Improving how we work, specifically within the continuum of improvement planning, leads to improved student outcomes. “The ultimate goal of continuous school (or district) improvement is to create learning organizations that have the ability to develop their capacity to create the results they desire” (Bernhardt, 2013).
The IL MTSS-N is a project of the Illinois State Board of Education, with funding from the State Personnel Development Grant. Due to federal funding requirements and to provide feedback for internal development, please complete the pre-post test at the bottom of this page after viewing all of the following modules.
The Introductory Module for Series 3, Engaging in Planning to Reach the Vision, provides a flyover view of the series’ modules; the most effective way to use/view the modules; and how to access and use handouts.
“To create a district/school vision that is truly shared, we must begin with the personal and move to the collective. In other words, to create a district/school vision that is committed to unanimously and understood in the same way by everyone – we must build on the values and beliefs of staff to create core values and beliefs” (Bernhardt, 2013). This is the solid foundation and shaping force for a shared vision that will get implemented. By the end of this module, learners will describe how shared vision and values focus and drive continuous improvement efforts.
After determining the values, mission, vision, and goals, the continuous school improvement plan will spell out how all these actions are going to occur. To get the shared vision implemented, a strong plan based on collaborative structures and data use is necessary to improve learning for all students. In this learning session, our guiding question is “How are we going to get to where we want to be?”. Digging into this question pushes us to think deeply about the steps of plan development including goals with measurable objectives, indicators, strategies, and measures.
Successful implementation of the continuous improvement plan will require the entire system to move forward. The most powerful approach to implementing a vision and plan focuses on supportive implementation strategies including: leadership, professional learning, and partnership development. During this session, each of these strategies will be explored as we learn how a continuous improvement plan moves the whole system toward the vision.
Evaluation is a fundamental component of the continuous improvement framework and hones in on the all-important question, "Is what we are doing making a difference?" To answer this overarching question requires us to ask key, critical questions about programs in order to improve them and help them be accountable. Evaluation in continuous improvement, using multiple sources of data, provides real-time feedback for development and implementation. By the end of this session, learners will describe the process for monitoring the implementation of the continuous improvement plan.
In Data Series 3, we have taken our learning journey from creating a shared vision to creating a continuous improvement plan, implementing the plan and monitoring the plan. In the fifth and final module of this series, we will explore pulling together all the pieces of continuous improvement into a timeline that spells out what needs to be done, when, and by whom, as well as tools that are available. The timeline will help us make sure that all parts of the continuous improvement framework are addressed, help us to make sure we are not cutting out parts of the framework, and support the journey of districts/schools as learning organizations.
The IL MTSS-N is a project of the Illinois State Board of Education, with funding from the State Personnel Development Grant. Due to federal funding requirements and to provide feedback for internal development, we kindly request you complete this short pre-post survey after viewing each series.