EDP Applied Plus Courses
Upon completion of the Executive Development Program (EDP), the EDP A+ provides participants with up to 12 months of additional implementation support. EDP A+ courses are organized across two phases:
- Phase 1 – A short cycle (4-6 weeks) of learning activities, largely focused on examining research models, a performance analysis of each participant’s work environment, and reflections on assessments of each participant’s context
- Phase 2 – Consists of 2-6 months, depending on the unit of study, focused on the creation and implementation of a portfolio
EDP A+ participants can engage in several units simultaneously, and may follow multiple units within and across stacks as their context and priorities suggest, for a truly personal pathway.
This support will also help school leaders to deepen implementation of their Action Learning Projects (ALPs) begun during the EDP, which will focus on one of three elements of high-performing systems. School leaders will choose a focus that best aligns with their current stage of professional growth and their school’s needs. Participants are organized into virtual learning communities of 15 participants with the following supports available:
|Examples of Implementation Support|
|Stack 1: High-Quality Aligned Instructional Systems||Stack 2: High-Quality Teachers and Teaching||Stack 3: High-Performance Organization and Management|
|Formative assessment within the instructional paradigm||Induction process for new teachers||Supports for high-need students|
|Aligned instruction (curriculum frameworks, syllabi, materials)||Defining action research (teacher knowledge and teacher craft in theory)||Collaborative structures for professional learning|
|Gateways (ensuring all students leave the system qualified for the next level)||Supporting action research (teacher knowledge and teacher craft)||Professional growth models (career ladders)
Why it Works
EDP A+ prepares school leaders to be effective agents of change with a shared belief in building a collaborative and professional culture for leaders, teachers and students, thus allowing for improvement and growth for all within schools and districts. It provides the opportunity to solidify learning with practice and performance, promotes interactive learning, and offers relevant job training.
EDP A+ participants are supported through ongoing access to NISL’s online app, with access to the EDP curriculum, research on effective schools and school systems, and diagnostic tools to help with school redesign efforts. The app also supports collaboration and peer-to-peer support, including conferencing for interactive engagement during the implementation assistance and easy connection with cohort members and the wider EDP community. There are also periodic face-to-face gatherings of participants to share progress.