Description: While implementation science research informs us that fully implementing and sustaining an evidence-based practice can take years, district administrators and staff often feel pressure to implement practices rapidly, expecting a ‘quick fix’ that will improve students outcomes. In this sense of urgency, steps are often lost, which may lead to poor decision making. To mitigate the effects of typical implementation issues districts face, the Active Implementation Frameworks (AIFs) provide a conceptual structure for understanding the systems and processes that must be in place for students to benefit from an evidence-based practice. However, concepts are only useful when put into action.
The development of district-state partnerships through Minnesota’s State Systemic Improvement Plan has provided opportunities for applied learning and understanding into how the AIFs and related strategies are used to moderate the impact of competing district priorities for increased implementation success. Through a district and state lens, participants will hear the challenges and successes in the use of the AIFs and related tools by district and state teams to implement Check & Connect with fidelity to improve graduation outcomes for American Indian and Black students with disabilities. Specifically, session attendees will learn about a) the intensive state supports provided to ensure local capacity is being built to sustain use of Check & Connect, b) strategies that have been most successful in supporting local agencies, and c) barriers that have hindered progress and how they have been addressed.