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1. Planning and Preparation

1.1 Identification of Team

The comprehensive needs assessment team consists of people who are responsible for working collaboratively throughout the needs assessment process. Ideal team members possess knowledge of programs, the capacity to plan and implement the needs assessment, and the ability to ensure stakeholder involvement. A required team member’s name may be duplicated when multiple roles are performed by the same person. Documentation of team member involvement must be maintained by the LEA. Watch the Planning and Preparation webinar for additional information and guidance.

1.2 Identification of Stakeholders

Stakeholders are those individuals with valuable experiences and perspective who will provide the team with important input, feedback, and guidance. Required stakeholders must be engaged in the process to meet the requirements of participating federal programs. Documentation of stakeholder involvement must be maintained by the LEA. Watch the Planning and Preparation webinar for additional information and guidance. Required Stakeholders

How did the team ensure that the selection of stakeholders created an inclusive group with varied perspectives?

A series of virtual meetings were held for staff, parents, board committees, and Parent and Student Advisory councils explaining the significance of the process and participation in the annual Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) and Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP.) Staff members were able to nominate themselves and others for the School Improvement Team. The Federal Programs Director and the School Accountability Director picked the committee members ensuring there was perspective from all departments and stakeholder levels.

How will the team ensure that stakeholders, and in particular parents and/or guardians, were able to provide meaningful input into the needs assessment process?

After each CNA/CLIP meeting, the needs assessment survey was sent to staff, families, and community stakeholders to provide feedback. We have had various follow up meetings with stakeholders on the feedback data which was derived from the surveys.