Schoolwide programs are programs in which all the teachers, not just the special teachers, are involved with and responsible for at-risk students. The full staff is considered when making plans for improved instruction. Professional development activities are provided for all the teachers, not just Title I staff. When all teachers are united in their approach, their common understandings, priorities, and efforts will improve student learning. Teachers and students will share common orientations to learning and have clear ideas of expected outcomes.
For further information on schoolwide programs, refer to Making High-Poverty Schools Work Schoolwide (U.S. Department of Education, 1994).