Rochester Office
Laura Payne-Bourcy, PhD
8 Parham Drive
Rochester, NY 14526
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Scott Shablak, PhD
PO Box 35150
Syracuse, NY 13235

Evaluation: K:12

NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

The RED Group provides support to multiple BOCES and districts throughout the State which have been funded through the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant cycle. Aimed at improving integration of technologies to support student learning and related professional development, each project required a rigorous State-mandated evaluation and an evaluation of local or regional interests.

Each of the six NYSED-funded projects evaluated by The RED Group focused on organizational improvement in under-achieving schools through validated models of school reform as part of a Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD). Our team provided insights related to research and local needs and tracked the implementation of each initiative.

The RED Group also was responsible for providing evaluation services to 16 school districts in the State who were funded for Even Start Programs. These programs focused on early childhood education, adult literacy, and parenting education to help break the cycle of poverty and low literacy.

WATERTOWN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Strengthening Teacher Leadership and Effectiveness (STLE) GRANT

Supported the Watertown City Schools in gathering data from teachers and administrators related to professional learning needs (in relationship to student achievement intent) and using that data to develop and monitor individualized, building-level and district-level professional development.

SYRACUSE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Advanced Placement Incentive Program (AVID)

The RED Group was invited by the District to conduct a formative and summative evaluation of a federally-funded Advanced Placement Incentive Program (AVID). This comprehensive system of teacher and student training and program implementation is intended to raise the academic expectations and aspirations of under-served students, their parents, and the teachers and schools that serve them.

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
New York State Department of Justice

The Department of Justice funded the Lafayette Central School District to implement the nationally-validated model Big Picture Program, an alternative school aimed at keeping high-risk students in school through graduation. The RED Group was asked to evaluate the program over time for purposes of continuous improvement, student outcomes, program value, and long-term sustainability planning.

MCGRAW CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Innovative Approaches to Literacy

Designed, with district leaders (based on student learning needs), Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grants (federal funds) to develop and improve literacy skills for and with students from birth to grade 12 in high-need local educational agencies. McGraw Central School (rural K-12 in Cortland County) and Salmon River Central Schools (rural school serving students of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe) both enacted such programs oriented towards family literacy, promotion of early literacy skills, use of school libraries and librarians to support literacy learning, the integration of technologies and the adoption of validated instructional models.

MID-STATE REGIONAL SUPPORT CENTERS (RSSC)
New York State Education Department

The Mid-State Regional School Support Centers (RSSC) were established to provide educational interventions to school districts targeted due to low performance on state achievement tests. The RED Group provided the Center with a study of their performance, quality practices, and areas for ongoing improvement.

JEFFERSON AND LEWIS COUNTY
Cornell Cooperative Extension

The RED Group was asked to provide assessment and evaluation services to this Parent Information Resource Center grant funded for five years by the USDE. The project developed and provided services to schools and families designed to help parents engage in their childrenís education in schools across Jefferson and Lewis counties. As a result of this evaluation, The RED Group opened a significant partnership between the USDE and the Indian River School District.

NEW YORK STATE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS GRANTS
Lafargeville, McGraw, and Watertown Central Schools

Provided evaluation and technical assistance to NYS-funded Community Schools initiatives intended to address gaps in support services for children and their families including health care, counseling, nutrition, after-school programming and job preparation services. Worked with the Watertown City Schools, LaFargeville Central School and McGraw Central on implementing and refining the initiatives as well as sustainability planning.

OSWEGO, SANDY CREEK, AND ELMIRA HEIGHTS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS
READING FIRST

Oswego, Sandy Creek, and Elmira Heights received Reading First funding to focus on explicit instruction, use of data to inform instruction, and related teacher training. The RED Groupís evaluation studied program fidelity, achievement outcomes, and replicable practices.

NEW YORK STATE ASSOCIATION FOR HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, RECREATION, AND DANCE (AHPERD)

The Healthy Heart Institute operated under the purview of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AHPERD). Modeled after programs from the American Cancer Society, the Institute provided professional development for K-12 health and physical education teachers in NYS. The RED Group studied the implementation and impact of the project and provided research-based criteria for measuring the quality of professional development.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

The RED Group collaborated with higher education partners at Syracuse University, Utica College, and the College of Saint Rose to evaluate NSF-funded projects aimed at improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) practices and the choices available in the STEM fields to grade 7-12 and higher education students.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (FLAP)

The RED Group assisted the Hornell City Schools in evaluating a Foreign Language Assistance Program grant focused on Mandarin Chinese.