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Ruedel, Kristin; Nelson, Gena; Bailey, Tessie; Pierce, Jennifer – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
Data show that effective and ongoing communication and evaluation can have a positive impact on local and statewide systems change. Local and statewide systems change requires ongoing communication and evaluation. The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) used a communication protocol to support implementation of the Assess-Plan-Teach (APT) model.…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Stakeholders, Communication (Thought Transfer), Program Implementation
Ruedel, Kristin; Nelson, Gena; Bailey, Tessie – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) discovered that infants and toddlers who were referred for Part C services and initially found ineligible for a full evaluation through screening were being re-referred and later found eligible for services at a high rate. This report presents the systematic evaluation process that TDOE's Tennessee…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Equal Education, Disabilities
Ruedel, Kristin; Nelson, Gena; Bailey, Tessie; Bradley-Black, Katherine – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is focused on improving the 5-year graduation rates for all students with disabilities. To make progress toward the state-identified measurable result (SIMR), the state recognized that a single evidence-based practice (EBP) would not address the diverse needs of all the local entities across…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Disabilities, State Standards, Evidence Based Practice
Ruedel, Kristin; Nelson, Gena; Bailey, Tessie – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
To evaluate interim progress toward the State-identified Measurable Result (SIMR), states require access to high-quality data from local education agencies (LEAs) and early intervention service providers. In a review of 2017 Phase III State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIP), 43 Part C states noted limitations or concerns related to data and…
Descriptors: Fidelity, Data Collection, State Standards, Barriers
Ryan Jackson, Kathleen; Fixsen, Dean; Ward, Caryn – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) and the National Center for School Turnaround (2018) published the "Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: An Implementation Framework" as a companion to the Center for School Turnaround's (2017) recent publication of "The Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: A Systems…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, Program Implementation, School Districts
Redding, Sam; McCauley, Carlas; Ryan Jackson, Kathleen; Dunn, Lenay – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
In recent years, rapid school improvement--known most commonly as school turnaround--has emerged as the chief focus of dramatic and systemic efforts aimed at giving students better schools. To assist states, districts, and schools in leading or managing these efforts, in 2017 the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd developed "Four Domains…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, School Turnaround, Talent Development, Instructional Effectiveness
McCauley, Carlas; Cashman, Joanne – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
As researchers, decision-makers, and practitioners focus on continuous improvement in education, local-level change is gaining importance. Yet, many local school improvement efforts fail to be fully implemented. Even those that are fully implemented often fail to sustain improvements because the schools are embedded in systems that face multiple…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, Stakeholders, School Districts
Hayes, Susan; Meinders, Dona; Rosborough, Jana – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) aims to increase the number of students with disabilities who achieve positive post-school outcomes and engage in higher education or competitive employment opportunities. Through their State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) and State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), Alabama is focusing on…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Systems Approach, Change Strategies, Disabilities
Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, 2018
As this series on teacher leadership continues, this "CenterView" issue reports on survey findings about the role of teacher leaders and the impact of teacher-to-teacher professional learning on the professional growth of both teacher leaders and the teachers they support. The report also offers specific strategies for school…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership Role, Leadership Training, Faculty Development
Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, 2018
This latest installment in a series on teacher leadership describes how a learning cycle framework can provide a useful structure to support teacher leaders as they plan and facilitate powerful teacher-led professional learning. Teacher leaders have the potential to use learning cycles to strengthen teacher professional learning, making it more…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration, Learning Processes