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A superintendent pathfinder for improving student learning

This O-DWW Superintendent Pathfinder is designed to support superintendents, deputy superintendents, and other district leadership in preparing for and using the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP)This O-DWW Superintendent Pathfinder is designed to support superintendents, deputy superintendents, and other district leadership in preparing for and using the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) to fully implement agreed on evidence-based practices that improve instructional practice and student learning on a district-wide basis. It is not intended to duplicate existing OIP and Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC) resources. Rather, it attempts to “lift out” and connect the most essential leadership components for superintendents to use in guiding their district’s improvement efforts on behalf of all adults and students. Of particular importance is the emphasis on the role of the superintendent in setting the stage for and requiring the effective use of data to support data-based instructional decision-making, including the use of major OIP tools such as the Ohio Decision Framework (DF).

Assumptions Underlying the O-DWW
Superintendent Resource

Why Superintendents Should Use the Pathfinder

Like the OIP, this companion resource is applicable to all district superintendents in Ohio, not only those responsible for districts in improvement status. The resource is not intended for use as a compliance-monitoring tool. Rather, its purpose is to help superintendents manage needed changes in adult professional practice by focusing and aligning the core work of their district, fully implementing the right work informed by the effective use of data, monitoring the degree of implementation of agreed-on practices, making sound decisions about what is or is not working, and taking action to replicate successes and effectively address problems.

Included in this resource is information about the superintendent’s role in managing change; the stages, phases, levels, tools, and structures inherent in using the OIP and OLAC resources to make and sustain improvements; the importance of external facilitation; the interrelatedness of the OIP and the work of OLAC; essential practices supported by research; and how superintendents can use OIP-OLAC to manage multiple expectations while staying focused on the core work of the district – teaching and learning.

Also included are short videos featuring Ohio superintendents who have used OIP-OLAC to manage multiple expectations and support changes in adult behavior; helpful tips and tactics; and/or other relevant state or national technical assistance and dissemination activities (e.g., Moving Your Numbers). Wherever appropriate, connections are made to existing OIP-OLAC resources that should be explored to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits to the district of using these resources.

All educators are jointly responsible for the education of every child. Additionally, all students learn at higher levels when provided with necessary supports. With this in mind, helping all district and school personnel to understand and internalize non-negotiables related to the district’s core work, is an important role for superintendents. Click here for an example of non-negotiables – or core beliefs – used by the OLAC.

Sample Non-negotiables to Focus Core Work

Interactive Assessment Tool

Download the Superintendent's Assessment Tool from MovingYourNumbers.org

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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