What is the Spectrum of School Development?
The spectrum of school development (SSD) represents a trajectory of developmental phases schools grow through as they progress through implementation of the New Tech Network school model. The SSD maps out a predictable path for school development and maturity. Just like in child development there are critical milestones and next steps, in school development there are also critical milestones and next steps. The SSD is not a rubric that signifies if a school implementation is bad or good, rather, it helps to identify what critical milestones a school has met in their school implementation of the NTN model and where to go next. The SSD:
- presents NTN schools with a larger vision of what they are working towards overtime in the NTN school model.
- aids schools in assessing their level of development at a given moment in time.
- supports the selection of a limited number of indicators help a school focus their improvement efforts and support from NTN.
Please note that the intent is not for a school to be working on all of the indicators in a given column at any one moment in time. The intent is, in fact, quite the opposite; the SSD is intended to support schools in the selection of a limited number of high leverage areas for improvement.
How can I use the Spectrum of School Development?
It is a tool that can be used by schools, with the support of their NTN School Development Coach, to identify progress, develop a focus, and plan meaningful next steps. By using the SSD, the school and the NTN School Development Coach can recognize successes, as well as create a focused support plan for continued growth.
Who guides the use of the SSD?
NTN School Development Coaches regularly use the SSD, ideally in partnership with schools, to diagnose school needs, develop support plans, and support collaboration across network schools.
Additionally, the SSD can be used by school leaders and leadership teams as a way to reflect and consider next steps. School leaders can use the SSD to help determine how to focus their school’s transformation. The process of using the tool is likely more comfortable after having experienced the ways to use the tool with an NTN School Development Coach first. Schools in initial implementation may not find the tool relevant until they work with a school coach to define and understand what the indicators look like in practice.