Throughout all this change - we have tried to be transparent in all that we do. We openly share our resources, make connections between districts and frequently learn from our mistakes. Adding this blog to our EngageErie2 is another of our attempts be transparent with our districts as well as with others wrestling with implementing change.
Without a tremendous amount of guidance around the deliverables, the IES team has worked hard to apply research and best practice to the work that we do. Sensing the timeline that would be needed to enact this change - we started implementation right away. As a result - we have oftentimes been ahead of what others are doing. Sometimes - we approach the work differently than others. There is no "right" answer - only careful and calculated action.
No matter what the idea or innovation - whether best practice or mandate - we try to remember the other important 'i" : IMPLEMENTATION!