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CLI Model for School Improvement

Our model for school improvement makes curriculum development and alignment make sense. Starting with the foundation of Governance, we work with school districts to develop a customized, local solution to the question of 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.

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    Photos in this slideshow demonstrate the CLI Model's implementation in various school districts. Watch curriculum development and management in action!

    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:

    • The consultant visits the district regularly to guide you through the CLI Model. Your staff completes assignments in-between visits.
    • The consultant provides training on key points of the CLI Model.
    • The consultant provides training during your regularly scheduled in-service days. Such training might include one of our two- or three-day workshops.
    • The 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.

    What Others are Saying . . . next prev

    • 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

    • 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

    E-Hints from CLI Professionals

    A Quick Guide to Data Analysis

    One aspect of the initiative to improve public schools is the continuous gathering of data to determine an instructional program’s quality and improve student learning. Recent changes in standards and accountability have also brought a new plan for assessments. Read More

    Not All Teaching Practices are Created Equal

    Have you and your colleagues ever been told by an administrator that test scores need to be improved because current results aren’t good enough? Afterward, did you find yourself thinking there is nothing that can be done without support from parents, or that today’s kids just aren’t motivated enough? Or perhaps you told yourself that kids seem to have a sense of entitlement; that they believe they shouldn’t need to work so hard to get what they want.Read More

    CLI Checklist for Administrators

    Sometimes administrators are unable to serve as members of the Curriculum Coordinating Council or Subject Area Committees. In these cases it is important to remember that their assistance in the curriculum development process is essential. The following checklist details what all administrators should be doing within each year of the CLI Model.Read More