HOW TO BUILD BUY-IN AND INVESTMENT IN THE WORK
HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
- Convene a high-level discussion to gauge current understanding of, and commitment to, a college- and career-readiness focused EWS
- Align program vision with current organizational mission and goals
- Create a planning and implementation team that includes leaders from key departments
- Communicate early, often, and consistently to engage staff, community, and family stakeholders’ commitment and understanding
EXEMPLARS IN PRACTICE
Practice-Driven Data: Lessons from Chicago’s Approach to Research, Data, and Practice in Education
UChicago Consortium on Chicago School Research
Thoughtful analysis of considerations and best practices used to develop a robust and effective culture of data-driven improvement in the Chicago Public Schools. Focus on ways selecting the most appropriate data and “socializing” it to make it useful to school-based educators.
How High Schools and Colleges Can Team Up to Use Data and Increase Student Success
Jobs for the Future
Page 6: How municipal, school, and non-profit organizations in Providence, RI, built consensus and collaboration around improving college and career readiness, particularly for Latino youth.
- Essential Elements in Implementation
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and UChicago Consortium on Chicago School Research
May 2014 (pages 6-8)
This high-level, yet practical, overview includes specific strategies for developing broad district commitment to a college readiness indicator system. Although primarily focused on indicators for college readiness, the strategies identified will prove helpful for career readiness focus as well.
- Four Signs Your District is Ready for an Early Warning System: A Discussion Guide
Regional Educational Lab
Sept. 2016 (especially pages 1-5)
This is a helpful guide to get the conversation started, particularly in districts where EWS is a relatively new idea.