Melissa Y. Cruz
Dr. Cordelia Martinez-Nava
The mission of the School Improvement Department is to serve as a liaison to campuses in the school improvement process. Through the use of Collaborative Teachers in specific content areas and grade levels, support is given to campuses in need of intervention. These teachers provide small group instruction to students and collaborative teacher mentoring to staff in the identified campuses. The School Improvement Department in collaboration with the Curriculum and Instruction Department serves as a resource and mentor to administrators and campuses that engage in the Effective Schools Framework (ESF). The ESF representatives meet with campus principals three times a year to review the ESF process for those campuses undergoing the process due to missing standards in Domain 3. Additionally, this department implements its locally developed accountability system through the incorporation of a tiered system of support for our campuses. This support consists of scheduled meetings with Tier II and Tier III campuses that facilitate a campus team, together with a Turn- around Leader to look at data and conduct classroom observations which provide a successful partnership between the campus in need of support and the instructional department. Additionally, this department monitors the implementation of the Response to Intervention process through the creation of a District RtI Committee. Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, the Section 504/Dyslexia Department is now under the School Improvement Department. Beginning the 2019-2020 school year, the PEP program will now be under School Improvement.
The School Improvement department oversees the following:
This department works collaboratively with our Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Executive Directors, Directors, and Instructional Coordinators to accelerate student achievement with an emphasis on special populations/targeted students.
The department's focus is to provide a systemic and sustainable approach to school improvement efforts. Through our collaborative efforts, we plan to overcome the present day challenges and ensure that our campuses meet both federal and state standards. Together, we continue to improve the learning achievement of our students and prepare them to become college and/or career ready graduates.
The mission of the Dyslexia/Section 504 program is to ensure that all students, regardless of their disabilities, develop to their full potential and become productive members of their community. The Dyslexia and Section 504 Program office was established to coordinate services for all students who receive services under these two programs. Students under these programs receive individualized support so they may take full advantage of all the educational opportunities offered by the school district. To better serve the needs of our students and their families, each campus has a designated Section 504 Campus Coordinator who helps to ensure that all students who meet the criteria for services are appropriately identified and served. In addition, each campus is assigned with a Dyslexia Teacher trained to identify dyslexia characteristics and to provide the appropriate instructional interventions relevant to all identified students. As per Federal and State Law, the United ISD Dyslexia and Section 504 Program provides services to the Section 504 Dyslexia identified students who are placed in a disciplinary alternative education program by a duly constituted Section 504 Committee through a Manifestation Determination.