The work of district and school improvement is hard work. Ensuring equitable learning experiences for all children today requires changes of a magnitude we have not faced in education. Strategies, structures, processes, protocols, and other tools can support these changes by, among other things, involving all stakeholders, creating a collaborative process, encouraging self-reflection, and increasing efficiency.

The Center has developed a number of tools to meet a myriad of needs of a district. They are shared here in a manner that invites you to utilize them in your improvement efforts. In selecting tools, we encourage you to review the brief description and make sure there is a good match between the tool and your needs.

Professional Learning Debrief Protocol 

Because of commitment to continuous improvement, we developed this instrument for use at the close of any professional development session. It reminds us of the principles of adult learning and forces us to take a hard look at the intended goals of the session and our progress toward meeting these goals.  We believe we all can improve our practice through self-reflection, both individually and as well as with our partners.

Who would use this?  

Any school or district leader could use this tool as a way to assess their practice, determine the impact of a professional learning session and ascertain next steps.

Download the Professional Learning Debrief Protocol

Instructional Rounds Planning Tool

We believe the practice of instructional rounds can serve to develop a shared understanding of quality instruction and support school and district improvement efforts. Rounds is a highly-structured, protocol-driven process focused on an area of concern in the instructional core.  This tool addresses the technical aspects of a rounds school visit and can help in the planning process.

Who would use this?

Any school or district leader could use this tool as a reference for the process of planning for an instructional rounds school visit.

Download the Instructional Rounds Planning Tool

I Am Shakespeare Facilitation Guide

The Center has designed a guide to assist educators in the facilitation of meaningful dialogue around specific themes that emerge in the documentary film, I Am Shakespeare, the Henry Green Story.  We believe that the use of an artistic medium is a powerful way to invite alternative perspectives into dialogue that may otherwise be dominated by unchallenged mental models.  This is particularly relevant when the dialogue is constructed around sensitive or challenging content, such as race, poverty, and politics.

Who would use this?  

Any school or district leader could use this guide to facilitate conversations with faculty about structural discrimination, poverty, portrait of a graduate, gun violence and restorative justice to name some of the dominate themes in the film. This guide would also be a powerful tool to use with high school students to discuss the themes mentioned above.

Download the I Am Shakespeare Facilitation Guide

Pre-Mortem Protocol

Developing strategy is an integral role of school leaders. The Pre-Mortem process will increase the likelihood for success of the strategy by assisting the creation team in determining the potential weaknesses in the plan prior to its’ implementation. A small team examines the plan and gives feedback to the plan designers in order to strengthen the plan.

Who would use this?

Any school or district leader could use this tool as a way to assess their proposed plan either prior to implementation or mid-way through the process to determine how the plan is working.

Download the Pre-Mortem Protocol

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