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.



Implement and de-implement AGREED designs

  • Lock the Delivery Approach and Plan
  • Undertake Delivery
  • Collect Monitoring and Evaluation Data


Delivery is about getting the right things done to progress the right education challenge to generate a deep, deep impact. The activities that you have already undertaken during Stages D1 (Discover) and D2 (Design) will significantly increase the probability that you are indeed progressing the most important education challenge and in a manner that makes your effort worthwhile and generates powerful outcomes.

We approach delivery with a profound sense of urgency. In the previous chapters, we have deliberately used evidence from the field of public health to illustrate the essential elements of effective implementation. In fact, most of the good research on ...

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