The School and District Improvement (SDI) collaborative supports members as they work with schools and districts to support the lowest-performing schools, close achievement gaps for all students and increase support for specific subgroup populations. With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state education agencies (SEAs) have an opportunity and responsibility to rethink how they support and intervene in their lowest-performing schools, and how their SEAs engage in the work. The role that SEAs play in addressing these challenges continues to increase, along with the responsibility for leading and supporting progress. For many states, this work requires new roles, skill sets, and systems, and for all states, the challenges of figuring out how to help schools and districts advance are complex.
The SDI collaborative offers three in-person meetings that are supplemented periodically by online meetings and webinars that sustain and extend the work. State members who join the SDI group includes school improvement leads, Title I directors, school leadership, deputy superintendents, associate superintendents, and principal supervisors. The SDI collaborative provides an opportunity for states to collaborate, share best practices, and problem solve together to address these challenges. The focus of this collaborative is on learning about new research-based strategies, engaging with experts in the field, and working together across states to address shared problems.