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A 29-page document created by OEA members and staff in the Educator Empowerment Academy.

"A powerful AIM statement can be a team’s motivation and inspiration. The AIM statement can bring people on board and focus team members’ energy around collective efforts. In addition, an AIM statement serves as an excellent communication tool for explaining your work to those outside your team."

"Often, when we have a systemic problem, we respond by throwing changes at
the problem and hope that enough of them hit the mark to make a difference.
In other words, we practice solutionitis. One way to fight solutionitis is for teams to have a common aim, a target you know you are heading for. After teams have invested in deeply uncovering the root cause of a problem, including a strengths-based mindset and authentic participation by those whose life stories inform how the system is being
experienced, a collaboratively developed target clarifies the community’s vision of success."

"PDSA: Plan Do Study Act: If we are truly on a journey to continuously improve, we must nurture a culture of inquiry where asking questions - even difficult questions - is valued. In this culture, perceived failure and flaws are seen as opportunities to learn and improve. This improvement mindset centers around the question: How do we know that our change is an improvement? The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle can be the main vehicle for answering this question. PDSAs provide discipline and structure to our inquiry. The process enables us to test out changes on a small scale, build on the learning in
a structured way, and try various contexts before full implementation. And PDSAs help teams make data-based decisions that avoid one-size-fits-all solutions."