District Directions 2023 Process Update #2
We had over 1000 people, a mix of parents, employees, community members and students in Grades 10-12 participate in the exchange!!
On June 19, the District Directions 2023 working group had an excellent day with Thoughtexchange facilitators Ann Skelcher, and Rita MacLeod, at Copper Point Resort from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Participants first did some warm up activities to establish group dynamics and to go through some exercises to practice arriving at consensus. Then there was a detailed presentation on the data collected through the exchange; looking at the information in different ways and through different lenses. We saw how the Thoughtexchange analysts had grouped and themed thoughts and we had the opportunity to explore that information online, on our own. Then we worked with partners to pull out the big ideas from the "Top Thoughts" , which are the ideas that were rated the highest across the board by the Thoughtexchange participants . We then worked in 3 larger groups and came to consensus on the big ideas we had selected. Lastly we were all joined together in one large group and had to reach group consensus on the big ideas or themes for the Directions. We finished the day with all participants sharing the highlights of the day with each other. It was an extremely rewarding experience for working group members and an amazing example of collaborative teamwork.
Now that we have worked through all the information that had been collected and we have focus areas for the District, the Board will begin the work of designing the specific District Directions statements that will guide our work and shape our culture for the next 5 years!
A special thank you to everyone who participated in the Thoughtexchange, to the Working Group members who came from all over the District and representing all employee groups, parents, students and the aboriginal communities, and the team at Thoughtexchange.
District Directions 2023 Process Update
The Board of Education has been engaged in a process to set key Directions for the next 5 years, through to the end of 2023. A multi-stakeholder Working Group was formed including Trustees, district staff, admin staff, employee group representatives, aboriginal community representatives, an early learning representative, students and parents. On April 10, 2018, with the assistance of facilitators, the Working Group spent a day gaining an understanding of Thoughtexchange, which is an online process for gathering ideas. Participants are asked to rate or "star" those ideas that seem to resonate the most. Following the first Working Group session two questions were widely circulated through Thoughtexchange:
Q1: What do our students need to be successful in learning and life?
Q2: What are some important things we should focus on as we are planning for the future of our School District?
The responses to these questions are in the process of being themed and organized. The Working Group will reconvene on June 19 to help shape the Directions from this information. The Board of Education will try to honour all input received as we move toward finalizing District Directions 2023 in the coming weeks.
Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this work by engaging in the Thoughtexchange. The Directions are a powerful way of creating focus areas for our learning, and we are proud that we have been able to capture so many thoughts to help us move forward.
Another update will be posted after the meeting on June 19.
"We will care deeply, act wisely, and find joy in each day."
District Directions 2013 - 2018 Process Overview
(Background Information) Throughout the 2013 calendar year the Board of Education engaged in a process to set key goals for the next 5 years, through to the end of 2018. A multi-stakeholder committee was formed including Trustees, District staff, admin staff, employee group representatives, aboriginal community representatives and parents. With the assistance of a BC Trustees' Association Facilitator, and using an Appreciative Inquiry approach, key questions were formulated by the group. These questions were then distributed widely through our communities using "Thoughtstream", generating thousands of responses. The questions were:Q1: What do you feel are some examples of things we are doing well in our schools and in supporting learning?Q2: What do you feel are some challenges in our schools and in supporting learning that need to be addressed?Q3: What are some creative suggestions for new ways we can support our schools and support learning?The responses were grouped and sorted and organized on a website. The committee reconvened and developed the Directions, consistent with the input received from our communities and consistent with the Appreciative Inquiry approach used from the beginning of the process. Strategic initiatives supporting each direction have been ongoing in our District ever since these Directions took effect. They are archived in the District Learning Leadership Report (access under the "Learning" menu). "Our District Directions 2018 represent the hopes, dreams, and ideas of many staff, parents, community members, and students who contributed to a Thoughtstream process, multi-partner dialogue, and Board review to uncover these 5 key themes to guide our work and shape our culture." - Paul Carriere, Superintendent of Schools
In Rocky Mountain School District:
“We will care deeply, act wisely, and find joy in each day.”
- Our students and staff feel safe, connected, and valued
- Our students experience environmental, outdoor, and community-based learning
- Our learning community is research-based and collaborative
- Our learning is empowered by technology
- Our communication results in common understanding