Processes for ChangeThis series of videos provides overviews about managing and implementing change at a broader level to make any specific strategies successful so that students learn and thrive.
Each video includes relevant resources to guide further exploration of these topics.
Developing Effective School and District Plans
Principles and guidelines for effective local, state, and federal planning.
- Analyzing Data and Assessing Local Needs
Local priorities guide the direction of the needs assessment and the nature of the questions that will guide next steps.
- Ensuring Equity in California
Six goals are used to address the disparities between race, ethnicity, disability, and socioeconomic status when creating Equity Teams to ensure equitable practices for student target groups.
- Local priorities guide the direction of the needs assessment
- Overview of the four basic categories of data
- It is best to use data from multiple sources, comprising a significant time span
Running Time: 5:52 minutes
- Transcript: Developing Effective School and District Plans
- Spanish Video and Transcript for Developing Effective School and District Plans
- Discussion Guide: Developing Effective School and District Plans (PDF)
- Local, State & Federal Plans
- Parent & Community Engagement
- Implementing Strategies
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Rethinking the Scale-Up Challenge
This video discusses the necessary components to bring about deep, meaningful, systemic change. The format and brevity make the video useful at both the state and local levels to initiate or deepen conversations around implementation and ways to effectively address common problems in education reform. The authors recommend developing an Implementation Infrastructure, which includes: Aligned Initiatives, Implementation Capacity, and a New Type of Leadership.
Writing Effective Proposals: Guidance for Preparing Applications for Funds
This Web page provides clear writing strategies and suggestions for producing effective plans.
Making a Plan to Develop the LCAP: Housed within the LCFF Reading Room
This resource proposes tips for producing quality Local Control Accountability Plans.
- Unified Improvement Planning
This comprehensive guide describes processes for schools and districts to engage in a cycle of continuous improvement to improve student learning and system effectiveness.
- The purpose is to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement
- The data is examined over time to identify trends
- The areas identified for improvement should be prioritized
Running Time: 5:51 minutes
- Transcript: Analyzing Data and Assessing Local Needs
- Discussion Guide: Analyzing Data and Assessing Local Needs (PDF)
- Purpose and Process of Data Analysis
- Engaging Stakeholders Effectively
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- Resource Alignment
- Family & Community
- Culture & Climate
- Video: Developing Effective School and District Plans
- LCAP Needs Assessment Tool
The Needs Assessment Tool (NAT) is a Microsoft Excel-based dashboard developed by the Riverside County Office of Education to assist LEAs in conducting a local needs assessment based upon required and locally identified metrics included in the LCAP. The NAT allows LEAs to gather and display data for an individual school, program, or for an entire district, charter, or county office of education. Additionally, it allows LEAs to display trend data for each identified subgroup, simplifying the identification of significant areas of need. This free resource also includes a manual to assist in utilizing the NAT.
- Leadership Development Module: Using Data Effectively
Organized as a module that includes videos, handouts, and a facilitator guide, this resource is designed to guide leadership teams to use multiple data sources, analyze data, and articulate how to support teachers’ use of data to improve instruction.
- Healthy Kids Survey
Comprehensive survey used to assess many aspects of a school’s climate and culture.
- Organizing Data in Tables and Charts: Different Criteria for Different Tasks
This short paper gives a succinct description of how to organize data into easy to read formats based upon the purpose—to accompany a description, to address specific questions, to be used as a reference. It demonstrates advantages and disadvantages of several types of organizing data.
- Effective Communication through Visual Design: Tables and Charts
This paper, by professors from the University of Nebraska and University of Mississippi, presents a step-by-step process for organizing and presenting data for printed documents and for PowerPoint presentations using tables and charts. It provides guidelines for how to organize data by types and purpose, highlight data using color and show data using appropriate embellishments.
- Five Steps for Structuring Data-Informed Conversations and Action in Education
This facilitation guide shows education data teams how to move beyond simply reporting data to applying data to direct strategic action. Using guiding questions, suggested activities, and activity forms, this guide provides education data teams with a framework and the tools and vocabulary needed to support an informed conversation around the data they generate or acquire. The guide walks data teams through five key steps in using data for informed decision making and strategic action: setting the stage, examining the data, understanding the findings, developing an action plan, and monitoring progress and measuring success.
- All student groups achieve their highest potential
- Decision makers examine their systems, policies, procedures and practices
- Shared responsibility and accountability across all stakeholders
Running Time: 7:51 minutes
- Six goals to identify and address Equity
- Decision making using an Equity Lens
- Implementing an Equity team
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How the Common Core Must Ensure Equity by Fully Preparing Every Student for Postsecondary Success (PDF)
This document explains the call to action for state districts and schools to examine their policies and procedures while implementing equity practices.
Leveled Literacy Intervention (PDF)
This evidence-based program for kindergarten through second grade students focused on reading achievement, reading fluency, alphabetics and comprehension. Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) showed the positive effects of reading fluency on student target group achievement. For the two separate research studies please see:
- Partners In Education A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships
This framework provides the tool to build capacity to successfully develop relationships between families and schools. By following the tools and framework, staff can systematically improve learning outcomes for children. Family-School-Community Partnerships 2.0
- Collaborative Strategies to Advance Student Learning
This report covers ten key strategies for effective partnerships between schools and their communities in effort to close the achievement gap. The 16 programs described in the report illustrates proven outcomes of creating a connection between parents, teachers and schools to increase attendance rates and achievement outcomes.
- The Family Engagement Partnership Student Outcome Evaluation
This study emphasizes the value of having parents and teachers as equal partners in the education of their student. The report explained the implementation process of conducting home visits.