Our II/USP Service
We believe teachers and school administrators who use data to guide
instructional decisions and actions successfully improve academic
achievement for all students. We also support the role of students, parents
and community members as partners in the academic improvement process. The
Pulliam Group planning process engages school staff, parents, students, and
community members in data analysis, promotes the study and review of
successful educational practices, and facilitates the development of focused
academic improvement strategies. We believe schools need access to
meaningful information about themselves as well as others like them who have
produced higher levels of academic success.
In general, what does the Pulliam Group's service plan provide?
There are four basic areas of service involved in The Pulliam Group II/USP
model: Facilitation; Data and Information; the Written Plan; and the
Instructional Data Management System©.
An External or Lead Facilitator is assigned to each II/USP school.
The Lead Facilitator will shepherd the principal, teacher leaders, staff,
and Community Based Planning Committee through the process of reviewing
school data, identifying areas that need improvement, selecting improvement
efforts, and working with district staff to align resources and support.
The Lead Facilitator will become familiar with the members of the staff and
various planning committees, students, and classroom practices. They will
also work with the site administrative team to coordinate data collection,
planning meetings, and workshops dedicated to producing a written II/USP
In addition to the Lead Facilitator's efforts, the school principal, one or
two teacher leaders, and a district staff representative are required to
participate in an orientation conference that outlines the entire planning
process, provides information about "behind the scenes services" such as SAT
9 analysis, survey administration and analysis, and plan writing. During the
conference II/USP school representatives will have the opportunity to meet
and learn from members of the support staff.
Data and Information
The Pulliam Group collects and organizes school based demographic
information and achievement data. We also have an exclusive contract to
provide Student Learning Environment survey services and analysis from
Winick & Lewis. With these significant sources of data, we are able to
triangulate data around eight research-based domains related to student
School data is presented to the staff and the planning committee in an easy
to read format. The data serves as the "preliminary report" of findings to
the school and the Board of Education and is ultimately included in the
The Written Plan
We pride ourselves in providing a "full service" model of support.
The Pulliam Group takes responsibility for writing the II/USP plan the
school is required to submit to the California Department of Education. Our
plan format is designed to communicate all aspects of the planning process
and to fulfill all state identified plan requirements.
Schools will receive the plan template and a calendar of activities to
support the development of the plan during the orientation conference. Each
school follows the same plan format, however due to the differences in
schools, the content of each plan is unique to the academic needs of
students at that school. Schools are given opportunities to review and edit
the plan throughout the development of the document. The final plan reflects
a research-based, team developed outline of instructional strategies.
Instructional Data Management System©
Each Pulliam Group II/USP school will receive specially designed
software to provide three key aspects of support for academic improvement.
The Instructional Data Management System's three components afford the
school staff the opportunity to quickly and expertly review SAT 9
achievement scores, use standards-based, interim assessment to guide
instructional practices, and access a data base that encompasses everything
from standards-based lesson planning to standards-based grade books to
standards-based report cards.
The Instructional Data Management System is a unique product, inspired by
our work with II/USP schools. This highly compatible software is totally
devoted to helping teachers focus their work, reduce "paper-work," and work
with co-teachers to meet the academic needs of all students.
What is the cost of service for the Planning year?
The Pulliam Group II/USP contract for the planning year includes
facilitation/ consultation fees, services and products specified in the
contract, and expenses such as travel. Please refer to the contract for more
Are support services available beyond the planning year?
Pulliam Group II/USP schools may contract with The Pulliam Group for
Year Two and Year Three (implementation years) services. Schools contracting
for on-going support receive services such as conferences, on-site coaching
and monitoring, and written reports fulfilling state requirements.
Additional Questions . . .
For more information concerning The Pulliam Group services for II/USP
schools, please call (909) 792-6110.