Indistar®

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Indistar®
Information about the Indistar®
Online Tool
Where it all began…
Center
on Innovation
& Improvement
Academic
Development
Institute applied for a federal grant
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content
centers
Oneof
offive
fivenational
national
content
centers (2005-2012)
 Administered
by the Academic
Development
Institute by the
Center on Innovation
& Improvement,
administered
 Funded
by U.
S. Department
of Education
Academic
Development
Institute
 Began
in by
2005
Funded
U. S. Department of Education
 Purpose:
Assist
regional
centers
andand
State
Education
Agencies
(SEAs)
Purpose:
Assist
regional
centers
State
Education
Agencies
with:
(SEAs)
with:
• Statewide systems of support
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Statewide
of support
District and systems
school improvement
District
and school
improvement
Restructuring
and turnaround
Restructuring
and turnaround
Family and community
engagement
Family and community engagement
We published a book in 2007
Handbook on Restructuring and Substantial School
Improvement
 American Educational Research Association (AERA)
named it “publication of the year” in 2008
 Research syntheses by experts
 From school board to district office to principal to
teachers
 Includes Indicators of Effective Practice
• Specific, behavioral, plain language indicators of what works
Virginia had a problem
• Not satisfied with school improvement planning
process
• Wanted focus on Indicators, like those in Handbook
• Wanted way for SEA to coach schools more effectively
• Wanted to relieve everyone of the paperwork
• Wanted district and school teams to take charge of
improvement
Indistar ® was born in 2007
• Web-based system to solve Virginia’s problems
• First two years, 26 of 27 restructuring schools
made big progress and exited restructuring
• Not just the web system, but focus on effective
practice
• And support from the SEA
Indistar ® caught on
• 2008: New Hampshire and Idaho adopted Indistar ®
• 2009: Alaska, Oklahoma, and Arkansas jumped on board
• 2010: North Dakota, Illinois, and Bureau of Indian Education
joined
• 2011: North Carolina, Maine, District of Columbia, Mississippi,
Alabama, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and
Washington adopted Indistar ®.
• 2012: Kansas, Arizona, Oregon, Louisiana, Minnesota,
Vermont, Georgia, and Ohio
What is different about Indistar ®?
1.
Process plus practice. Research-based practices (rather than programs) that are
predictive of improved student achievement.
2.
Supported local initiative. District and school teams with coaching from SEA
3.
Continuous improvement process. Does not end with a new year, but continue to
build from previous work.
4.
Recognition of strengths. Strengths in current practice as well as areas in need of
improvement recognized in process.
5.
Focus on the drivers of improved student achievement. Focuses attention on
numerous, specific practices rather than reducing the focus to a small set of hopedfor outcomes.
6.
Broad engagement and transparency. Team-directed, tasks for everyone, Guest
Login for transparency
Indistar ® services:
• Schools:
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School Improvement
Schoolwide
School Improvement Grant (SIG)
Race to the Top
Priority
Focus
Alert
Volunteer
Other
• Districts
• Statewide Systems
of Support
PROS
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TEAMING process
State accessibility to REAL TIME work
SEA, LEA, and coaching support
Electronic submissions
Interactive, online coaching feature
Indicators of effective practice
Research support (Wise Ways and Indicators in Action)
School Team
Engage with School-Level Success Indicators AND
Receive Support from SEA and LEA
District Team
Engage with District-Level Success Indicators
AND
Provide Support to School-Level Teams
State Team
Provide Support to District
and School Teams
Like a GPS, Indistar®:
• Shows where you are relative to your destination
• Provides detailed routes for reaching it
• Adjusts to variations and even accommodates
diversions along the way
But the destination remains constant.
Which means...
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Roles are Clear
Purpose is Shared
Effort is Aligned
Partnerships Prevail
Change is Sustained
Schools and Districts enter here through a
link from the SEA website
The School or District Dashboard
Where Plans, Reports, and Forms Required by the State
Are Completed and Electronically Submitted
THE STATE ADMINISTRATIVE PAGE
Where Submitted Plans, Reports, and Forms are Posted for the SEA
Where the SEA has access to see what’s working well and where they
need to focus their efforts as leaders
But Remember, the Real Work
Occurs in Teams
Indistar® Makes it Easy and Efficient
to Know What to Improve
But the Actual Improvement Depends on the
Effort of the People Behind It
A Strong Team Process...
and the Steadfast Implementation of its Plans
Now We’re Ready to Roll Up Our
Sleeves
And start the improvement
conversation
Assess – Plan - Monitor
Where are we now?
Self-Assessment, the First Step
toward Improvement
SELECT THE CATEGORY, SECTION. . .
AND THEN AN INDICATOR
If the Team Identifies the Success
Indicator as a Priority
Then Indistar® turns it into an action
item, an objective to be defined
and accomplished
Notice the Wise Ways link?
Wise Ways Is a Built-In Reference
Tool that Provides a Synthesis of
the Research that Supports the
Indicator AND Provides Real,
How-to, High-leverage Strategies
for Attaining It
• Indicators in Action is an
additional research resource
• contains 3 courses of video
clips showing exactly what
the indicator looks like...in
action!
Examples of Indicators
IE08 The principal spends at least 50% of his/her time working directly with
teachers to improve instruction, including classroom observations.
IF01 The principal compiles reports from classroom observations, showing
aggregate areas of strength and areas that need improvement without
revealing the identity of individual teachers.
IF02 The Leadership Team reviews the principal’s summary reports of
classroom observations and takes them into account in planning professional
development.
How About that Coaching
Comments Button?
Coaching Comments Makes it Easy and
Automatic for Teams to Communicate
with their Coaches and Instructors
And Since We’re Always Learning
and Improving…
Indistar® Makes it Easy to Update
the Tasks
AND MONITOR PROGRESS
AND GENERATE LOTS OF REPORTS
www.indistar.org

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