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Happy, Healthy, Whole, and High-Achieving: A Self-Assessment for Districts Preparing for Strategic Planning

This strategic planning guide offers a structure and framework for education leaders to make plans based on key issues, deep partnerships, and local contexts. We hope you use this guide to promote coherence and innovation within your district, now and in the future.

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This strategic planning guide offers a structure and framework for education leaders to make plans based on key issues, deep partnerships, and local contexts. We hope you use this guide to promote coherence and innovation within your district, now and in the future.
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    Framework for Sustaining Promising Initiatives

    As this framework makes clear: money matters, but is only one part of the sustainability story. Savvy education leaders not only know the importance of balancing financial needs with funding streams, they also take care to involve stakeholders, partners, and leaders while considering their own organizational capacity.

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    As this framework makes clear: money matters, but is only one part of the sustainability story. Savvy education leaders not only know the importance of balancing financial needs with funding streams, they also take care to involve stakeholders, partners, and leaders while considering their own organizational capacity.
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      Work-Based Learning Made Easy: A Toolkit to Maximize Opportunities in Your Community

      Work-based learning is a win-win-win for students, educators, and employers. FourPoint partnered with Naviance to create this toolkit and give schools and districts strategies for implementing meaningful career learning opportunities.

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      Work-based learning is a win-win-win for students, educators, and employers. FourPoint partnered with Naviance to create this toolkit and give schools and districts strategies for implementing meaningful career learning opportunities.
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        Needs Assessments and Strategic Planning

        Texas's Additional Day School Year (ADSY) initiative gives LEAs funding to design engaging academic and enrichment opportunities. To qualify for ADSY funding, a 180 instructional day calendar and 75,600 operational minutes are required. FourPoint developed the infographic below to help districts interested in ADSY and similar programs understand some strategies and implications for planning.
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          The ADSY 180 Instructional Day Requirement

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          Texas's Additional Day School Year (ADSY) initiative gives LEAs funding to design engaging academic and enrichment opportunities. To qualify for ADSY funding, a 180 instructional day calendar and 75,600 operational minutes are required. FourPoint developed the infographic below to help districts interested in ADSY and similar programs understand some strategies and implications for planning.
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            Financing Community Schools: A Framework for Growth and Sustainability

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            Community school practitioners continue to ask: How do we finance this? How can we sustain our community schools? This brief from FourPoint and the Partnership for the Future of Learning offers several answers, drawing on real district and state level examples to help community school leaders with the complex work of developing and implementing a finance plan to support all aspects of community schools.
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              Framework for Sustaining Promising Initiatives

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              As this framework makes clear: money matters, but is only one part of the sustainability story. Savvy education leaders not only know the importance of balancing financial needs with funding streams, they also take care to involve stakeholders, partners, and leaders while considering their own organizational capacity.
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                Funding and Sustaining a Summer ADSY Program

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                Texas's Additional Day School Year (ADSY) initiative gives LEAs funding to design engaging academic and enrichment opportunities. ADSY reimburses LEAs for half of an instructional day. LEAs providing a full-day opportunity need to decide how they will cover the remaining cost. FourPoint developed the infographic below to help districts interested in ADSY understand strategies for developing programs with sustainable financing.
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                  Navigating ADSY Financial Requirements: Considerations for Successfully Accessing Additional Days School Year Funds

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                  In 2019, the Texas Education Agency launched its Additional Days School Year grant program, making new funding available for elementary schools offering extended year opportunities to students. To access these funds, LEAs must meet specific and sometimes-nuanced requirements. This guide lays out what those are and provides insights on how LEAs can take full advantage of ADSY funding to create sustainable extended-year options.
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                    Playbook: Redesigning Schools For a Changing Future

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                    The Playbook gives practical guidance on how to initiate, plan, implement, and manage a school redesign process, leading readers through the process of developing a clear and coherent vision for change and then designing and managing the change process.
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                      Strengthening Partnerships and Building Public Will for Out-of-School Time Programs: A Strategy Guide

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                      In partnership with the National League of Cities, FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) developed this guide to help mayors create strong partnerships that build public will and increase investments in for out-of-school time programs.
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                        FourPoint has developed a Sustainability Self-Assessment to help cities that are building—or considering building—city afterschool systems. The assessment is free to use and can be adapted by local communities to meet their needs.
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                          Instructional Leadership Capacity Building

                          District Self-Assessment of Principal Supervisor Role

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                          To help districts fully realize the powerful impact of principal supervisors, FourPoint Education Partners designed a self-assessment tool that leaders can use to evaluate how well the principal supervisor role is being leveraged to improve teaching and learning in schools.
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                            Planning for Re-Entry & Recovery: A Guide for Promoting Equity, Improvement, and Innovation

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                            FourPoint developed this guide to help education leaders plan for re-entry and recovery while transforming their education systems following COVID-19. It provides a structure and framework for addressing student and staff well-being, learning loss, college and career readiness, partnerships with families and community organizations, logistics and operations, and strategic resource deployment.
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                              Policies and Practices that Promote Equity and Racial Justice in Schools

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                              What can district leaders do to promote equity and racial justice for their students? FourPoint has identified practical steps that administrators and board members can take.
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                                Student-Centered Support Systems

                                FourPoint has developed a City Afterschool System Framework to help cities that are building—or considering building—city afterschool systems. The one-page framework is free to use and can be adapted by local communities to meet their needs.
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                                  City Strategies to Engage Older Youth in Afterschool Strategies: Strategy Guide

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                                  This FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) guide, produced in partnership with the National League of Cities, describes four strategies that municipal leaders can employ to promote high-quality out-of-school time opportunities for middle and high school youth.
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                                    Find Your College Fit Activity: Shuffle, Sort and Stack

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                                    Students who select good-fit educational pathways after high school earn degrees and credentials at higher rates. But deciding which colleges and universities to apply to can be daunting. This activity helps students conduct a more targeted search and ultimately select schools that are a solid match and fit.
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                                      Guide to College Access Fit Factors

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                                      Each college and university is unique. This tool lays out questions students can use to find one that is a good fit.
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                                        Leveraging GEAR UP: A District Self-Assessment

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                                        The federal GEAR UP grant program can play a powerful role in boosting a culture of college, career, and life readiness and ensuring students graduate prepared for postsecondary success. Informed by its supports to districts implementing GEAR UP, FourPoint created this self-assessment tool to help leaders fully leverage their programs.
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                                          Work-Based Learning Made Easy: A Toolkit to Maximize Opportunities in Your Community

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                                          Work-based learning is a win-win-win for students, educators, and employers. FourPoint partnered with Naviance to create this toolkit and give schools and districts strategies for implementing meaningful career learning opportunities.
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