There is growing support and agreement to focus on leadership as a set of essential practices that need to occur in an aligned and coherent manner across all levels of the system through the effective development of team structures at the district-, school-, and teacher-level.
These practices, articulated by OLAC in the Ohio Leadership Development Framework, provide the foundation for the continued development and refinement of the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP). This process is Ohio's strategy for establishing a statewide system of support that can provide high-quality services to all districts - not only those in improvement status - based on a commonly understood and implemented approach that uses a consistent set of protocols and tools directly aligned with the tenets of OLAC.
The OIP involves four stages across which processes, structures, tools, and people are connected all with the intent of helping districts:
The OIP is also Ohio's foundation for establishing a common and consistent vocabulary and set of protocols for use by Ohio's more than 450 regional providers from educational service centers (ESCs) and state support teams (SSTs) in facilitating and supporting the improvement efforts of districts, schools, and community schools around the state.
The combination of OLAC's work in delineating essential practices ("the what") and the use of the OIP ("the how") to put them into practice has given many districts across Ohio increased capacity to lay a strong foundation for continued and sustainable improvement.