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Provider

Focal Point LLC

Contact Information

Primary

Andrea Kutinsky
P.O. Box 62411
Colorado Springs, CO 80962-2411

Phone: (719) 492-7967
Email: drandie305@aol.com

Secondary

David Roudebush
P.O. Box 62411
Colorado Springs, CO 80962-2411

Phone: (719) 492-7967
Email: droudebush@FocalPointEd.com

General Information

Website: www.focal pointed.com
Screenshots / Demo: www.focalpointed.com/about-focal-point/about-focal-point
Effectiveness Data: www.focalpointed.com/about-focal-point/about-focal-point
Type of Organization: For Profit Company
Organization is best described as: For-Profit
Age of Firm / Number of Years in Operation: 7 years
Level(s) services may be provided: - Elementary
- Middle
- High School
- District
Provides performance guarantees in contract: NO
Educational Services Provided Assessment
Comprehensive & Effective Planning
Comprehensive Turnaround Provider
Content Curriculum Programs
Curriculum Alignment
Diagnostic Review
District Culture
Dropout Prevention and Intervention Services
Educator Effectiveness
Instruction
Leadership
Organizational Structure and Resources
Professional Development
Program Evaluation Services
School and District Improvement
Staff Evaluation
21st Century Skills :
Year 2020 Curriculum, Pay for Performance Plans for Teachers and District and Building Leaders

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in Colorado:

Sheridan School District
Michael Clough, Superintendent
Phone: (720) 833-6617
mclough@ssd2.org

San Luis Valley Consortium
Dwayne Newman, Superintendent
Monte Vista School District
Phone: (719) 852-5996
DwayneN@monte.k12.co.us

East Central BOCES
Sharon Daxton-Vorce, Staff Development Coordinator
Phone: (719) 775-2342 ‎
sharondv@ecboces.org

Center School District
George Welsh, Superintendent
Phone:(719) 754-3442
gwelsh@center.k12.co.us

Rangely School District
Todd Cordrey, Superintendent
Phone: (970) 675-2207
tcordrey@rangelyk12.org

Montrose School District
Mark MacHale, Superintendent
Phone: (970) 249-7726
mmachale@mcsd.k12.co.us

Recent References:

Sheridan School District
Michael Clough, Superintendent
Phone: (720) 833-6617
mclough@ssd2.org

San Luis Valley Consortium
Dwayne Newman, Superintendent
Monte Vista School District
Phone: (719) 852-5996
DwayneN@monte.k12.co.us

East Central BOCES
Sharon Daxton-Vorce, Staff Development Coordinator
Phone: (719) 775-2342 ‎
sharondv@ecboces.org

Center School District
George Welsh, Superintendent
Phone:(719) 754-3442
gwelsh@center.k12.co.us

Rangely School District
Todd Cordrey, Superintendent
Phone: (970) 675-2207
tcordrey@rangelyk12.org

Montrose School District
Mark MacHale, Superintendent
Phone: (970) 249-7726
mmachale@mcsd.k12.co.us

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in other states:

Paterson School District, Paterson New Jersey
Brenda Patterson-Toppin, Director
Academic Support Services
Phone: 973-321-0861
bpatterson@paterson.k12.nj.us

New Jersey Department of Education
Pat Mitchell, Unit Manager
Collaborative Assessment and Planning for Achievement Unit
Phones: (973) 395-4711 and (973) 727-6063
Pat.Mitchell@doe.state.nj.us

Passaic City Schools
Dr. Christine Krenicki, Superviser
Testing/Research and Evaluation
Phone: 973-470-5224
ckrenicki@passaic-city.k12.nj.us




Qualifications of this Organization (licensure, trademark, etc.):

Curriculum Focal Point LLC (DBA Focal Point LLC) is a duly licensed LLC in both the state of Colorado and New Jersey. The mission of the LLC is to serve schools in need of transformation or support in rural and impacted districts throughout the country.

Qualifications of Instructors/ Staff that Provide Services:

The Focal Point Team comprises experts and practitioners in a number of areas. The team is led by Mike Miles, Superintendent of the Harrison School District in Colorado Springs. Founded in 2004, Focal Point uses a wealth of expertise and experience to assist schools, districts, and individual educators in implementing systemic change that translates into results for even the most impacted districts.

Based on the work of educational leader Mike Miles, Focal Point has helped teachers and administrators in over 50 school districts work more effectively and raise student academic proficiency. Focal Point professional developers provide training in systems thinking, building leadership density, curriculum alignment, organizational effectiveness, action planning, and other school reform initiatives.

Focal Point also conducts education conferences in Colorado. Our team brings together professional developers, experts, and national keynoters to provide first-rate training for teachers and administrators. Focal Point organizes and conducts the annual Southern Colorado Educators’ Conference and the Western Colorado Educators’ Conference.

Cost:

Costs per school, district, consortium, BOCES or State Department, vary widely depending on the services requested. Below please find detailed examples of services rendered by Focal Point in the past and the fees that were charged:

Fee Agreement for Curriculum Alignment and Design for Small District:
Item Unit Cost Total Cost $17000
1. Design and Delivery of Curriculum Maps $17000 $17000
2. K-5, reading/writing/communicating, math and science;
3. 6-8 Reading/writing/communicating, math;
4. 9-11 Reading/writing/communicating, math
5. Design and Delivery of Curriculum Maps 6-8 Science $850 $2550
Printing for all maps $14 $1,526 (for 109 Maps)
Full Day Training for Teachers and Leaders Included
Printing for all training materials $500 $500
Total Cost =$21576


Fee Agreement for Principal Certification and Evaluation for Mid-sized district:
Item Proposed Date Description Cost
1 7-8 Jul 2011 Training on instructional feedback and improving the
quality of instruction $12,200
2 22 Aug Training on effective instructional leadership and coaching teachers $6,700
3 26-27 Sep On the job coaching of 36 principals $ 21,400
4 17-18 Oct On the job coaching of 36 principals $21,400
5 3-4 Nov Assessment/ certification of 18 principals $21,400
6 8-9 Dec Assessment/ certification of 18 principals $21,400
7 NLT 18 Nov and 23 Dec Written evaluation reports of 36 principals $10,800
TOTAL $115,300
Turnaround Proposal for Small School:
Event Dates Cost
1. Data Boards 2 Aug 2010 $ 2,000
2. K-5 Curriculum Maps NLT 8 Aug 2010 $25,000
3. 6-8 Curriculum MapsNLT 1 Jan 2011 $20,000
4. Curriculum Alignment Training 28 July 2010, 25 Mar 2 $10,000
5. Mentor for Principal Aug 2010 – May 2011 $ 15,000
6. Administrators’ Leadership Academy- 3 days $20,000
7. Monitoring instruction/ Effective Instructional
Feedback9-10 Sep 2010 $20,000
8. Mid-year reviews 4-5 Nov 2010 $30,000
9. Monitoring instruction 14-15 Feb 2011 $20,000
10. Systems review 11-12 Apr 2011 $30,000
11. Leadership Summit 24-25 May $15,000

TOTAL $207,000


Explanation of how we are able to provide differentiated services to meet the individual needs of schools and districts.

The Focal Point system focuses on the quality of instruction and the capacity to continually improve the quality of instruction. We develop capacity and teacher effectiveness instead of focusing on programs and curricular resources. While any plan to improve academic performance has to be tailored to the needs and context of a particular district and school, Focal Point provides comprehensive, systemic support that predominantly consists of on-the-job guidance and professional development.


How will we evaluate our services and support to schools and districts and its effectiveness in school/ district/ student achievement?

Approach to evalution of the Progress of a Focal Point Contractee: Focal Point team members are the best in the state with regard to monitoring school systems for effective implementation and continuous improvement. Besides providing continuous feedback at all levels regarding the quality of instruction, Focal Point trains teacher leaders and administrators to conduct the following:
• PLC review: We help staff conduct effective PLCs in which achievement data is reviewed, individual student and class progress is monitored, and interventions are planned.
• Mid-year review: Focal Point trains district and school leaders to prepare for and conduct a mid-year review that will assess progress on the action plan, progress monitoring assessments, instructional feedback, demonstrations of learning, and the overall improvement in the quality of instruction.
• Systems review: Focal Point conducts a systems review of each school and trains district and school leaders to assess progress with regard to working systemically and effectively.

Sample of services offered for a school or district:

Under 500 Students:

Focal Point provided a Mapped and Aligned Curriculum and trained all staff on Curriculum Alignment and Design for a Small District:
Item
1.Design and Delivery of Curriculum Maps
K-5, reading/writing/communicating, math and science;
6-8 Reading/writing/communicating, math;
9-11 Reading/writing/communicating, math including transition to the new Core
2. Design and Delivery of Curriculum Maps 6-8 Science
3. Printing for all maps
4. Full Day Training for Teachers and Leaders on Curriculum Alignment and Use of the Maps

500-1000 Students:

Focal Point provided a system of Principal Certification and Evaluation for a Mid-sized district:
7-8 Jul 2011 Training on instructional feedback and improving the
quality of instruction
2 22 Aug Training on effective instructional leadership and coaching teachers
3 26-27 Sep On the job coaching of 36 principals
4 17-18 Oct On the job coaching of 36 principals
5 3-4 Nov Assessment/ certification of 18 principals
6 8-9 Dec Assessment/ certification of 18 principals
7 NLT 18 Nov and 23 Dec Written evaluation reports of 36 principals

1000+ Students:

Focal Point trained and coached teachers and administrators in a number of areas that are directly tied to improving the quality of instruction and raising student achievement:

o Curriculum alignment
o Lesson objectives, demonstrations of learning, backward lesson planning
o Student-teacher engagement and multiple response strategies
o Scaffolded and differentiated instruction
o Model aligned units of instruction and model lessons
o Using data to improve instruction
o Action planning
o Working systemically
o Instructional feedback
o Principal evaluations
o Teacher evaluations
o Leadership academies
o Mid-year reviews
o End-of-year reviews

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