Planning & Assessing Continuous School Improvement: Implement the PDSA Process & Template

If we are truly on a journey to continuously improve, we must nurture a culture of inquiry where asking questions – even difficult questions – is valued. In this culture, perceived failure and flaws are seen as opportunities to learn and improve.




District and building leaders are encouraged to collaboratively identify one process in which to implement the PDSA continuous improvement cycle approach with all staff.

This identified process can start with an academic goal, or it can start with an operational goal such as dismissal procedures. It will be important to identify a goal that the entire staff can engage with in order to fully understand each step of the PDSA structure.


Once engaging in an initial PDSA structure, scaffold the utilization of this formalized process for continuous improvement throughout grade level teams and/or content areas.


Ensure to celebrate quick wins in utilizing the PDSA approach, and encourage the use of this process as a coach and supportive advisor during the initial implementation, active application, and sustained use of this continuous improvement cycle.


It is vital to embrace the PDSA structure as a leader in order to “walk the talk” of a continuous improvement mindset.

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