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Action Research Plan

  1. 1. After review my action research plan and reviewing “Examining what we do to improve our schools: 8 steps from analysis to action,” I made modification and added steps to my action research plan. My revised draft of my action research plan covers all eight steps listed in the book “Examining what we do to improve our schools: 8 steps from analysis to action.” However, I found that my steps do not correspond in the same order as they are listed in the book. The steps in the book are a guide or template to conducting action research. I believe that all action research is unique and following a template exactly as it is written is not wise and is not in the best interest of the research we are conducting for our unique campus and our unique circumstances. Therefore, I modified the order of the step in the book and incorporated them within the additional steps I added to my action research plan to meet our needs.<br />Mission:<br />Our mission on our campus is to exemplify student academics and student conduct In an effort to achieve this mission we are always searching for ways to improve the educational process on our campus. On area that we feel we may need improvement is disaggregating data and using disaggregated data to drive instruction. Therefore we have developed the following action research plan disaggregating data to drive instruction.<br />Action Research Plan<br />Goal:<br />The goal of the action research plan listed below is to improve the quality of instruction. We believe that through assisting or faculty to effectively disaggregate data and use that data to drive classroom instruction, we will increase our student academic success. <br />The Plan:<br />The first step in our action research is to conduct a need assessment and to evaluate the data presented to determine if there is truly a need to conduct this action research project. Our second step is to develop a true understanding for the need of improvement. Although the data has proved we have a need for improve in this area, we need to understand why our faculty is not proficient in this area; do they truly lack the knowledge and skill or are they choosing not utilize it. Understanding why we need to conduct this project will be helpful in developing an action plan to fix the need we have identified. Our third step is to reflect on what we have learned about this project, what our plan are for this project, and determine if we will be able to successful complete this project. We want to reflect early in this process before getting deep into the project and discover we lack what it take to complete this project. If we lack any knowledge, skill, or resources that we can foresee, we want to work to rectify those problems before moving on. Reflection on this action research is a process that we will conduct throughout the project. <br />In steps four and five we will be gathering data from principals and teachers in our district as well as academic data from libraries, articles, journals, book, and more on the methods and strategies that are being used to disaggregate data and how to use disaggregated data to drive instruction. Next in step six, we will analyze all the data we collected in steps four and five and develop a list of methods and strategies for disaggregating data that we believe is best for our campus based on the understanding of the needs assessment we obtain in step 2 of the action plan. In step seven we will develop a plan of how to implement the methods and strategies we determined in step six that meet our campus needs. The implementation plan is another action plan within itself; it will contain the sample population we will use, how to train faculty, how we will put the methods and strategies into action, as well as how to monitor the implementation and make necessary adjustment. Finally steps eight, nine, and ten are implementing the plan (taking action), monitoring the progress of the plan, and conducting the final evaluation of the project respectively. In the finally evaluation process, we will determine if the project is successful, make necessary adjustment, and start the process over again to expand the research to a large population until new method and strategies have been implemented throughout the entire campus. <br />Disaggregating Data to Drive InstructionGoal: To improve the quality of instruction by using disaggregated data to drive instruction and student achievement.Action Step(s)Person(s) ResponsibleTimelineStart/EndNeeded ResourcesEvaluation1. Conduct a Need Assessment (Using data collected from observations from walkthroughs and Professional Learning Community meeting, I will determine if there is a need for this project).Project Leader (Myself), and Associate Principle (My Site Supervisor)8/2/10Through8/6/101. Observation from walkthroughs and Professional Learning Community meeting, etc.2. Academic Excellence Indicator System Report This action step will be evaluated based on a report that will be developed by the persons identified in the responsible section; the report will identify the need for this action research based on data. 2. Understand the Need For Improvement (We will interview individuals and use focus groups to understand why faculty does disaggregate data and use it to drive instruction.Project Leader (Myself) and Associate Principle (My Site Supervisor)8/9/10 Through8/11/101. Observation from walkthroughs and Professional Learning Community meeting, etc.2. Faculty and StaffThis action step will be evaluated based on a report that identifies why data is not disaggregated by teacher or used to drive instruction. This report will help when selecting method and strategies in step 4.3. Action Research Project Reflection (We will reflect on the project and determine if we have the resource, knowledge and skill to conduct the project; if not, can we obtain them. Determine it the project realistic). Project Leader (Myself) Associate and Principle (My Site Supervisor)8/11/10 Through8/13/101. Action Research Plan2. Needs AssessmentIn this action step we will generate a check list and use it to evaluate this step in the action research plan.4. Collect data on current practice of disaggregating data and using data to drive instruction on our campus and in our district.Project Leader (Myself)8/16/10 Through9/10/101. Computer and Internet Access.2. Communication Software (email, blogs, etc).3. Software Tools (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.).4. Survey Software (Survey Monkey)5. Teachers and Instructional / TAKS Specialist.This action step will be evaluated based on the product of the data collected from the surveys and interviews which is a list methods / strategies of how faculty and staff on our campus and in our district disaggregate data and use it to drive classroom instruction.5. Conduct academic research on methods / strategies of disaggregating data and using data to driving instruction.Project Leader (Myself)8/16/10 Through9/10/101. Computer and Internet Access2. Software Tools (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)3. Search Engines4. Research Resources (Academic Libraries, Electronic Articles /Journals, Books).This action step will be evaluated based on the product from the data collected from research which is a list of methods / strategies for disaggregating data and using it to drive classroom instruction.6. Analyze the practical and academic data collected on disaggregating data and using data to drive instruction.Project Leader (Myself), Instructional / TAKS Specialist, Teachers, Associate Principal (My Site Supervisor)9/13/10Through10/1/101. List of academic and practical methods / strategies compiled from the research.2. District data software and data (Eduphoria, TAKS data, District Common Assessment Data, Benchmarks, etc.).3. Software Tools (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.).This action step will be evaluated based on the product from the data analysis which is devising methods / strategies that best work for the faculty on our campus for disaggregating data and using it to drive classroom instruction.7. Develop an implementation plan to employ the findings of the action research (In this step we will determine our direction).Project Leader (Myself), Instructional / TAKS Specialist, Teachers, Associate Principal (My Site Supervisor)10/4/10Through10/22/101. Finding (methods / strategies devised for disaggregating data and driving instruction) from data analysis.2. Software Tools (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)This action step will be evaluated based on its product which is a detailed plan for implementing the findings of the action research project. 8. Implement the action research (In this step, we will take action).Project Leader (Myself), Instructional / TAKS Specialist, Teachers, Associate Principal (My Site Supervisor)11/1/10Through4/29/111. Implementation Plan2. 7th Grade Math Department3. Instructional Calendars and Lesson PlansThis action step will be evaluated by accessing the instructional calendars and lesson plan created by the 7th Grade Math Depart., and determining if they are fulfilling the action items in the implementation plan.9. Monitor progress of action research plan.Project Leader (Myself), Instructional / TAKS Specialist, Teachers, Associate Principal (My Site Supervisor)11/1/10Through4/29/111. Implementation Plan2. District Common Assessment (DCA) and Benchmarks3. Progress Monitor ReportsThis action step will be evaluated based on student process on assessments and student progress monitor reports create by faculty on the sample of students.10. Evaluation of action research plan (In this step, we will make in effort to sustain improvement. We will assess the strength and weakness of the action research, determine if we should continue the process, make necessary adjustments and restart the process by broadening the action into other department).Project Leader (Myself), Instructional / TAKS Specialist, Teachers, Associate Principal (My Site Supervisor)5/2/11Through5/27/111. District Common Assessment (DCA) and Benchmarks2. Academic Excellence Indicator System Report.This action step will be evaluated based on student progress on DCA and TAKS results and the final write up or executive summary.<br />

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