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- 1. What is a "Promising Practice?"
- Promising: Something that is likely to succeed or yield a good result.
- Before addressing what a Promising Practice is, it is instructive to know what it is not. A Promising Practice is not a promise you are making to practice something. Instead, A Promising Practice is something you are doing, or have done, which exemplifies your efforts in childhood wellness and, if emulated by someone else, will likely result in success or a good result. Publishing your Promising Practice is an acknowledgement of your work, but more important, a compilation of Promising Practices can serve as a book of tips and inspiration for all who work in the field of childhood wellness.
- Reading Promising Practices may inspire you to try something in your operation that someone else has successfully implemented. It may give you an idea on how to improve something you are already doing, and it may prevent you from making the same mistakes that someone else has already made. When submitting your Promising Practice keep these goals in mind. Next, we will look at each category in turn.
- What is the objective of the project in question? Is there more than one objective? This is where you list the project's objectives as clearly and concisely as possible. It is important that the objectives be specific and demonstrable. Example:
- Train cafeteria staff
- Bring students to farm
- Improve Breakfast
- Cafeteria staff will learn proper knife handling and maintenance skills.
- Students in K-2 will visit farm and demonstrate knowledge of plant cycle.
- Students will be able to choose breakfast items that are sourced from fresh, local ingredients.
Remember to be as specific as possible. This way your objective (or goal) can be verified, which will help immensely when filling out the final category, Evidence of Success. A vague objective such as "get in better shape" is not as specific or demonstrable as stating "will exercise 20 minutes a day three times a week."
3. Description of Promising Practice
- This category can be a little tricky because what you are doing is actually giving a synopsis, or brief overview of your entire project, including the Promising Practice. The Promising Practice itself is likely hidden somewhere within the project. Are you doing something new? Have you put a twist on an established practice? Have you figured out a trick, which solves a problem? If so, that is your Promising Practice.
When describing your project, remember to include anything pertinent to the project itself, but omit any extraneous or non-topical information. Describe everything you did that explains how you addressed the objectives of the project.
4. What Advice do you have or lessons learned that you would like to share with others who might want to implement your “Promising Practice?”
- This is self-explanatory. Ask yourself this: If you were to do it all over again, what would you do differently? If you knew then what you know now would you budget your efforts any differently? If you were to tackle the same project at a different school, what would you do differently?
5. What Evidence do you have that this “Promising Practice is/was successful?”
- The best evidence of success is something quantifiable. Did your participation level increase? By how much? Levels of wastage, BMI, test scores, and dollars can all be measured with numbers. Subjective measurements such as levels of enthusiasm, enjoyment, and approval are not as powerful as objective measurements that can be quantified. You may certainly cite subjective measurements but when looking for evidence of success you should first look at your objectives (under the heading "objectives") and then ask yourself how you fared. Remember, a good objective is demonstrable.