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Chapter 9: Step 7: Sustaining the Plan for the Long Haul
At this juncture, the first six components have been described. The typical practice for schools is to implement these components one at a time over a full school year. If implementation fidelity is high and appropriate adjustments are made to respond to local culture and context, schools more often than not experience positive outcomes. School and classroom climates improve, disciplinary infractions decrease, academic engagement increases, and general faculty and staff support and participation is high.
With initial success, a common long-standing error at this point is to assume that implementation is complete and will maintain, and then shift attention toward another or a new initiative or concern. Earlier ...