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The Connecticut Academy for Education implemented the School Improvement Support Team (SIST) in the Waterbury, Connecticut, Public Schools during the 1998-99 school year. The main goal of the SIST is to provide a comprehensive and cohesive set of programs and activities for improving student performance in the Waterbury Public Schools. The Connecticut Academy for Education had provided assistance with curriculum development to the school system for the 3 previous years. The SIST's educational consultants worked with administrators and teachers in seven elementary schools. With a specific focus on assessment, mathematics, and language arts, the SIST provided strategic data-based technical assistance to teachers to foster academic achievement. The preliminary evaluation indicates that the SIST offers the Waterbury schools a new and innovative approach to improving key program areas, as evidenced by the recent inclusion of 7.5 additional days in the teachers' contract for professional development. The SIST is making the Waterbury public schools more responsive to prevailing conditions, trends, and changes related to student performance and staff development. SIST received an overall 60% performance rating from the district's teachers and administrators, with strong agreement among teachers, administrators, and SIST consultants about the strengths of the initiative and its startup problems. The appendix contains the principals', assistant principals', and teachers' surveys. (Contains 28 figures.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development, Program Implementation, Public Schools, School Districts, Teacher Surveys, Technical Assistance











Author: Curriculum Research and Evaluation, Chaplin, CT.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9390&id=ED440976







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