Using the Toolkit

Instructional Strategies:
The Four Phases

-Creating the Profile

-Setting the Goals

-Planning to Improve

Guiding Questions
Step-by-Step Process

-Implementing the Plan


-Guiding Questions

-Research and Strategies

-Response to Intervention

Topic Guides for CIP Plans

Equity and Diversity

Family & Community Engagement

Instructional Strategies

Nebraska Literacy Plan

PreK-12 Curriculum Alignment

Special Education: Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities (ILCD)


Improvement Plan Requirements


Early Childhood

The Nebraska Framework:
A Handbook for Continuous Improvement in Nebraska Schools

Nebraska Statewide Assessment (NeSA)

Professional Development, Data Resources, and Links

Rule 10

State of the Schools Report

Nebraska Department of Education

US Department of Education


Contact Us

Planning to Improve

Strategies (Action Plan)

The plan for improvement that is developed for your school or district is a result of your data collection, research, and study. It should reflect the needs of your staff and students and should be created collectively. Your plan must include specific information about how research-based instructional strategies will be used by all teachers in a strategic, school-wide effort to improve the academic achievement of all students in your buildings and classrooms PreK-12. Instructional strategies selected should be taught consistently and purposefully across all content areas. A detailed plan to provide meaningful, on-going professional development opportunities for all staff to learn about and implement research-based instructional strategies should be included in your plan for improvement. Include specific steps, timelines, who is responsible, and data collection/analysis information for each identified goal. Allow adequate time and support for teachers and students to implement strategies, discover how and when to use them, and to determine their purpose in every classroom as a tool for increased learning.


Establish a timeline as part of your improvement plan. Consider that teachers and students need many experiences implementing selected strategies in order for its impact on learning to be measurable.

As part of your timeline, identify who is responsible for implementation, how often assessment information will be analyzed, how data will be used to monitor progress towards your goal, and who is responsible to adjust and monitor your improvement plan based on collected data.












Nebraska Department of Education, 2010