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, federal plans
- 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
- Selecting Evidence-based Practices
- Implementing Change
- Cycles of Improvement
- 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 (Posted 09-Feb-2015)
- Discussion Guide: Developing Effective School and District Plans (DOC)
- Local, State & Federal Plans
- Parent & Community Engagement
- Implementing Strategies
Related QSF Elements
Rethinking the Scale-Up Challenge (Posted 25-Sep-2015)
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 (DOC)
- Purpose and Process of Data Analysis
- Engaging Stakeholders Effectively
Related QSF Elements
- 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
(PDF; Updated 08-Jul-2015)
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.
- Comprehensive School Reform: Making Good Choices
(PDF; Updated 09-Jul-2015)
Although somewhat dated and designed to co-ordinate with the eleven principles of the Comprehensive School Reform Initiative of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, this document provides a tool for conducting a self-evaluation of a school or district. It is a comprehensive needs assessment tool, but Step 2 (pp 8-12) and Appendix A (pp. 21-32) and Appendix B (pp. 33-36) provide questions that are immediately usable and that support identifying strengths and areas for systemic improvement in a school or district.
- 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.