As many of you are aware, the Delta School District has recently invited all stakeholders to participate in an inclusive Visioning Process. As challenging as it is to create a shared vision for a school district, the goal is to generate a district vision by late spring time. The process of creating this shared vision will include contributions from each school community in the district and from some district events that bring stakeholders from across the district together. To read more details about the Delta School District's Visioning process, please read Terry Ainge's post Vision: Begin with the End in Mind .
On Monday, February 7th over 120 members of the Delta Secondary School community participated in the first step of the school's contribution to the Visioning process. Teachers, educational assistants, support staff, students, parents and administrators all participated in this sharing process. Each of the 24 groups was composed of at least one student and three or four adults who play a variety of different roles in the school community.
Table discussion started with each person sharing his or her most memorable moment of learning in the Delta School District. Moments of Greatness included people's experiences inside and outside the classroom, curricular and extra-curricular, short moments and moments that spanned years. Each group then extracted the common core values that were revealed by the stories. The following wordle was created from the core values that each of the 24 groups contributed.
process of doing so which is truly valuable. The process of working together with a variety of members of the school community was an excellent reminder to all of us that we all have the best interest of our students at heart. We have different responsibilities and play different roles in advancing the learning of our students and naturally, from time to time we have different ideas and opinions on how best to move forward. The value of this inclusive process is that it brings us closer together and gives US the chance to create OUR vision. It will not be someone else's vision, a vision we don't understand or one that has been thrust upon us. It will be a vision that each of us has contributed to...a vision we share with each other. I'm hopeful and optimistic that our vision will provide us a compass for future decision making and will serve as a bold reminder of where WE hope to go.
To view pictures from the recent visioning exercise at DSS, please see Terry Ainge's video DSS Visioning Part One .