District Self-Assessment

Examine Your District's Change Practices and Culture

An Opportunity to Learn and Grow

Any self-assessment is an opportunity to learn and grow. The Transformation Design District Self-Assessment is designed to help your district community reflect on your learning transformation so you can take deliberate actions to better serve your students, families, and community.

Whether you are at the beginning of your learning transformation journey or many years along, you can use the Transformation Design District Self-Assessment to evaluate the extent that your district currently uses the Transformation Design core practices. With this tool, you can identify your districts’ strengths and gain insights that will accelerate progress toward your goal.

How It Works

This tool is a self-assessment because it doesn't depend on an external evaluator or external benchmarks. To be clear, though, the tool focuses on organizational practices in your district not the actions of individuals.

We recommend that participants complete the district self-assessment form independently and then work together to make meaning of the results, celebrate progress, and determine actions the district community can take to strengthen your approach to your learning transformation.

The Tools

District Self-Assessment Guide

This guide provides recommendations for conducting the Transformation Design District Self-Assessment, organized in six steps. Download the Guide.

District Self-Assessment Form

The form is available in 2 formats. Participants use the form to rate the extent that your district community uses the actions of the Transformation Design Core Practices and to include examples and artifacts that support their rating. Participants are asked to complete the form based on their experience and perspective of the district's effort to transform learning. (Please refer to the guide for recommendations regarding who should participate.)

Use the Google Forms version to collect feedback online. Valuable for larger groups and when anonymity is essential. The introduction may be customized to reflect your district's goals and you can apply your district logo and colors. Copy.

Use the Adobe PDF version to collect feedback on paper. Valuable for smaller groups with high levels of trust. This version of the form may also be used as a note-catcher. Download.

Moving from Reflection to Action

There are many ways that your district might follow up on the district self-assessment process: professional learning, policy changes, action plans, deeper exploration, and more. One option: dive into specific actions in the Transformation Design framework with our Deep Dive Guides.

Deep Dive Guides

The Deep Dive Guides are an extension of the district self-assessment process. Working through one of them will help core teams develop a strategy to strengthen your district's use of a specific Transformation Design action.

Deep Dive Guides shift teams from reflection to taking bold action. The guides provide key questions to consider, resources to advance your learning, artifacts from leading districts to inspire you, space to dream and design, and a template to create an action plan.

The goal is to ensure that your learning transformation creates meaningful changes in both learning experiences and outcomes for students—and that these changes will endure over the long-term.

For guidance on using these tools, see step 6 in the District Self-Assessment Guide, "Moving from Reflection to Action."

More Deep Dive Guides will be available soon, so check back again. If you have questions, please contact us by emailing TDesign@nextgenlearning.org.

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