Moving the Needle with Federal Projects: How Florida's State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) is positively impacting student proficiency by growing the use of the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) in secondary schools
Grant dollars can provide a significant opportunity to grow the use of high-yield instructional practices in schools. However, generating positive student impact from those dollars can be challenging due to the complexities in large systems such as schools and school districts. Florida’s SPDG SIM Project has just completed a five year federal grant where they were able to leverage the Strategic Instruction Model to positively impact student proficiency rates, including proficiency rates of students with disabilities, in middle and high schools. These gains, which include proficiency increases of as much as 20+ %, replicate many of the gains from KUCRL’s original research studies with SIM. This session will share the data of multiple success stories framed through a problem/solution lens, critical supports that were developed and implemented to achieve positive student impact such as professional learning differentiated by stakeholder group, and how lessons learned are driving new ways of work in the current grant including systems coaching and capacity building at the district level.
Learning Outcomes/Next Steps
- Identify implementation supports used by Florida’s SPDG SIM project to promote use of Content Enhancement Routines and Learning Strategies
- Develop strategies for assessing student impact
- Predict the impact of and strategize for additional focus on organization drivers