Today our school district hosted a ‘Grand Forum’. A gathering of a cross section of all stakeholders within our district.
It isn’t always easier to bring together teachers, principals and vice principals, senior administration, support staff, trustees, parents, students, and members from the community – yet somehow it felt like we were all able to have our voices heard.
We used table talk time around 4 key questions, and we were encouraged to change tables for each question to hear a variety of viewpoints.
Our guiding theme was ‘the direction of the school district’. Not that it’s broken, but acknowledging that education is changing and we would rather be part of the change now rather than later.
It was great to have face-to-face time to think about and talk about some of the changes that are occurring in our school district (great focus in personalized learning opportunities an electives that meet student wants/needs and teacher passions) and even better using iPads and thoughtstream to record our thinkings.
Also vital was the knowledge that this wasn’t or isn’t a one-time event. We are now charged with talking with and consulting and sharing with our various learning communities to ensure that everyone within our school district can be heard.
We even managed to start some back channel conversations on twitter at #sd83gf
And to support what many of us said about the importance immediate feedback which was done via wordle
Question 1: what are some key successes you are aware of in our district
Q2: what are some ways you feel current school structures and strategies could be changed to meet the needs of 21st century students
Q3: what are some new ways you think we might have students demonstrate that they are equipped for success in the 21st century adult realities all will encounter when they exit the K-12 education system?
Q4: what are the barriers to having students achieve the desired Competencies?
A great day for our district (and a time for reflection as we prepare to welcome a new superintendent along with other new educators in the near future) – glad that I joined this learning community!