SIG Helps Schools Nationwide Improve Education for Students

Thu Mar 24 2016
Photo of school children walking down the hall

This spring, ICI's Systems Improvement Group (SIG) is marking its one-year anniversary of helping K-12 school systems nationwide improve educational services they deliver to students with disabilities and those at risk. SIG helps clients in three designated areas: Systems Improvement Through Capacity BuildingImprovement Through Data Analytics, and Decision-Making Through Evaluation. SIG staff such as Arlene Russell Bender listen carefully to what clients need, and provide customized services for them. Among SIG's consulting highlights this year have been:

  • Assisting a school district in Minnesota to evaluate its Indian Education Program.
  • Helping a Midwestern state education system examine post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • Conducting project evaluations for a Northeastern state, expanding its capacity to provide professional development on Response to Intervention (RTI) to school personnel and parents statewide, supporting implementation of RTI in grades Pre-K-8.

"Since its inception a year ago, SIG has provided an ideal platform in which we can utilize our professional skills and abilities to support system improvement efforts," says Mike Sharpe, co-principal investigator. "We look forward to providing our services to local and state education agencies and the students they serve."