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Never Stand Still: Planning for Continuous Improvement

A collection by Dana Sparkman, Ph.D. Teachers are a group of professionals who consistently look to improve their practice. In this collection, you will learn about continuous improvement cycles, specifically focusing on the Plan-Do-Study-Act model. The tutorials featured in this collection come from Capella University's Free PD for Digital Educators program and uses the Sophia platform to deliver learning around this competency.
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Never Stand Still: Planning for Continuous Improvement
  • Capella University says:
    This planning document, created by Ward Elementary School in Kentucky, is a sample PDSA that is school-wide. You can use this sample to help guide your creation of a PDSA for your school, for your professional learning community, or for yourself.
  • Capella University says:
    Once you have developed goals for improving your instruction, the next step is to create a roadmap to get there. In this video tutorial, you will learn about creating a systematic plan, including setting benchmark steps toward the goal, defining outcomes, and planning the specific actions that you will take to reach the goal that you set.
  • Capella University says:
    The first step to growing as a professional is to develop goals for improvement. In this video tutorial, you will learn about the importance of identifying goals in a collaborative way, and you will be introduced to goal-setting using the SMART acronym.
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    Using PDSA to Improve Student Achievement

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    Capella University says:
    Although the PDSA cycle is an effective tool for professional improvement, it's not just for teachers! In this short article, you will learn about how PDSAs can be used by students. PDSAs have been found to promote more student ownership of their learning and promotes a more individualized approach, taking students' individual needs, levels, and interests into account.
  • Capella University says:
    PDSA is a powerful cycle for professional improvement. In the Plan stage, set goals and determine criteria for success, create a plan for improvement. In the Do stage, implement the plan. In the Study stage, monitor the progress toward the success criteria, whether the outcomes were achieved. In the Act stage, revise the plan or create a new plan. This video tutorial provides details and examples about each of these stages.
  • Capella University says:
    This planning document, presented by the National Staff Development Council, can be used by professional learning communities to define their professional learning/improving practice goals and plan for implementing changes. It includes a chart that PLCs can use to determine which parts of the continuous improvement cycle are strengths in their school and which parts are weaknesses. This diagnostic information can be helpful in developing improvement plans.
  • Capella University says:
    Professional learning, just like student learning, is never stagnant, but continuous. In this video tutorial, you will learn about continuous improvement cycles as they relate to professional learning. Specifically, the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle for trying out new strategies and evaluating the impact of them on your instructional practice is discussed.