Back to school plans have been developed by leaders, specialists in the fields of pedagogy, and health experts to ensure the safest return plan possible for students. In private schools, we have the opportunity to continue to do more for students with less funding. Many Catholic school communities have recognized that this is what we are here for; building community focused on social justice, the dignity of the human person, and care for one another. This is our time to shine.
So, now that the plan is developed and has been approved by the school board, pastor, and/or arch/diocese, the real work begins. Members of committees and task forces will need to do the other full-time job of teaching and leading. School principals and administrators will need to secure and retain faculty trust and implement the plans with success.
In Setting the Table: A Guide for Diversified Learner Program Development in Catholic Schools, we discuss implementation in detail. All great plans and initiatives need to be implemented, otherwise, you have a lot of frustrated colleagues who believe you wasted their time on committees and task forces. It is so vitally important to set time aside and assess the implementation of your plan, share your progress with your team, and refine the desired outcomes if needed. Here, we use research adopted from the NIRN to develop a rubric specifically designed to analyze progress on the Leading with Hope: A Reflective Guide for Catholic Schools in a New Reality. If your school did not consider this wonderful guide when planning to return to campus, this rubric can still be used to facilitate conversations and plan the next steps.
Recommendation for use: A team of stakeholders at the school would evaluate the school opening transition based on a variety of domains and provide leadership with feedback on strengths and opportunities. Consider your score for each of the three implementation areas, Competency Drivers, Leadership Drivers, Organizational Drivers as well as the overall score for each of the categories. The higher the score, the greater the implementation fidelity and positive outcomes of your work. Low scores are opportunities for refinement of the plan and reflecting on the process.
Download the rubric from our home page and let us know how your school is doing!