The purpose of IDOS is to streamline systems for both efficiency and fidelity. The school identifies systems that are and are not in place. The leadership team takes steps to design new systems and identify steps needed to ensure they are implemented with fidelity, oriented toward closing the achievement gap, and targeted toward under-served populations.
Westside Elementary School has focused on one major system—the master schedule. Staff studied data and then aligned instructional blocks of time to ensure the school day was used efficiently. Staff created common blocks of the day where grade levels taught literacy, math, etc. In addition, staff aligned specials (i.e., gym, music, and art) to provide classroom teachers with common planning time.