"Culture eats strategy for breakfast." ~Peter Drucker
This quote summarizes the importance of culture in an organization. On December 12, 2017, Dr. Shelly Dunaway, Executive Principal at Two Rivers Middle, and her staff used the collaborative inquiry process to analyze culture and climate data for informing culture and climate change at Two Rivers Middle.
The meeting began with a strategy called visual synectic. In this strategy, two seemingly unalike ideas are compared. It is an excellent brainstorming activity and helps develop psychological safety at the beginning of the meeting. For this meeting, staff members engaged in a conversation about "culture is like Walt Disney World because...."
After activating and engaging staff members in the conversation about culture, the staff participated in the culture and climate data dive. During the data dive, staff members were asked to make observations of the following culture and climate data sets:
The observations were organized and integrated using the Traffic Light protocol (Lipton & Wellman, 2012) to discuss what might be some next steps to stop, continue, and start for Spring 2018.
If you'd like to learn more about their work, go here: www.mnpscollaboration.org/two-rivers-dec-2017-culture-and-climate.html
A BIG SHOUT OUT and THANK YOU to everyone who has been part of the MNPS Collaborative Inquiry work as you are part of work that's being recognized nationally by others.
Lipton, L., & Wellman, B. (2011). Groups at work: Strategies and structures for professional learning. Sherman, VT: MiraVia, LLC.
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