Presentation on theme: "Aligning Educational Initiatives"— Presentation transcript:
1Aligning Educational Initiatives Rob HornerUniversity of Oregon
2---------------------------- Challenge:We have more “programs” or “initiatives” or “practices” than can be implemented well.How to align for efficiency and effectiveness
3Goals Define need for initiative alignment. Propose key features of effective alignmentProvide one example from PBISProvide template for future efforts.
4AlignmentNew emphasis on “sustainability” and “efficiency” have heightened attention on the need for effective systems of alignment.McIntoshOne of the major variables to sustained implementation of effective practices is the introduction of new initiatives that either (a) compete with resources needed for sustained implementation or (b) contradict existing initiatives.We know more about how to conduct small-scale “demonstrations” than how to take effective demonstrations and make the highly efficient “standard operation procedures.”
5Key Features of Effective Alignment Align multiple initiatives at the organizational level where a common budget authority exists.Align multiple initiatives by using a common outcome measure to assess effectiveness.Build aligned professional development by comparing and combining the “core features” of multiple initiatives.Compare fundamental assumptionsStart with common “core features” and compare the practices used to achieve these features.Determine how to incorporate additional core features with efficiencyBuild single Professional Development curricula that combine core features.Resolve Logic Model Conflict
6Effective Alignment of Initiatives Organizational UnitCore Feature Summary for each InitiativeSingle ProfDevelPlan(with coaching, policy, data systems)Initiative AInitiative BInitiative CFidelity and Outcome Measures
7Effective Alignment of Initiatives Use District-Level Leadership Team for coordination and implementation.Use Restorative Practices for the classroom and administrator “consequence system”… supplemented with district policy and procedures for safety.Use Second Step materials and procedures to teach school-wide expectations.Use PBIS framework for team development, reward system, family engagement, bully prevention, classroom management protocols, data system, and Tier II, Tier III supports.Use PBIS fidelity measures (TFI) and SISEP District Capacity Assessment (DCA) to assess development of organizational capacity.Use PBIS student outcome measures (Office Discipline Referrals, Attendance, Suspension, Expulsion) Add… juvenile justice contacts/arrests.Organizational UnitCore Feature Summary for each InitiativeSingle ProfDevelPlan(with coaching, policy, data systems)RestorativePracticesSecond StepPBISFidelity and Outcome Measures
8Align Initiative A and B Selecting the Organizational Unit for AlignmentInitiative AStateRegionDistrictSchoolClassroomInitiative BStateRegionDistrictSchoolClassroomWhere do you Align?Initiative A is mandated by the State Department with funds to district and Initiative B is selected and funded by the District School Board.Initiative A is mandated by the Federal Government and Initiative B is mandated by the state legislature.Rule: Select the Smallest Organizational Unit that has budget authority for both initiatives.
9Align Initiative A and B Selecting the Outcome Measure for AlignmentInitiative AODRsDIBELS ORFMath FactsState Reading AssessmentSELOtherInitiative BODRsDIBELS ORFMath FactsState Reading AssessmentSELOtherWhere do you Align?Initiative A focuses on building K-5 reading fluency. Initiative B focuses on literacy error correction.Initiative A focuses on gender harassment and Initiative B focuses on gang violence .Rule: Select one outcome measure for both initiatives. Preferably a progress monitoring measure
10Align Initiative A and B Define and link core features for AlignmentPBIS3-5 School-wide expectationsFormal reward systemsFormal consequences for problem behaviorData system for assessing fidelityData system for assessing impact.Bully PreventionSchool-wide ExpectationsTeach Response to Bullying BehaviorExaggerate reward for appropriate behaviorImmediate consequences for bullyingRecruit helpRule: Separate “core features” from practices. Select common core features, link professional development.
11Logic Models MatterConsider not only what is being recommended but the assumptions about WHY recommendations should work.Remember nearly all initiatives have a useful contributionInitiatives with conflicting logic models are more difficult to align.Discovery Learning vs. Explicit InstructionTeach emotions to guide behavior vs. Teach the Behaviors you Want.Rewards damage intrinsic motivation vs. Rewards build intrinsic motivationFacilitated CommunicationIt is worth taking time to find common ground.Restorative justice
12SummaryIntroducing conflicting and competing initiatives is among the best ways to reduce sustained implementation of effective practices.The state, district or school leadership has the responsibility to align initiatives:Alignment should occur at the level of the organization where common budget authority existsAlignment requires selection of common outcome measure(s)Alignment is best done by:Selecting core featuresCoordinating professional development (together not separate)
13Your Examples Initiatives to improve early literacy Initiatives to improve social behaviorInitiatives to reduce drop out