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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

It is a new era in education! The recently signed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) restores local governance and community leadership in public education. CLI can help support this change by offering assistance in developing local curriculum aligned to standards, instructional plans aligned to the curriculum, and assessments aligned to both for measuring student growth. ESSA also allows for the continued use of Title II funds for professional development opportunities, which can be used to pay for CLI services. Contact us to get started with a meaningful educational partnership to make a difference for your students!

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CLI Model for School Improvement

Our model for school improvement makes curriculum development and alignment work for all education professionals. Starting with the foundation of Governance, CLI works with school districts to develop a customized, local process for curriculum development, alignment, and assessment.

The first step of Governance is the creation of a curriculum policy, which establishes a Curriculum Coordinating Council (CCC). Council duties include:

  • creating a curriculum policy and long-range plan
  • making decisions about teacher implementation requirements, grading, mastery, and assessments
  • looking at the district mission statement
  • creating open lines of communication
  • integrating appropriate staff development.
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    CLI and Standards

    One of the key things to remember when discussing standards, regardless as to their origin or name, is that standards and curricular maps do not equal curriculum! Curriculum is a document that explicitly describes what will be taught, achieved, and assessed in the classroom.

    Using math standards as an example, CLI consultants meet with math Subject Area Committee (SAC) members, as developed by the CLI Model, to analyze standards and interpret their meanings. Next, the committee would utilize the math standards and the district’s own curriculum document, if available, to make comparisons. Through this process, the committee members identify curriculum gaps, differentiation needs, areas where more rigor is needed, and eliminate unnecessary redundancies.

    The final product is a math curriculum that meets the needs of the district’s own student population, requires high levels of achievement, and aligns with the standards.

    Learn More About CLI & Standards

    Natrona County School District of Casper, WY, Adopts CLI Model

    Watch curriculum development work with CLI Consultant, Emily DiBlasi.


    Emily and Rhonda will present at this year's AdvancED Wyoming Fall 2016 Continuous Improvement Conference, September 26-27th.

    Our Services

    Full Service Contract

    CLI’s full-service contract begins with 18 days of on-site service, and increases as the district progresses through the model. A CLI consultant works regularly on-site with your staff, guiding you through all steps of the CLI Model. Additionally, the consultant provides off-site services such as preparation of agendas, tailor-made handout materials, or annual reports; review of curriculum documents; or planning of staff development activities. In-between the on-site visits, the consultant and district leaders have continued communication via email and telephone.

    Optional Service Contract

    In this contract agreement, CLI provides on-site services ranging from 1 to 17 days through the contract year. Options for such services include:

    superminicheckThe consultant visits the district regularly to guide you through the CLI Model. Your staff completes assignments in-between visits.

    superminicheckThe consultant provides training on key points of the CLI Model.

    superminicheckThe consultant provides training during your regularly scheduled in-service days. Such training might include one of our two- or three-day workshops.

    superminicheckThe consultant provides services to meet the special needs of your school or district. Contracts are frequently arranged according to a school or district’s specific requirements.

    Consortium Services

    CLI will work with your educational consortium to save you money as well as assist the district or districts you partner with.

    What Others are Saying . . . next prev

    • Building an aligned K-12 curriculum that supports student learning is an extremely large task, and the CLI framework provides a systematic approach so that districts can succeed.

      Supt. Dustin Hunt, Hot Springs County SD #1, WY

    • The CLI process not only meets the goal of establishing a vertically and horizontally articulated and aligned curriculum, it provides an incredible professional development experience for educational staff involved in the process.

      Supt. Carmen Ayala, Berwyn North SD, IL

    • The CLI Model revolutionized our curriculum. As a result, our achievement has categorically improved.

      Supt. Mark Fredisdorf, Pleasantdale SD, IL

    • This program is not packaged or scripted. It is locally developed and empowers teachers to act as the experts in the field.

      Supt. Marty Kobza, Sheridan County SD #1, WY

    • CLI has been working with our school district for over twenty years assisting us with curriculum development. They are an outstanding organization whose partnership has helped us develop a local curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core Standards and the State of Wyoming Standards.

      Supt. Kirk Hughes, Converse County SD #2, WY

    • Our partnership with CLI has enabled us to grow teacher leaders, administrative leaders and create curriculum processes and instructional practices that will enhance student learning for many years to come. This is the most important work we do.

      Sara McGinnis, Curriculum Director, Sheridan County #1, Ranchester, WY

    E-Hints from CLI Professionals

    The Excitement and Challenge of Beginning a New School Year

    Reviewing the status of ongoing initiatives and planning for the current year should become routine. In the years following the development of curriculum documents, the implementation of curriculum, and the writing of assessments, there are often other initiatives that must come into play to further improve student learning. While we at Curriculum Leadership Institute (CLI), caution school districts about starting too many initiatives at once, there is a time and place where outside support for improving instructional strategies, improving the implementation of a new resource, using data analysis strategies to effectively critique our efforts, or other needs must be addressed.Read More

    A Handy Guide for Annual Recognition

    Recently, another educator used a really great metaphor about taking time to “mow the lawn” now and again. Mowing the lawn is perhaps one of the least hated chores that we have to do. Maybe it’s because freshly cut grass smells so nice or because we also get in a little workout, but very likely it is due to the sense of instant gratification we feel when we take a look back at our progress.Read More

    Book Briefing: The Other Side of the Report Card

    In honor of School Library Month, this E-Hint is inspired by a new book: The Other Side of the Report Card: Assessing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Character Development by Maurice Elias, Joseph Ferrito and Dominic Moceri (2016). As curriculum developers, we know that academic learning should be thoughtfully planned, and that instruction and assessment should be carefully aligned to standards. However, we may occasionally ask ourselves, “What about the other aspects of development, for example, self-management and social awareness?Read More