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?
The 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.