Developmental Designs School-wide Practices


Developmental Designs structured team meetings make the most of teacher collective planning time.  They support both student success and a healthy adult community.

Constitutional Convention

Collaborative, democratically-derived rules begin with individual advisory guidelines, then are consolidated into school-wide rules when elected advisory representatives meet to create the school constitution. School rules are not imposed by adults, but are created and endorsed by the entire school community.

School-wide Meetings

Gatherings of grade levels or the entire school provide opportunities for strengthening community. For example, the first meeting of the year in a school using the Developmental Designs approach is often the presentation of the school rules that have been created in the Constitutional Convention. Other meetings are held for presentations of student work, recognition of success, guest speakers, student demonstrations of school routines and practices, etc.

Modeling Shared Areas

Protocols for behavior in shared areas are crucially important. Some Developmental Designs schools model these in advisories; others use school-wide meetings in which students and staff model and practice "the way things are done in our school."

Problem-solving Strategies for Challenging Behaviors

The Developmental Designs teacher-meeting format Conspiracy of Caring provides a respectful, deep,  and effective way to consider how to help struggling students.

Effective Leadership

Leaders in a Developmental Designs school are key to the success of students and teachers. They help set and goals monitor growth, support teachers in full implementation of Developmental Designs practices, and maintain a climate of assessment for social and academic learning. Developmental Designs consulting teachers and administrators support school leaders through on-site visits and technology-supported coaching.

Evaluation Capacity-building

Evaluation provides the information we need for continuous growth. Origins offers the School Development Assessment Program (SDAP), a practical support for evaluation. The SDAP provides 1) a format for taking a data snapshot of a school's statistics (attendance, tardies, referrals, test scores, etc.); 2) a tool for determining the level of implementation of Developmental Designs practices by staff; and 3) a climate survey. The data is analyzed by an independent researcher, and recommendations based on the data results are provided by Origins consulting staff to school staff.