Linked Implementation Teams

One Implementation Team is not enough to assure excellent outcomes for all students in a state.  To use effective innovations on a useful scale requires a thoughtful arrangement of Implementation Teams.  While this may seem complicated, keep in mind that Implementation Teams make use of the same Active Implementation Frameworks at each level.  Each team described below is charged with doing its part to a) support the work of teams at the level “below” them and b) engage in activities that ensure that the overall implementation infrastructure is developed to:

  • Support staff in delivering innovations as intended and improving outcomes for students
  • Sustain the innovation over time and across staff
  • Scale-up the innovation over time and across units
  • Ensure continuous improvement of fidelity and student outcomes

An infrastructure of linked Implementation Teams contributes to creating coherent and aligned system functions. By working together with a singular focus on the quality of instruction and classroom management, the teams can help create a shared culture of innovation with good outcomes.

As shown in the figure below, an infrastructure comprised of linked teams can help reduce isolated silos that typify large systems.  By working simultaneously with multiple levels of an education system, Implementation Teams can help encourage greater integration, coherence, and focus to the system as whole.  By aligning activities and functions with desired outcomes for students, Implementation Teams and leaders in education can build a lasting capacity for responsible change.

Figure 3.1: Simultaneous, Multi-Level
Team Alignment in an Educational System