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The Indistar Network. Moving Forward. Members, Costs, Services. Members: State Education Agencies Cost: $10,000 per year, unlimited districts, schools Services from Member Fees System maintenance System improvement Client support—setup, forms, phone calls, emails

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The indistar network

The Indistar Network

Moving Forward


Members costs services
Members, Costs, Services

  • Members: State Education Agencies

  • Cost: $10,000 per year, unlimited districts, schools

  • Services from Member Fees

    • System maintenance

    • System improvement

    • Client support—setup, forms, phone calls, emails

  • Services from Center on Innovations in Learning

    • Indistar Summit

    • Indistar Shepherd

      • Annual Site Visit (Training and Consultation)

      • Monthly Conference Calls

    • Collaboration with Regional Comprehensive Centers

    • Update of Research Base (Indicators and Wise Ways)



Client services since 2013 summit
Client Services Since 2013 Summit

  • 24 visits to states

  • 6100 client emails responded to

  • 1700 client phone calls responded to

  • 30 webinars and demonstrations provided

  • 161 state forms created

  • 18 data extractions from state forms


System enhancements since 2013 summit
System Enhancements Since 2013 Summit

  • System Upgrade

  • Move to high-capacity Cloud server

  • New server software

  • Login Screen

  • Redesign with links

  • What’s Happening tally

  • Navigation

  • Navigation tool bar

  • Navigation on same indicator between Assess/Create/Monitor


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System Enhancements Since 2013 Summit

  • Communication

  • Bulletin Board

  • Email notifications for Process Managers

  • Budget Tracking

    9. Budget option to track expenses of improvement activities


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System Enhancements Since 2013 Summit

  • Progress Monitoring

  • Coaching Activity Report on State Admin

  • Progress graphs in Where Are We Now

  • Ability for State to select indicator report that is submitted

  • Progress Query on State Admin

  • Snapshot on Main Page

  • Update and improve Review buttons and arrows

  • Celebrate report


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System Enhancements Since 2013 Summit

  • Indicator and Task Management

    17. Task Management Frequency

  • Task Management Sorting

  • Flag to Reassess

  • Filter tags on indicators

  • Current assessment level added to Assess Tab 3


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System Enhancements Since 2013 Summit

  • Coaching

    22. Leadership Team Video (14 minutes)

  • Wise Ways and Indicator lists and reports added to Coach page

  • Ability for state to provide multiple coach’s critique templates

  • Guest Page (Guest Login)

    25. Guest Page redesign

  • Wise Ways and Indicator lists and reports added to Guest page

  • Videos added to Guest page


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System Enhancements Since 2013 Summit

  • Wise Ways and Resources

    28. Wise Ways updates (38 district; 82 school)

  • New Wise Ways for indicators created by states

  • Theory of Action

  • PPTs and documents

  • Success Stories in IndistarConnect



A fork in the road
A Fork in the Road

  • Continued Network Membership (pooled resources)

    • System Maintenance

    • Client Support

    • Planned Enhancements

    • Sponsored Enhancements

  • Option: State Moves System to its Own Server and Manages Future Enhancements


Planned enhancements
Planned Enhancements

  • State Management Site

  • Redesigned Agendas and Minutes

  • Redesigned Forms for Data Extraction, Aggregation, Analysis

  • Plan Implementation Management

    • School/District-Selected Spotlighted Indicators

    • Indicator Clustering in Plan

    • Management of Recurring Tasks

  • Wise Ways dynamic system

  • Meeting management for meetings other than Leadership Team (Star Meetings)


Sponsored enhancement budget tracking for improvement expense
Sponsored Enhancement: Budget Tracking for Improvement Expense

  • Arkansas Took the Lead

  • Option for States for $2,500 per year


The leadership team

The Leadership Team

Where the rubber meets the road


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The Leadership Team

  • District and School

  • Necessary for Strong Implementation of Effective Practice

  • Necessary for Sustained Improvement

  • Guided by Indistar

  • Supported by Coach (from District or State)


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The Leadership Team

  • How is a continuous improvement process different from a static, annual plan?

  • How does the Leadership Team maintain its focus on improving professional practice?

  • What is the role of the Process Manager?

  • How is the work of the Leadership Team distributed and communicated to stakeholders to engage everyone in improving professional practice?


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