Time to hit the road!
The district team identifies a pilot site and staff once infrastructure improvements are underway. Research tells us that starting small is advantageous for working through inevitable challenges with implementing all the components of a new initiative. This is especially applicable in large school districts with multiple school buildings. Selecting staff is just the beginning because that staff will need to be prepared prior to being expected to implement new initiative's practices. A training plan will need to be developed for the cohort (e.g. training topics prioritized, scheduled, substitutes secured if needed) and the district team will need to determine if internal experts, or if out of district subject matter experts, are required to deliver training specific to the initiative best practices. If external expertise is needed funding will need to be secured.
Citation: National Implementation Research Network (2020). Implementation Stages Planning Tool Chapel Hill, NC: National Implementation Research Network, FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.