Unless the dialogue that occurs after completing any of the formal or informal instruments leads to action, efforts often do not materialize. Insightful discussions often end with a flurry of undocumented and unorganized thoughts. To use this plan staff members assess their school’s specific phase of change identified the PLCO and/or PLCDR. They then identify first steps including what actions to continue, stop, and start; timeline; and person(s) responsible. The plan should also indicate evidence of implementation and impact for each action step.
The Action Plan format was developed and tested by SEDL researchers Cowan, Joyner, & Beckwith (2008). Note that, unlike many other plans, this format calls for evidence of implementation and impact, as well as interim progress checks. This plan may be used at both the district and school levels.