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PARCC Transition and Implementation Institute Webinar

The webinar will begin shortly. While you wait please check your audio by completing the audio setup wizard in the top left of your screen


Using the Delivery Chain to Improve Common Core Implementation

August 11, 2011


Today’s Agenda Implementation

2:30 – 2:40

Review of Delivery Chains

Time

Session

2:40 – 2:50

Delivery Chain Analysis in Massachusetts

2:50 – 3:15

3:15 – 3:30

Exercise: Critique a delivery chain

Implications for Common Core implementation


Definition Implementation

A delivery chain helps you to understand how you can reach the field

A delivery chain is the set people or organizations, and the relationships between them, through which a strategy will be implemented.

A delivery chain has one question at its core:

Starting from the intent of the leaders in your system and ending with the desired change in behavior on the front line (better teaching practice that improves student outcomes), how – and through whom – will your strategy be implemented?


  • For the strategy you are considering, where does the chain begin and end, and what are the levels between?

  • At each level, who are all the people or organizations that could conceivably be involved in implementing the strategy? How many of each are there? What role does each play?

  • What are the most important lines of direct influence from the beginning to the end of the chain? How will they work?

  • Are there secondary or more indirect relationships that involve others? How important are they?

Questions to ask

  • A mapping of each person or organization and its location relative to others (e.g., state level, LEA level), with an indication of how many of them there are (e.g., 150 superintendents)

  • Short summary of the role played by each person or organization

  • Lines between people/organizations that represent relationships of influence

  • Brief description of each relationship of influence

Visual elements to include

There are a few core principles for drawing a delivery chain


Delivery chains help to define the “intent” of a given strategy

Sample delivery chain: professional development

What percent of teachers will change their teaching practice as a result?

PLC Facilitators

Chief

1

Curriculum/ instruction team

Teachers

65,000

Teachers

65,000

150

400

Principals

1

Principals

65,000

Teachers

25

PD instructors

25

Approved providers

700

15

Regional committees

Curriculum directors

400

Region/ County

State

District

School

Classroom

10% (large districts)

Train by 9/2013

Manage

Train by 5/2012

15% (small schools)

Train by 9/2011

Train by 12/2011

Give incentives to choose “approved” providers by 9/2011

Approve by 9/2011

Contract by 6/2012

Manage

15% (large schools)

Train by 9/2013


Once you have drawn a delivery chain, it is important to identify weaknesses and address them

Typical weaknesses

Potential solutions

Individual relationships

  • Weak personal relationships

  • Low leverage

  • Identify and replicate stronger relationships of this type

  • Identify alternate routes to the end of the chain

Complexity

  • Too many actors necessary to get something done

  • “Rationalize” chain

  • Identify alternate routes to the end of the chain

Funding flows

  • Mismatch between resource flows and delivery chain

  • Redesign chain to take advantage of leverage from resource flows

Choke-points

  • Overreliance on a few key actors

  • Build capacity/cooperation of key actors

  • Identify alternate routes to the end of the chain


It is helpful to anchor these weaknesses in specific points on the delivery chain

Sample delivery chain: professional development

400

Chief

1

Curriculum/ instruction team

1

65,000

Teachers

65,000

PLC Facilitators

Regional committees

Principals

Teachers

Curriculum directors

150

Approved providers

25

PD instructors

25

Teachers

65,000

Principals

700

15

400

1

2

3

2

3

1

Region/ County

What are the potential weaknesses?

State

District

School

Classroom

Historically difficult relationship and loose authority structure – curriculum directors not likely to listen to regional centers

Large number of principals at large high schools who are skeptical of state involvement; sheer communication will be a challenge

Lobbying efforts by providers might prevent creation of “approved” list


Today’s Agenda on the delivery chain

2:30 – 2:40

Review of Delivery Chains

Time

Session

2:40 – 2:50

Delivery Chain Analysis in Massachusetts

2:50 – 3:15

3:15 – 3:30

Exercise: Critique a delivery chain

Implications for Common Core implementation


Massachusetts is using delivery chain analysis to flesh out its strategies in a variety of areas

Example: delivery chain for school turnaround


For teams that do the work, the real payoff is in analyzing the chain

Delivery chain analysis for school turnaround

Weaknesses

Potential solutions

Individual relationships

Other

Complexity

Funding flows

Choke-points

  • District liaisons

  • Districts

  • Website (timely posting)

  • Draw-down not happening at some districts

  • Amendment process

  • Strategic use of sources

  • Supt communication to principal

  • Supt communication to central office and school board

  • N/A

  • Ineffective district systems of support

  • Unknown – website overhaul

  • Media (b/c Catherine said so?)

  • Rules and guidelines for allowable changes for competitive grants

  • Commissioner’s “district rounds”

  • Change web content manager

  • N/A

  • Direct communication from SEA to principals

  • Permanent fixture at/after USN?

  • To-do, resource lists on website

  • Calendar tools and RSS feeds

  • Outlook

  • Direct support for principals

  • Go to Ken before it is too late


Today’s Agenda the chain

2:30 – 2:40

Review of Delivery Chains

Time

Session

2:40 – 2:50

Delivery Chain Analysis in Massachusetts

2:50 – 3:15

3:15 – 3:30

Exercise: Critique a delivery chain

Implications for Common Core implementation


Exercise: Critique a delivery chain the chain

What

How

Materials

Time

  • Look at sample delivery chain for instructional materials and discuss the following questions:

    • What do you believe are the major risks in the delivery chain?

    • What would your state do (or what is it already doing) to mitigate those risks?

    • What are the similarities and differences between this chain and the one you have developed in your state team?

    • What are some ways to improve this chain based on what you are doing, and vice versa?

  • Discussion in breakout rooms

  • Whiteboard templates

  • 15


Delivery chain to critique: instructional materials the chain

1

Principals

15

Chief

Curriculum/ instruction team

Website

Regional centers

Curriculum directors

Curriculum committees

150

Teachers

150

Teachers

Teachers

400

1500

65,000

Coaches

Teachers

65,000

1

65,000

65,000

1

Region/ County

Intent: teachers will improve their practices

State

District

School

Classroom

10% (small districts)

Manage

Train and distribute by 9/2013

Train and distribute by 9/2012

15% (large districts)

Train and distribute by 9/2011

Train and distribute by 5/2012

Consult

15% (large districts)

Train and

Distribute by 9/2013

Post by 9/2011

5% (mix)

Market by 9/2012


Identify the weaknesses and potential solutions for the sample delivery chain

Weaknesses

Potential solutions

Individual relationships

Complexity

Funding flows

Choke-points

Other


Compare the sample chain to your own work to identify commonalities and areas for improvement

What are the similarities and differences between this chain and the one you have developed in your state team?

What are some ways to improve this chain based on what you are doing, and vice versa?


You will move yourselves into breakout rooms, based on the moderators directions

Click on “Main Room” to view the drop-down menu, then select “Breakout Room.” You will be immediately transferred into the breakout room.


Once in your breakout room, click the “Talk” button to turn on your microphone, then click “Talk” again to deactivate when you are finished speaking

Click here to talk, then click again to turn off your microphone when you are finished

You can also type your responses here in the chat box


Today’s Agenda turn on your microphone, then click “Talk” again to deactivate when you are finished speaking

2:30 – 2:40

Review of Delivery Chains

Time

Session

2:40 – 2:50

Delivery Chain Analysis in Massachusetts

2:50 – 3:15

3:15 – 3:30

Exercise: Critique a delivery chain

Implications for Common Core implementation


Discussion questions turn on your microphone, then click “Talk” again to deactivate when you are finished speaking

  • To what extent do your common core strategies reflect “delivery chain” thinking?

  • To what extent and in what ways are there areas for improvement?

  • Are there questions that you have about how to make this tool useful in practice?


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