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Title: School Improvement Grant (SIG) Cohort 6

School Improvement Grant (SIG) Cohort 6
  • Informational Webinar
  • June 10, 2015

Webinar Agenda
  • Background
  • Priority Schools
  • Options
  • Overview of RFP
  • Highlights of Recent SIG changes
  • Funding Priority Levels
  • Proposal Narratives
  • District-level and School-level
  • Budget and Budget Guidance
  • Scoring
  • Submission and Timeline

Background - Priority Schools
  • Priority schools are the lowest performing 5 of
    schools in the state, based on combined ELA/math
    performance, or significantly low graduation
  • List of Priority Schools http//www.p12.nysed.go
  • Schools must implement a whole-school reform
    model that fully incorporates federal principles
    for school turnaround.
  • ESEA Waiver http//

Background Options for Priority Schools to meet
the Whole-School Reform Requirement
Options Funding Features
SIG plan Competitive Implement 1 of 7 models Turnaround Restart Early Learning Innovation Framework Transformation Closure Evidence-based
SURR or SCEP plan LEA-Funded Whole-school plan based on seven (7) USED turnaround principles http//
Background Eligibility for SIG Cohort 6
  • Priority schools not currently receiving SIG
    funding are eligible to apply.
  • Priority Schools that have previously received
    SIG or School Innovation Fund (SIF) funding are
    eligible to apply, but will receive a lower
    funding priority than schools that have never
    been funded.
  • This RFP is not to be confused with the SIG/SIF
    Continuation Plan applications which were issued
    separately to currently-funded SIG (Cohorts 2-5)
    or SIF (SIF Cohort 3) schools.
  • LEAs must be in compliance with Education Law
    3012(c) regarding APPR throughout the entire
    grant period.
  • http//
  • NYSED will not be offering another round of the
    SIF grant.

Overview - School Improvement Grant RFP
  • The SIG application is designed to promote
    focused and sustainable school improvement.
  • District-level plan, school-level plan,
    requirements specific to the chosen model, and a
    budget and budget narrative
  • Five-year funding period includes three years of
    full implementation followed by the opportunity
    to apply for sustainability funding based on
  • Year 1 - Implementation Period is 10 months and
    begins September 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2016.

Overview - School Improvement Grant RFP
  • There are now six federal models to choose from
    Turnaround, Restart, Transformation, Closure,
    Early Learning, Evidence-based and one
    state-determined model, the Innovation Framework.
  • The principal needs to be replaced in all models
    except for Restart and Closure. Refer to the
    Competencies for Determining School
  • Educational partner organizations (EPO) required
    for the Innovation Framework and an educational
    management organization (EMO) is required for the
    Restart model. See Restart model guidance
    regarding EMOs at http//
    index.html and http//

Overview - School Improvement Grant RFP
  • Maximum funding 2,000,000 over 5 years, with
    suggested funding levels of 500,000 for each of
    the first three years, and the possibility of
    250,000 for years 4 and 5
  • Federal Guidance https//
  • The state-determined model is the Innovation
    Framework, which includes the following pathways
  • College Pathways School Design,
  • Community-Oriented School Design, and
  • Career and Technical Education School Design.
  • The specific requirements of these pathways are
    found in the RFP. http//

Highlights - Recent SIG Changes
  • Three new models Early Learning model,
    Evidence-based model, and the Innovation
    Framework which is the NYS Education Departments
    state-determined model
  • Link to the Early Learning model and the
    Evidence-based model information
  • The grant is now a 5-year grant 3 full years of
    implementation, and schools will be eligible for
    up to two additional years of sustainability
  • Awards are still prioritized by whether or not a
    school was previously funded, but now are also
    prioritized by model selected.

Highlights - Recent SIG Changes
  • The Rule of 9 is no longer in effect however,
    applications proposing the Transformation model
    are in funding priority level two. More
    information is explained later.
  • Previous SIG cohorts Cohort 1 schools that are
    still in priority status are now re-eligible for
    an additional 5 years of funding, but will be a
    lower funding priority level. Cohorts 2-5, are
    also now eligible for up to 5 years of continuous
    funding, but will follow a Continuation
    Application process separate from this RFP.

Funding Priority Levels
  • Funding Priority 1- Turnaround, Restart,
    Innovation Framework, and Early Learning
    Intervention models from eligible Priority
    Schools that have never before been funded by SIG
    1003(g) or SIF grants.
  • Funding Priority 2 - All applications for
    Priority Schools reviewed for the Transformation
    model that have never before been funded by
    SIG1003(g) or SIF grants. 
  • Funding Priority 3 - All applicants for Priority
    Schools reviewed for the Closure model that have
    never before been funded by SIG 1003(g) or SIF

Funding Priority Levels
  • Funding Priority 4
  • All Priority school applications for Turnaround,
    Restart, Transformation, Innovation Framework,
    Closure, and Early Learning Intervention models
    from eligible Priority Schools that have
    previously received 1003g SIG or SIF funds.
  • All Priority School applications reviewed for the
    Evidence-based model.
  • All Focus school applications. Federal
    guidelines state, SIG funds may be used to fund
    Focus Schools only after the SEA has already
    funded all of its Priority Schools with
    approvable SIG applications. http//

Proposal Narratives
  • General Points of Emphasis for Proposal
  • Include specificity and information-rich
  • Provide clear evidence of capacity to implement
  • Board policies and/or procedures,
  • Contractual provisions, and
  • Clearly articulated labor-management agreements.
  • Provide clear evidence of school and community
    input in the plan.
  • Fulfill all federal requirements of the chosen
    model within the district-level and school-level

Proposal Narratives
  • District-level Plan (20 points)
  • District Overview
  • Operational Autonomies
  • District Accountability and Support
  • Teacher and Leader Pipeline
  • External Partner Recruitment, Screening and
  • Enrollment and Retention Policies, Practices and
  • District-level Labor-Management Collaboration

Proposal Narratives
  • School-level Plan (60 points)
  • School Overview
  • Needs Assessment
  • School Model/Framework Selection
  • Leadership
  • Instructional Staff
  • Partnerships
  • Organizational Plan
  • Educational Plan
  • Training, Support, and PD
  • Stakeholder Involvement and Communication
  • Project Plan and Timeline

Budget and Budget Guidance (20 points)
  • Budget Narrative
  • Clear explanation/justification of costs
  • Specific identification of all funding sources
  • Strategies for sustainability
  • Budget Forms
  • Year-One Implementation Period FS-10
  • Budget Summary Chart

Additional Budget Guidance
  • Budgeted items must be closely connected to
    organizational and pedagogical needs and purposes
    identified in the plan.
  • A maximum of 10 per budget may be allocated for
    supplies and materials (e.g., technology, office
    supplies, etc.).
  • Proposed expenses for supplies and materials
    must be reasonable and necessary and must not
    exceed 10 of the total funding request.
  • District costs must be associated with
    administration and support, and may not exceed
    10 of the total funding request.
  • The budget request must be commensurate to school
    size and need.

  • Scoring of application based on 100 possible
  • District-level plan (20 points)
  • School-level plan (60 points)
  • Budget and narrative (20 points)
  • 65-point threshold for award consideration
  • Scoring rubric
  • Required elements
  • Refer to Submission Checklist.
  • Applications must include ALL required elements.

Submission and Timeline
  • The SIG RFP can be found at http//www.p12.nysed.
  • SIG Application Questions
  • Must be received by 500 p.m. on June 24, 2015
  • Send to
  • Letters of Intent are requested, and should be
    submitted through Review Room by 300 p.m. on
    June 24, 2015.
  • Questions and Answers posted
  • Posted by July 8, 2015 at http//

Submission and Timeline
  • Complete applications must be successfully
    uploaded through Review Room by 300 p.m. on July
    22, 2015 at http//nysed-schoolturnaround.myreview
  • Please also mail a complete application with a
    cover page with an original signature, plus one
    complete copy to the address listed on page 4 of
    the RFP. This must be postmarked by July 22,
  • Award/non-award notification letters will be sent
    to districts in August, 2015.
  • M/WBE requirements

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Submission and Timeline
  • Review Room Questions
  • Technical assistance for electronic submission
  • Tracy Farrell at

School Improvement Grant (SIG) Cohort 6
  • Thank You
  • NYSED School Turnaround Office