2018-2019 School Improvement Institute Grant Application

DEADLINE: October 19, 2018

The American Student Achievement Institute is providing a limited number of grants in the amount of $1,450 to Indiana schools to support their participation in the Indiana School Improvement Institute (SI2). Complete applications will be accepted in the order of receipt. The grant will come in the form of in-kind services provided for the school as a member of SI2 between November 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. During this time, schools will create their School Improvement Plan.


This grant application serves as a Memorandum of Understanding between the American Student Achievement Institute (ASAI) and the school applying for the grant. If the school is awarded an SI2 School Improvement Grant, 1) ASAI assures the school that it will provide the deliverables listed below, and 2) the school assures ASAI that it will complete the tasks listed below and has understandings as defined below.

All fields are required.

Person Completing Application:


ASAI Deliverables

ASAI agrees to provide the following:

  1. Vision-to-Action (VTA) - A proven organizational structure and improvement process

  2. Online School Improvement Management System

    • Customized to prompt each school to meet applicable Indiana and national expectations (e.g. PL221, Title I).

    • Steering Team Manual

    • Data Collection Tools

      • Achievement Data (auto-populated from Indiana DOE)

      • Online Root Cause Surveys (teachers, students, parents, community members)

      • Intervention Implementation

    • School Improvement Planning Tools

      • Task delegation among steering team members

      • Monthly task assignments with deadlines

      • Online template - SIP components (including D/F Accountability if needed)

    • Improvement Plan Analysis Tools (crosswalks between goals, root causes, interventions, etc.)

    • Downloadable Reports including an SIP suitable for submission to Indiana DOE

  3. Steering Team Support

    • Leadership development webinars (6)

    • Written feedback (within 48 hours) as each part of the SIP is completed

    • Unlimited opportunities to improve / revise the SIP

    • Active Steering Team monitoring / coaching

    • Friendly reminders regarding task completion

    • On-call support

    • In-depth consultation as requested

    • Third party reviews for Indiana Rules and Regulations including PL221; Friendly review for Title I and D/F Accountability school requirements

School Assurances

The school agrees to do the following: 

IMPORTANT NOTE: These tasks will be delegated among Steering Team members at the first Steering Team training and will be completed by designated team members over a six month period following the SI2 timeline.

  1. Create a School Improvement Steering Team consisting of the principal, school counselor, two teachers (one of whom must be a math teacher in middle and high schools), economic development representative, and a parent (who is not employed by the school). Teacher appointments to the Steering Team should be made in accordance with IC 20-7.5-1.

    • The business/industry rep and parent may not be employed by the school system.

    • The economic development rep should represent the 1) local economic development council, 2) local Chamber of Commerce, or 3) a local business (with knowledge of the business’ human resources needs)

  2. Participate as a Steering Team in six Steering Team webinars.

  3. Enter achievement data into the SI2 Online System.

  4. Survey at least 30 students in each grade level and all teachers (and optionally, at least 30 parents and at least 30 community members) by March 31, 2019 using the online Root Cause Survey provided by SI2.

  5. Conduct the following Root Cause Self-Studies (Note:  Each study is a list of yes/no questions):

    • SI2 Self Study

    • Indiana Rules and Regulations Self Study (PL221 and other Indiana regulations)

    • Title I Self Study (Title I schools only)

  6. Submit the following to ASAI using the SI2 Online School Improvement Management System:

    • Steering Team Roster

    • Vison Statement

    • Goals

    • Root Causes

    • Interventions

    • Preparations

    • Discussion Summaries

  7. Respond to feedback provided by the SI2 Strategic Planning Specialist including making revisions to part of their School Improvement Plan so it meets ASAI’s Standards for School Improvement Planning.

  8. Complete their 2019-2020 School Improvement Plan no later than June 30, 2019.

  9. Implement interventions found in their 2019-2020 School Improvement Plan during the 2019-2020 school year.

  10. Follow the following legal considerations:

    • The applicant has the necessary legal authority to apply for the SI2 Grant.

    • The applicant agrees not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Act (I.C. 1971 22-9-1), Public Law 218 (I.C. 1971 Title 20), Titles VI and VII (Civil Rights Act 1964), the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), and Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973).

    • The applicant hereby covenants and agrees to make a good faith effort to provide and maintain during the term of the grant, a drug-free workplace, and that it will give written notice to the American Student Achievement Institute within ten (10) days after receiving actual notice that an employee of the applicant has been convicted of a criminal drug violation occurring in the applicants workplace. (Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace - Executive Order No 90-5).

    • The project will be operated in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and with regulations and other policies and administrative issuances by the American Student Achievement Institute including submission of such reports as may be required.

  11. Allow the American Student Achievement Institute to use the school’s achievement, root cause, and intervention data collected during the institute for the purpose of evaluating the success of the School Improvement Institute. This includes data for the various subgroups of students as identified in the U.S. Department of Education. ASAI will not request personally identifiable information from an education record of a student. ASAI does not share individual school data with individuals other than the ASAI staff without written permission from the district superintendent. All data will be destroyed when no longer needed to evaluate the success of the School Improvement Institute

  12. Pay ASAI the remaining balance of the grant IF the school disengages in the SI2 process (as evidenced by failure to submit multiple School Improvement Plan submissions).
    NOTE: This assurance is designed to discourage less-than-serious applicants from applying for the SI2 Grant.

Does your school agree to these assurances?

Do you have authority from this school's principal or central office to agree to the assurances listed above and submit an SI2 School Improvement Grant application?

Check boxes to indicate that you, on behalf of your school, understand the following: