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Steps to Success and the Indistar Tool

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What is the Steps to Success Process? Steps to Success is a continuous improvement process for school designed to build the knowledge, skill and capacity of the educators responsible for providing a quality learning program for all students in the school.

What is it used for? Steps to Success provides a structured framework for a comprehensive self-assessment of current educational practices compared to indicators of effective practice (Wise Ways). Steps to Success protocols guide a school to develop and monitor plans for improvement informed by the self-assessment of existing practices. The Steps to Success process is designed to make best us of the features of the Indistar tool, including built in documentation, report retrieval, as well as mechanisms for providing support via remote 'coaching'.

What is Indistar? Indistar is a password protected web-based workspace for recording, organizing, and retrieving the work of the school team as it completes assessments of it current practices, develops action plans to address student needs, and prepares progress reports to communicate with stakeholders and state and federal monitors.

Schools can enter anywhere across the Improvement Cycle

  • Assess current practices – against indicators of effective practice
  • Plan for change where gaps identified
  • Implement plan
  • Monitor plan implementation – internally and EXTERNALLY
  • Revise plan as needed when new data available (data on both inputs and outcomes)
Steps to Success steps

Who can use Steps to Success /Indistar? Any school or District in New Hampshire can make use of Steps to Success and Indistar. A school or district can reserve a password-protected on-line workspace by submitting the 2013 Steps to Success Registration Form.

What does Steps to Success cost? There is no cost to use the Steps to Success workspace or any of the guidance materials provided here. The NH Department of Education is a member of the Indistar Consortium which provides access to all the resources prepared by the Academic Development Institute (ADI) designers of Indistar.

How can a school or district make best use of Steps to Success? The greatest benefits from the use of Steps to Success come from the professional learning that emerges as school and district staff engages in careful, thoughtful and candid conversation about their own work in comparison to indicators of effective practice (Wise Ways). The essential investment is TIME for the school community to engage in meaningful examination of their policies, practices and programs. An external facilitator to provide needed pressure and support may be helpful but is not required.

To learn more about Steps to Success and indistar, feel free to explore the training materials posted here.

Steps to Success Registration for Schools and Districts
Steps to Success Facilitators Word document

Phases of the Continuous Improvement Cycle
1. Establish a Representative Team
2. Assess Current Practices
3. Moving from Assess to Plan
4. Create an Action Plan
5. Monitor Progress and Plan Implementation

Steps to Success/Indistar Web Meetings 2013-2014
Steps to Success Workshop for Schools
Steps to Success Training for Coaches
Steps to Success Workshop for DOE Staff

SINI 4 Spotlight - periodic newsletter with guidance for restructuring planning year schools using Steps to Success
SINI 5 Focus! - periodic newsletter with guidance for schools monitoring progress as they implement their restructuring plan


Kathryn "Joey" Nichol
Title I
Education Consultant
(603) 271-6087

Kristine Braman
Title I
Program Assistant
(603) 271-6055

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