On April 23, 2015, CEELO and the Center on School Turnaround (CST) hosted an online session designed for state early learning and school improvement administrators gearing up to include the early learning model in their school improvement plans under the new rule for the SIG grants.

Presenters reviewed the eight components* of the new model and discussed key requirements, including school leadership and expanding high quality prekindergarten and full-day kindergarten. Participants heard about opportunities provided by the early learning model and received key resources and information for state leaders. Charlie Geier, Director of Early Learning and Intervention in the Office of Early Learning and Intervention, Indiana Department of Education, shared what the new early learning model means for the state of Indiana and examples of how Indiana is working to support the key components of the SIG.

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*The eight components are:

1. Implementing each of the following early learning strategies:
– Offer full-day kindergarten
– Establish or expand a high-quality preschool program
– Provide educators, including preschool teachers, with time for joint planning across grades
2. Replacing the principal who led the school prior to commencement of the early learning model.
3. Implementing the a rigorous, transparent, and equitable evaluation and support systems for teachers and principals that is required under the transformation model.
4. Using the teacher and principal evaluation and support system to identify and reward school leaders, teachers, and other staff.
5. Implementing financial incentives, increased opportunities for career growth, and more flexible work conditions that are designed to recruit, place, and retain high quality staff.
6. Using data to identify and implement an instructional program that (a) is research-based, developmentally appropriate, and vertically aligned from one grade to the next, as well as aligned with state early learning and developmental standards.
7. Promoting the continuous use of student data (such as from formative, interim, and summative assessments) to inform and differentiate instruction.
8. Providing staff ongoing, high-quality, job-embedded professional development such as coaching and mentoring to ensure they are equipped to facilitate effective teaching and learning.

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