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School Improvement


Melissa Y. Cruz

Executive Director

(956) 473-2142


Dr. Cordelia Martinez-Nava

Dr. Cordelia Martinez-Nava

RTI Coordinator

(956) 473-2171


School Improvement

The mission of the School Improvement Department is to serve as a liaison to campuses in the school improvement process. Through the use of Collaborative Teachers in specific content areas and grade levels, support is given to campuses in need of intervention. These teachers provide small group instruction to students and collaborative teacher mentoring to staff in the identified campuses. The School Improvement Department in collaboration with the Curriculum and Instruction Department serves as a resource and mentor to administrators and campuses that engage in the Effective Schools Framework (ESF). The ESF representatives meet with campus principals three times a year to review the ESF process for those campuses undergoing the process due to missing standards in Domain 3. Additionally, this department implements its locally developed accountability system through the incorporation of a tiered system of support for our campuses. This support consists of scheduled meetings with Tier II and Tier III campuses that facilitate a campus team, together with a Turn- around Leader to look at data and conduct classroom observations which provide a successful partnership between the campus in need of support and the instructional department. Additionally, this department monitors the implementation of the Response to Intervention process through the creation of a District RtI Committee. Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, the Section 504/Dyslexia Department is now under the School Improvement Department. Beginning the 2019-2020 school year, the PEP program will now be under School Improvement.
The School Improvement department oversees the following:

  • The summer school program
  • The district collaborative teachers at the following campuses for:  Science at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Elementary and Prada Elementary, for Reading at Lamar Bruni Vergara Middle School and Raul Perales Middle School, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Elementary and Prada Elementary for Math at Finley Elementary and Arndt Elementary, for Writing at Juarez-Lincoln and Perez Elementary
  • District Improvement Plan and Campus Improvement Plans
  • RtI budget allocations to all campuses
  • Comprehensive, Targeted and Additional Targeted Campuses and Intervention Required Campuses

This department works collaboratively with our Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Executive Directors, Directors, and Instructional Coordinators to accelerate student achievement with an emphasis on special populations/targeted students.

The department's focus is to provide a systemic and sustainable approach to school improvement efforts. Through our collaborative efforts, we plan to overcome the present day challenges and ensure that our campuses meet both federal and state standards. Together, we continue to improve the learning achievement of our students and prepare them to become college and/or career ready graduates.

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Dyslexia/Section 504 Program

The mission of the Dyslexia/Section 504/ programs are to ensure that all students, regardless of their disabilities, develop to their full potential and become productive members of their community. The Dyslexia and Section 504 Program office was established to coordinate services for all students who receive services under these two programs. Students under these programs receive individualized support so they may take full advantage of all the educational opportunities offered by the school district. To better serve the needs of our students and their families, each campus has a designated Section 504 Campus Coordinator who helps to ensure that all students who meet the criteria for services are appropriately identified and served. In addition, each campus is assigned with a Dyslexia Teacher trained to identify dyslexia characteristics and to provide the appropriate instructional interventions relevant to all identified students. As per Federal and State Law, the United ISD Dyslexia and Section 504 Program provides services to the Section 504 Dyslexia identified students who are placed in a disciplinary alternative education program by a duly constituted Section 504 Committee through a Manifestation Determination.

Pregnancy, Education & Parenting  Program (PEP) 

The mission of the Pregnancy, Education, and Parenting (PEP) Program is to enable school-age parents, through education, to become self-sufficient, responsible, job-oriented citizens.  The Program’s goal is to reduce the number of students who drop out of school due to pregnancy and/or parenthood and to recover young parents who are 21 years old or younger to the educational system.


  • Counseling
  • Transportation for student, and the student’s child(ren), as appropriate, to and from the campus or child care facility
  • Child care for the student’s child(ren), as appropriate, at a child care facility in close proximity to the home or campus
  • Instruction (inside and/or outside the classroom) related to child development, parenting and home and family living
  • Health services, including services from the school nurse and certified athletic trainer
  • Case Management and Service Coordination (assistance in obtaining available services from government agencies and/or community service organizations)

Pregnancy Related Services / Compensatory Education Home Instruction

Pregnancy Related Services (PRS) are Support Services including Compensatory Education Home Instruction (CEHI) a pregnant student receives during the pregnancy prenatal and postpartum periods to help her adjust academically, mentally and physically stay in school.

These services are delivered to the student when:

  • the student is pregnant and attending classes on a district campus; the pregnancy prenatal period prevents the student from attending classes on a district campus; and
  • the pregnancy postpartum period prevents the student from attending classes on a district campus

School Improvement Links

School Improvement Documents