TIES Inclusive Education Roadmap RETIRED

Communication Plan

General Guidance

Equitable Inclusive Leadership Teams (EILT) lead complex change efforts. EILTs benefit from communication processes that keep everyone up-to-date and “in the loop.” These processes also streamline communication with decision-makers and other stakeholder groups. Shared communication related to implementation progress and barriers to inclusive education efforts and initiatives is key for keeping system change moving forward between scheduled meetings. 

  1. Teams utilize structured communication processes.
  2. Teams have ongoing access to decision-maker input 
  3. Teams record and monitor task assignments.

Guiding Questions

  1. How will you establish norms of communication for meetings? Meeting norms are more than logistical details, such as “start and end on time.” They include the ways that people work together to discuss complex material. (Here is an example of collaborative norms that a state and district leadership team developed.)
  2. What will the team need to communicate about between meetings?
  3. Who will be responsible for specific types of communication (such as scheduling, distributing agendas)?
  4. Which communication technologies will be utilized and for which purposes?
  5. How will group decisions be disseminated to relevant stakeholders?
  6. How will the team differentiate between communications that are time-sensitive and those that are not? What are the agreed-upon response timelines?
  7. How will you evaluate the effectiveness of your communication in and outside of meetings?

Getting Started with State, District, School, and Inter-level Plans

Guidance for each level (state, district, and school, inter-level) is provided on the following four pages, respectively. You may also skip to any of these levels by using the menu to access each level directly.