Step 1: Determine District Readiness
Establish a district leadership team
Establish a leadership team that will collaborate with you in making decisions to:
- Promote and integrate connected learning system wide
- Connect with other networks and online communities of practice beyond the district
- Deepen collaboration, innovation, and professional learning
- Share responsibility for sustained improvement
A leadership team that engages a range of education stakeholders and distributes leadership among members will be most helpful. Team members should include the superintendent or designee; central office staff; school administrators; teacher leaders; and, where appropriate, community members, parents, and/or students.
Collect existing district plans
Collect existing district plans (e.g., continuous improvement plans; professional development plans; technology plans; strategic leadership plans; teacher evaluation process; and any other plans, processes, and programs that involve substantive professional learning in order to meet district goals), and review them to ensure that they reflect current high-priority needs. Identify alignment of plans.
Assess district capacity for professional learning
Professional Learning Readiness
This tool helps districts assess their capacity for effective, comprehensive professional learning.
It is recommended that this tool be used by a district team responsible for professional learning and/or continuous improvement planning.