Technical Assistance in Indiana: Year 6

Overview of Planned Work

Excellent Educators

This project continues from Year 6 to assist the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) in implementing the “Supporting Educators” section of the Indiana Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. This section addresses the preparation, recruitment, induction, mentoring, retention, evaluation, and advancement of teachers and principals. It states that, “The IDOE offices of Educator Effectiveness, Educator Licensure, and Educator Preparation strive to build teacher and leader capacity and effectiveness to promote equitable access to excellent educators and positively impact student achievement.”

Preparing Indiana Students for the 21st Century Workplace

This project continues from Year 6, when the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center (GLCC) supported the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) in three distinct areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives; the Indiana Career Explorer (ICE) pilot; and the Employability Skills Framework.

Multitiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Model

This project has advanced from a Year 6 Great Lakes Comprehensive Center (GLCC) project focusing on literacy, Indiana PreK–12 Literacy Framework, into a statewide model for multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). In Year 6, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) literacy team developed the Indiana PreK–12 Literacy Framework to help educators provide quality literacy instruction. IDOE also convened a cross-agency team to develop a statewide model for MTSS to address academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs in schools. MTSS is part of the Indiana Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, and also part of the IDOE strategic plan. In Year 7, GLCC will provide content expertise, relationship brokering, coaching, and thought partnering to increase IDOE’s capacity to support local education agencies (LEAs) in their use of the MTSS model and to support the refinement and implementation of the Indiana PreK–12 Literacy Framework. GLCC will specifically provide this support to the six-school year-long pilot that starts with the opening of the 2018-19 school year. This project will increase IDOE’s capacity to lead and collaborate with Indiana school districts, educators, higher education institutions, and stakeholders regarding the literacy framework.

Rural Education Improvement and Support

This project is an outgrowth of the Year 6 Excellent Educators project, in which rural education was one of the embedded initiatives. The Great Lakes Comprehensive Center (GLCC) helped organize and facilitate a series of four meetings of the Indiana Rural School Superintendents’ Task Force (IRSTF). IRSTF identified three challenges to address in the 2018-19 school year: educator recruitment and retention, reporting and compliance, and funding equity. In Year 7, GLCC will support IDOE’s implementation of the recommendations of the IRSTF report. In partnership with the GTL Center, GLCC will assist IDOE in developing cross-state rural collaboration, focused on grow-your-own (GYO) programs as a strategy to address educator recruitment and retention. This project will support IDOE with implementation of aspects of their ESSA plan related to rural districts. Through this work, IDOE aims to see the average number of teacher vacancies in rural districts decrease and to provide support to rural schools, which drawing on strategies from peers nationwide, can offer a richer and more attractive array of options to students and staff (e.g., benefits, enrichment courses). The ultimate goal is to have students from rural schools have higher achievement rates; experience stable schools with little teacher turnover; and enjoy access to enrichment classes, advanced coursework, and career-technical education options.