Friday, September 23, 2016

Waukesha One SAIL Team: Working Theory of Action

This week the Waukesha One SAIL Team re-convened to discuss the state of Waukesha One within our district. Just as every other "big rock" in Waukesha has utilized the SAIL process to refine and solidify a vision moving forward, the Waukesha One team is working to do the same.

The team now has a working Theory of Action for Waukesha One and we would like to share it with the community. We encourage you to review and reflect upon how the Waukesha One Theory of Action impacts you, your students, and your school. Please feel free to offer your comments and suggestions as well. The team will continually use your feedback to improve the vision of Waukesha One.

Waukesha One Theory of Action

IF  each school identifies what technology can be infused in their high leverage practices based upon clearly identified model uses of the technology
IF  we have a vehicle to promote communication about our Waukesha One purpose and outcomes to individuals who can effectively interact with that information
IF instructional leaders have a foundational knowledge of the SAMR Framework and how it impacts instructional practices
THEN SAMR will become a part of coaching and feedback to teachers, become an intentional part of the instructional planning process, and provide a better understanding of the program vision/goals
IF we create a community that encourages dialogue where all parties can contribute information about the program
THEN all participants will benefit by having access to the most current information/ideas while better understanding the Waukesha One key tenets
IF we focus on promoting the benefits of employing the available tools
THEN we will shift understanding to value the contribution technology can provide
IF school-level, high-leverage practices are clearly identified and communicated
THEN technology can be infused to support and enhance instructional practices
IF model technology classroom look-fors are identified, modeled, and practiced
THEN instructional leaders can provide vision, feedback and coaching to further build practice
THEN we will encourage greater understanding among the stakeholders, and adoption of impactful high-leverage practices in classrooms that impact student engagement and achievement.

General Summary

In our SAIL team conversation, there were generally a few summarizing points that the team felt wrapped up the beliefs stated above.
  • Communication around Waukesha One needs to continually improve. Waukesha One is rooted in providing students and staff access to tools that will help them be more efficient and more successful in the efforts of teaching and learning. Focusing on improving communication will allow us avoid distractions from those goals, hone in on best practices to achieve those goals, and maintain our focus on the primary reasons we have "hired" these tools to support our work.
  • Clarifying for all stakeholders how technology can support teaching and learning must be a primary focus for Waukesha One. Key steps to achieve this are:
    •  developing a common, district-wide language for discussing how technology is utilized for teaching/learning (SAMR),
    • linking the instructional high leverage practices an educator utilizes with the tools that will allow them to be more efficient or will allow students to engage more deeply is critical, and
    • creating functioning classroom models within our system of best instructional practices that infuse technology will offer educators a functional vision of what is possible through the integration of technology.