Exploring Action Planning RIDE – Office of Progressive Support and Intervention SALT – School Accountability for Learning and Teaching What is Action Planning? Defines and organizes priorities for school improvement Provides measurable goals to monitor progress Begins with student learning Develops plans written by a representative body of the school What is Action Planning? Puts life into school improvement plans Assigns responsibility for improvement to specific stakeholders Facilitates implementation and progress of school improvement plan The Action Planning Process Is a continuous cycle Conducted on an ongoing and annual basis Can connect to the professional development planning process The Action Planning Process Steps to Action planning 1. Conduct self-study 2. Determine priorities for improving student learning from the self-study 3. Use these priorities to form the basis of action plans 4. Develop, implement, monitor, evaluate and amend action plans 5. Begin cycle again The Action Planning Template The Action Planning Template • Indicates what the students will know and be able to do at the end of the upcoming school year • Establishes a clear focus for the action plan The Action Planning Template •Identifies what students need to do to develop the proficiencies in the result statement The Action Planning Template •Identifies what teachers must do regularly so students will successfully practice the listed student learning behaviors The Action Planning Template •Occurs formally and informally throughout the year and identifies what teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators will do •Identifies the monitoring tools and the protocols for discussing and sharing the information gained •Requires a calendar to coordinate the discussion The Action Planning Template •Identifies time and ways to meet and discuss progress of students, teachers, and the school •Identifies time and ways for teachers to develop and improve their practice The Action Planning Template •Identifies the necessary school and district resources to support the plan including professional development, instructional materials, or additional meeting times •Identifies non-monetary support such as encouragement and recognition of school’s progress by leadership The Action Planning Template •Details how to determine the effectiveness of the plan to improve student learning •Identifies ways to communicate these results The Action Planning Template Start Again! All students will be able to solve multi-step Result Statement: All students will be able to solve multi- step problems using mathematical language, clearly explain their thinking in writing, and successfully connect mathematical ideas. Changes in student learning behavior: Students will: a. Practice problem solving in all disciplines b. Consistently solve multi-step problems using various strategies, such as make a table, make it simpler, work backwards, etc. c. Justify their solutions in math journals and discussions (small group), using content-appropriate language d. Routinely share their solutions and build on the knowledge of their peers e. Use rubrics to evaluate and revise their solutions f. Produce responses that are complete, clear, concise, and organized and include connections across concepts and ideas g. Practice problem solving in all disciplines h. Consistently solve multi-step problems using various strategies, such as make a table, make it simpler, work backwards, etc. i. Justify their solutions in math journals and discussions (small group), using content-appropriate language j. Routinely share their solutions and build on the knowledge of their peers k. Use rubrics to evaluate and revise their solutions l. Produce responses that are complete, clear, concise, and organized and include connections across concepts and ideas Changing Instruction: Teachers will: a. Teach and model various problem solving strategies in all disciplines b. Teach and model how to develop and share clear justifications and solutions to problems c. Differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of all children by modifying problems d. Provide opportunities for students to share exemplary work and explain why it is exemplary e. Have clear expectations and assessments for student success through the use of problem solving rubrics and criteria f. Routinely incorporate written response activities that enable students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts and ideas g. Develop problem of the week to address problem solving Monitoring Progress with Timelines and Adjustments: Teachers will: a. Collaboratively look at student work b. Use exit slips to gauge student progress c. Score student work using a common problem or task at each grade level on a monthly basis Teacher leaders will: a. Lead and facilitate the scoring of student work at grade level meetings b. Coordinate the collection and analysis of data from monitoring activities c. Communicate monitoring results to SIT and principal Administrators will: a. Collaboratively develop a calendar for monitoring b. Participate in and ensure monitoring activities occur c. Communicate results of monitoring activities to families and the community Collaboration and Support: When we will collaborate: a. Faculty meetings b. Scheduled common planning time c. Grade-level meetings d. Site-based professional development days e. After school professional development hours Resources, School and District: The school will supply the following support and resources: a. Continue to schedule common planning time during grade level meetings b. Reference books for common tasks c. Job-embedded professional development d. Monitoring schedule and leadership to support the problem solving action plan The central office will supply the following support and resources: a. Examples of common tasks b. An additional instructional coach c. Funds to implement the Problem Solving Academy d. Professional development session on written response prompts and follow up learning walks Evaluating Results/Reporting to Families and Community: Evaluating results: a. Student work over time will demonstrate that students successfully revise their work, use content-appropriate language, use a variety of strategies to solve problems, explain their thinking both orally and in writing (portfolios for common tasks) b. Improved scores on the state and local assessments c. Comparison of results from self-study protocols for problem solving will show improvement in student performance Reporting to the community: a. School Report Night and newsletters b. School committee presentations c. Parent Teacher conferences d. Problem-Solver Showcase Discussion Questions What questions do you have regarding the action plan template and its use? If you used this template for action planning, what successes or challenges have you experienced? How will this action plan template support your school improvement efforts?