Parts of my duties this year have been as a contributing member of our Chinook’s Edge School Division Guiding Coalition. Close to 40 individuals, representing many roles across the district, have committed to work together to collaboratively create a vision for the future of learning in CESD. Although the process is a long one – projected at 12 to 18 months – it was quickly apparent that the passion and trust each individual brought to the table would make for great discussion, debate and eventually vision, for our students. (Come take a look – http://cesdvisioning.wikispaces.com)
By the end of the second meeting, the majority of participants had tears describing why they felt this process an important aspect of their work and relating to why they applied to take part . The synergy in that group of individuals is amazing. Whether you are a teacher, parent, student, EA, finance, caretaker, IT, trustee, community member, maintenance, transportation or central office, your voice is heard and data collected taken as important as anyone else’s.
At our meeting this past week we started with discussion around, ”What do you believe are local, national and global issues affecting the future of education?”. To help discussion we split the group up into seven teams and had each one start by focusing on a section of information from Knowledge Works Foundation and the Institute for the Future – Map 2006-2016. http://resources.knowledgeworks.org/map/map.aspx
Throughout this discussion I wondered what others would think who were not necessarily part of Chinook’s Edge SD. Did the drivers, issues and trends we see resonate with others? It’s because of this that I ask you the following questions.
Do the drivers of change themed by the Knowledge Works Foundation resonate with you and your situation?
What local, national and global trends and issues do you believe are affecting the future of education?
What worries/excites you about the issues and trends that resonate with you?
I look forward to your responses and continuing this local conversation globally.