Rewarding Excellence in Instruction and Leadership (REIL) Extend is an alliance of seven local education agencies (LEAs). The grantee plans to implement human capital management systems (HCMS) that retain talent, accelerate equity, expand leadership and reward excellence for effective educators across 44 high-need schools. The TIF 5 partner LEAs represent a diverse group of rural, urban and special-population LEAs that range in size from Mobile Elementary School District, with 26 students to Roosevelt Elementary School District, with 9,614 students. This group also includes a special-population LEA, Maricopa County Regional School District, which serves high-need youth with a history of justice involvement.
In October 2010 and 2012, the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) received TIF funds to implement REIL in multiple Maricopa County LEAs. With TIF 5, MCESA plans to leverage experience it gained from the REIL program to move forward with REIL Extend.
Schools & LEAs Served
REIL Extend will (a) extend the reach of the grantee's best teachers and leaders to ensure high-quality instruction for all learners and (b) extend the reach of a collaborative partnership to assist high-need LEAs to use educator evaluation data to implement leading-edge technologies and practices that result in high-quality workforce decision-making and first-class support systems for educators.
The project objectives align to (a) implementing high-quality, LEA-wide HCMS focused on attracting, placing, retaining and sustaining effective educators by expanding leadership and cultivating an engaged workforce and (b) redesigning high-need schools to extend the reach of excellent educators, thereby increasing equitable access to effective instruction for all students.
External evaluators will assess program progress to provide timely and unbiased information, including interim feedback, to enable refinements during implementation. In addition, quarterly discover days and advisory council meetings, as well LEA-level self-assessment tools, will inform HCMS implementation.
- Incito Charter School
- Kingman Unified School District
- Maricopa County Regional School District
- Mobile Elementary School District
- Nadaburg Unified School District
- Roosevelt Elementary School District
- Wilson Elementary School District
MCESA will implement its HCMS--defined as a comprehensive and cohesive set of practices/strategies used to guide educator workforce decisions--to hire, select and place highly-effective educators in leadership roles. To support understanding of the overarching HCMS, REIL Extend is organized to attract, place, retain, and sustain effective educators with the use of educator evaluation data.
REIL Extend uses an interconnected set of cross-LEA teacher- and leader-observation tools and common assessments to inform student academic progress for all subject areas. These tools inform the calculation of the REIL score, an annual overall effectiveness rating that serves as the foundation for HCMS decision-making. REIL scores will align with interventions. For example, MCESA will review observation scores on an ongoing basis and provide an intervention plan to support teachers who scored low on any of the elements labeled as early warning indicators.
All educators will have educator goal plans (EGPs) differentiated based on evaluation results. Those educators who fall in the ineffective range will receive support through a performance improvement plan that aligns to educator needs, will determine dismissal, probationary, or continuing status. The Learning, Coaching, Leading, and Evaluating Series is aligned to the elements in the observation tools, ensuring differentiated support for each educator group.