Members of the SSoS (e.g., SSTs, ESCs) support meaningful district improvement by making information and resources available to regional partners; holding and facilitating regular meetings to improve their collective understanding of effective OIP uses; providing support to regional facilitators to enable them to provide consistent, high-quality support to districts using OIP; and leveraging resources to meet district identified needs. Regional partners also collaborate to meet state-identified needs. Examples of such collaborative work include statewide professional learning in the use of evidence-based early language and literacy instruction and in the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).
The OIP is a clearly defined process with major tools (e.g., Decision Framework) that interact with each other in a web-based environment, as well as support documents that are aligned to various steps of the process. The process can and should be used by districts to:
- Reduce the number of duplicative and often conflicting priorities
- Reduce isolated and often disjointed practices
- Increase coherence across the district
- Use state and federal funds to implement a unified and focused district-wide plan for improving instructional practice and student learning
Undergirding the provision of SST support is the five-step OIP, which works hand-in-hand with Ohio’s Leadership Development Framework to provide an evidence-based continuous improvement framework that supports district leaders, central office personnel, principals, teachers, parents and community members, and others in working together to:
- Identify critical needs
- Research and select evidence-based strategies to address needs
- Develop a single coherent plan with a limited number of focused goals and strategies for addressing identified needs
- Implement, and monitor the degree of implementation, of the plan
- Examine and reflect on progress made and adjust the plan as needed
For more information about the process for supporting districts using the OIP 5-step process, go to the Tools & Resources section of this website.