State Administrators

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.

 

Featured Resources

Cover of report - Strengthening Assessments of School Climate: Lessons from the NYC School Survey

Summarizes a variety of lessons of administering the New York City School Survey and presents both the Research Alliance’s and the NYC DOE’s reflections about the process of improving the School Survey. 

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools
Pencil checking off a EDSCLS box.

Provides surveys for middle and high school students, their parents, teachers, instructional staff, non-instructional staff and administrators on a web-based platform. The surveys can be downloaded free of charge and provide user-friendly school climate reports back to users. Local education agencies administering the survey will be able to store the data locally on their own data systems.

U.S Department of Education
Cover page of the Mitigating Hazards in School Facilities resource

Guides school facilities staff and administration through the process of assessing the safety and security of school buildings (and surroundings), creating a hazard mitigation plan, and then implementing that plan. This tool also contains links to additional information about safe school facilities.

FEMA
Cover image - Michigan Department of Education Safe and Supportive Schools Final Report

Presents findings for Michigan's Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Contains grantee progress and highlights: 65% of schools reported improved school safety scores, 52% of schools reported a decrease in bullying, 30% of Safe and Supportive Schools received "Reward" status, and 70% of S3 2010 Priority schools moved off the Priority List. This final report also presents trends in statewide graduation rates over the course of the grant, previews key initiatives, and details lessons learned.

Michigan Department of Education
Cover page of Leveraging National Service in Your Schools toolkit

Presents a toolkit for superintendents, principals, and other education stakeholders to determine the best ways for them to leverage national service resources in schools. This toolkit helps stakeholders identify how national service resources can help meet schools' needs, match schools' needs to an AmeriCorps and/or Senior Corps program, and apply for Corporation for National and Community Service resources or partner with nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, city agencies or mayors' offices.

Corporation for National and Community Service
First page of the Assessments 101: A Policymaker’s Guide to K-12 Assessments document

Supports State leaders’ understanding of assessments by first classifying and categorizing assessments, and then providing an overview of common terms used when choosing and utilizing assessments.

Julie Rowland Woods