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Improvement Science: How to Address Chronic Absenteeism and Impact Graduation Rates

Next Date: 
Repeats every week 1 times. Also includes Wed Dec 05 2018.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 -
8:30am to 3:30pm

1050 First St. NE
Eleanor Holmes Norton I, First Floor

Session 1

The school team will compare current improvement processes to Improvement Science (IS) and explain how IS may be a viable option to improve their system-level processes for problem solving in their school. Through participation in a simulated improvement scenario about student attendance, teams will apply knowledge of Improvement Science tools and processes (e.g., aim statements, process maps, and the Plan, Do, Study, Act cycles) to identify and test a change idea to address chronic absenteeism. The session will conclude with team reflection about how to apply Improvement Science to the unique contexts of their work and then develop an action item as a starting place to use IS tools and processes in their school to address chronic absenteeism to impact graduation rates.

A Blended Coaching Model will be used to support the school to articulate the problem to be solved and the system that creates it, identify the team that will lead the work, prepare needed training of the IS tools and process, identify research for problem solution, and narrow to viable options for study.

Participants should bring a laptop to the training.

Session 1 will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Session 2

The school team will come ready to share their change bundle to address chronic absenteeism. They will demonstrate knowledge of the Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycle as they prepare a plan to test their selected bundle and then successfully identify evidenced-based tools to evaluate the type of data that should be collected to determine the effectiveness of the change idea, the tools and schedule for data collection and the cycle of study. They will identify action items to describe what will happen next at the school site to implement the school’s selected change idea, study the outcomes, and act on the data to address chronic absenteeism to impact graduation rates.
The coach will support training and implementation of the PDSA cycles on the selected change ideas, identify and monitor data to measure the impact of the change idea and discuss options to scale the change ideas to the entire school.

Prior to the second session, participants will be informed of the necessary materials to bring to the training through their coach.

Limited seating is available, so we request that one representative from each school register the team members that will attend. Please register by Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

Session 2 will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.


For more information, please contact Dr. Tiphanie Scroggins at [email protected].