ESSER Newsletter - October 2022
- Wed, Oct 19 2022
Greetings, school leaders!
What does the data tell you about the academic, social, emotional, or mental health outcomes resulting from the evidence-based practices, strategies, programs, or interventions implemented using your ESSER III set-aside dollars?
It is time to gather data to measure the efficacy and impact of the evidence-based practices, strategies, programs, or interventions implemented using the ESSER III required 20% set-aside funds. As we know, data is a powerful tool to strengthen academic outcomes for all students. Data informs decisions about programs to continue, expand, revise, or terminate.
To assist LEAs, ADE has partnered with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center at WestEd and Regional Educational Laboratory West to provide learning opportunities for the teams responsible for implementing ESSER strategies, programs, interventions, and activities. Join us for the following training:
- Using Data Review Protocols-#1-Here’s What, So What, Now What: December 1, 2022, 9:00-12:00
- Using Data Review Protocols-#2 Examining Data Protocol: December 1, 2022, 2:00-5:00
We encourage LEA Teams responsible for implementing and overseeing ESSER set-aside strategies, programs, interventions, or activities to attend. These staff might include Teaching and Learning staff (curriculum and instruction), Federal Programs staff, School Improvement staff, site-level leadership, etc.
ADE’s first cycle of ESSER programmatic monitoring is finishing up this month. The second cycle, in spring 2023, will primarily focus on implementing and evaluating the 20% set-aside activities and progress on large construction and HVAC projects. LEAs are selected randomly to be monitored and are representative of public districts and charters, all sizes of LEAs, from every county in the state.
The data training flyer with registration information can be found here. More information regarding data collection and analysis can be found in ESSER III Data Review-Evidence of Efficacy/Improved Outcomes.
ESSER Set Aside Opportunities
The following opportunities are funded and supported by the Arizona Department of Education’s ESSER I, II, and III (ARP) set-aside investments:
Upcoming Events with the City of Tempe’s College Connect
One of our ARP School and Community Grantees, College Connect, has several upcoming and regular workshops to support college and career-going skills, like completing the FAFSA application and building an engaging resume.
- College Connect Tempe FAFSA Completion Virtual Workshop - Wednesday, October 26th, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
- Join to learn about the basics of starting and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
- College Connect Tempe College Application Lab – Every Monday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (MST) at Tempe Public Library
- Meet with College Connect advisors to get help completing college applications, reviewing the senior timeline, and answering questions regarding college admission. CLICK HERE to register.
- College Connect Tempe Financial Aid Lab – Every Wednesday 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (MST) at Tempe Public Library
- Get help with questions on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), applying for scholarships, and learning about other forms of financial aid to pay for college. CLICK HERE to register.
- Career Ready Tempe Workshop: Making a Resume - Tuesday, November 8th, 4:30-6:00 p.m. (MST) at Tempe Public Library
- This resume workshop will include a presentation catered to high schoolers about how to make an effective resume. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
- Career Ready Tempe Workshop: Interview Preparation & Speaking to Employers - Tuesday, November 15th, 4:30-6:00 p.m. (MST) at Tempe Public Library
- This workshop will include resources and activities to help high school students feel confident about interviewing and other professional interactions. There will be a gift card drawing at the end. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
Attend a PAX Good Behavior Game Professional Development Training and Get $75 in School Supplies through Lake Shore Learning
Arizona educators trained in the PAX Good Behavior Game can earn $75 in classroom supplies of their choice through Lakeshore Learning by completing a self-paced PAX Next Steps Update or a PAX Partner training. These trainings are intended for professionals who have already attended a PAX Good Behavior Game Initial training and are interested in recalibrating their PAX implementation and improving outcomes. You must first attend a PAX Good Behavior Game Initial Training to register for the PAX Next Steps and PAX Partner training.
To learn more about self-paced and site-specific training options, please email [email protected] or visit https://www.paxis.org/pax-arizona/
Participate in Building Equity for English Learners with WestED
WestEd’s Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL), one of American Rescue Plan School and Community Grantees, is seeking school and district partners in the Central Arizona region to participate in this work for the 2022–2023 and 2023–2024 school years. All professional learning, materials, facilities, and educator stipends associated with this project will be paid for with state ARP funding at no cost to schools. Participating district and charter schools will be asked to ensure the following:
- A two-year commitment of a team of educators (consisting of 4–5 teachers, an instructional coach, and an instructional leader)
- Time for educators to participate in all associated professional learning activities
- Substitutes for participating educators
Interested schools and districts should submit their contact information at: https://bit.ly/BEEL-Contacts. Learn more about QTEL.
LEA Spotlight: Casa Grande Union High School District (CGUHSD)
Just like ADE and our ARP School and Community Grantees, our public district and charter schools – also known as LEAs – have done fantastic work with their ESSER dollars. Instead of spotlighting an ARP School and Community Grantee this month, ADE highlights the CGUHSD and some of the excellent initiatives they’ve started with federal COVID-19 relief dollars.
In the 2021 Summer, CGUHSD utilized summer learning time to offer credit recovery learning to Juniors and Seniors to help them stay on track for graduation. As a testament to this work, 100% of the Seniors focused on credit recovery graduated in Spring 2022.
Another example of outstanding services began in Spring 2022 when CGUHSD outfitted the busses on their 16 longest routes with modems and other tech resources to offer mobile tutoring to their students. Paraprofessionals ride the bus routes and offer 1:1 instruction time to students.