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Pilot Projects: IGC

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Pilot Projects: IGC

The need to make significant program/practice changes to better meet the needs of students will likely increase in the future. The responsibility for initiating many of these needed changes will reside with individual schools and departments. The intent of these guidelines is to provide ways to ensure communication throughout the District regarding change and to provide a way to monitor new programs and practices prior to making permanent adoptions.

  1. A major change is defined as any change that has the potential of impacting other units of the District. The administrator of the building or department should review the contemplated change with their immediate supervisor to determine the degree to which the remaining guidelines should be followed.
  2. A plan for a changed program or practice should be developed. The following information should be included in the plan:
    • Description of the planned change
    • Rationale for the change
    • Research or successful practice in other schools that support the change
    • Congruence with state goals, District vision and goals, and building vision and goals
    • Compliance statement with District policy, Master Agreement language, and legal requirements.
    • Process to involve impacted staff, parents and/or students
    • Statement clearly identifying potential negative impact on other people or schools
    • Steps taken to inform central office and other schools of the proposal
    • Budgetary needs and potential sources of funding during pilot and permanent status
    • Evaluation process for measuring the effectiveness of the proposed change including anticipated student outcome measures.
  3. The proposal will be submitted to the appropriate division administrator for review.
  4. The administrative council will review the plan in order to provide constructive suggestions to strengthen the chances for success.
  5. Review by other advisory groups (ie building accountability committee) if the plan impacts their area of advisory responsibility will precede presentation of the proposal to the superintendent.
  6. After review and possible revision, the superintendent will give tentative approval for pilot status for the proposed change. Pilot programs may be approved for up to two years.
  7. The plan will be submitted to the Superintendent for information and/or action.
  8. Reports regarding the progress of the approved pilot program will be submitted to the superintendent, Board of Education, and building accountability committee for review by the superintendent.
  9. At the end of the pilot program timeline, a final pilot program evaluation report will be developed indicating the effectiveness of the piloted change for review by the superintendent.
  10. The superintendent, upon reviewing the report and consulting with the administrative council, will then recommend action to the Board of Education to approve the program as a regular program, to continue as a pilot and collect additional information, or to return to previous practice.