Office of Innovation & School Reform

What is Office of Innovation and School Reform (OISR)?

Innovation and School Reform is dramatic intervention in a low-performing school that both produces significant achievement gains within two years and prepares the school for long-term transformation into a high performing organization.


The mission of the Office of Innovation and School Reform is to provide a comprehensive system of support for school innovation and the turnaround of low achieving schools.

Core Strategies:

  • Provide access to information and models of best practice
  • Create professional communities of practice across the State
  • Connect districts and schools to key change partners and partner organizations
  • Promote high quality school design through funding and outreach

Receivership Schools

Intervention in Struggling Schools Through Receivership Conference January 2019

Ed. Law 211-f

Commissioner’s Regulations

School Receivership Demonstrable Improvement Indicators

Memos and Templates.

Receivership 2018-19 QTR #1 Report- Memo and Templates.

Receivership only 2018-19 QTR #1.Word Document

2018-19 Fiscal monitoring process.PDF File

2018-19 Risk analysis process for SIG monitoring.PDF File

OISR performance management memo. PDF File

Receivership QTR3 -Q3 Report and Continuation Plan.

Receivership Only 2017-18 QT-3 Word Document

Quarterly Report AND Continuation Plan.Word Document

2018-19 Fiscal Guidance.Word Document


Receivership QR2 - Mid-Year Report for SIG - Former PSS Report.

Quarterly Report #2. Word Document

2017-18 Fiscal Monitoring Process.Word Document

Former PSSG Schools. Word Document


Receivership Update



2017-18 District Guidance Memo

2017 -18 Report and Plan Template

2017-18 Continuation Plan Fiscal Guidance Word Document

2016-17 Performance Management MemoWord Document

2016-17 Receivership QR#2 TemplateWord Document

Receivership Q@A


Educational Resources

Educational Technology Funding MatrixPDF File

Creative Ways to Leverage Existing ESEA and IDEA federal grant funds PDF File

Internet Safety

U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology

Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education CertificationPDF File

STEM for Teens

High-speed Internet for low-income households

Pathways in Technology (NYS P-TECH) 

Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

Teacher Centers


School Turnaround Resources Commissioner Elia Supports NYS P-TECH



Non Receivership Schools with a

SIG or SIF Grant

Memos and Templates.

NR-Final Report and Continuation Plan.

Non receivership Final Report AND Continuation Plan 2018-19.Word Document

2018-19 Fiscal Guidance.Word Document


NR-OISR 2017-18 Mid-Year Report template and Memo.

Mid-Year Report-September 1, 2017 –January 31, 2018.Word Document

2017-18 Progress Reporting and Performance Management for Non-Receivership Schools receiving SIG 1003(g) funding. Word Document

2017-18 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) Fiscal Monitoring Process.PDF File


2017-18 District Guidance Memo

2017-18 Report and Plan Template

2016-17 NR schools PM memoWord Document

2016-17-NR-Mid-Year ReportWord Document

Community Schools Grant (CSG)



Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for
Independent Receivers in New York State

A newly updated Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for Independent Receivers in New York State has been posted by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to enable non-profits, individuals, and school districts in good standing to apply to become Approved Independent Receivers of Persistently Struggling and Struggling Schools.

For complete guidelines, please visit:




Do you have a question? 

Ask the OISR Team.  

Office of Innovation and School Reform (OISR) Team:

  • Dr. Kimberly Young Wilkins, Assistant Commissioner
  • LoriAnn Curtin
  • Antonio Parente
  • Tracey Johnson
  • Jason Breslin
  • Timothy Dworakowski

Tel: 518-473-8852

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Last Updated: January 11, 2019