"If we continue to do what we have always done, we will continue to get what we have always gotten."
Get Better at Getting Better
To bring forth equity and excellence for all, we must challenge traditional assumptions and change the way we think about improving teaching and learning.
The Leadership Learning Series is designed to build organizational capacity to improve. We provide customized supports and a guiding hand to use improvement science in building consensus, developing infrastructure, and designing your unique implementation plan for making systems work better for all children.
Phase 1: Improvement Cycle Preparation
Time: 1 Day
The vision of a learning organization can live in practice only if it can be shared and understood by everyone.
- Answer key improvement questions focused on the specific changes needed for focused and manageable improvements.
- Create a shared understanding of the ARC solution that will be implemented and plan to capture and engage the hearts and minds of stakeholders whose work will be impacted.
- Create the conditions necessary for systems improvement through engagement, evidence collection, and continuous improvement cycles.
". . . working together and learning together will make it possible to accomplish more for many more than ever before."
—Anthony S. Bryk
Phase 2: Improvement Cycle Implementation
Time: 8 Days
Stakeholders will continually examine the system that is producing the current results and understand the changes needed to make the system work better for all students.
- Understand how multiple cycles of the Plan, Do, Study, Act method can keep an organization focused on continuous improvement.
- Engage in multiple cycles of improvement focused on scaling positive results and providing needed supports.
- Create networks hub where improvement evidence can be shared, learned from, and scaled across the organization.
"We need systems and structures that are aspirational, dynamic, and deeply, deeply human. A well-structured human system is one that enables good people of honest intent to learn how to do great work with students more quickly, more powerfully than if the system did not exist."
Phase 3: Project Analysis
Time: 1 Day
Continuous improvement becomes a culture as an organization learns how to study itself to move from small-scale to large-scale implementation.
- Engage in a comprehensive study of the implementation using improvement cycle evidence.
- Combine both process and outcome data to identify new needs, goals, and action steps.
- Prioritize organizational changes to produce and scale meaningful improvements.
"What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy."