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NEW JERSEY
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

DIVISION OF FINANCE
DIVISION OF STUDENT SERVICES

 

GUIDE FOR IMPLEMENTING
URBAN EDUCATION REFORM
IN ABBOTT DISTRICTS

David C. Hespe
Commissioner

Barbara Anderson
Assistant Commissioner
Division of Student Services

Thomas McMahon
Assistant Commissioner
Division of Finance

Orlando Castro
Director
Office of Program Review and Improvement

Scott Henry
Director
Office of Fiscal Review and Improvement

Jacqueline McConnell
Special Assistant for School Improvement
Office of the Commissioner

September 2000

PTM #: 1501.97

New Jersey Department of Education
Division of Finance
Division of Student Services
P.O. Box 500, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0500
http://www.state.nj.us/education

 

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

It is the policy of the New Jersey State Board of Education and the State Department of Education that no person, on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, handicap or marital status, shall be subjected to discrimination in employment or be excluded from or denied benefits of any activity, program or service for which the department has responsibility. The department will comply with all state and federal laws and regulations concerning nondiscrimination.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Division of Finance and the Division of Student Services gratefully acknowledge the following school districts for their contributions in the preparation of the Guide for Implementing Urban Education Reform in Abbott Districts:

Camden Public School District

Newark Public School District

Pleasantville Public School District

In addition, special thanks are due to a number of divisions and offices in the Department of Education who contributed valuable expertise to the revision of this guide:

Office of School-to-Career and College Initiatives

Office of Educational Technology

Office of Early Childhood Education

Office of Educational Support Services and Interagency Initiatives

Office of Grants Management and Development

Office of Fiscal Review and Improvement

Office of Standards and Professional Development

Office of Bilingual Education and Equity Issues

Office of Special Education Programs

Office of Program Review and Improvement

  • Program Improvement Regional Center-South
  • Program Improvement Regional Center-Central
  • Program Improvement Regional Center-North

 

INTRODUCTION

At the threshold to the twenty-first century, New Jersey finds itself struggling along with the rest of the nation to educate citizens who will be competitive in the international marketplace of the future. New Jersey also faces a particular constitutional challenge of implementing a state system of "Thorough and Efficient" public schools.

Introduction
New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

The New Jersey Department of Education (DOE), divisions of Finance and Student Services have developed this Guide for Implementing Urban Education Reform in Abbott Districts. The guide provides information and general guidance to School Management Teams (SMTs), administrators, educators, parents and community members in the Abbott school districts to effectively implement urban education reform through the school-based planning and management process.

Commissioner of Education David C. Hespe approved revised regulations, Urban Education Reform in the Abbott Districts, on June 7, 2000 to facilitate implementation of education reform in 30 Abbott districts. According to the Commissioner, "These regulations provide a blueprint for school-wide reform in our disadvantaged urban areas and will help Abbott districts achieve our Core Curriculum Content standards." The regulations build on the experiences in the Abbott districts since November 1998 and the input received from many groups and individuals that participated in focus groups, submitted written comments and/or spoke at public hearings. The regulations are contained in Section III of this guide.

This guide serves as a single source for practical information about the "why," "what," and "how" of school improvement planning and implementation. The ideas presented throughout - particularly in the Helpful Hints - are suggestions and best practices based on research and experiences of people engaged in school-based reform here in New Jersey and throughout the nation. Although drawn from best practices, these do not convey requirements in the regulations.

The Guide for Implementing Urban Education Reform in Abbott Districts dated September, 2000 has been revised to reflect the new regulations effective July 1, 2000. To facilitate the submission of plans and accompanying forms, the contents have been reorganized as described in the following paragraphs.

Sections I-VI contain essentially the same information as the 1999 Guide. Section I provides background information on urban education reform in New Jersey, and Section II outlines the DOE organizational structure to support the reform process. It is strongly suggested that SMTs begin their work with a thorough review of the regulations in Section III and then proceed to Section IV, "School Management Teams." Schools considering joining the third cohort of whole school reform in September 2000 and schools applying for Whole School Reform in January 2001 should read Section V, "Becoming a WSR School." Section VI provides an overview of all required plans contained in the regulations.

Section VII formerly contained only the description of Required Programs in Secondary Schools. The revised Section VII contains this description, together with the forms and instructions, for Required Programs in Secondary Schools. Non-WSR middle and high schools should review Section VII.

Section VIII formerly contained a description of the WSR Implementation Plan and School-based Budget for all WSR schools. The forms and instructions for the WSR Implementation Plan were formerly located in the appendix. The revised Section VIII includes the description of the WSR Implementation Plan and School-based Budget plus all forms and instructions for completing the plan, including the Particularized Need application, for elementary schools only.

Section IX formerly contained the Local Particularized Need application and instructions. The revised Section IX includes the description of the WSR Implementation Plan for secondary schools and elementary schools with grades 6, 7, and/or 8 that are applying for Required Programs in Secondary Schools. Section IX includes

    • all instructions and forms for completing the plan;
    • all instructions and forms for completing the Required Programs in Secondary Schools; and
    • the Local Particularized Need application and instructions.
These revisions will facilitate the submission of plans and accompanying forms as follows:
  1. Secondary schools (middle and high) NOT participating in Whole School Reform will complete only the forms found in Section VII.
  2. Elementary schools will complete only the forms found in Section VIII.
  3. Secondary schools (middle and high) AND elementary schools with grades 6-8 that choose to apply for Required Programs in Secondary Schools will complete only the forms found in Section IX.

Section X provides information on the DOE Abbott Early Childhood Education Initiative. Finally, Section XI is a resource directory of DOE offices and developers, references, pertinent web sites, and a glossary of terms.

All forms and instructions formerly located in the Appendix have been incorporated into Sections VII, VIII and IX outlined above.

Schools and districts are encouraged to duplicate any or all materials in this guide.

Nothing presented in this manual is intended to supersede, or be construed as superseding, applicable state or federal legislation, regulations, or any other requirements that govern schools or the use of funds.

Staff from the Office of Program Review and Improvement (OPRI), the Office of Fiscal Review and Improvement (OFRI), and the Program Improvement Regional Centers (PIRCs) are dedicated to providing information to make it easier for local WSR stakeholders to do their jobs. We appreciate your comments and always welcome your suggestions on how we may better serve Abbott districts and schools. Please provide any comments and/or questions to Dr. Barbara Anderson, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Education, Division of Student Services 100 River View Executive Plaza, P.O. Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500.

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TABLE OF CONTENTSENTS
SECTION

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EVOLUTION OF WHOLE SCHOOL REFORM (WSR) IN NEW JERSEY

A. Establishing WSR in New Jersey
B. Description of WSR in New Jersey
C. Core Curriculum Content Standards and WSR

  

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DOE) ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE IN SUPPORT OF URBAN EDUCATION REFORM

A. Office of Program Review and Improvement & Office of Fiscal Review and Improvement
B. Special Assistant for School Improvement
C. School Review and Improvement Teams (SRI)
D. Contact Information

  

III.

 

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URBAN EDUCATION REFORM REGULATIONS

A. Urban Education Reform Regulations
B. WSR Timetable of Requirements
C. Responsibilities

  

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SCHOOL MANAGEMENT TEAMS—LEADING THE PROCESS

A. Purpose
B. Organization
C. Membership
D. Roles and Responsibilities
E. Training
F. SMT Meetings
G. Work Groups

Figure C – WSR Process Map
Figure D – School SMT Work Group Structure

H. Technical Assistance

  

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BECOMING A WHOLE SCHOOL REFORM SCHOOL

A. Adoption of WSR Model
B. Implementation of a WSR Model
C. Process for Selection of a WSR Model
D. Considerations in Selecting a WSR Model
E. Whole School Alternative Program Design
F. Integrating Mandated Programs Such as Bilingual/ESL & Special Education with WSR
G. WSR and the Central Office

Application For Alternative Program Design

  

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WSR COMPONENT PLANS

A. Accountability Plan
B. Alternative Education Plan
C. District Reorganization/Restructuring Plan
D. Security Plan
E. Reduction of Class Size
F. Long-Range Facilities Plan
G. WSR Implementation Plan
H. Required Programs in Secondary Schools
I. Early Childhood Operational Plan
J. Technology Plan

  

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REQUIRED PROGRAMS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS (RPSS)

A. Introduction
B. Scope of Required Programs in Secondary Schools

  1. A Mechanism for Access to Health and Social Services
  2. A School Security Program
  3. Mechanism for Identifying Students Requiring Alternative Education
  4. School-to-Work or College Transition Programs
  5. Infusion of Educational Technology
  6. Professional Development

C. RPSS Plan Development
Figure E – Suggested Process for Development of Plan

  1. Inventory
  2. Evaluation of Effectiveness and Efficiency
  3. Budget

D. RPSS Resources

Forms and Instructions

  

VIII.

 

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WSR IMPLEMENTATION PLAN AND SCHOOL-BASED BUDGET - Elementary Schools

A. Alignment of WSR Elements and Model Components
B. Nine Elements of WSR and Other Required Components

  1. Improved Student Performance
  2. Research-Based Program
  3. School-Based Leadership and Decision Making
  4. Integration and Alignment of School Functions
  5. Educational Technology
  6. Professional Development
  7. Safe School Environment Conducive to Learning
  8. Student and Family Services / Coordination of Resources
  9. Reward System / Accountability

C. Process for Developing the WSR Implementation Plan

Figure F – WSR Implementation Plan – Planning Cycle

Vision
Inventory
Needs Assessment
Determine Current Status
Establish Goals and Objectives
Create an Activity Plan
Create the School-based Budget
Implement Plan
Evaluate Progress
Establish Necessary Changes

Instructions and Forms

A. WSR Implementation Plan Development Considerations
B. Submission
C. Implementation Plan and Budget Review
D. WSR Implementation Plan Instructions

Form A-Checklist
Form B- WSR Implementation Plan Title Page and Certification
Form C- WSR Implementation Description
Form D- WSR Implementation Timeline
Form E- Participants In Submission Development
Form F- Class-Size Reduction
Form G- Waiver Request Form
Form H- Activity Plan
Form I- Evaluation Plan
SMT Review
Technology Plan

LOCAL PARTICULARIZED NEED

Introduction

A. Local Particularized Need
B. Application for Local Particularized Review
C. Plan Approval Process

Instructions

  

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WSR IMPLEMENTATION PLAN AND SCHOOL-BASED BUDGET- Secondary Schools and Elementary Schools Incorporating Grades 6 – 8 With RPSS

A. Alignment of WSR Elements and Model Components
B. Nine Elements of WSR and Other Required Components

1. Improved Student Performance
2. Research-Based Program
3. School-Based Leadership and Decision Making
4. Integration and Alignment of School Functions
5. Educational Technology
6. Professional Development
7. Safe School Environment Conducive to Learning
8. Student and Family Services / Coordination of Resorces
9. Reward System / Accountability

C. Required Programs in Secondary Schools
D. Process For Developing the WSR Implementation Plan
Figure F – WSR Implementation Plan – Planning Cycle

Vision
Inventory
Needs Assessment
Determine Current Status
Establish Goals and Objectives
Create an Activity Plan
Create the School-based Budget
Implement Plan
Evaluate Progress
Establish Necessary Changes

Instructions and Forms

A. WSR Implementation Plan Development Considerations
B. Submission
C. Implementation Plan and Budget Review
D. WSR Implementation Plan Instructions

Form A- Checklist
Form B- WSR Implementation Plan Title Page and Certification
Form C- WSR Implementation Description
Form D- WSR Implementation Timeline
Form E- Participants In Submission Development
Form F- Class-Size Reduction
Form G- Researched – based Strategies for High Schools
Form H- Waive Request Form
Form I- Activity Plans
Form J- Inventory and Assessment Form
Form K- Review Of Community Resources Form
Form L- SMT Recommendations
Form M- Evaluation Form
SMT Review
Technology Plan

LOCAL PARTICULARIZED NEED

Introduction

A. Local Particularized Need
B. Application for Local Particularized Review
C. Plan Approval Process

Instructions

  

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

A. Introduction
B. Early Childhood Program Aid Plans
C. Whole School Reform Early Childhood Education
Program Models
D. Implementation of the External, Independent Evaluation
Project

  

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DIRECTORY AND REFERENCES