Technical Assistance in Indiana: Year 6

Overview of Planned Work

Excellent Educators

The goal of this project is to implement the “Supporting Educators” section of the Indiana ESSA plan. This section addresses the recruitment, preparation, induction, evaluation, advancement, and retention of teachers and principals to build teacher leader capacity and effectiveness. GLCC is collaborating with the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders, Center on School Turnaround, and the West Comprehensive Center to design and provide strategic support to State and Local Education Agency teams in attracting, supporting, and retaining educator talent in high-need, low-performing schools. By the end of Year 6, IDOE will have worked alongside the centers and local education agencies to support strategic planning, the use of evidence based strategies for addressing gaps in the talent pipeline for low performing schools, and will have consulted with peers in other state about how to support talent pipeline issues in low performing schools across their states.

PreK-12 Literacy Framework

In Year 5, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) convened a state literacy team and developed a literacy plan, the Indiana PREK–12 Literacy Framework, to help build striving readers’ literacy. The IDOE leadership is taking on the responsibility of reviewing and improving the framework to help educators ensure quality literacy instruction. In Year 6, GLCC will provide content expertise, relationship brokering, coaching, and thought partnering to support the refinement and implementation of the Indiana literacy framework and to increase IDOE’s capacity to lead and collaborate with local educational agencies (LEAs), educators, institutes of higher education, and stakeholders around the new framework.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan Implementation

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan writing was completed on schedule and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on September 18, 2017, with changes submitted to ED in January 2018. To assist IDOE with implementation of the ESSA plan as related to school improvement (SI), GLCC has formed four projects: (1) School Quality Reviews; (2) The Resource Hub; (3) The School and District Improvement Resources website; and (4) School Improvement staff training.

Preparing Indiana Students for the 21st Century Workplace

To meet the demands of the 21st century workplace, Indiana students need to master more than traditional academic skills. To that end, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is developing a comprehensive initiative to lead local educational agencies (LEAs) in increasing the number of students who graduate annually with certification and/or coursework that permits entry into high-wage, high-demand careers. IDOE has set a goal that by 2022, 12,500 students will graduate annually with a certification or career-oriented coursework. GLCC is working with IDOE to align and integrate employability skills with education initiatives that support the well-rounded education of all students.