SISEP eNotes: September 2014

Date Published: 2014-10-10


SISEP eNotes

Notes, News and Discussion from the
State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-Based Practices Project

September 2014

Facilitative Administration


The process of district and school improvement typically includes targeted planning for training staff in new skills to better support students.  Whether or not staff actually use these new skills in their own classrooms with fluency can depend largely on the efforts of administrators to  facilitate the “enabling context” in support of new teacher behavior.  We call this Facilitative Administration.

The Facilitative Administration Driver focuses on the internal processes, policies, regulations, and structures over which a school, district or implementing organization has some control. Building or District Implementation Teams (BITs and DITs) are often responsible for activating this Driver.

The primary function of Facilitative Administration is to create and maintain hospitable environments to support new ways of work. Administrative systems are accountable for creating an organizational context that is supportive, engaged in learning, and continuously improving based on best practices and the use of data.


Above all, the Facilitative Administration Driver uses data and proactively solicits feedback to look for ways to make the day-to-day work of teachers, school staff and administrators more effective and less burdensome.  Successful schools emerge from such partnerships.


Facilitative strategies include:

  •  Creating clear communication protocols and functional feedback loops
    • ensure timely information sharing regarding successes and challenges
    • be visible to show support and ask questions about the process
    • capture positive steps to celebrate the learning and experience with staff
  • Making necessary changes to schedules
    • provide opportunities for peer observations and meetings
    • build in extra time for implementation while teachers are building fluency
  • Making necessary revisions in priorities
    • revise support staff assignments to provide back up for new implementers
    • rearrange duty assignments to provide needed meeting time for shared learning
  • Identifying policies that need revision
    • revise policies to operationalize changes made in support of the new work

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