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Major Improvement Strategies and Action Steps

After setting targets, planning teams will develop a plan of action. This step includes identifying major improvement strategies, interim measures, and implementation benchmarks. Planning teams will also identify the specific action steps required to carry out each major improvement strategy and should respond to and eliminate or correct the root causes of each of the district or school’s prioritized performance challenges.

The UIP Handbook Section IV: Action Plans describes Action Planning in further detail.

Strategy selection and development:  CDE recommends considering a number of factors when considering strategy selection that includes research and fit and has compiled a number of tools to help with this process.

Overview Documents:

  • Developing Major Improvement Strategies (DOCX)
    Document outlining the steps in forming a major improvement strategy.
  • Force Field Analysis (DOCX)
    A description of force field analysis and a table that teams can use while engaging in force field analysis. Adapted from Kurt Lewin’s force field theory.
  • Priority Improvement and Turnaround Requirements 
    This supplement to the CDE District Accountability Handbook details requirements (on pages 14-15) for the UIP for these schools, including guidance for strategies that are appropriate in scope, intensity and type.

References

American Institutes for Research (2014).  Investing in What Works Issue Brief: The Role of Contextual Fit When Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions. Retrieved January 3rd, 2019.

What Rural Districts are Doing: Center on Innovation & Improvement (n.d.). Retrieved November 18, 2011.

Performance Cases: Center on Innovation & Improvement (2009). Breaking the Habit of Low Performance: Successful school restructuring stories. Retrieved November 18, 2011.

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