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Initiative Paper


  • Examine a campus or district improvement plan
  • Based on the goals in the plan, select an initiative you want to follow during the year, which will evolve into a major component of your summative portfolio.
  • The initiative might or might not be the one you considered in your pre-initiative paper during your internship. It is acceptable to change to a different area of focus in response to the latest available information on the school’s current needs and goals.
  • The initiative may be related to some aspect of academic performance, student conduct, student retention, equity, safety/risk management, personnel, institutional advancement (development), technology, family involvement, or any another top priority identified by your organization.
  • Discuss the initiative with your mentor and your clinical instructor to obtain multiple perspectives on the possible applications of this goal/initiative to your work in this program.

4) Complete a Needs Assesssment.  Collect any compelling data to support the need for the

initiative. There could already be a needs-assessment conducted by an improvement team at the departmental or team or campus level. Examples of relevant data could include:

  • test scores
  • discipline referral data
  • failure rate for a targeted grade level or group
  • surveys completed by parents or staff or students,
  • retention rates for private school students transitioning from middle school to high school
  • data on parent involvement, such as volunteer records or attendance at PTA events

5) Determine the Measures for Success: Briefly explain and justify (through the use of your data) the

initiative, and indicate how its success will be measured at the end of the school year.  This is         important. For example, the goal might be:

  • a specified level of improvement in certain test scores (such as a 20% increase in the passing rate for a particular assessment),
  • a specified level of increase of positive responses on a parent satisfaction or teacher satisfaction survey
  • a specified level of reduction in disciplinary referrals or suspensions (such as 20% fewer referrals or suspensions)
  • a specified level of increase in family participation in school events and volunteer opportunities
  • Propose an Action Plan: Determine the strategies you will need to achieve your goal.  Include who will be responsible for each, set a timeline for check-in and completions, and include your measures.
  • Anticipating Organization Factors contributing to Successful Goals: Using what you have learned about vision, culture, and leadership, tell why you think the initiative is likely (or not likely) to succeed.  In your analysis, consider the possible role of at least two of the following (for example, as a driving force or potential barrier) as it might apply to your school setting in the implementation of this initiative:
    • Vision and culture (including the role of key stakeholders)
    • Factors that impact organizational behavior, such as perceptions, values, emotions, attitudes, and motivation
    • Decision-making processes (individual and/or participative)
    • Communication
    • Power and leadership

Also see why research papers are important.

If applicable, make recommendations you feel would increase the likelihood of success of the initiative. Support your analysis and recommendation(s) with at least three references from your course readings AND at least one self-selected article from a peer-reviewed journal (a total of four references).

Format: Your analysis should consist of no more than 4-5 double-spaced pages (plus the reference list) with margins of one inch. Please use Times New Roman or a similar professional font, with a font size of 12. Include appropriate citations and a reference list as noted above, using APA format and observing the guidelines discussed in our summer workshop with regard to academic language and economy of expression. Due to the nature of the assignment, it will be appropriate to use the first person to a limited extent. (This will be discussed in further detail in class.)

This assignment is based on a 25-point rubric and will also count as the final exam

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