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 SIG Schools (School Improvement Grant SIG 1003(g) Priority Schools)


  • To award funding to LEAs that demonstrate through their grant applications the strongest commitment and capacity to ful​ly implement the identified model of reform within their Priority scho​ol.
  • The 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) is a competitive multi-year grant that provides funds to LEAs to improve student achievement in selected Priority schools through the implementation of a whole-school reform model that is in alignment with the US ED SIG Guidance and Assurances.  

SIG School (School Improvement Grant SIG 1003(g)  Definition

  • Only Priority Schools are eligible to compete for the SIG 1003(g) grant. The awarded schools receive SIG funds 1003(g) to implement a school intervention model
The Georgia Department of Education provides the following:
  •  SIG 1003(g) funds to awarded SIG Schools
  • State professional learning opport​​​​​​unities such as the Instructional Leadership Academy for district and building leaders working in SIG Schools
  • Regional professional learning opportunities that may pertain to the concerns of the SIG Schools 
  • School effectiveness specialists who are available to support the SIG Schools in the implementation of their reform initiatives/school improvement plan, the area(s) of concern highlighted by the school’s CCRPI data, and the school’s plan to use the Title I funding, if applicable.
  • Targeted technical assistance workshops related to the school’s designation as a SIG 1003(g) school, and Title I, Part A, School Improvement 1003(a) funding, when applicable.

 School Improvement Grant 1003(a) Purpose

  •  To provide financial resources to local educational agencies (LEA) on behalf of Title I schools identified as Focus or Priority. 

Sustainability for SIG 1003(g) Cohorts

Cohort 3 schools that successfully implemented their selected model for three full implementation years are eligible for one additional year of sustainability funding. Implementation and monitoring of a viable sustainability plan is a critical component as SIG 1003(g) schools approach the end of the funded grant period.  The emphasis of such a plan is in identifying priority areas for program sustainability while developing goals, objectives, strategies, resources, and action steps.  Each school/district receiving SIG 1003(g) funding, is expected to work with essential team members to develop a comprehensive Sustainability Plan. 

SIG 1003(g) Cohort 3 schools are provided an opportunity to apply for additional funding to support a year of sustainability which defines elements for continuing the effective components of their grant while utilizing strategies that will ensure the school improvement work continues in subsequent years.  Access the application with the following link:
SIG 1003(g) Sustainability Application

Events and Conferences

SIG Cohort 4 Sustainability Institute I
August 30-31, 2016
Macon Marriott City Center Hotel
Registration and lodging information forthcoming. 

Click here for information on past and upcoming events and conferences.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​






 Contact Information

Melvina Crawl
SIG/Turnaround Program Specialist
Phone: 404-656-4150
Karen Suddeth
SIG/Turnaround Program Specialist
Phone: 404-656-6058

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