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In this new era of accountability under WIOA, do you believe that you are first and foremost accountable to the adult learners in your program? Are you looking for innovative ways to accelerate their learning, promote successful outcomes, and better support their planning and transitions to next steps? Do you strive to maximize the effectiveness of the time that your teachers and learners spend in your program?

ACLS policy asks programs to “engage in a continuous improvement planning process that involves all stakeholders”, and IPQ 8 guides programs to “engage in a continuous improvement planning process with the goal of improving student outcomes.”

The Planning for Continuous Improvement (PCI) PD is designed to help program directors convene and lead an inclusive planning team to effectively implement an ongoing, cyclical continuous improvement process informed by data that strengthens instruction, learning, and student outcomes.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • both novice and experienced program directors, as well as members of their teams they designate, who wish to engage in an inclusive continuous improvement planning process that accelerates students’ learning and outcomes.

This multi-session PD event is comprised of three initial face-to-face PD sessions, in between which you will develop and implement a continuous improvement team, process, and plan in your program. In this second session, you will learn how to support your program team in evaluating the strengths and limitations of multiple qualitative and quantitative data sources in order to select appropriate resources that are relevant to your individual program improvement needs and goals. You will be introduced to methods that effective leaders use to find, analyze, and share data with various audiences to inform continuous improvement efforts.

You will benefit from networking and shared learning across programs throughout this process. In addition to customized coaching from SABES presenters to support your individual program goals and needs, you will give and receive feedback from peer partners. Each program will share its final plan, progress, accomplishments, and reflections with colleagues at a fourth and final PCI Summit networking session in FY20.

The PCI PD is designed to be of adequate intensity and duration to promote meaningful program change. Program directors are expected to attend all sessions and complete this PD in its entirety. You are welcome to include additional members of your planning team throughout the PD and coaching process. You will only register once via the calendar for this first session, which will automatically register you for all other PCI sessions.

Schedule: Please see the attachment at the end of the calendar posting for more details  and descriptions for each session.

  • Preparing to PlanFebruary 5: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Snow date, February 26) 
  • Leading with Data for Continuous Improvement: March 5: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Snow date, March 26)
  • Developing a Continuous Improvement PlanApril 23: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (No snow date, fingers crossed!)
  • PCI Summit (FY 20): Reflecting on the Planning Process and Plan: November, 2019, date TBD by the group
    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify at least five types of data that are essential for a specific planning process.
  • Identify at least five appropriate and valid sources of relevant data.
  • Analyze program performance data, draw conclusions, make hypotheses, and identify at least three areas for improvement.
  • Identify gaps in data and design processes to collect the data.
  • Use various formats to present data for varied audiences and purposes.
  • Identify processes to formalize the ongoing collection and use of data within the program.
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
03/05/2019 - 9:30 am to 03/05/2019 - 1:00 pm
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The Immigrant Learning Center
442 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
United States

PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center - Program Management and Educational Leadership
Topic Area
Education Leadership / Management