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Michigan's Transformation Zone Journey
The Michigan Department of Education developed a transformation zone in 2016, forming a partnership with Intermediate School Districts of Ingham, Lenawee, and Saginaw. With support from the State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center, MDE set out to build an implementation infrastructure to support the effective use of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).
Implementation science refers to the methods or techniques used to enhance the adoption, implementation, and sustainability" of an innovation (Powell et al., 2015). Applied implementation science supports organizations in achieving their outcomes by providing strategies and tools to navigate the pathway from research to practice. Organizations can use the Active Implementation Frameworks to support implementation capacity development at multiple levels of the system. The frameworks support the sustained use of evidence-based practices to improve outcomes and establish meaningful last change.
A transformation zone includes a small number of representative organizations in the state education system from practice level to the policy level (e.g., classrooms, schools, districts, Intermediate School Districts, and MDE). The intention of the transformation zone work is to improve outcomes by developing the systems and infrastructure needed for successful implementation of practices and programs. By making purposeful changes in a defined transformation zone, leaders can develop an aligned system that is sustainable. Specifically, a transformation zone provides the opportunity to learn what it takes to develop and sustain the competency of staff to use the selected practices as intended as well as the necessary organizational processes and leadership practices.
Implementation Matters: Transformation Zone Final Report
This work would not be possible without the contribution and collaboration from the following teams and leaders in the Michigan Multi-Tiered System of Supports transformation zone*:
Sheila Alles, Chief Deputy Superintendent, Michigan Department of Education
Arminda Westra, State Transformation Assistant Administrator, Michigan Department of Education
Dr. Caryn Ward, Director, State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center
Jason Mellema, Superintendent, Ingham Intermediate School District
Mark Haag, Superintendent, Lenawee Intermediate School District
Dr. Kathy Stewart, Superintendent, Saginaw Intermediate School District
Shelley Rue, Regional Implementation Team Coordinator, Ingham Intermediate School District
Brian Jones, Regional Implementation Team Coordinator, Lenawee Intermediate School District
Rebekah Hornak, Regional Implementation Team Coordinator, Saginaw Intermediate School District
Erin Senkowski, Regional Implementation team Coordinator, Saginaw Intermediate School District
Dr. Ericka Taylor, Regional Implementation Team Coordinator, Saginaw Intermediate School District
Angie Adams, MTSS Coordinator, Saginaw Intermediate School District
Ingham Intermediate School District Regional Implementation Team
Lenawee Intermediate School District Regional Implementation Team
Saginaw Intermediate School District Regional Implementation Team
Acknowledgements of Support:
Kelly Siciliano Carter, Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Implementation, Michigan Department of Education
Dr. Tanya Ihlo, Advanced Implementation Specialist, State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center
Christi Lopez, Graphic Arts Designer, Michigan Department of Education
*The organization associated with the contributor is based upon their affiliation at the time of their contribution.