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White Paper: Look Both Ways

A framework to help education leaders navigate through competing approaches to system-wide change

Overview

All education leaders interested in scaling innovation face choices about how to lead system change in a way that maximizes benefits to teachers and students.

The Learning Accelerator has developed a new framework to help leaders understand and navigate through these types of competing approaches. The framework offers insight into the logic supporting the different choices leaders might make as well as actionable examples of the strategies districts use to enact them. Based on interviews with 35 district and CMO leaders across the country, as well as a national survey of nearly 100 other education leaders, “Look Both Ways” highlights seven common decision-making challenges and presents real-world examples that show how other leaders managed these tensions.

Download the full white paper using the PDF link below and access our modular Problems of Practice series using the additional strategy resources linked below.


Strategy Resources


Problem of Practice: Centralized vs. Decentralized Implementation

This guide unpacks the relative benefits of centralized or decentralized implementation of new instructional models... Learn More

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Problem of Practice: "Fast and Furious" vs. "Slow and Steady"

This guide unpacks the relative benefits of accelerating versus slowing down the pace of change... Learn More

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Problem of Practice: Prioritize Need vs. Prioritize Readiness

This guide unpacks the relative benefits of allocating resources based on the need versus the... Learn More

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Problem of Practice: Build Internally vs. Buy Externally

This guide unpacks the relative benefit of buying external resources and services versus building internal... Learn More

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Problem of Practice: Fixed Strategy vs. Adapt with Experience

This guide unpacks the relative benefits of creating fixed versus adaptive scaling strategies and offers... Learn More

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Problem of Practice: “Prix Fixe” vs. “A-la-Carte”

This guide unpacks the relative benefits of creating a central “prix fixe” implementation model vs... Learn More

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Problem of Practice: Share Best Practices vs. Share Process/Failures

One of the key challenges articulated by district and CMO leaders is deciding how to... Learn More

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