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AASA-TDS Networked Improvement Community Application

Talent Development Secondary (TDS) and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, have embarked on a unique partnership to support local districts in meeting their ESSA requirements to transform their 5% lowest performing secondary schools. We will partner with up to 20 districts and 40 schools over a four-year period in a collaborative learning community using the evidence-based TDS framework.

 

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AASA-TDS Request for Application (downloadable PDF)

 

AASA-TDS NIC Application

Talent Development Secondary (TDS) and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, have embarked on a unique partnership to support local districts in meeting their ESSA requirements to transform their 5% lowest performing secondary schools. We will partner with up to 20 districts and 40 schools over a four-year period in a collaborative learning community using the evidence-based TDS framework.

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  • I. Background

    Talent Development Secondary (TDS) and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, have embarked on a unique partnership to support local districts in meeting their ESSA requirements to transform their 5% lowest performing secondary schools. We will partner with up to 20 districts and 40 schools over a four-year period in a collaborative learning community using the evidence-based TDS framework. The framework involves the establishment of a core set of evidence-based strategies that, collectively, have proven effective in substantially improving high-needs secondary schools. They are:
    1) small learning communities with teacher teams;
    2) district core curricula supported with acceleration curricula as needed, with embedded professional development and instructional support;
    3) development of an Early Warning System (EWS) which monitors all students on the key predictive indicators – attendance, behavior and course performance – and intervenes when students signal they are off track to graduating and prepared for college and career;
    4) a “Can-Do” culture and climate based on clear platforms for both student and staff input and recognition; and
    5) clear pathways to post-secondary success and the world of work.

    While some of these elements are frequently in place at many schools, they are not often interwoven into a strategic package of evidence-based structures and practices. TDS, in partnership with AASA, will provide the training, the technical support, and the networked learning platform to take on this challenge with a proven framework over the coming four years. The following information will enable both interested districts and AASA/TDS to assess if a district and its targeted schools are a good match for this effort. We will start accepting applications on Monday, November 12, 2018 all the way through the final date of March 30, 2019. Within two weeks of submitting, we will notify the district about the status of its submission and may need to ask clarifying questions in some cases. The following information is required for us to make an effective assessment of your district’s capacity to meet the requirements of the project.