Create the World Class Schools Communities Want and Need


Applications are due  May 9, 2022

Why School Actions?


Now more than ever, we cannot allow this public health crisis to become a generational education crisis.

This is the moment to reimagine schools for the future and create learning opportunities families want and need.

School Actions are a comprehensive and bold approach to increase the number of students in top-rated schools and reduce the number of students in low-rated schools.

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What are School Actions? How do they work?

School Actions are a way for districts to improve by expanding what’s working and replacing or redesigning what’s not working. All School Actions are aligned with the Effective Schools Framework (ESF), including the use of High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) and Research-Based Instructional Strategies (RBIS).

One size does not fit all. Through an annual portfolio planning process, district and schools leaders evaluate school quality, parent demand, and neighborhood needs to identify best-fit options that both improve schools and provide parents and families with the schools and programs they desire.

For eligible campuses, the School Action Fund provides grant funds and technical assistance to support the successful planning and implementation of School Actions, as well as a broader continuous improvement strategy that extends beyond individual campuses to the entire district.

Tools & Resources

  • Access to tailored tools and resources from TEA
  • Community of practice, including current and former SAF districts

Technical Assistance 

  • Pre-approved TA providers with deep content expertise to support planning and implementation. Learn about TA support


  • Planning (1 year): up to $200K per school
  • ACE Implementation (1 year): up to $375,000 per school
  • Continuation (2 years): up to $500K-$1M per school

School Action Types

New School

Create a new school designed to fill a gap in the community. New schools typically phase in new grades slowly over time.


Support a school leader to develop and implement a new, innovative model that meets the needs of their community.


Transform existing schools by installing new leadership and staff and implementing a rigorous turnaround model.


School Action Fund Cycle 6 Webinars

Want to learn more about School Actions in Cycle 6? 

Click on a link below to access recordings of our CSA webinars  to learn about the School Actions opportunity this year.

Informational Webinars:


School Actions in Practice: Hear directly from district practitioners, Ann Avila (Victoria ISD) and Gaby Sierra (Aldine ISD), about their experiences leading districts through the planning and implementation of several School Actions.


SAF Cycle 6 Application Webinar: Learn more about the application process as well as best practice for developing a strong submission.


Contact Us

The Center for School Actions team is here to support you!

Contact us to:

  • Identify if School Actions are right for you and your schools
  • Learn how to effectively plan for School Actions
  • Receive application support for the SAF grant program
  • Be added to our Email Updates List