Turn ideas into goals—and goals into impact The road to school improvement and student achievement is paved with good intentions—so why does the destination seem so far away? If you’re like most educators, the answer is a pothole known as the implementation gap. This book provides a road map to bypassing that gap in your school or district, offering a carefully researched, field–tested methodology that takes leadership teams, professional learning communities, and educators all the way from good ideas to systematic impact. Following the five Ds, you’ll:  • Discover goals worth pursuing and problems worth addressing  • Design instruments and actions that generate deep impact  • Deliver interventions and collect data  • Double-back to monitor your progress and evaluate the impact  • Double-up to enhance, sustain, and scale your success You became an educator to make a difference in students’ lives. With this playbook, you’ll transform research and ideas into achievable actions—and make maximum impact.



In research institutes across the planet, scientists are grappling with various mind-bending conundrums. Some are trying to take the notion of a Star Trek“warp drive” from fantasy to reality (Lentz, 2021); others are seeking to untangle the mysteries of consciousness (Hawkins, 2021); and yet others are attempting to discover whether beneath the atom is another level of near-invisible vibrating strings (Kiritsis, 2019). These researchers are largely feeling their way in the dark—developing new hypotheses, creating new tools, and conducting new research to move human knowledge forward, a few millimeters at a time. Often, their search takes wrong turns and leads them down long and winding cul-de-sacs that they must quickly reverse back out of. Once ground-breaking discoveries are made, then come further challenges: convincing ...

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