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Quality Improvement Process


The Complexity of Coaching

Why is helping adults so complicated? Coaches often find themselves working with colleagues and hitting many roadblocks. Can we avoid these roadblocks? Jim Knight says “Yes!”, and describes five components of coaching adults that can help coaches avoid roadblocks by understanding the ‘complexity of helping’.

Our New Commissioner of Education: Priorities and Thoughts

This week I had an opportunity to attend a lecture by the New York State Commissioner of Education, Mary Ellen Elia, at Manhattanville College. The title of her presentation was: “On Our Way to Stronger Schools: Progress Made and the Work Ahead.” Quite impressively, she has spent the past year logging more than 35,000 miles in her car traveling across the entire state of New York, meeting and listening to students, parents and school leaders. She met with all of these stakeholders to hear their views on New York State’s learning standards, curriculum, assessments and teacher evaluations. Here are her some of her priorities:

Interpreting Research Volume 2: Types of Research Studies and Experimental Design

This is Volume 2 of a recurring series on interpreting research, meant to help educators better interpret the research out there on practices and interventions, so that we can all be more informed. Check out Volume 1 if you didn’t read it, which is on the anatomy of a research study, what the different parts of each article are. Now that you know what the different pieces of the articles you are reading are, and what information is contained in each, I feel it is important to talk about the different types of articles you might read, and the ways in which the experiments are designed in these articles.


Quality Improvement Process Toolkit

  • Golden Circle Tools: The Why, How and What of the Quality Improvement Process: The concept of the Golden Circle, developed by Simon Sinek and articulated in this TED Talk ( is used by QIP Teams to ensure that their work is driven by a meaningful Why, or student outcome, and identifies Hows and Whats for the school to implement that are directly aligned to that student outcome. These tools help teams use that concept to focus in on the purpose of their improvement plan and ensure that the activities they have planned are likely to achieve that purpose.
  • RSE-TASC Explicit Instruction Walk-Through Tool: The RSE-TASC Explicit Instruction Walk-Through Tool is both a teaching tool and a data collection tool. It identifies research-based practices that have been proven to be effective for all students, but particularly effective for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and student of poverty.
  • Simplified Explicit Instruction Walk-Through Tool: This is a simplified version of the tool above, divided into What Staff are Doing and What Students are Doing. It also includes links to video clips that illustrates what some of the Look Fors on the tool might look like.

This page is maintained by Andrew Ecker, John McCabe and Francesca Fernandez, Lower Hudson RSE-TASC Special Education School Improvement Specialists. Click here to send them a question or comment.


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