Helping Teachers Increase Student Achievement

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March 12. Title IIA Funds Must Target Schools. With lowest proportion of highly qualified teachers,With the largest average class size, orAre identified for school improvement under section 1116(b) of Title I Part A NCLB Section1112(b)(3). March 12. Needs Assessment Is R

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1. March 12 Helping Teachers Increase Student Achievement No Child Left Behind Title II Part A “Use of Funds”

2. March 12 Title IIA Funds Must Target Schools With lowest proportion of highly qualified teachers, With the largest average class size, or Are identified for school improvement under section 1116(b) of Title I Part A NCLB Section1112(b)(3)

3. March 12 Needs Assessment Is Required Identify local teacher needs including all teachers highly qualified by 2006 Provide teachers with means for all students to achieve challenging state standard Provide principals leadership skills to assist teachers with increased student achievement

4. March 12 Recruitment/Retention Process Developing and implementing mechanisms to assist schools to effectively recruit and retain highly qualified teachers, principals, and specialists in core academic areas (and other pupil services personnel in special circumstances, as noted in the August 3, 2005 federal guidance).

5. March 12 Pupil Services Personnel ??? When may an LEA use Title II, Part A funds for programs to recruit and retain pupil services personnel (e.g., guidance counselors)? An LEA may use Title II, Part A funds for these activities, but only if the LEA is making progress toward meeting the annual measurable objectives described in Title I, Section 1119(a)(2) of ESEA, and in a manner consistent with mechanisms to assist schools in effectively recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers and principals.

6. March 12 Recruitment/Employment/ Retention Strategies Developing and implementing strategies and activities to recruit, hire, and retain highly qualified teachers and principals. Strategies may include (a) providing monetary incentives such as scholarships, signing bonuses, or differential pay for teachers in academic subjects or schools in which the LEA has shortages; (b) reducing class size; (c) recruiting teachers to teach special needs children, (d) recruiting qualified paraprofessionals and teachers from populations underrepresented in the teaching profession, and providing those paraprofessionals with alternate routes to obtaining teacher certification.

7. March 12 Professional Development Activities Providing professional development activities that improve the knowledge of teachers and principals and, in appropriate cases, paraprofessionals, in: a. Content knowledge. One or more areas b. Classroom practices. Providing training to improve teaching practices and student academic achievement through (a) effective instructional strategies, methods, and skills, and (b) the use of challenging State academic content standards and student academic achievement standards in preparing students for the State assessments.

8. March 12 Professional Development in Effective Instructional Practices a. Collaborative groups of teachers and administrators; b. Different learning styles, students with special needs, and students with limited English proficiency; c. Improving student behavior in the classroom and identifying interventions; d. Parent involvement, especially parents of limited English proficient and immigrant children; and e. Use of data and assessments to improve classroom practice and student learning.

9. March 12 Teacher Retention Initiatives Develop/promote retention of highly qualified teachers and principals, particularly in schools of low-achieving students, including programs that provide teacher mentoring from exemplary teachers and administrators, induction, and support for new teachers and principals during their first three years; and financial incentives to retain teachers and principals with a record of helping students to achieve academic success.

10. March 12 Innovative Professional Development Carrying out programs and activities that are designed to improve the quality of the teaching force, such as programs that focus on technology literacy, tenure reform, testing teachers in the academic subject in which teachers teach, and merit pay programs.

11. March 12 Leadership Development Carrying out professional development programs that are designed to improve the quality of principals and superintendents, including the development and support of academies to help them become outstanding managers and educational leaders.

12. March 12 Hiring Additional Teachers Hiring highly qualified teachers, including teachers who become highly qualified through State and local alternate routes to certification, and special education teachers, in order to reduce class size, particularly in the early grades.

13. March 12 Teacher Advancement Initiatives Carrying out teacher advancement initiatives that promote professional growth and emphasize multiple career paths (such as paths to becoming a mentor teacher, career teacher, or exemplary teacher) and pay differentiation.

14. March 12 Title II Part A Requires A comprehensive needs assessment. Funds target schools with lowest HiQ percentage, have the largest class size, or are identified for school improvement Needs be prioritized Develop a plan and link actions to needs, effectiveness indicator(s), and CFA.

15. March 12 LEA Collaboration/Cooperation Work in consultation with schools as the schools develop and implement their plans Comply with teacher/paraprofessional deadline and professional development Assure that minority/low income students are not taught by non-HiQ/inexperienced teachers at higher rates than other students. Consolidate fund sources Supplement funds - don’t supplant Notify private schools within district

16. March 12 Supplement Funds – Don’t Supplant Do not use Title IIA funds for required services under other Federal, State, or local code. Do not use Title IIA funds for services that were funded with State or local funds the previous fiscal year.

17. March 12 Private School Notice Annual notification required Calculate equitable participation Private school included in district assessment Private school opportunity for input in planning

18. March 12 Title II Part A Resources Click “Title IIA Use of Funds”, “Title IIA Handbook” Section 7, “Title IIA Draft Guidance”, August 3, 2005. Your Title IIA Consultant

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