Leader’s Corner


As a reflective leader, you constantly assess, analyze, adjust, and take action.  When reflecting on the Blueprint systems that you have installed (or will be installing), take a moment to identify some next steps for you and your district.  We’ve listed a few reflective questions which may guide you in determining next steps for you to consider.

Leadership – 

  • How effective is your communication system in creating and encouraging a positive culture?  How might you know?  What is your evidence?
  • Do you know where your strengths lie in communication?  Do you know where you need to grow in communication?
  • What have been some successful ways you promote meaningful collaboration? What might be some next steps to promote meaningful collaboration?
  • What have been some successful ways you foster collective efficacy in your school or district?  How might you expand opportunities to foster collective efficacy?
  • Continuous Improvement:
    • What are 2-3 academic goals? Where is your district/school now? What do you need to do to get where you need to be?
    • What are two main non-academic barriers that are impeding your students’ success? What will you do to remove these barriers? What are the non-academic goals?
    • What actions are connected to achieving these goals? What actions will produce tangible, measurable outcomes?
    • What strategies/practices are going to move you toward meeting your established goals?
    • What data will your teams review and analyze to measure progress? 
    • What will be indicators of progress? How much progress will you make toward the goal? By when?
    • How will you communicate your progress and/or adjustments?

Instructional Infrastructure – 

  • Guaranteed Curriculum – Are all students learning the same content regardless of teacher or school?  Are all students assessed using the same criteria for proficiency?  What might be your next steps in creating, implementing, and/or monitoring a guaranteed curriculum?
  • Viable Curriculum – Are all students provided with extra time to learn and demonstrate proficiency inside of essential standards? Are all students given opportunities for extended learning when they demonstrate proficiency inside of essential learning targets?  What might be your next steps in creating, implementing, and/or monitoring a viable curriculum?
  • Has your district identified an instructional model for delivery of instruction to help you achieve a guaranteed and viable curriculum?  What is working well?  What might need to be adjusted?
  • Teacher Teams – Are teacher teams focused on the right work?  Are teams organized in a way that makes sense?  Is there a process in place to monitor and support the work of teams? What might be your next steps in creating, implementing, and/or monitoring teacher teams?  Is collective teacher efficacy increasing within your teams, school, and district?

Student Support – 

  • How does your district identify the needs of each student? What data & information is collected?
  • What have been some successful ways your district has worked to meet the non-academic needs of each student (health, nutrition, behavior, social emotional)?
  • What are some successful ways your district has created a system of network delivery?
  • What might your district need to improve upon to meet the needs of each student?
  • What indicator(s) is your district already doing that aligns to the five tenets of Whole Child (healthy, safe, engaged, supported, challenged)? What indicator(s) might be a priority?
  • What actions might you take to support your district’s next steps related to the WSCC tenets and indicators?
  • What are some successful strategies for implementing district and schoolwide SEL  (social-emotional learning) for staff and students?
  • What role does the district play in . . .
    • building the foundational support for SEL? 
    • strengthening adult SEL competencies and capacity?
    • promoting SEL for students?
    • engaging in continuous improvement?
  • What actions might you take to support your district’s next steps for implementing district and schoolwide SEL for staff and students?

Being flexible and adaptive to meet the needs of learners is critical each and every day whether or not there’s a pandemic.  Additional questions for you to ponder . . .

  • As you implement and monitor your Return to Learn COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (input), how might iterative/system cycles be used to inform just-in-time next steps? 
    • What are you trying to accomplish? What are the desired output(s)? 
    • What process(es) and adult actions need to be in place to achieve the desired output(s)? 
    • What data will be used to progress monitor and/or problem-solve? 
  • What feedback will be communicated to inform the district, building(s), and community?  We invite you to use this Action Plan Template for you and your teams to think through.