The Statewide System of Support, as established by the State Board of Education and managed by the WDE, provides programming to schools based on four pillars of support:
- Educational Leadership;
- Data Analysis and School Improvement Plan Development;
- Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Development; and
- Professional Learning Communities Implementation.
Educational Leadership: The WDE contracted with Joel Dvorak to facilitate the Educational and School Leadership programs offered through the UW ECHO platform. Dr. Dvorak’s firsthand knowledge of issues relevant to school and district leadership and his network of professionals has contributed to more robust programming with topics being presented by local education experts. More information is available here.
Data Analysis and School Improvement Planning: Data retreats and school improvement planning workshops have been expanded from one and a half days to two full days. This has provided additional support in the development of the school improvement plan. Follow-up by the WDE table facilitator who supported the school during the retreat has also been implemented.
Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Development: Training by Jan Hoegh with Marzano Research is being provided across the state. Workshops on assessment literacy and formative assessment development, instructional strategies for the classroom continue to have registration at capacity. This spring, the WDE piloted two new sessions. Proficiency Scales for Exceptional Students, and Standards Based Grading were offered as one-day workshops. Both sessions had high registration numbers and positive evaluations. More information is available here.
Professional Learning Communities Implementation: The WDE partnered with WASA to develop and expand the Professional Learning Communities Implementation program that was initiated in 2015. Solution Tree was the successful bidder through the RFP process, and the Professional Learning Communities at Work process is being implemented. Information about the latest here.At Work ™ Project is available
There are two components of this new program:
- Statewide Training – This is open to all district leadership, school leadership, and teachers. The first training sessions (April 16, 17, 26, 27) will introduce the statewide component of the At Work Program. Next year this training will continue with four one-day sessions, offered in two locations in the state.
- Cohort of 15 schools – Schools will apply to be part of this comprehensive program. The training includes an on-site needs assessment by Solution Tree, three two-day Leadership Implementation Academies (offered in two locations in the state), web-based consulting, and attendance at the statewide training.