YEAR 1 Vision & Plan

District or school transformation process begins with a 21st century vision or profile of a graduate developed with community consensus and an action plan for implementation.

YEAR 2 Learn & Expand

In the preliminary stages of implementation, there is an emphasis on building professional capacity, engaging early adopters and aligning teaching and learning systems to your 21st century vision for students. 

YEAR 3 Spread & Scale

Readiness to bring implementation to scale involves building system capacity, promoting a culture of continuous improvement and elevating models of success to celebrate and illustrate progress.

How should we use the 3 Year Roadmap to support our work?

The most common question we hear in EdLeader21 is “How should I get started with implementation?” The Three Year Roadmap can help focus and prioritize your 4Cs implementation work based on the primary activities of each year:

  • Year 1: Create profile of a graduate, community consensus, and implementation action plan
  • Year 2: Build leadership capacity, engage early adopters, align curriculum and assessment
  • Year 3: For readiness to scale and spread, build system capacity, promote culture of continuous improvement, and elevate models of success.

Why three years as the timeframe?

The overall intention of a “3 year” message is to promote a reasonable sense of urgency. Consider the following:

  • A 2nd grader will be a 5th grader by the end of three years.
  • A 7th grader will be a 10th grader by the end of three years.
  • A 9th grader will be a senior by the end of three years.
  • The average superintendent tenure is currently three years.

The roadmap captures the most common “pathway” to accomplish significant progress, bearing in mind that each district/school have its unique path to system-wide implementation.

The roadmap is articulated from an “end-of-year” perspective. The roadmap describes what one might expect to see at the end of the 12 month period. In other words, the indicators are describing the floor, not the ceiling: “At minimum, Year 1 we should accomplish...” etc.

How is it organized?

7steps_2012_outlines_transparency.pngThe 3 Year Roadmap is aligned to the 7 Steps implementation model developed by Ken Kay and Valerie Greenhill which provides school and district leaders a process to organize and focus their system-wide work. Each year of the roadmap includes the key outcomes, stakeholders, actions and resources across each of the 7 steps. Having all 7 steps represented in each year of the roadmap allows for multiple entry points into the 4Cs transformation process.