Quality Improvement Process


Interpreting Research Volume 3: Effect sizes

This is the third entry in the interpreting research series.  The first entry focused on the anatomy of a research article and the second on research design. [WARNING! There is some discussion in this entry about statistics!]

“Wicked Problems of Implementation”: An Insight into the Challenges of Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Schools

Implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) is critical to achieving academic, social-emotional, and lifelong success of students with disabilities (Odom et al., 2005).  EBPs found effective for students with disabilities have been identified and disseminated yet, similar to other human services fields, suffer “wicked problems of implementation” (Cook & Odom, 2013).  Hudson and colleagues (2016) sought to gain a more contextual and ecological lens on understanding teacher interpretation and implementation of EBPs by interviewing 27 special education teachers and directors of special education across four large Seattle-area school districts. Here's what they learned.

New Year, New Words – People First in 2018!

Microaggressions are subtle, everyday exchanges that subject individuals in a minority community to hostile indignities (Solórzano, Ceja, & Yossa, 2000).  First described in the context of race by Chester M. Pierce in the 1970s (as cited in Sue et al., 2008), microaggressions occur in response to a marginalized status in society, and can be based on, but are not exclusive to, race, gender identity, religion, socio-economic status, and perceived and/or diagnosed disability (Sue, 2010).  Microaggressions have deleterious effects on student well-being and student achievement (Sue, Lin, Torino, Capodilupo, & Rivera, 2009).


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.
  • 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.
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