State administrators work with districts and schools in managing federal and state grant programs and implementing state policies and regulations. Duties include planning and funding, providing technical assistance, monitoring and compliance, and reporting and evaluation.
School climate improvements require support from staff at all levels, from the educators in the classroom to the administrators at the state level. State administrators have the ability to bring partners together and leverage resources to thoughtfully support districts and schools.
State administrators who focus on administering grant programs aimed at improving the learning environment as a whole or in its parts (environment, safety, or engagement) can provide specific guidance on measuring school climate and implementing evidence-based programmatic interventions. With their guidance, districts and schools can become empowered to make learning environment improvements. They also can work with other administrators and partners to consider how elements of safe, supportive learning environments;can be integrated into the work on the other grants and programs.
Once areas of need and improvement have been identified by school climate measurement systems, those data must be applied to make an informed decision about which programmatic interventions are most likely to improve student outcomes. State administrators can provided support for the following activities integral to the successful implementation of selected programmatic interventions:
- Conducting professional development and training activities
- Providing access to technical assistance and support
- Conducting regular monitoring of progress throughout the year
- Providing feedback about progress
- Assessing needs of implementers and responding as needed
The planned and intentional application of evidence-based programs greatly increases the potential for positive student outcomes.
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