Developing Equitable Programs for Students with Disabilities Guided by the Driver Diagram

75-min | In-Person
Focus Areas: Equity, Diversity, and Belonging; Spread and Scale; Student Attainment; Transformational Secondary School Learning; Improvement Capability; System Transformation Toward Continuous Improvement

In this teacher-led session, STRIVE Prep Charter Schools, with funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, share how they harnessed the power of one enthusiastic teacher to improve outcomes and elevate the voices of students with disabilities. STRIVE Prep’s Continuous Improvement team relied on a collaborative process of revising the Driver Diagram to have a “golden thread” that ties the change idea of student-led goal-setting conferences to the primary and secondary drivers, and ending at the project aim statement. Documentation of micro-sized PDSA testing cycles in the classroom showed increased student self-determination and academic achievement for students with disabilities.


Jenny Bisha, Director of Continuous Improvement, STRIVE Prep
Jose Loera, Director of Data, STRIVE Prep
Paula Espinoza, Director of Data, Partners In School Innovation
Aaron Miller, Special Education Teacher, STRIVE Prep