Ohio Improvement Process
The Ohio Improvement Process (OIP), is focused on building the capacity of leadership at all levels—district, school and teacher—to improve the academic achievement of all students and student groups. It is designed to be a structure from which districts and schools can use data to reach informed decisions regarding instructional practices and interventions; create coherency, foster collaboration, and maintain sustainability through the creation of District Leadership Teams (DLTs), Building Leadership Teams (BLTs), and Teacher Based Teams (TBTs); and use common tools, procedures, and protocols for implementation.
The OIP involves four stages across which processes, structures, tools, and people are connected all with the intent of helping districts:
- Use data to identify areas of greatest need;
- Develop a focused plan with a limited number of goals and strategies targeted at instructional practice and student performance;
- Implement and monitor; and evaluate the effectiveness of the improvement process in changing instructional practice and student performance.
State Support Team Region 11 can assist District Leadership Teams in implementing the Ohio Improvement Process. We can assist with the use of the Decision Framework tool; we can facilitate the development of focused goals, strategies, and action steps; we can help promote systems for implementing and monitoring the 5-Step Process.
District Leadership Team Framework
Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC) developed framework based on the concept of shared leadership. The framework identifies six essential leadership practice areas that outline what the Superintendent, DLT, BLT, and TBTs need to do in order to improve instructional practices and student performance.
District Leadership Team Meeting Effectiveness Checklist
Document what is getting done, what is getting done well, and what needs to be done better to achieve the intended purpose of your meetings.
District Leadership Team Meeting Effectiveness Rubric
Examine the descriptors that can help rate the essential elements of your meetings at Full, Progressing, Basic, or Limited Implementation.
OLAC’s mission is to provide educators with the structures and resources necessary to develop and support effective leadership at every level. The centerpiece of OLAC’s work is the Ohio Leadership Development Framework. This framework promotes the use of collaborative structures – District Leadership Teams (DLTs), Building Leadership Teams (BLTs), and Teacher-Based Teams (TBTs) – to lead schools and share the responsibility for improving student achievement.
OLAC Online Learning Tools
OLAC has developed a variety of online learning tools to support educators as they work to embed essential leadership practices at every level of a school system.
OLAC’s online learning tools are available to all educators at no cost. To create an account, go to www.ohioleadership.org and click the “Create an Account” link in the upper right-hand corner.
Responsibilities for Building Leadership Teams include promoting commitment to continuous improvement, maintaining schoolwide focus on high achievement for all students, facilitating the efforts of team structures to use data for informing and improving instructional practice, and developing a School Improvement Plan that focuses on a small number of actions aligned to the local educational agency’s goals and strategies.
Building Leadership Team Meeting Documents
Building Leadership Team Agenda and Minutes Form
Keep Building Leadership Team meetings aligned with the 5-Step Process. Record your meeting minutes.
BLT Meeting Minutes Template
Building Leadership Team Effectiveness Checklist
Document what is getting done, what is getting done well, and what needs to be done to achieve the intended purpose of your meetings.
BLT Implementation Effectiveness Survey Template
Teacher-Based Teams consist of teams of teachers with structured time to come together to review and revise the impact of teaching practice and student learning. Responsibilities include generating standards-based common formative assessments, creating pre-assessment/post-assessment instruments, collecting, charting, and analyzing student data, and determining and implementing differentiated research-based instructional strategies based on their students’ learning needs.
Teacher-Based Team Meeting Documents
Teacher-Based Team Agenda and Minutes Form
Keep Teacher-Based Team meetings aligned with the 5-Step Process. Record your meeting minutes.
TBT Coaching Prompts
Teacher-Based Team Meeting Guide
Get direction on what data to use, what to look for, and what actions to take.
Teacher-Based Team Effectiveness Checklist
Document what is getting done, what is getting done well, and what needs to be done to achieve the intended purpose of your meetings. TBT Conditions and Next Steps Inventory