The Design Team’s process resulted in two key products: critical inquiry questions and a curated set of tools that users can access to support an equity-driven continuous improvement process.
Description: The critical inquiry questions, also known as equity considerations, aim to provide an entry point for NSIs to examine their processes with an equity lens with a list equity-centered prompts for teams to consider.
When using this resource, keep in mind: Intentionally infusing, prioritizing, and sustaining an equity lens to an improvement project often requires a mindset change for those engaged in this work. This list reflects important considerations that teams must keep in mind during both planning and implementation of improvement processes, including:
• Starting with the self: Examining the layers of identity & perspective
• Seeing the system: Examining context & history
• Examining the lens & locus of influence: Elevating authentic voice
• Shifting the paradigm: Valuing process & outcomes
The Course Performance Change Package for School Improvement offers key evidence-based changes for improving course performance in five categories: data, relationships, mindsets, skills, and practices. It also provides change idea considerations, primary and secondary drivers, and a course performance improvement inventory.
The Change Package for Behavior/Social Emotional Learning offers key evidence-based changes for social-emotional development in five categories: data, relationships & adult support, school environment, mindset formation, skill building. It also provides considerations, primary and secondary drivers, and a behavior/social emotional learning improvement inventory.
This resource was created as part of the project, Digital Toolkit for Continuous Improvement in Education, listed through Catalyst:Ed.
The Change Package for Attendance Improvement offers key evidence-based changes for attendance in four categories: data, relationships, motivation, and problem solving. It also outlines considerations, primary and secondary drivers, and an attendance improvement inventory. The inventory asks questions to check your understanding, implementation, and seed your thinking around attendance change ideas.
This Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System (EWIMS) Implementation Guide supports schools and districts to setup and implement the EWIMS process, following seven key steps. The EWIMS process helps schools and districts systematically match students with effective interventions
The NCS Freshman On-Track Toolkit is a collection of protocols, reports, resources, and artifacts used by our experienced Coaches in their daily work to help schools better support students through the critical first year of high school. The Toolkit is organized around four Components we believe are critical to implementing Freshman On-Track work. For each Component, you will find a collection of Tool Sets, or bundles of tools (including videos), organized to help you achieve freshman success goals.
This resource provides guiding questions, an engaging webinar recording, and additional resources and tools to identify how to center equity in your community. The Mini Equity Audit can be used to ground your thinking as you explore the ways equity shows up in your continued COVID-19 response strategy.