College Ready On Track Network for School Improvement

  • The College Ready On Track Network is an improvement community dedicated to developing, iterating, and spreading practices that advance career and college success for Black and Latinx students in Denver Public Schools.

    The network's vision is to enable educators, students, and communities to dismantle systems of oppression and prepare all Black and Latinx students to pursue any opportunity they wish through intentional design and networked improvement.

    Funded by a $10 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation over five years, the network currently includes 22 DPS high schools and will expand to include all district-managed high schools by the 2022-2023 school year.

    Below, you will find a timeline of past, current, and future network activties.

    Five-Year Network Activities & Scale

    2019-20: Early Adoption

    • 10 high schools
    • Root cause analysis of persistent opportunity gaps for Black and Latinx students
    • Professional development in Improvement Science and Design Thinking
    • Develop initial improvement "hacks"

    2020-21: Implementation & Expansion

    • 10 high schools implementing
    • 12 high schools onboarding in Spring semester
    • Implementation of Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles
    • Cross-team learning
    • Professional development in Improvement Routines and Design Improvement for Equity

    2021-22: Expansion

    • 22 high schools implementing
    • 14 high schools onboarding in Spring semester
    • Implementation of Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles
    • Cross-team learning
    • Professional development in Improvement Routines and Design Improvement for Equity

    2022-23: Spreading High-Leverage Practices

    • All district-managed high schools implementing Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles and leveraging Design Improvement for Equity methodologies
    • Cross-team learning

    2023-24: Spreading High-Leverage Practices

    • All district-managed high schools implementing Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles and leveraging Design Improvement for Equity methodologies
    • Cross-team learning
  • + Grading for Equity

    Based on a book by the same name, the Grading for Equity change idea supports schools in adopting grading practices that are Accurate, Bias Resistant, and Motivational.

    Examples of specific practices that schools in DPS are implementing are listed in the chart below:

    GFE

    For resources and lessons learned about how to begin implementation, click here.

    If you have any questions, contact Tiffany Deines

  • + Student & Family Engagement

    Because our network seeks to dismantle systems of oppression to better prepare Black and Latinx students for post-secondary success, students and families deserve the respect of becoming partners in this work -- in helping us see the problems within our system, ideating towards potential changes, and measuring success towards improvement.

    Within the College Ready On Track Network, schools are enacting change ideas that include Black Student & Family Focus Groups and Academic Family Teacher Teams.

    As the network continues to iterate on engagement practices, feedback loops will become embedded in all Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles to ensure that student and family experiences become a central aspect of how we determine what constitutes improvement.

    WEC

    Click here to learn more about student & family engagement within the College Ready On Track Network

    For questions, contact Ranya Bautista

  • + Design Improvement for Equity

    Design Improvement for Equity is a continuous improvement approach developed in conjunction with the University of Denver that combines aspects of Improvement Science and Design Thinking methodologies while centering users and adopting anti-racists mindsets and practices.

    This methodology leverages Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles to learn what works, for whom, and under what conditions prior to spreading and scaling new practices.

    DI4E

    For questions, contact Sandra Lochhead

  • + Root Cause Analysis

    Root cause analysis refers to a process that allows groups to collect, organize, and summarize current understandings of the causes of a problem of practice and deepen our knowledge before jumping to solutions.

    In the College Ready On Track Network, root cause analysis is a critical tool in understanding where we can make improvements to systems that support post-secondary readiness.

    See below for tools to facilitate root cause analysis through a fishbone diagram

    For questions, contact Karen Herbert

  • + Empathy Building

    Empathy means understanding peoples’ lived experiences. Empathy building allows us to see the problem and the system that produces it from the perspective of our “users” -- students, families, and school staff. This process can help us make better, more equitable decisions.

    In continuous improvement, empathy is a critical prerequisite for designing systems that meet user needs.

    Empathy building approaches leveraged by the College Ready On Track Network include:

    To learn more, click the links above

    For questions, contact Ranya Bautista

Learn More About College Ready On Track

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