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Administrator PLC. From Systems Thinking to Systemic Action April 14, 2010. Goal for February 13 th Meeting. Explore the per pupil cost of non instructional systems. Goal Today. Take the next steps Determine a plan of action based on the data . Non Instructional Systems.

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Administrator plc

Administrator PLC

From Systems Thinking

to Systemic Action

April 14, 2010

Goal for february 13 th meeting
Goal for February 13th Meeting

Explore the per pupil cost of non instructional systems.

Goal today
Goal Today

Take the next steps

Determine a plan of action based on the data

Non instructional systems
Non Instructional Systems

……add value to learning

…….and if eliminated or reduced would not harm learning

Previous assignment
Previous Assignment

  • Complete the spreadsheet for at least one non instructional system to determine the baseline cost per pupil for your district.

  • Develop hypothesis

  • Bring to April meeting!

  • Wiki website:


Share cost per pupil discoveries
Share Cost Per Pupil Discoveries

What systems?

What hypothesis?

Systems thinking to systemic action
Systems Thinking to Systemic Action

Read and discuss pages 30-32

Question 4:

  • Definitive Process

  • Test Hypothesis

  • Collect Data

  • Implementation

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P = Plan Define system, Assess the current situation, Analyze causes

D = Do Try out the improvement theory

S = Study Study the results

A = Act Standardize improvements, plan for continuous improvements

Identify the problem
Identify the problem

Determine the root cause.

Root cause
Root Cause

One definition –

"The cause of a problem which, if adequately addressed, will prevent a recurrence of that problem".

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Identify the problem.

Next ask, “Why?”

By asking the question "why” five times, the root cause of a problem is often identified as a procedural, or management, shortcoming. Addressing these root causes often requires a change of thinking and some pain and effort, but the results will be much longer-lasting and higher-value than correcting individual failures.


W. Edwards Deming's estimated that 94 to 97 percent of our problems stem from the system with the remaining problems caused by human error or poor judgment.

Pdsa plan

  • Based on per pupil cost worksheets

  • What system will you test?

  • What is your hypothesis?

Next steps
Next Steps

Where do we go from here?