5 Elements of an Effective School Development Plan
School Development Planning is an ongoing process that helps schools as complex communities to meet the dual challenge of enhancing quality and managing change. The plan should be the result of an analysis of the School’s needs, strengths and weaknesses as identified by our own monitoring, assessment and evaluation systems, as well as inspections by the Local Authority.
But what constitutes an effective school improvement plan? Here are five key elements.
Begin with a Vision
What should your vision for improvement look like? This will be different for every school or district, but you’ll need to establish a common definition that will guide your improvement efforts. In other words, what are you looking to achieve—and how will you define success?
Assess your needs
For every process, you have to know where you want to go, and how to go about it. Begin with a comprehensive needs assessment that accurately gauges your strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. Tools that can help you assess your needs include student achievement data, classroom walkthrough information, and surveys of students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Don’t be afraid to confront hard realities.
Identify your Objectives
Now that you have a clear idea of your current position, you can begin mapping out a strategy for progressing to where you want to be. Don’t try to achieve everything at once. Limiting your objectives can yield better results, faster. Because time and resources are always limited, the best course of action is to focus on the most important goals, the ones that are going to make the largest impact.
Create action steps
A strong vision and a list of goals and objectives is not enough. You also need to outline what you will do to achieve those goals. Without specific action steps to guide your progress, your plan will falter. Successful plans map out strategies to follow for every employee, and make sure that each person involved understand the importance of their role in the nigger picture.
Include all Stakeholders
Research shows that strategies developed collaboratively become more widely supported and adopted. Effective leaders know that they need to listen to people involved. Develop a process that involves all stakeholders—teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community leaders in establishing a vision, setting goals, and outlining action steps.
Great leadership means having the humility to grasp the fact that you do not yet understand enough to have the answers, and then to ask questions that will lead to the best possible insights.
This article is inspired by and contains excerpts from EdSurge.com. Read the original here.