Continuous Improvement Process

wheel of the continuous improvement process showing the 5 steps of the process

A continuous improvement process uses collaborative district, building and teacher teams to share the responsibility for improving student achievement. This collaborative decision-making process should include diverse stakeholder engagement and data analysis to determine the school or district’s priority needs, including the tenets of the Whole Child Framework that will be included in the school or district’s continuous improvement plan. The collaborative teams can utilize the five tenets and related school indicators during the improvement process to define whole child goals and outcomes.

Supporting Whole Child Implementation

Supporting implementation through an improvement process, such as the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP), lays the foundation for sustainable change. Supporting implementation consists of setting up the collaborative teams and processes districts and schools need to identify, research, plan, implement and monitor, and examine their improvement efforts. It also includes the communication, engagement, decision-making and resource management that thread through the process. To best align resources, districts should coordinate policy, programs and practicescommit to cultural responsiveness, deliberately focus on equity and dedicate time and resources to structured and active continuous improvement. This guide provides information about implementation of systemic practices for whole child education through the lens of the Ohio Improvement Process; however, the information provided can be transferred to any continuous improvement process schools and districts use to plan, implement and evaluate policies, programs and practices.

Integration of Policies, Programs and Practices

Successfully integrating Ohio’s Whole Child Framework into the policies, programs and practices of a school is a whole-school effort. It requires dedication, patience and persistence, a team mentality, deliberate and data-driven actions and ongoing reflection. An improvement process is an organizational strategy to give schools a template through which focused and intentional planning and action can take place. An improvement process brings diverse individuals together through collaborative team structures to learn from each other, and it facilitates communication and decision-making between and across levels of the system (district, central office, school, grade levels, content areas, classrooms). The team structures at the core of the Ohio Improvement Process form peer-to-peer networks, giving more people voice in guiding each school's journey toward whole child education through organizational learning and continuous improvement. 

The Ohio Improvement Process has five steps:
  1. Identify critical needs;
  2. Research and select evidence-based practices;
  3. Plan for implementation;
  4. Implement and Monitor;
  5. Examine, reflect and adjust.

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