You might see that acronym BHAG and be thinking......"what in the world does that mean?" Well, Cole Elementary has brought BHAGs to their school (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) as a way of having "unrelenting focus, clarity of thought, consistent communication, alignment of resources, innovation, discipline, and teamwork" (Sparks, 2007, p. 13).
Cole Elementary started the year with a literacy BHAG and decided to create a BHAG for math. To create the math BHAG, they used the collaborative inquiry process during grade level team meetings to get teacher voice about the math BHAG. Once the teachers' BHAGs were compiled, the leadership team met to finalize the math BHAG. Then, on November 16th, grade level teams are meeting to collaboratively develop action plans for achieving their math BHAG.
To read more about their BHAG work, go here: www.mnpscollaboration.org/cole-elem-bhag-fall-2017
Cole Elementary also participated in the SEL Culture and Climate Walk-through. On November 6th, the collaborative inquiry process was used to help them analyzed the data and discuss actions they might stop, continue, and start to continue working on the culture of the building.
To learn more about that exciting work, go here: www.mnpscollaboration.org/cole-elem-culture-and-climate--2016.html
If you have a collaborative story to share or would like to request assistance, please contact Margie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sparks, D. (2007). Leading for results: Transforming teaching, learning, and relationships in schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
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