On a cold morning in January 2017 a team of nearly 30 teachers and administrators assembled to complete a comprehensive needs assessment regarding professional learning and digital practices throughout the district. Fresh on my doctoral coursework mind at the time was using the PIM process to identify what was working well and not so well in our district’s digital practices. This continuous improvement cycle made up of three components, planning, implementation, and monitoring guided our learning journey.
In the book Activate, planning is “characterized by a comprehensive needs assessment, a process of inquiry that generates hypotheses for action, and delineation of SMART goals” (p. 137). The authors later explain that inquiry becomes advanced when the needs assessment data are triangulated with practices (antecedents) that promote achievement. I like to think of this process as a treasure hunt! Since our purpose was professional and digital learning, we used the Office of Educational Technology’s Future Ready Schools Learning Toolkit as a planning resource for the PIM method. Let me walk you through the process.
TEST YOUR PLAN
This inquiry process engaged educators in classroom observations, the analyzing of multiple data sets including review of district and building strategic plans, professional learning practices, policies and procedures, assessment data and more. So what do you do after trudging through loads of data? You test it. After a thorough review of the results and triangulation of data, the following hypotheses (examples) were generated:
As if that is not enough, the hypotheses helped frame the following SMART goals:
PLAN YOUR WORK AND WORK YOUR PLAN -Napoleon Hill
These were our results using the PIM process for planning. With a little front-loading of time and energy you too can be constructing your plan for greatness using this process. In future posts I will demonstrate the remaining two stages of this continuous improvement model, implementation and monitoring. Until then, here are suggested resources to help guide your planning, implementing, and monitoring (PIM) journey for continuous improvement.
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