The SESIS works directly with school districts that are identified through the NYSED regional planning process as “needing assistance,” “needing intervention,” or “at risk” of not meeting state targets and the requirements of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).  The SESIS provides support to districts as they work toward meeting state targets for improvement as identified in their SPP (State Performance Plan). We strive to bring and sustain high quality, research-based practices in the areas of literacy, behavioral supports and interventions, and specially designed instructional practices to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

QIP (Quality Improvement Process)

A QIP identifying district specific school improvement goals, targeted improvement activities, and assessment of progress toward improving student outcomes is used to document and monitor results. A data-driven, research-based QIP supports the technical assistance and professional development provided by the SESIS. Working with the district team, the SESIS facilitates this process for a causal analysis, to develop goals, and to set targets based on data. The process focuses on:

  • Developing an understanding of the instructional and behavioral needs of students with disabilities through analysis of student performance and outcomes;
  • Reviewing instructional practices and developing a QIP plan using the research-based Quality Indicator Guides in literacy, behavior, and special education service delivery as a foundation for all QIP goals, activities, and expected outcomes;
  • Monitoring implementation of the QIP and revising it as necessary based on progress toward expected changes to student outcome and expected changes to systems practice/capacity.

The QIP guides the work of the SESIS and builds capacity in the district to implement and sustain changes as the result of research-based best practices through high-quality professional development in the areas of literacy, special education service delivery and positive behavior supports. The focus is to improve access to general education curriculum resulting in increased outcomes for students with disabilities that are measurable and meet the benchmarks established in the State Performance Plan. The assistance of the SESIS includes:

  • Professional Development (including workshops)
  • Facilitation and Coaching of individual and small groups of teachers
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Classroom observations/consultations
  • Modeling of research-based instructional strategies
  • Leadership support to implement and monitor change
  • Presenters and/or training materials

Contact Us

Michelle Pronti
Coordinator of SESIS
607-257-1551, ext. 2042
607-257-5646 (fax)