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<strong>Tools</strong> <strong>for</strong> <strong>Integrating</strong> <strong>Education</strong> <strong>Funds</strong>An IntroductionFEBRUARY 2011


<strong>Tools</strong> <strong>for</strong> <strong>Integrating</strong> <strong>Education</strong> <strong>Funds</strong>An IntroductionTable <strong>of</strong> ContentsFiscal Model Training Module......................................................2<strong>Louisiana</strong>’s Critical Goals..............................................................4<strong>Louisiana</strong> <strong>Department</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Education</strong> Initiatives Descriptions .......6TOOLS FOR INTEGRATING EDUCATION FUNDS AN INTRODUCTION 1


FISCAL MODEL TRAINING MODULE»»Title II, Part A funds to provide pr<strong>of</strong>essional developmentto classroom teachers on how to address studentswith different learning styles, how to improve studentbehavior, and how identify appropriate interventions.»»Title IV, Part A funds to implement conflict resolutionprograms to address behavioral problems be<strong>for</strong>e theydisrupt the classroom environment.The district would have to be able to show which specific costswere charged to each funding source so that an auditor, monitoror other reviewer could determine the costs were permissible andthe district complied with appropriate federal requirements.As this simplified example demonstrates, using multiplefunding sources to support a single initiative does not meanthe funds are combined or consolidated. Rather, separatefunding sources are braided together to support differentactivities under a single initiative.Importance <strong>of</strong> PlanningAs will become evident throughout this Training Module,the key to successfully integrating program funds to supportpromising initiatives is solid project planning. Projectplanning includes, but is not limited to:»»Assessing the LEA’s needs (i.e. using multiple datapoints to identify the LEA’s strengths and weaknesses,and to determine students’ needs <strong>for</strong> improvingacademic achievement).»»Determining the LEA’s goals and objectives in light <strong>of</strong> theneeds identified (i.e. prioritizing the LEA’s multiple goals andobjectives based on the results <strong>of</strong> the needs assessment).»»Determining which initiatives will address the LEA’s goalsand objectives and what activities the LEA must carry outunder the selected initiative(s).»»Determining the target population <strong>for</strong> the activities identified(e.g. which schools, students, and/or staff will be served).»»Determining when various activities will be carried out.»»Determining who is responsible <strong>for</strong> carrying outvarious activities.»»Determining which costs are permissible under variousfunding sources.»»Developing a spending plan detailing which costs will becharged to which funding sources.»»Determining which systems the LEA will need to use toimplement its initiatives and what controls must be inplace to support those systems (e.g. if an LEA will needto purchase goods or services in order to implement aninitiative, it must ensure it has a procurement process inplace sufficient to facilitate the purchase – planning theprocurement transaction at the same time the LEA plansits initiative can help to streamline the process).Good project planning looks at what an LEA’s needsare and then determines how the LEA can use differentfunding sources to address those needs. Thus, rather thanlooking at each funding source in a vacuum, an LEA isencouraged to make spending decisions in light <strong>of</strong> its uniquecircumstances. This Training Module is intended to assistLEAs in making those types <strong>of</strong> spending decisions.In conclusion, this in<strong>for</strong>mation module is not intended tobe an exhaustive list <strong>of</strong> best practices or available fundingoptions, but a district/school framework <strong>for</strong> review <strong>of</strong> current,and planning <strong>for</strong> future, fiscal effectiveness. This modulewill serve as a tangible document, used to guide the fiscalef<strong>for</strong>ts <strong>of</strong> each district as it focuses on the overall increase andimprovement <strong>of</strong> student academic achievement.TOOLS FOR INTEGRATING EDUCATION FUNDS AN INTRODUCTION 3


<strong>Louisiana</strong>’s Critical GoalsThe following is a list <strong>of</strong> <strong>Louisiana</strong>’s Critical Goals and the initiatives they encompass:1. Students enter kindergarten ready to learn.»»After School Interventions»»Cecil J. Picard LA4 Early Childhood Program»»Comprehensive Learning Support System»»Ensuring Literacy and Numeracy <strong>for</strong> All»»Positive Behavior Support»»Response to Intervention2. Students are literate by the third grade.»»After School Interventions»»Comprehensive Learning Support System»»Ensuring Literacy and Numeracy <strong>for</strong> All»»Positive Behavior Support»»Response to Intervention3. Students will enter fourth grade on time.»»After School Interventions»»Comprehensive Learning Support System»»Ensuring Literacy and Numeracy <strong>for</strong> All»»Positive Behavior Support»»Response to Intervention»»Teacher Advancement Program»»Teaching, Learning and Technology Centers4. Students per<strong>for</strong>m at or above grade level inEnglish/Language Arts by eighth grade.»»Adolescent Literary Project»»After School Interventions»»Comprehensive Learning Support System»»Freshman Academies»»High Schools that Work/Making Middle Grades Work»»<strong>Louisiana</strong> Virtual School»»Positive Behavior Support»»Response to Intervention»»Teacher Advancement Program»»Teaching, Learning and Technology Centers5. Students per<strong>for</strong>m at or abovegrade level in math by eighth grade.»»After School Interventions»»Comprehensive Learning Support System»»Freshman Academies»»High Schools that Work/Making Middle Grades Work»»<strong>Louisiana</strong> Virtual School»»Positive Behavior Support»»Response to Intervention»»Teacher Advancement Program»»Teaching, Learning and Technology Centers4 LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


<strong>Louisiana</strong> <strong>Department</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Education</strong> Initiatives DescriptionsAdolescent Literacy Project – The Adolescent LiteracyProject is designed to disseminate the state’s adolescentliteracy plan to ensure all middle and high schools have anaction-based blueprint to improve the quality <strong>of</strong> adolescentliteracy in <strong>Louisiana</strong> and to provide direct support to 20middle and/or high schools to implement the plan.After School Interventions – After School Interventionsare designed to improve student achievement and providestudents and their families with academic and enrichmentopportunities during out-<strong>of</strong>-school hours. <strong>Department</strong><strong>of</strong> <strong>Education</strong> after school programs are required to aligncurricula with the <strong>Department</strong>’s Literacy and Numeracyinitiatives and BESE adopted After School Standards. AllLDOE funded after school program providers are evaluatedon the academic per<strong>for</strong>mance <strong>of</strong> participating students.Career and Technical <strong>Education</strong> Industry-BasedCertification (CTE IBC) - Career and Technical <strong>Education</strong>incorporates a broad range <strong>of</strong> program areas which af<strong>for</strong>dstudents the opportunity to participate in career specificcourses, culminating in Industry-Based Certification, anddual enrollment/articulated credit courses that provide a“jump start” to postsecondary education. CTE programsprovide rigorous instruction that incorporates academicconcepts into career specific skills. Through these courses,students are able to make connections between academicconcepts and career choices. Through CTE, academic rigor isintertwined with academic relevance.Cecil J. Picard LA 4 Early Childhood Program - LA4 is a program that provides universal access to high-quality,developmentally appropriate prekindergarten classes andbe<strong>for</strong>e- and after-school enrichment activities to at-riskfour-year-old children who are eligible to enter public schoolkindergarten the following year. The LA 4 PrekindergartenProgram is an early intervention program. The programprovides high-quality, developmentally appropriateeducational opportunities and experiences <strong>for</strong> four-year-oldchildren deemed at-risk <strong>for</strong> school failure.Comprehensive Learning Supports System(CLSS) - The Comprehensive Learning Supports Systemis a comprehensive and systemic approach to ensuringall students have equal opportunity to succeed at school.Learning Supports are the resources strategies and practicesthat provide physical, social, and emotional support todirectly address barriers to learning and teaching and to reengagedisconnected students.Ensuring Literacy and Numeracy <strong>for</strong> All - TheEnsuring Literacy and Numeracy <strong>for</strong> All Initiative seeks toimprove student achievement in selected schools throughintensive content-specific pr<strong>of</strong>essional development that istargeted at the classroom level in the areas <strong>of</strong> curriculum andinstruction, and is tied to assessment.Freshman Academies/Middle Grade Transitions -Freshman Academies/Middle Grade Transitions is a dropoutprevention program designed to increase the high schoolreadiness <strong>of</strong> 8th and 9th grade students. Targeted studentsreceive interventions aimed at improving outcomes andultimately assuring that an on-time graduation occurs in the9th grade cohort.High Schools that Work/Making Middle GradesWork - High Schools That Work/Making Middle GradesWork is an ef<strong>for</strong>t-based school improvement initiative6 LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INITIATIVES DESCRIPTIONSteacher quality and increase student achievement. TAP is acomprehensive, research-based re<strong>for</strong>m model that is builtupon four critical elements: (1) multiple career paths andcareer advancement opportunities; (2) ongoing, on-site, jobembedded,applied pr<strong>of</strong>essional development driven by theneeds <strong>of</strong> the students in the school; (3) a fair, transparentinstructionally-focused accountability system (evaluation)<strong>for</strong> teachers; and (4) differentiated compensation <strong>for</strong>teachers based on the teachers’ per<strong>for</strong>mance in theclassroom and on the per<strong>for</strong>mance <strong>of</strong> their students.Teaching, Learning and Technology Centers(TLTC) – The Teaching, Learning, and TechnologyCenters are regionally established centers focused toimprove student academic achievement through the use<strong>of</strong> technology in elementary and secondary schools. Theyare also designed to assist every student, regardless <strong>of</strong>race, ethnicity, income, geographical location, or disability,in becoming technologically literate by the end <strong>of</strong> theeighth grade and to encourage the effective integration<strong>of</strong> technology resources and systems with pr<strong>of</strong>essionaldevelopment to promote research-based instructionalmethods that can be widely replicated.8 LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATIONMs. Penny DastuguePresidentMember-at-LargeMs. Louella Givens2nd BESE DistrictMr. Charles E. Roemer6th BESE DistrictMr. John L. BennettMember-at-LargeMr. James D. Garvey, Jr.Vice President1st BESE DistrictMr. Walter Lee4th BESE DistrictMr. Dale Bayard7th BESE DistrictMs. Connie Brad<strong>for</strong>dMember-at-LargeMs. Glenny Lee BuquetSecretary-Treasurer3rd BESE DistrictMr. Keith Guice5th BESE DistrictMs. Linda Johnson8th BESE DistrictMs. Catherine PozniakExecutive DirectorThis public document was printed at a cost <strong>of</strong> $1,461.59. Five hundred copies (500) <strong>of</strong> this document package were printed in this printing at a cost <strong>of</strong>$1,461.59. The total cost <strong>of</strong> all printings <strong>of</strong> this document, including reprints, is $1,461.59. This document package was printed by the <strong>Louisiana</strong> <strong>Department</strong><strong>of</strong> <strong>Education</strong>, Office <strong>of</strong> Federal Programs Support, Division <strong>of</strong> Student and School Learning Support; P.O. Box 94064; Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064. Thismaterial was printed in accordance with the standards <strong>for</strong> printing by State Agencies established pursuant to R.S. 43:31.The mission <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Louisiana</strong> <strong>Department</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Education</strong> (LDOE) is to ensure equal access to education andto promote equal excellence throughout the state. The LDOE is committed to providing Equal EmploymentOpportunities and is committed to ensuring that all <strong>of</strong> its programs and facilities are accessible to allmembers <strong>of</strong> the public. The LDOE does not discriminate on the basis <strong>of</strong> age, color, disability, nationalorigin, race, religion, sex, or genetic in<strong>for</strong>mation. Inquiries concerning the LDOE’s compliance with TitleIX and other civil rights laws may be directed to the Deputy Undersecretary, LDOE, Exec. Office <strong>of</strong> theSupt., PO Box 94064, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064; 877.453.2721 or customerservice@la.gov. In<strong>for</strong>mationabout the federal civil rights laws that apply to the LDOE and other educational institutions is available onthe website <strong>for</strong> the Office <strong>of</strong> Civil Rights, USDOE, at http://www.ed.gov/about/<strong>of</strong>fices/list/ocr/.

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