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Making Decisions for Systematic Sustainable Solutions

The mission of the Economic Stimulus Package or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century, ARRA funding for education should be spent in ways most likely to lead to improved results for students, long-term gains in school and school system capacity, and increased productivity and effectiveness.

How the SERVE Center Can Help

According to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), states must address four goals that evidence shows they make a critical contribution to student results.  The SERVE Center at University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers resources to districts and states that address these four goals.

  This report takes a detailed look at seven reading across the curriculum interventions states and districts might consider in their plans to improve reading outcomes at the secondary level. These levers for change include, but are not limited to, how states are working to align standards and assessments with expectations for post-secondary education and with 21st Century skills as well as how states are revising their graduation requirements to include courses required for college and mandatory course sequences that make a stronger connection to work readiness.
  At the heart of improving schools and school district are systems to gather and analyze data and provide feedback to educators, students, families, and the community in order to improve student and teacher perfomance continuously.
  This report describes how six state education agencies and three local education agencies in the Southeastern Region are adopting and implementing Response to Intervention - an education approach designed to provide effective, evidence-based interventions for struggling learners. This report is intended for state education policymakers and representatives of teacher preparation programs focusing on advancing teacher preparedness to work with students of varying abilities in the general education classroom.
  This report introduces educators to promising developments in social psychological research that have direct application to the challenge of improving the the motivation and achievement of underperforming students in classroom settings with a particular focus on African American students. Reducing Stereotype Threat

The SERVE Center offers seven resources that can help you as you begin the process of implementing ARRA. These seven resources along with the name of the contact person are listed below.

  • Professional development on evidence-based decision making.
  • Program Evaluation for fiscal transparency and accountability.
  • Program Development for afterschool programs.
  • Program Development for sustainable changes across the field of early childhood.
  • Interventions for positive impacts on closing achievement gaps.
  • Development of programs for homeless students.
  • Building state and district capacity in leveraging existing resources.


Additional information can be found in SERVE's newsletter Making Decisions for Systematic Sustainable Solutions, click here.

Educational agencies may have a variety of questions as they begin to implement the Recovery Act. The REL-SE has compiled a list of Commonly Asked Questions based on the needs of our six-state region. Read more