Success for All
Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
A school-wide reform initiative in which instructional processes, curriculum enhancements, and improved support resources for families and staff work together to ensure that every student acquires adequate basic language skills in pre-K through 2nd grade and builds on these basic skills throughout the rest of elementary school.
Success for All is a whole school improvement approach with a strong focus on literacy. Thus, it is generally implemented in place of other curricula and school improvement approaches and can be supported with the full range of federal, state, and local funds that support core K-12 education.
Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds
Schools that implement Success for All will likely choose to shift funds spent on another curriculum or professional development program to this evidence-based program, as well as allocate teacher time to implement the program. Program facilitators are almost always reallocated from other Title I-supported roles. In addition, Success for All has been successful in reducing grade retention and special education assessments and placements, leading to cost savings that can be invested in ongoing support and expansion of the program.
Allocating State or Local General Funds
State education funds allocated to local school systems as well as locally-appropriated public school funding can support Success for All, particularly during regular reviews of curricula within the district. Professional development funds can also be used for teacher training.
Maximizing Federal Funds
Formula Funds: Title I is the funding stream most typically used to cover the costs of training and coaching support, classroom materials, program facilitators, and tutors.
Discretionary Grants: Federal discretionary grants from the U.S. Department of Education can be used to fund the initial training, ongoing coaching, technical assistance, and classroom materials. The Success for All Foundation was the recipient of a federal Investing in Innovation grant in 2010 and grant funds are enabling them to significantly reduce the initial start-up costs and build local coaching capacity in high need districts throughout the country (see http://www.successforall.org for more information).
Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships
Foundations, especially those with a stated interest in improving educational achievement, can provide funding for initial training, coaching, technical assistance, classroom materials, and books.
Generating New Revenue
While purchase of classroom materials is usually viewed as a school system responsibility, fundraising can also be considered, especially when the school has many competing needs and priorities. Parent Teacher Associations, business and local civic associations potentially serve as sponsors of fundraising campaigns.
All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the purveyor, the Success for All Foundation, to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.