reach school and district review protocol program
REACH founder, Monica George-Fields, is the chief creator and architect of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) and the Diagnostic Review for Optimal Conditions of Learning in Schools and Districts (DROCLSD) School and District Review processes. These review processes are used in over 700 schools and 70 districts in New York State, Michigan, and Minnesota. In New York State, the tenets outlined in the DTSDE are required, by state legislature, to be used to determine eligibility for Receivership.
REACH© review protocols include a rubric to develop common understandings and language aligned to effective practices and strategies in all schools and districts. During the review process, a team of experienced reviewers conduct a qualitative review process using common templates to visit classrooms and interviewing several focus groups, such as families, teachers, students, student support staff, and the principal. District reviews are conducted by interviewing focus groups consisting of curriculum and instruction departments, student support teams, human resource teams, budgeting teams, and the superintendent’s cabinet. Also, districts may request to have a unique school and district review rubric, protocols and processes created to address their needs. During the creation process, REACH© Senior Academic Facilitators (SAF) meet with district and school personnel and community stakeholders, identified by the district, to determine the guiding principles that undergird the overarching goals and vision established at the district level. The SAFs work collaboratively with the district and school leadership to create a rubric that aligns the identified principles to optimal practices and strategies school and district communities should use to achieve the outlined goals. Also, REACH SAFs will conduct focus group interviews, administer surveys, and assess the district’s vision, mission statements, and strategic plan. Once the rubric is agreed upon, the protocols and templates to conduct the district’s unique process with fidelity are created.