That is, not a to-do list for a monster, but a humongous ‘stay-on-top-of’ list.
It isn’t like the shopping list for Halloween: tick off the items as they are placed in the shopping basket, then toss the piece of paper into recycling and forget about it until the same time next year. No, it is more a cycle: one might have bought this week’s groceries, but at some point in the next few days, the closets and cupboards are going to have to be inventoried. The fridge contents will have to be examined, assessed (“Boy, really? Yogurt out of expiry by two weeks? That chicken is probably okay, though – here, I’ll just take a whiff. Uh-oh, maybe not so much.”) reflected upon and decisions made.
Inspiring Hearts & Minds is the driver, but like Alberta Education, CRPS is in action also. We have to translate that transformational philosophy into practice. So how are we doing? The school district needs to check in with the community to exchange information and ideas:
o Setting the Direction (special needs)
o Speak Out (Alberta Student Engagement Initiative)
o Revision of The School Act (forecast for Spring 2011)
o Tripartite talks (ASBA/ATA/Government of Alberta) underway right now for the next teachers’ contract (current one expires in 2012).
- Board Governance – Sue Huff, a past Edmonton Public schools Trustee attended the same session back in June 2010. Her enthusiasm is mine. Do we understand and practice ‘generative governance’? Basically ‘generative governance’ is when “leaders shift from rules to principles.” ~Cheryl Lemke~
- Assessment: the focus of the latest three-year AISI project in CRPS– how is that working for everyone?
- Schools as hubs of the community, wrap-around services – the outreach and talks continue. Why Should We Care About the Early Years? November 9, 2010
- Did the calendar change begin to accomplish the desired outcome? Are teachers able to collaborate in meaningful ways that lead to better learning outcomes for kids?
There’s more, of course, but that will do for starters. What are your concerns and questions? Post them here. The Board is looking for topics that are relevant to our community within the schools and beyond. Let’s talk, let’s listen.
✔ At least I can check one thing off: first blog post since the election.