resiliency.

Quality Schooling Framework California Department of Education
The Quality Schooling Framework (QSF) is the California educator’s destination for timely tools and practices to guide effective planning, policy, expenditure, and instructional decisions at all schools and districts.

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Family and Community Engagement

The Family Engagement Toolkit California Department of Education
Located on the Local Control Funding Formula page under “Resources,” The Family Engagement Toolkit: Continuous Improvement through an Equity Lens (PDF; 3MB) and its editable templates (DOC) provide practical planning and evaluation tools that support efforts to engage all families, particularly those of underrepresented and underserved students.

The TESOL Community and Family Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab. TESOL International Association
TESOL, formerly Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, developed the Community and Family Toolkit as a resource for English language professionals to use at all levels to connect with families and build strong communities. Additionally, TESOL has gathered other resources from various organizations that may help in developing relationships and working with families of English learners.

The Engagement Playbook: A Toolkit for Engaging Stakeholders Around the Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement External link opens in new window or tab. The Center on School Turnaround WestEd
This toolkit focuses on capacity and efforts to engage stakeholders across the system to support rapid improvement. It is intended to support states, districts, and schools in their efforts to improve schools. Users will build capacity across the four domains.

Quality Schooling Framework California Department of Education
The Quality Schooling Framework (QSF) is the California educator’s destination for timely tools and practices to guide effective planning, policy, expenditure, and instructional decisions at all schools and districts.

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Support and Oversight

Quality Schooling Framework California Department of Education
The Quality Schooling Framework (QSF) is the California educator’s destination for timely tools and practices to guide effective planning, policy, expenditure, and instructional decisions at all schools and districts.

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More about the School Improvement Grant

Questions:   School Improvement and Support Office | SISO@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0833
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 12, 2018