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Overview and Goals of the Ohio Project

Quality Impact Teams work on multiple “fronts” within school organizations, focusing on a model of deployment that centers on supporting the creation of schools that educate all children to achieve at high standards. The QIT model of external coaching provides intense, continuous, on-site professional development that is embedded in individual practice and the development of a collaborative culture that results in and sustains improved learning by attending to academic rigor and personalization. Schools are consciously coached to examine organizational and classroom design in the pursuit of knowing students well and in becoming safe and trusting places to teach and learn.

Recognizing the significance of effective leadership, building principals, central office administrators and school leadership teams are challenged to examine their own practices while QIT coaches guide school leaders in areas including designing and articulating vision and mission, change processes and strategic planning, team building, curriculum alignment, data collection and analysis, articulation of standards, assessment design, building authentic collegial relationships, effective communication and research-based instructional practices.

Instead of beginning professional development designed directly at instructional strategies, QIT incorporates a “backwards building” approach that begins with assessment aligned to state standards. Coaches provide continuous, on-site training and support to redesign classroom instruction explicitly to meet the academic needs of all students. A systematic, intensive approach to differentiated professional development is implemented to increase the knowledge and capacity of teachers and administrators in scientifically research-based instructional methodology and to institutionalize change in classroom practice for sustainability.

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