Mar 26, 2021

School Improvement | Grant Wood A E A Saturday Snippets

School Improvement 

Here's another Saturday Snippet with a focus on Blended/Personalized learning from Grant Wood Area Education Agency consultants Erikka and Laura! This week Erikka and Laura cover School Improvement. If you missed last week's Snippet, you can find all blog posts archived here. 

The Iowa Department of Education shares this visual as a means for school systems to work through a continuous improvement process. 

continuous improvement process: The System. | Is our plan working? Do we need to adjust? Are we doing what we said we would do (or not do) with fidelity?

With Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) data, spring benchmarking data, and other localized end of the year data coming in soon, now is a great time to plan for utilizing this process. Using these five steps and supporting questions will help buildings and districts create, refine, implement, and monitor their impact now and through the 2021-2022 school year. 

Below is an example of working through this process with a focus on implementing Blended/Personalized learning practices:

Step 1. Identifying your current state by examining your data and what instructional practices are being utilized.

Step 2. Describe what is working (strengths) for learners and adults around those practices and what is not working (barriers). It is important to think about your desired state in this step as well. 

Step 3. Create your improvement plan. What actions will you take to move from your current state to your desired state? Think about what additional resources are needed such as professional learning, materials, and adjustments to the classroom environment.

Step 4. Now it’s time to implement those actions and set up checkpoints to hold yourself and the system accountable. Think about when new data will be available and how you will document your evidence and progress.

Step 5. In the final step, you will assess your impact. Are the actions taken having the desired outcome?  Are there adjustments that need to be made?

Next week we will begin a new Blended and Personalized Learning subject, Literacy! Stay tuned for exciting content from Grant Wood AEA consultants Jess Quandahl and Chris Klostermann!

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