Lately we have been talking and thinking about the future of our schools. The leadership team, teachers, parents and students been involved in three workshops with the members of the school committee.
Our first workshop had to do with the future. Specifically, what is the future we want to create? The impact of technology and an ever changing dynamic, global economy are driving changes that most schools are unable to keep up with as they educate their students. Our kindergarten students will graduate in 2032. What will the world outside of school be like? How will they adapt as we prepare them for jobs that don’t exist?
This is an interesting video that we shared from Ted Dintersmith that outlines the future of work:
The second workshop had to do with an exploration of learning. We worked with members of school committee, parents, teachers and students to develop a draft definition of learning. We have also worked with our teachers to explore the topic of learning as well. Participants of the workshops were asked to think about one or two of their most memorable learning experiences. We also asked a few other clarifying questions:
- Why do you remember it?
- Did you learn this yourself or did someone teach you?
- What was the environment?
- What was the type of experience?
The most interesting part was that the youngest student participants (3rd and 4th graders) said they learn best from Youtube.
After people wrote about their most memorable learning experiences on individual sticky notes, we asked them to categorize them by Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How or learning. After this, people were assigned to one of six groups to synthesize as many as 40 sticky notes per question.
This was the result:
The third workshop was entitles making the vision a reality. We worked with school committee members to introduce them to our school improvement plans and introduce the strategic objectives of our draft strategic plan. More importantly, we presented our WHY.
Simon Sinek speaks about the WHY. He says, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” So why do we do what we do? What is our why? ”Meeting the needs of all learners”.
We look forward to continuing the long, important journey to explore and develop our core values, beliefs, mission and vision. Be on the look out for invites to meetings and opportunities to get involved!