Getting Started

Like the model itself, the guide is designed to be flexible. Sections I-IV cover the substantive areas of change. Section V provides tools and strategies for advancing the areas of change. You can use the sections in concert or independently, depending on the current status of practice in your school or district and the potential scope of change you can reasonably expect. You do not need to read the entire guide in order to successfully move forward in one of the areas of change; however, having a broad understanding of the ideas and issues in each section can be helpful in terms of anticipating how they ultimately must work together in order to achieve full implementation of the model.

The first step is to assess the status of priorities in your district, potential opportunities for change, and with whom in the district or school you can/should work. Also, consider timing (e.g., When is the best time to initiate your efforts?) and any potential resources you might need (e.g., What assessment tool might work best?). The advocacy section (V) can help guide you through specifics steps and provide you with helpful resources. Remember, you maintain responsibility for advocating for a role that best meets the needs of the students, families, and schools you serve.