Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Change Element: Enhance Learning Environments

In April and May, through various conversations and meetings, one of the goals of the 21st Century Initiative is to identify “change elements” (tasks, conditions, etc.) that when addressed will help MCPS develop into the teaching and learning community it seeks to be. These change elements must be sufficiently concrete and support a plan of action, including identifying tasks, evidence of success and key players.  We will post some of the ideas that were identified recently in meetings to encourage online discussion. As you consider the change elements and associated actions, think about the general outcome that would be accomplished by taking these actions, and if it is consistent with overall 21st century goals.

Change Element 8: Maintain safe, affirming and enriched learning environments, which promote the specific conditions that foster student enrichment. Identify those conditions (e.g., environmental improvements) within the school and community to enrich the learning experience.
1. Recruit a group of principals, teachers, and community members to be a task force for school visits and developing site improvement plans.
2. This team takes it upon itself to actually complete some of the tasks recommended (e.g., repainting a hallway).  If there are physical space issues that need to be addressed, this team will be responsible for making the recommendations and ensuring that it is pursued. This takes ownership out from a hierarchical organization.

Prompts: If accomplished, what will be the benefit/outcome of this change element? What is the goal of this change element? How do these action items support the change element? What others might you include?

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