What Your School Must Do to Receive School LAND Trust Funds1. FORM A SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL THROUGH THE REQUIRED ELECTION PROCESS
The School Community Council (SCC) is responsible for the School LAND Trust Program.
2. ASSESS ACADEMIC NEEDS & IDENTIFY THE PRIORITIES
Councils will have already completed this step in preparing the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and
now select from the academic needs and goals in the SIP, an area in which to focus the
School LAND Trust Plan.
• Select a need that is academic
• Set goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based
3. PREPARE AN ACTION PLAN
• Review the current plan to determine if adjustments need to be made or a new plan prepared.
• If the school and council have conducted a formal school-wide assessment in preparing the SIP,the results should help the council select the academic need, the steps needed to address theneed and assessments to monitor progress. The Sage test scores are good indicators.
• If a new plan (or revision) needs to be prepared, begin by understanding the assessment results at adeeper level to understand specifically the needs within a test score that need attention.
• Invite education specialists at the school and district to recommend solutions and programs that are research based.
• Invite all council members to describe how the group they represent can provide support towards students reaching the goal.
• Identify barriers and how the plan will address them.
• Prepare a step by step outline of the action plan that includes duties and responsibilities, who is responsible and the timeframe
Funding the plan
• Decide how much funding will be required to implement the plan.
• Develop a budget.
• Review funding available from the School LAND Trust Program.
• Consider finding matching money to help implement the plan.
• Identify methods for measuring student improvement that are data driven.
• Establish the beginning point (baseline) from current assessments.
• Define the assessment goal and a timeline to reach it.
• Include in the plan how progress will be tracked and how final results will be assessed
• Schedule regular progress reports
Approving the plan and Submitting Online
• When the plan is complete, the council adopts it through a motion and vote. The motion is recorded in the minutes with who voted for, against and who was absent.
• The plan is submitted on the website at www.schoollandtrust.org
• The local school board considers the plan and approves it, or may send it back to the council with an explanation about what needs to be amended.
• The school plan goes back to the local school board for final approval.
• Council members will be asked to sign a Membership Signature Form indicating their involvement in preparing and approving the School LAND Trust Plan.
4. DO IT! AND SHARE THE RESULTS!
• Follow the steps in the action plan
• Receive regular updates of assessment measurements
• Receive regular reports from those with duties and responsibilities in the action plan.
• Make adjustments, if necessary
Publicize your plan – See examples below
• In the school newsletter
• Contact local media to share successes
• Have the children show what they have learned at a “Parent Night”
• Invite local legislators to the school; share the plan and its results
• Remember, continued funding depends on policy makers being informed and supportive of how the money is used.