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Positive Pressure and Support: Driving Your Initiative to a High Level of Implementation

June 14, 2012

Ok. It’s no secret.

Just having professional development doesn’t mean that your initiative is going to get implemented or implemented well. It doesn’t mean that your initiative will have it’s desired effect on your school.

Sure. PD is critical to getting where you’re going. But it isn’t sufficient.

Level of implementation matters.

A lot.

It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to get better at implementing your laptops, or you’re using Bright Futures to look at your middle level practice, or if you’re working on a literacy initiative, or implementing the Common Core, or on Customized Learning, if you want your initiative to have the impact you’re looking for, then you need to insure that you have a high level of implementation with a high level of fidelity.

So, how do you get to a high level of implementation with a high level of fidelity?

The answer is possitive pressure and support.

Positive pressure and support has three easy pieces: expect, supervise, & support.

Expecting includes strategies like starting simple, participating yourself in trainings and meetings, having teachers set goals, and collaboratively setting expectations.

Supervising includes checking with teachers, talking about implementation at meetings, doing walk throughs, and talking about the walk through and level of implementation data.

Finally, support includes things like celebrating successes, facilitating the sharing of ideas, providing opportunities for PD (of course!), providing resources, and removing barriers and running interference.


How could positive pressure and support help your work at your school?


Literacy Tidbits

August 31, 2010

Language arts/literacy teachers are always looking materials, strategies, and opportunities to bring the written word alive for their students.  Even though I don’t have my own classroom anymore, I still continue to collect  URLs!

Second National Day of Writing, October 20, 2010

International Literacy Day

DRAPES: Interesting writing method that provides students with concrete ideas for revising.

D = Dialogue

R = Rhetorical Question

A = Analogy

P = Personal Experience

E = Examples

S = Statistics

Usually used with persuasive writing, this approach can be adapted to other types of writing.  DRAPES is an easy acronym for students to remember and gives them some direction for revising their writing to make it more interesting for their readers.

Here are some websites that explain the method more fully:

Website for publishing student writing:

Webinar (archived): incorporating technology resources in the writing process:

  • Hosted by Barbara Greenstone
  • Includes guests from across Maine
  • Many resources and strategies discussed and shared

Local Conferences:

  • “Graduation Paths in the Middle”  Maine Association for Middle Level Education October 21 & 22 at Sugarloaf:
  • “Learning As We Go: Literacy and Technology for the 21st Century” Maine Council for English Language Arts
    Lookout Point, Northport   Friday, March 25, 2011:

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