Cohort 8 Stepping Up Technology Implementation
University of Kansas
Center for Research on Learning
Sustainable Implementation of Innovations for Student Achievement (SIISA)
To address underutilization of evidence-based technology tools, the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and Don Johnston, Inc. are developing a Technology Innovation Adoption Model. The model will be specific to the needs of the schools involved in the project and will be applicable to schools across the country. This project, the Sustainable Implementation of Innovations for Student Achievement (SIISA),is designed to develop, investigate, and revise:
an adoption implementation model/process and
a diagnostic, monitoring and implementation support system that will lead to successful use of SOLO 6 Literacy Suite (SOLO).
A cornerstone of the project is the iterative development of a Diagnostic and Implementation Dashboard System (DIDS)that gathers the necessary data from an assortment of measures and sources to support and monitor the effective adoption and implementation of an evidence-based technology. This project focuses on the literacy needs in reading, concept organization, and text-composition of middle school students with learning disabilities and other high-incidence disabilities.
The team is implementing SOLO with a unique instructional coaching model (Knight, 2012), while gathering and reporting data via the DIDS. The team seeks to understand the:
Exploring phase to determine readiness, the needed supports, roles and responsibilities, environmental and staff expectations, and the commitment to change
Planning phase to include timelines, a plan of action, the setting of goals, and the development and use of professional learning communities
Implementing phase by providing professional development, instructional coaching support, and instituting overall initial implementation efforts
Sustaining phase by integrating SOLO with other practices, extending and refining the DIDS, and utilizing professional learning communities.