TIES Inclusive Education Roadmap

Creating the Inclusive Education Action Plan

The IER Action Plan leverages the power of implementation drivers to create change. The priorities the EILT identified when using the RISE Part 2 and the Initiative Inventory will become actionable items. This process starts by creating SMARTIE goal/s. The EILT then applies the implementation drivers essential to each goal to create the action plan for how each goal will be achieved. This process can take from 2 to 3 hours to complete, and it does not need to be completed in one meeting.

Writing SMARTIE Goals

You will base your SMARTIE goals on the 3 Takeaways the EILT identified after the RISE Part 2 process. Begin with a review of the 3 Takeaways and the Initiative Inventory. Reflect on how the results of the Initiative Inventory may have impacted the Takeaways. Did that process identify some potential opportunities for aligning the work of inclusive education systems with current initiatives and priorities? Modify the Takeaways as needed. It is important to have a consensus on the 3 Takeaways before moving forward.

Create a SMARTIE goal for each priority by ensuring that each goal is:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-based (can be completed within one year)
  • Inclusive of students with significant cognitive disabilities, and
  • Equitable across all stakeholder groups

Real-World Example

A district with a strong elementary inclusive education model was ready to scale up to the secondary level. After choosing and completing the RISE Part 2 General Education Curriculum Content and Access Focus Area, one Takeaway they focused on was creating access to secondary grade-level academics for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The EILT made the following SMARTIE goal to address this work:

  • We will increase access to grade-level subject area content in science for students with significant cognitive disabilities by co-creating adapted materials for all units of the grade 6 science curriculum that will be ready to use at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. 

Incorporating Implementation Drivers into the Action Plan

The next step in the action planning process is to consider the application of each of the implementation drivers to your SMARTIE goals. The Action Plan document supports this process and allows you to capture all this information in one place. Although all implementation drivers may not apply to a particular SMARTIE goal, several will be. The Data-Based Decision-Making driver should be used with each SMARTIE goal to ensure that systems to measure ongoing progress with each goal are in place. Use the Action Plan to guide the flow of discussion so that all Drivers are discussed.