TIES Inclusive Education Roadmap
Example of an Inter-Level Communication Plan
A central principle of system alignment includes strong communication between the different levels of the system (for example, state level, regional level, district level, and school level), as well as within each of these levels. This becomes more complex as the levels of the system increase. Yet, to build and support sustainable inclusive education systems, this level of alignment is key.
It is important at each level to:
understand the work at the other levels of the system and how it supports inclusion,
share updates about the inclusive education work,
share process and outcome data,
identify gaps in practices and policies,
modify and align their work to achieve the goals based on new learning, and
have policy inform practice and practice inform policy.
The inter-level communication plan identifies:
what information will be shared,
who has the responsibility to share the information,
what is the frequency that sharing information will happen, and
what is the relationship between various groups, such as advisory, decision maker.
Assuring cross-level representation on a multi-level system helps create a pathway so inclusive practices information flows in both directions. For example, a principal and teacher who are on a building EILT are also on the district EILT, a principal and superintendent on a district EILT are also on the state EILT, and a state or regional representative is part of a district EILT.
The example below illustrates the flow of information and the role each level plays in how a focus on inclusive education at the state, district, and school levels can be aligned. (If the state is organized into regions, these could easily be included in the process.)
Level of EILT
Communicates with Whom
Share state policy and practice advisories
Provide technical assistance
Three times per year
Communicate updates and advise on policy and practices
Three times per year
Collaborate on implementing policies and practices; provide professional development, coaching, advising on policies, etc.
A minimum of every other week
Communicate feedback on implementation of policies and practices; advise on district decision making
Share successes, challenges and strategies
Ongoing via email, Formal meetings 3 times per year