INSTRUCTIONAL ACTION PLANNING
WHAT IS INSTRUCTIONAL ACTION PLANNING?
Instructional Action Planning (IAP) is a flexible and effective school improvement tool with applications either as:
A stand-alone action planning process that identifies priorities for improving the quality of instruction and maps ways to achieve them
An essential step in the Class Measures school improvement process, which includes an Instructional Quality School Review (IQSR), development of an IAP, and implementation of dynamic school improvement solutions.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The action planning process supports teams as they work through several stages:
1. ESTABLISHING AND AGREEING ON SCHOOL VALUES AND BELIEFS
The Class Measures consultant will begin the process by working with school leaders and instructional staff to discuss and agree on the values and beliefs that underpin the key decisions that are made in the school.
2. CREATING A ROAD MAP FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SCHOOL
Working groups will be supported as they discuss and record the suggested features of the school, if everything was running perfectly and learning was being maximized. These suggestions will then be shared to create a list of the qualities of the perfect school. For example:
Behavior management protocols;
Adult and student behavior protocols;
Academic and personal outcomes;
Parental and community relations;
The culture for learning;
3. ESTABLISHING EXACTLY HOW WELL THE SCHOOL IS PERFORMING NOW
Working groups will be supported as they review the findings and recommendations in the IQSR and develop key priorities for improvement;
Working groups will then be supported as they complete an analysis of student performance data and develop any priorities for improvement that have not been already identified.
4. DECIDING ON THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITIES
Working groups will then reflect upon, discuss and distill priorities for action.
Up to five priorities are selected by each working group that will make the most impact on the quality of instruction and student achievement.
The priorities developed by each of the working groups will be shared with the wider group and, after additional discussion, the most important priorities will be selected for action.
5. IMPLEMENT THE MOST IMPORTANT SCHOOL PRIORITIES TO DRIVE IMPROVEMENTS IN INSTRUCTION AND RAISE STANDARDS
Identify detailed success criteria and interim review benchmarks.
Decide what the key components of each plan will be.
Identify who is responsible for oversight and completion.
Calculate how much time each will take.
Budget the financial resources that will be required.
Identify the professional development that will be required.
Establish how and when the success of the plan will be evaluated.
Note: It is essential to explain and share the plan with all stakeholders (students, families and local community members and partners) so that they understand the roles they have to play to ensure the successful completion of the plan.