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

Educational Technology

Educational Technology Funding MatrixPDF File

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

Regional Information Centers (RICs) in NYS

Internet Safety

Technology planning

U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology

Building Technology Infrastructures

Online Learning

Education Technology Programs and Initiatives

Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education CertificationPDF File

Resources for Administrators and Technology Directors

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

School Turnaround Resources Commissioner Elia Supports NYS P-TECH

School Turnaround Learning Community Resources. See link below:

http://centeronschoolturnaround.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/CST_Four-Domains-Framework-Final.pdfPDF File


Receivership Schools


2017-18 District Guidance Memo

2017 -18 Report and Plan Template

2016-17 Performance Management MemoWord Document

2016-17 Receivership QR#2 TemplateWord Document

Non Receivership Schools with a SIG or SIF Grant


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)


Do you have a question? 

Ask the OISR Team.  

Office of Innovation and School Reform (OISR) Team:

  • LoriAnn Curtin
  • Antonio Parente
  • Barbara Moscinski
  • Tracey Johnson

Tel: 518-473-8852

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Last Updated: May 15, 2017