Professional Learning Systems  

July 14, 2014
For the past year and a half, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the Nebraska Department of Education’s Data Cadre. The Cadre is made up of ESU staff from across the state as well as representation from several departments at NDE. As a member of the Data Cadre, I attended training on Data for Continuous Improvement April 16-18, 2014. The training was facilitated by Bradly Geise, consultant for Education for the Future from Chico, California. The training was outstanding and gave us new ideas to work with schools on the continuous improvement process.

1. Where are we now?
    a. Who are we?
        i. Demographics
    b. How do we do business?
        i. Perceptions
    c. How are our students doing?
        i. Student Learning
    d. What are our processes?
        i. School Processes
2. How did we get to where we are?
    a. What is working/not working?
        i. Contributing Causes
            ii. Predictive Analysis
3. Where do we want to be?
    a. Why do we exist?
        i. Purpose/Mission
    b. Where do we want to go?
        i. Vision, Goals, Student Learning Standards
4. How are we going to get to where we want to be?
    a. Continuous Improvement Plan
    b. How will we implement?
        i. Implementation Strategies
5. Is what we are doing making a difference?
    a. How will we evaluate our efforts?

The Continuous Improvement Framework that we learned is an effective model. I am excited that the Nebraska Department of Education is planning to train ESU Staff Development and Technology Affiliate members in this process July 28-29, 2014 in Kearney. After the July trainings, ESU staff will be asked to assist NDE in rolling the information out to all school districts in Nebraska. Through this ESU/NDE partnership, Nebraska schools will learn how to create an effective continuous improvement process.

Source: Bernhardt, V. (2013). Data Analysis for Continuous School Improvement. New York: Routledge.

-by Denise O'Brien, Professional Development Coordinator