• Recovery School Improvement Grant (SIG) 2016-17 School Year

    Pfeiffer-Burleigh applied for and has received a School Improvement Grant totaling $3,660,349 over three years: $1,355,567 the first year, $1,201,946 the second year and $1,092,836 the third year. When additional funding became available for existing SIG recipients, Pfeiffer-Burleigh applied and was granted an additional two years of funding: $1,999,214 for the 2017-18 SY, and $1,926,014 for the 2018-19 SY. The new total for the School Improvement Grant for the five years totals $7,585,577.

    Pfeiffer-Burleigh chose the Transformation Model. The theory of action underlying the transformation model is that the existing configuration of leadership and instructional personnel has not created a learning environment in which students are succeeding. As a result, to dramatically change the environment for the benefit of the children currently enrolled in the school, the adults must change. Under transformation, change entails literal change of leadership (if leader has been in place for more than 3 years) as well as behavioral change by instructional personnel.

    Changes required to occur under the transformation model, as outlined by the U.S. Department of Education, are:

    • Replace principal
    • Implement new evaluation system developed with staff
    • Use student growth as a significant factor
    • Identify and reward staff who are increasing student outcomes/ support and then remove those who are not
    • Implement strategies to recruit, place, and retain staff
    • Select and implement an instructional model based on student needs
    • Provide job-embedded professional development designed to build capacity and support staff
    • Ensure continuous use of data to inform and differentiate instruction
    • Provide increased learning time
    • Provide an ongoing mechanism for community and family engagement
    • Partner to provide social-emotional and community-oriented services and supports
    • Provide sufficient operating flexibility to implement reform
    • Ensure ongoing technical assistance