Strategic Plan Advisory Committee Kick Off January 17, 2013
Why Are We Here? • Current Strategic Plan • 2008-2013 • Year 5 of 5 • Seeking to develop plan based on core mission of NISD • World around us is changing – we need to consider those changes when we design our systems of education
Education 1.0 • Context • Agriculture, artisanry • Small group work • Apprentice model • Variety of tasks • Hand tools • Methods • Basics of literacy • Agrarian calendar • Small group work • Apprentice model • Variety of tasks in one setting
Education 2.0 • Context • Manufacturing, processing • Solitary work in a group setting • Manager model • Repetitive tasks • Mechanical Tools • Methods • One size fits all: sorting/tracking • Solitary work in a group setting • Manager model • Rote memorization • Efficiency
Process Methodology Insert images of visioning sessions?
Why Strategic Design? Mission & Vision
Timeline • SPAC large group Kick Off (January 17) • Staff focus groups • Student, parent, community member & business partner focus groups • Survey • SPAC large group (February 28 & March 7)
Introductions • Who are you? • Who are your school-aged loved ones? • Pictures
Beliefs Beliefs are…fundamental values; ethical code, overriding convictions, inviolable principles that form the bedrock of a community. Why do we start with beliefs? Beliefs are…moral and ethical priorities that move the organization to commit to a mission and guide all of the organization’s behaviors.
Beliefs Are… • Specific, short value statements • Matters of conviction • Universally applicable • Something you would defend • Sources of behavior • Discovered, not created
Beliefs Are not… • Flowery, vague, “bumper stickers” • Statements of fact • Something we should or must believe • Provable • Platitudes • More than 2 concepts woven into one statement
Beliefs • How do you learn something new and difficult? How does your spouse, sibling, neighbor learn best? • Why are schools important? Why do they exist? What would life be like if they didn’t? • What do you value about learning? Education? For what would you be willing to fight? I believe that…
Examples • The classroom teacher is the most important resource for student learning. • Every student is uniquely capable and deserves to learn each day. • Personal relationships and connections are vital to learning. • Learning is a life-long pursuit. • A quality education creates life-long opportunities. • Meaningful work engages students in profound learning. • Free and public education is necessary to sustain a democratic society.
Group Norms • Be honest and optimistic! • Participate (don’t dominate). • Cell phones on vibrate.
Roles • Project Leader • Time Manager • Recorder
Beliefs Protocol • Step 1: • Each team member writes a list of beliefs about learning and/or education completing the sentence “I believe that…” and not using “should” or “must” in any of the sentences. (7 min)
Beliefs Are… • Specific, short value statements • Matters of conviction • Universally applicable • Something you would defend • Sources of behavior • Discovered, not created Are Not… • Flowery, vague, “bumper stickers” • Statements of fact • Something we should or must believe • Provable • Platitudes • More than 2 concepts woven into one statement
Beliefs Protocol • Step 2: • Individually, team members mark the top three most strongly held convictions from the list they created. (1 min)
Beliefs Protocol • Step 3: • Each team member in turn shares one belief with the team asking questions for clarification and noting similar beliefs. (20 min) • Step 4: • Team comes to agreement on the 3 most strongly held convictions of the team and posts the three on chart paper. (15 min)
Beliefs Protocol • Step 5: • Teams take a gallery walk of each poster and use red dots to note disagreement • Teams identify a total of 3 most strongly held convictions using green dots (60 min total)
Next Steps • Focus groups • Online survey • February 6-15 • Our next meetings: • February 28, 6-9 pm, Marshall HS Cafeteria • March 7, 6-9 pm, Marshall HS Cafeteria • SPAC Website