School-wide & System-wide Reform

If your school system is ready to engage in a long term transformation process for success for ALL students, contact MCIE.

We will work with you on a small or large scale and with a long term goal.We know how to implement systemic change to transform education services and improve outcomes for all students, while including all students in the general education curricula, socializing with peers, and across all school settings.

MCIE has worked strategically with several school systems to transform special education service delivery from separate programs to a comprehensive and inclusive approach to teaching ALL students. We've learned to look at student data, gain teacher input, listen to administrative and community concerns, and be a "critical friend" for everyone in the school building. Our systems change process considers school-wide needs for instruction, behavior supports, and implementing evidence-based classroom practices, as well as individual student planning. When coupled with a multiple-school plan, we work closely with district leadership to conduct professional development and evaluate progress based on stakeholder input and student outcome data. Using our strategic action planning approach, MCIE and our system partners assess the system's needs, engage stakeholders, and establish the priorities to be addressed at the district level. We then work alongside the leadership team to develop a plan for identifying the schools or early childhood sites that will be involved, meeting identified goals and measuring progress. At the targeted school or early childhood sites, MCIE staff work with the site-based leadership team to assess current strengths and opportunities for development using a combination of sources such as interactive staff inpupt, the Staff Survey of Beliefs, and MCIE's "Quality Indicators of Inclusive Schools." We guide and support districts as they create an implementation plan that targets the initial grades to improve successful inclusive services, identify priority practices that support effective collaborative instruction, and design opportunities for educators within the school community to develop new skills. We've done it before and can do it again.

If you are not ready to work on transformation, but want to get started on school improvement, MCIE designs professional learnning activities to teach the practices necessary to promote student achievement and participation in general education classes for all students. This can include school-based workshops or in-class coaching for teachers, with a personal action planning system to target change in their classroom practices. Topics include Universal Design for Learning, Differentiated Instruction, Collaborative Planning, Co-Teaching, Specially Designed Instruction, and other related areas.

For more information, contact Carol Quirk.