Partners & Support
Battelle for Kids (BFK) provides key Advocacy for the deeper learning, scalable solutions, and accountability for the project. Their team also works to secure further funding for the project and evaluates multiple sources of that funding. BFK's support is crucial in the design of tools for the SSR and in all communication materials used in the program. They also assist in coordinating expansion to further district participation and increasing communication to stakeholders.
For S-CAP, Generation Schools Network (GSN) provides guidance in aligning the program budget to its goals, vision, and priorities and seeks further funding for the program. GSN also assists in expanding the program to pilot districts. In addition, their team creates the tools for the districts, and assists in on-site facilitation of SSRs and other events. GSN is also a key partner in assisting in communication among all partners and additional stakeholders.
University of Colorado Denver (UCD) is responsible for the evaluation and enhancement of the processes used for SSR reliability, efficiencies, quality, innovation, and scalability, in addition to the data gathered during the SSR and CSS. UCD further analyzes the data from SSR and CSS for district use and innovating accountability. For the CSS, UCD also selects the measures and analyzes their results.
The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) provides support for the use of project data to influence the state accountability system toward innovation and to help drive deeper learning for S-CAP districts using the results from the SSRs and the Learning Disposition Data. Connecting the accountability and data systems is a role crucial to all partners to support the innovation process and streamline information sharing with project stakeholders.
The Colorado Rural Schools Alliance helps to increase awareness of S-CAP with the State Board and legislators. In addition, they assist in the Advocacy of deeper learning, scalable strategies, and innovative accountability for S-CAP.
Kit Carson School District
The Student-Centered Accountability Project (S-CAP)
Impact of Reviews on Kit Carson School/District
— Robert Framel, Superintendent
My previous role was in a very large district, where it felt like there was always one more thing to focus on, without anything being taken away or replaced. I spent my time in meetings about IB, calendar, scheduling, teacher evaluation, DAAC, UIP, professional development, etc. It felt like none of these committees ever collaborated or had the big picture in mind, just their chunk. While each piece was important, there was never a holistic push toward improvement.
The process of the System Support Review (SSR) at Kit Carson is making the big picture clearer to me and my team. The SSR has made my life a lot more focused. From the review, the Board of Education and I have been able to focus and realign our district priorities. We are able to have meaningful conversations about the art of teaching, not just budget and policies.
Since the SSR, and using the Executive Summary, I have talked to my staff about our calendar next year and what is best for our professional development days and strategies. We discussed what professional development we need and what is the best way to obtain it. For Kit Carson, like most other districts, attending conferences and PD offsite is preferable, but it is challenging to be able to have a staff member from our small team be out of the building. We intend to have people come to us to deliver the PD, using the time we have built into our calendar (once a month Wildcat Wednesdays).
In addition, we’ve talked about reading comprehension and reading fluency on the academic side, but we’ve also discussed critical thinking, taking chances, and grit on the learning disposition side. As a staff, we have also analyzed our current schedule since the SSR and how we can enhance our main goals. Our district motto is to go from “Good to Great.” Our district was honored by being Accredited with Distinction, but we won’t stop there. My staff has worked diligently on making tweaks, not massive changes, to our schedules to make learning more valuable.
There were a number of revelations from the SSR. My staff was very clear that they wanted more feedback from administration about their teaching and observations. Parents discussed their desire for our students to see the real world, and not just the Kit Carson area. And, we were inspired to actively seek and apply for a health foundation grant to help us continue to diagnose and plan for the future of Social Emotional Learning, as well as mental and physical health.
This process does involve hard work, but everything we have learned is guiding our next steps. It is making our steps more natural and less fragmented. And, it is making some of my responsibilities as a leader much easier and definitely more efficient. This has allowed the teachers and staff to provide critical input and self-reflection. I encourage everyone to take a serious look at S-CAP and the value that it has.