Where Does It Live: Building Systems And Structures Around What You Believe

Facilitator: Chris Lehmann

Big Questions:
  • What are the values you would want to be embedded in your classroom and/or school?
    • Relationships
    • Relevance
    • Commitment -- responsibility for one's own learning
    • Be courteous, polite and respectful
    • Passion
    • Joy, fun
    • Community
    • Innovation
    • Values / School Culture
    • Curiosity
    • Compassion
    • Creativity
    • Inquiry / A willingness to question and challenge our own thoughts
    • Inclusion
    • Application (of knowledge, of ideas, of etc...)
    • Student Voice
    • Life-long learning
  • What are the systems and structures in your classroom and school?
    • Scheduling
    • Curriculum / Curriculum Design
    • Hiring
    • Assessment
    • Food Service
    • Admissions
    • Facilities / Physical Plant
    • Calendar / Schedule
    • Resource Allocation (how much and how and where)
    • Rewards / Sanctions
    • Communication
    • Extra-Curricular Activities
    • Parent / Community Relations
    • Infrastructure
    • Space Design
    • Professional Development
    • Faculty Communication
    • Pay Scale / Incentives
    • Celebrations and Rituals and Traditions
    • Organizational Culture
    • Leadership / Roles therein...
    • Purchasing
    • Relationship to the larger system
  • How would those systems and structures have to change to better reflect / enhance those values?
    • Scheduling -- can undermine school mission.
      • Question -- How do we create the change we see?
      • Schools can model charette (sp?) process.
      • Understanding pedagogical alignment.
    • Hiring
      • Your hiring process must deal with the values.
  • What is the one month / one year / three year action plan to move the systems and structures of your school / classroom closer to the values you espouse?