The Plan-on-a-Page serves as a guiding document for district level goals, building level goals, and classroom level goals. This plan is also incorporated into support services, including; transportation, maintenance, and food services. See, "Nobody Escapes Continuous Improvement."
The development of the plan-on-a-page begins at the district level by a district leadership team comprised of stakeholders from all sectors of the school environment. Parents, teachers, and administrators sat around a table immersed in collaboration to arrive at the key vision, values, beliefs and goals of the district. These draft plans were shared through a variety of modalities to multiple groups of stakeholders to develop consensus moving forward. What results in the district strategic plan is a succinct plan focused on mission, vision, values, beliefs and goals for the district.
Building Leadership Teams are developed at each building in the district. These building leadership teams review building level data to determine goal areas aligned to the district plan that are meaningful to the building based on the data collected. These goals are articulated to the PLCs through the vehicle of the plan-on-a-page. The building plan-on-a-page mirrors the district plan, but with a focused mission and goals pertinent to the individual building.
PLCs review data weekly to determine goal areas for grade levels or content areas. These goals are articulated to the Classroom Learning Community and its students. Students interact during classroom meetings and problem solving sessions to determine goal areas and set direction. The power of the systematic alignment is in the classroom! Teachers and classrooms develop their plans-on-a-page to articulate their classroom mission and goals. What results is alignment from the boardroom to the classroom.
Sounds relatively easy, right? It is important to remember that the success of this alignment is that the plan-on-a-page drives improvements and sets and communicates direction at every level of the system. The document, at every level, should be monitored and revisited. Data Centers, Data Binders, and district level balanced scorecards are used to track metrics and ensure that "What gets measured, gets done."
Learn more about the Dunlap School District alignment model by reviewing the slideshow presented by Mandy Ellis and Dr. Jay Marino at the 2012 National Quality in Education Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.