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Processes for Change

This 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.

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Each video includes relevant resources to guide further exploration of these topics.


Developing Effective School and District Plans

  • 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

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Topics

  • Local, State & Federal Plans
  • Parent & Community Engagement
  • Implementing Strategies

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  • Rethinking the Scale-Up Challenge External link opens in new window or tab.
    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 External link opens in new window or tab.
    This resource proposes tips for producing quality Local Control Accountability Plans.

  • Unified Improvement Planning External link opens in new window or tab.
    This comprehensive guide describes processes for schools and districts to engage in a cycle of continuous improvement to improve student learning and system effectiveness.

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Analyzing Data and Assessing Local Needs

  • 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

Video Resources

Topics

  • Purpose and Process of Data Analysis
  • Engaging Stakeholders Effectively

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  • LCAP Needs Assessment Tool External link opens in new window or tab.
    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 External link opens in new window or tab.
    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 External link opens in new window or tab.
    Comprehensive survey used to assess many aspects of a school’s climate and culture.
  • Effective Communication through Visual Design: Tables and Charts External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
    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 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
    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.

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Ensuring Equity in California

  • 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

Video Resources

Topics

  • Six goals to identify and address Equity
  • Decision making using an Equity Lens
  • Implementing an Equity team

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  • Collaborative Strategies to Advance Student Learning External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
    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.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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