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ohio-doing-what-works DSC 0078A challenge common to many superintendents involves managing multiple expectations, particularly as demands to participate in federal or state initiatives increase. For many districts, these external initiatives contribute to fragmentation and make it more difficult to stay focused on a limited number of goals and strategies identified by the district as critical in meeting its needs.

The OIP and OLAC resources provide a mechanism to aid the district in staying on track, supporting sustained implementation of core work over time.

OIP major tools, when used effectively, yield data and information that can be used by the superintendent and personnel at all levels to monitor implementation and evaluate progress in meeting identified targets related to improving student, adult, and organizational learning and improvement.

Connecting the dots. As you work as a system to gain and maintain the focus needed to make real improvements across the district, consider the ways in which federal and/or state initiatives are similar or different, the ways in which you could use these initiatives to leverage change, and the potential distractions that may need to be minimized. A first step in putting a larger “frame” on the numerous initiatives affecting districts, watch the Teacher-based Teams in Actions video available on the OLAC website.

View the OLAC Video: Teacher-based Teams in Action

This eight-minute video describes federal/state initiatives in relation to four essential areas of exploration:

  1. What teachers teach;
  2. How teachers deliver instruction;
  3. Measures of student learning; and
  4. Measures of educator effectiveness.

Superintendents and district leadership team (DLT) members across Ohio are finding ways to not only respond to external demands, but also use multiple initiatives to support the district’s focused implementation of core work. Listen to one Ohio superintendent describe how his district managed multiple expectations, using OIP and OLAC resources as a foundation for “connecting the dots” and maximizing professional and student learning.

Superintendent Experience in Managing Multiple Initiatives and Expectations Using OIP as Foundation

In analyzing the pivot point to anticipate market trends over time, support and resistance levels are taken into account. The template provided below is intended for district/DLT use as a customizable tool for identifying pivot or leverage points for change by reviewing varying initiatives (e.g., State Improvement Grants, Formative Instructional Practice, etc.) under way in districts.

Factors unique to each initiative, as well as those common to multiple initiatives, can be identified and analyzed in terms of the degree to which they (a) support implementation of the district’s core work, or (b) add resistance to implementation of the district’s core work.

In using the Managing Multiple Initiatives Template as a customizable tool to complete the activity below, superintendents and DLT members should remember rule #1 – minimize the number of initiatives under way across the district to increase the system capacity for full and sustained implementation of agreed-on strategies and actions


Identifying Support and Resistance Points Across Multiple Initiatives: Engage district leadership team (DLT) members in identifying characteristics of initiatives under way in the district that support or detract from implementation of the district focused improvement plan. To the degree possible, think about ways in which initiatives can be viewed as part of a larger effort to improve student, adult, and organizational learning, rather than discrete or separate pieces of work. Identify how leadership team structures (e.g., DLT, BLT, TBT) can be used to respond to multiple initiatives as part of their ongoing work. 

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This District Self-Assessment Guide is intended for use by district leadership teams and school-level leadership teams in gauging the district's degree of implementation and scale of actions associated with effective practices identified by Moving Your Numbers.

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