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Go With the Flow: Decision Trees to Navigate Categorical Decisions

2012 Title l Conference

Ann [email protected]

WestEd.orgWestEd.orgDecisions, DecisionsWhat is a decision?A mental process resulting in a course of actionThe process of coming to a conclusion or determinationChoosing

WestEd.orgDecision Making MethodologiesUninformed decision making might be based onDrawing possibilities out of a hatThrowing dartsUsing the WAG methodWhile fun, these methods are likely not optimal!

WestEd.orgDecision Making MethodologiesInformed decision making is based on a sequential processIdentifying the needUnderstanding the objectiveAnalyzing the alternativesEvaluating possible solutions/outcomesPossible benefitsPossible consequences

WestEd.orgWhat is a Decision Tree?Minimally, a Decision Tree isA visual representation of a decision making processA question and answer analysis

WestEd.orgDecision TreesDecision Trees used to their full potential areA friendly, interactive, and accessible way to work through some common questions and processes found in managing school resourcesThey are also a a resource thatProvides answers to common questionsOffers caution signs to avoid potential bumps in the roadSuggests Best PracticesEncourages consistent practicesSummarizes and simplifies rules

WestEd.orgWhy Decision Trees?While there are many rules, regulations, and alternatives to consider when managing categorical resources, the answers to these questions are often:AllowableNot AllowableSupplantingSupplemental

WestEd.org So instead of a series of slides

WestEd.orgLets try a decision tree

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WestEd.org Other Common QuestionsWhat is core?What is a direct service?Are your centralized services compliant?What needs an allocation plan?Is the plan aligned to goals?Is your plan sustainable?

WestEd.orgWhat is Core?

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What is a Direct Service?

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WestEd.orgProgram Requiring Allocation Plans

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WestEd.orgCentralized Services

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WestEd.orgNot Just For Categoricals!Decision Trees can be adapted to answer questions in almost any situation, they arent just for categorical resource management.Other uses could beAssociated Student Body issuesPurchasing processesFacilities useTechnology

WestEd.orgFinal ThoughtsMapping out the optimal, compliant, choices that maximize student achievement isnt an easy task.Decision Trees can be a fresh approach when exploring options and confirming best practices and staying within the framework of compliant programs!

WestEd.orgThank you!

Ann [email protected]

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