- Center Ideas
The NIC is mostly comprised of division leaders who are all volunteering their time, working to develop new strengths and improve their division. New divisions in Virginia and neighbor states are catching wind about this strategic approach and looking to join, and a new NIC is being formed in Kentucky. The feedback has been very generous according to April. Lori and April have also ensured the creation of easy-to-follow resources so that anyone can begin their own successful NIC. The resources have been reviewed and vetted by education leaders and include interactive-learning modules. Not only are these resources flexible for different states, they can also be modified and applied at the state, district, and school level.
Success in Virginia
The initiative for continuous improvement in Virginia is still in its first year, but big changes are already underway. The silos are crumbling, and communication is growing stronger. The divisions participating in the NIC are setting aside time to work with one another, share challenges and wins, and build better practices. R5CC was able to find connections where different initiatives could overlap, making work for the divisions and the OSQ more efficient. As April noted, she’s just one person, and knowing what to do is different than being able to actually do it. The thoughtful support provided by the R5CC team has allowed April, the OSQ, and the divisions to develop a foundation for moving forward so even as leaders change or the Regional Comprehensive Centers shift, the systems will be in place because the impact has been made.