ESSA │Low-Performing Schools
AIR has an extensive range of services dedicated to providing technical assistance support for low performing schools through our District and School Improvement Center as well as our research and evaluation services.
AIR’s District and School Improvement Center (DSI Center) offers personalized, differentiated coaching to fit district and schools need for all levels of leadership and teachers. The coaching is led by experienced, innovative former principals and teachers who have effectively turned around low-performing schools. The DSI Center has helped 29 schools develop improvement plans and grant applications that have secured more than $82 million in competitive school improvement grants.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of State Support recently announced the selection of AIR to operate the State Support Network, a technical assistance initiative designed to support school improvement efforts by providing States and districts with opportunities to engage with their peers and connect with experts and resources.
The State Support Network collaborates with states, districts, and technical assistance partners to:
- Elevate student outcomes
- Scale systemic solutions
- Share learning and leverage effective evidence-based practices
- Build sustainable partnerships with states and other technical assistance providers
At the state level, the Illinois Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI), is a collaboration between AIR and the Illinois State Board of Education. It is one of the few state-level centers in the country that provides coordinated coaching and technical assistance to increase district capacity, improve student performance, and close achievement gaps. Illinois CSI also conducts needs assessments, professional development, and research-based resources for best practices, strategic planning support and networking opportunities.