The CP Tip Jar

October 2016

Training Opportunity for ALL Phases and LEAs

Join members of the PA Planning team in a virtual training on November 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm to learn best practices for tackling the Comprehensive Planning process.

Tuesday, November 15 at 1:00 pm

Virtual Zoom Room:

NEW for any school implementing a Title I Schoolwide Program

Title I Schoolwide Programs

*NEW* In an effort to assist schools in the development of a comprehensive, compliant and effective Title I Schoolwide Plan, a new format for completing your Title I Schoolwide Program is currently in development. Schools implementing a Title I Schoolwide Program will no longer complete the offline Schoolwide Plan Template. Schools can now utilize the Comprehensive Planning web application to complete a School Level Plan/School Improvement Plan in its entirety, which includes a section on your Title I Schoolwide Program.

To comply with this new format, schools implementing a Title I Schoolwide Program will complete the entire School Level Plan/School Improvement Plan along with an addendum that can be found in the Assurances>Title I Schools section. This addendum can be downloaded, completed and uploaded into the web application.

*NEW for 2017-18* Beginning in mid-January 2017, the School Level Plan/School Improvement Plan will have the addendum directly integrated into the system, so no additional upload will need to be made. When that change takes effect, schools may access an archived version of their addendum in the web application so that they may copy and paste the information directly into the web application.

Should you have any questions about this process, please contact the Comprehensive Planning Support Team by emailing or calling 717-732-8403.

Phase 3 Training Opportunity

Attention Phase 3 schools - Join members of the PA Planning Team, virtually, to begin moving through the planning process for the next cycle of your Comprehensive Plan. This session will focus on the sections: District Profile, Core Foundations, Assurances and Needs Assessment.
Monday, November 21 at 9:00 am
Virtual Zoom Room:

Attention Focus and Priority Schools

All Focus/Priority designations will remain in place for this school year (2016-2017). As we wait for the public release of the School Performance Profile (SPP), please note that as in the past, all Focus/Priority schools are required to send out parent notification letters no later than 2 weeks after the public release of SPP . Sample templates are available on the PDE website. Please be sure to use the correct letter that corresponds to your school’s federal designation. You are welcome to update the letter and put it on school letterhead if you would like.

Phase 2 LEAs - Comprehensive Plan Submission DUE November 30, 2016

Reminder: As a Phase 2 LEA, your Comprehensive Plan will need to be submitted via the web application by November 30, 2016. At this time, your plan should be displayed for the 28-day public review to allow for on-time submission. If you would like to review the process for submitting your Comprehensive Plan, please see below for a link to a recorded webinar.

Phase 2 Webinar Recording: Submitting your Phase 2 Comprehensive Plan.

For step-by-step directions in submitting your plan, please see below.

Attention Phase 3 School Districts: Special Education Plan Training

Phase 3 School Districts will submit their Special Education plans by May 1, 2017, via the Comprehensive Planning Web Application. Training regarding the Comprehensive Planning Web Application will be a critical component of the Special Education Plan submission.

Special Education Plan training for Phase 3 school districts will be held on the following dates at the three Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) locations.

Pittsburgh PaTTAN - November 4, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

East (Malvern) PaTTAN - November 15, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Harrisburg PaTTAN - November 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Please register online at

CP 101 Webinar

For those new to Comprehensive Planning or those looking for a refresher, the PA Planning Team conducted a webinar to review the process and to share tips and tricks for a quick and easy approval.

To view a recording of the CP 101 webinar that was offered in early October, please click here.

Important! Account Cleanup!

As leadership and staff changes occur in your school, please be sure the Comprehensive Planning web application user roles are kept up to date. Local Security Administrators need to be updating their accounts to ensure all account holders are still active members of the school and should have access to the Comprehensive Plan. Please click here for more details.

Comprehensive Planning Office Hours

Have specific questions regarding your Comprehensive Plan, School Improvement Plan or Charter Annual Report?

Join me at the next CP Virtual Office Hour on October 26th from 2-3 pm.

The office hours will be held in a virtual format so participants may come and go anytime between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm on designated days. These online sessions will be offered for anyone who may have questions regarding content, action planning, data analysis, etc.

*Please note – you will need to add these office hour sessions to your calendar in order to set a reminder.

Please use the link below to attend when needed:

2016-2017 Dates for CP Office Hours:

November 16th

November 30th

December 14th

January 4th

January 18th

February 8th

February 15th

March 22nd

April 19th

May 3rd

May 17th

Updating Contact Information

Have you had any recent changes to your school - phone number, school name, administrator, etc.? Be sure to update your information in EdNA. The PA Planning Team has a web service that generates an import from EdNA on a daily basis so the demographics section of your plans are up to date. Be sure to check EdNA to ensure your school's contact information is up to date. If updates are needed, please contact the Center for Data Quality & Information Technology by emailing or calling 717-787-2644.

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