WestEd and the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services (WCEPS) announce the Four Domains Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) System is now being delivered to 370 schools and 30 LEAs in Utah to provide an action-based and data-informed roadmap for enhancing school improvement across the state.
The Four Domains CALL System – a measurement system and service from WestEd that gathers data across essential practices linked to school effectiveness – will support Utah State Board of Education (USBE) in critical areas related to leadership and high-quality continuous school improvement for schools identified for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI).
In 2018, the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) team at WCEPS worked with WestEd to develop a version of the CALL survey that is aligned to the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement—a research-based framework developed by WestEd that is proven to help states, districts, and schools in effectively leading and managing rapid improvement efforts.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with WestEd in this engagement with USBE to support Utah education leaders across the state,” says WCEPS Project Director Mark Blitz.
Since its launch, numerous versions of the CALL survey have been deployed nationwide to support school improvement planning, inform professional development plans, and to conduct comprehensive needs assessments. In Utah, the Four Domains CALL System will provide an opportunity for staff to communicate what they are experiencing for each of the practices within the Four Domains.
“We originally developed and validated the primary CALL system at University of Wisconsin at Madison over ten years ago with this specific purpose in mind: to support schools and school leaders across various education landscapes by helping them obtain meaningful information on schoolwide and districtwide instructional leadership practices for more effective school improvement planning,” says Blitz.
Using the Four Domains CALL System, schools in Utah will access summary data that provides insights into how the routines, tasks, and practices compare to other schools that have taken the survey nationwide. Rather than focus on an individual leader, the system utilizes multi-source comprehensive surveys to assess core leadership practices that are distributed across the school and/or district. Changes in routines, tasks, and practices can be tracked over time to determine how well implementation efforts are working and provide a roadmap for focused adjustments in targeted areas.
“We recognize that a survey alone is not going to transform a school,” says WestEd School Improvement Facilitator Contann Dabney.
“However, just as school leaders depend on teachers to use data-informed decision-making to guide their instruction, school leaders can also use this data-informed tool to make decisions that guide planning and implementation related to their school improvement efforts. The survey is a starting point. ”
WestEd is also providing technical assistance to schools and districts to help refine and implement school improvement plans informed by valuable CALL data.
View the quick video below about the CALL assessment and feedback system that measures specific practices within the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework.
All TSI schools in Utah are eligible to participate in the Four Domains CALL System. Schools are encouraged to contact their district’s leadership for more information.
About CALL and WCEPS
The Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) is a schoolwide leadership assessment and feedback system to support professional growth, leadership development, and school improvement planning. Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services (WCEPS) works closely with the creators of CALL to provide outreach services and assist educators in using CALL.