Two components of MNPS' Instructional Framework are positive culture and distributed leadership. Danette Warren, Whites Creek High School Freshman Academy Principal, began addressing these two areas by having her team included in the development of vision and mission statements for their academy.
Using the collaborative inquiry process, Dr. Margie Johnson facilitated the one hour meeting during their academy planning time. Below are their current vision and mission statements and if you would like to read more about the process, go to http://www.mnpscollaboration.org/whites-creek-high-freshman-academy-vision-and-mission.html
WCHS Freshman Academy will be a bridge to success for students on their journey through high school and beyond.
Our mission is to promote a welcoming, safe, caring and supportive environment to prepare our scholars to become successful and productive citizens by providing them with educational opportunities and experiences on their journey through high school.
(While we did not get to draft the mission statement during the planning meeting, team members submitted drafts and a consensus was reached via online voting. This statement is the current draft. They do plan to revise it in the next meeting.)
If you have a story about collaborative inquiry to share and/or would like support with the collaborative inquiry process, please contact Dr. Margie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning the School Year with Collaborative Inquiry
According to John Hattie (2015), “the largest barrier to student learning is within-school variability” (p. 1). He recommends that what works best in education is empowering schools to leverage the collaborative expertise of the educators within a building. If often tell teams that I work with that if we had the answer, then we would have implemented it already. However, education faces complex issues today.
Therefore, MNPS’ Collaborative Inquiry process, developed by the MNPS Community of Practice (Haynes Middle, Margaret Allen Middle, Two Rivers Middle, West End Middle, and Wright Middle), is about empowering MNPS educators to use data and educator expertise for addressing a variety of complex issues in order to ensure all MNPS students are successful.
I am excited to share that three schools started the 2017-2018 school year off by engaging in collaborative inquiry to have deep conversations about a variety of topics.
If you have a collaborative inquiry story to share and/or need support with the collaborative inquiry process, please feel free to contact…
Hattie, J. (2015). What works best in education: The politics of collaborative expertise. London, UK: Pearson.
In June 2017, Mariana Merritt, MNPS Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement, Pre-K, attended the Leading Collaborative Inquiry Teams workshop. A challenge at the end of the workshop was to use some of the structures, strategies, and principles at your next meeting. Mrs. Merritt was up to the challenge and is willing to share with us strategies she used and how it affected her meeting.
On July 15, 2017, Mariana Merritt facilitated the Parent Ambassador Annual Meeting. Since this group just formed, their first task was to develop a vision and mission statement to guide their work for the 2017-2018 school year. During her reflection, she shared three strategies that helped her effectively lead this collaborative team.
Collaborative Inquiry Process
Diamond Pattern of Interaction
Thanks to Mariana Merritt for allowing us to learn with her.
If you have a collaborative inquiry story and/or need support with collaborative inquiry, please email Margie Johnson at email@example.com.
Lipton, L. & Wellman, B. (2015). Leading groups: Effective strategies for building professional community. Charlotte, VT: MiraVia, LLC.
MNPS Community of Practice. (2017). MNPS collaborative inquiry toolkit website. Retrieved from http://www.mnpscollaboration.org/
Wellman, B. & Lipton, L. (2017). Data-driven dialogue: A facilitator’s guide to collaborative inquiry. Charlotte, VT: MiraVia, LLC.
The culture and climate work at John Early Museum Middle continued on November 2, 2016. Dr. Margie Johnson used the collaborative inquiry process with grade level teams to develop draft vision and mission statements. These statements will be used by the leadership team to revise, edit, and finalize the vision and mission statements.
Activating and Engaging
What is your Vision for John Early Museum Middle Magnet?
Exploring and Discovering
Organizing and Integrating
Draft Vision and Mission Statements
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