Indiana

Technical Assistance in Indiana: Year 5

Overview of Planned Work

During Year 4, the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center (GLCC) state manager met regularly with the IDOE chief of staff and deputy superintendent, and at regular intervals with the superintendent, assistant superintendent for school improvement, assistant superintendent for school support services, and chief information officer. GLCC project leads met regularly with IDOE staff to ensure that projects were being implemented and high-quality technical assistance was being provided. Through this close interaction, and in technical assistance planning sessions on June 14 and August 3, 2016, GLCC leadership and IDOE’s superintendent, deputy, chief of staff, assistant superintendents, and chief information officer confirmed five projects for Year 5, as described below. All five projects are aligned with one or more of the priorities set forth in Imagine 2020, and with the key federal initiatives.

Project 1: Continuous Organizational Improvement for Increased Efficacy

GLCC will continue to assist IDOE in institutionalizing the staff practices of its strategic plan. Year 5 represents the next major phase in supporting the increasing human, organizational, structural, material, and political capacity of IDOE. The IDOE strategic plan sites goals to improve internal and external communication. To support IDOE in pursuit of these goals, GLCC has partnered with the Center on Building State Capacity and Productivity (BSCP) to include IDOE in two national communication building initiatives. IDOE is a member of the BSCP Strategic Communications Benchmarking Project and also the BSCP Strategic Performance Management Guiding Coalition. This project lays the groundwork for the rest of GLCC’s technical assistance projects with IDOE.

Project 2: Excellent Educators

GLCC will continue to assist IDOE in institutionalizing the staff practices of its strategic plan. Year 5 represents the next major phase in supporting the increasing human, organizational, structural, material, and political capacity of IDOE. The IDOE strategic plan sites goals to improve internal and external communication. To support IDOE in pursuit of these goals, GLCC has partnered with the Center on Building State Capacity and Productivity (BSCP) to include IDOE in two national communication building initiatives. IDOE is a member of the BSCP Strategic Communications Benchmarking Project and also the BSCP Strategic Performance Management Guiding Coalition. This project lays the groundwork for the rest of GLCC’s technical assistance projects with IDOE.

Project 3: Success for All Learners

To effectively lead LEAs in creating positive school climate and culture and implementing varied services and supports for student success, IDOE has requested ongoing assistance from GLCC to improve communication, coordination, and leveraging across offices within the department. GLCC technical assistance will include support in the writing and implementation of a powerful response to ESSA concerning school climate and culture and effective instructional and support services to meet learners’ unique individual needs.

Project 4: Support for the State Development Network (SDN) Local Education Agencies (LEAs)

GLCC will support IDOE in guiding the SDN and providing leadership and resources to nine LEAs in SDN cohort 1 and nine LEAs in cohort 2. Cohort 1 addresses systems change with LEAs that have high numbers of focus and priority schools. Cohort 2 addresses graduation gaps with a set of LEAs in which schools have A, B, and C ratings, but serious achievement gaps. GLCC will support many of the objectives listed in Project 3 (Success for All Learners) within this project and in particular, the SDN, with increased intensity and frequency. This project builds upon Year 4 Project on Personalized Pathways to Academic Achievement for All Learners.

Project 5: Indiana Standards and Assessments

GLCC will support IDOE in meeting the challenge to lead LEAs in delivering effective instruction on the Indiana Academic Standards for ELA, math, science, the WIDA standards, and the Early Learning Foundations. GLCC will also partner with the Center on Standards and Assessments Improvement (CSAI) to provide neutral and objective content expertise and collaborative planning to IDOE as it faces the challenge of working with the state legislature and State Board of Education on the future of statewide, annual, grade-level assessments. This work transitions from Year 4 into establishing a process for IDOE’s writing and implementing a powerful response to ESSA concerning standards and assessments.