In a previous post, I shared our vision and some background on the Leading #YourSalisbury professional development cohort. Although I am leading the cohort, two of my colleagues (Randy Ziegenfuss, Ed.D. and Ross Cooper) are also supporting the work. The collaborative effort makes for a higher quality professional learning experience!
During our second Leading #YourSalisbury whole team session, we focused on developing a shared understanding of our Learning Beliefs. Prior to getting started, we reviewed our work from our previous session together. We celebrated our successes and challenges with developing a shared understanding of our Profile of a Graduate and 4Cs. Each school shared its work so we could all benefit from our colleagues’ learning! The sharing process also served as an informal formative assessment for our planning team.
We asked teams to work together and develop a Frayer Model for one of the beliefs (open-walled, personalized, learner agency, and socially embedded). The graphic organizer asks the learner to create a definition, characteristics, examples, and non-examples. By creating these graphic organizers we were able to assess where the group’s thinking is at this time. (We actually created these by building teams. If I were to do this again, I would use mixed grade level groups for these conversations. I think the responses would include more diverse perspectives.)
We will meet with individual building teams to clarify their learning and help them determine how they will share this content with their faculty and staff. I am hoping this shared leadership will lead to shared ownership.
Here is what our teams developed! I am looking forward to seeing how these ideas evolve over the next couple of years.