Equity & Excellence Action Planning Guide

INTRODUCTION
   
  Graphic: Action Planning Guide coverSuccessful schools do not happen by accident - they are the result of many people planning together, working together, and taking shared responsibility for the success of all students.

Schools that sustain their focus on improved student performance are where you'll find high achieving and motivated students, committed staff, involved parents, and supportive communities. In short, you will find excellence and equity.

Excellence is our goal. To reach it, we will need to focus on increasing the number of students who meet or exceed high standards. However, this will not be enough. We must also focus on equity by looking at how different groups of students perform. We need to be sure that, as we increase the number of students who meet or exceed high standards, we decrease the gaps in academic achievement between different groups of students. The goal is excellence for all students.

Action planning combines commitment, collaboration and continuous effort toward achieving excellence and equity by focusing on student performance results and other indicators that are closely associated with improved student learning.

This action planning guide is designed to help all schools improve their action planning efforts. The districts with experience in action planning will find informative tips to fine-tune their work. Those districts just beginning will be able to use this guide as a nuts and bolts tool kit.

This guide is a first edition. We decided to limit its scope and depth. Its development has been an ambitious task. Had we tried to create an exhaustive guide, we would have been overwhelmed by the complexity of the task. We pass on similar advice to schools. Be selective and modest in your first attempts at action planning. Choose goals and strategies that will have widespread support and are likely to have a significant impact in a short time.

There are many different goals to consider when designing an action plan. Above all, we must remember that all action-planning goals share the commitment that every student can achieve high standards.
   
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      Cover, Introduction, Table of Contents

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Chapter 1

  Set the Context for Action Planning

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Chapter 2

  Build the Action Planning Team

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Chapter 3

  Analyze and Interpret Data

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Chapter 4

  Setting Priorities

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Chapter 5

  Write the Action Plan

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Chapter 6

  Approve the Action Plan

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Chapter 7

  Implement the Action Plan

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Chapter 8

  Report the Results of the Action Plan to the Community

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  Glossary

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  Bibliography

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Page Last Updated on February 25, 2014