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Invitation to Forum #2

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Invitation to Forum #2
by Scott Stinson - Friday, 8 April 2016, 1:56 PM

Project 2020 – Forum 2: April 19, 2016

Bayside Middle School – 6:00 pm to 9 pm 

Please join us for our second Community Form on the evening of April 19, 2016 (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm) at Bayside Middle School. We need you to help shape our strategic direction over the next planning cycle.

On April 19th we’ll share the feedback that you have provided to date, and also identify specific elements of how the district can best support learners and the larger community.

See the attached agenda and be sure to mark April 19th in your schedule.

April 19, 2016 Conversation Framework:

  • What Matters Most: Did we get it right?
  • 2020: The best we can imagine? 
  • Designing the Future: Enablers and barriers?

See you at the forum (come early to mix and mingle to the Stelly’s Jazz group and review data from Forum One, including the incredible murals by Lisa Arora - see Lisa’s entire Project 2020 Graphic Report of January 14th Forum.


Online Survey

Thanks to all of you who have completed the Project 2020 online survey (over a hundred folks have responded, including many students and community members in addition to our teachers and staff). The survey identifies the key themes that arose at the January Forum and follow-up research. We’ll share highlights from the survey and other data insights at the next Forum. 


Feedback from Forum One

 As you know, we used several methods to capture your feedback during and after the January Forum. Last post, we briefly reported on the results from the “What Matters Most” question, which clearly reinforced the big ideas that continue to emerge, particularly: focus on students; provide rich and varied learning opportunities; support caring relationships and collaboration and; develop capacity for change and integration of new technology.

We also devoted some time to individually and collectively envisioning the kind of future we want to create in Saanich. Recall, inspired by Lisa, our Graphic Recorder, the table groups were asked to work collaboratively to draw posters that glimpsed the kind of future we truly want. The results were both fun and informative. Equally challenging, we asked each table group to capture the essence of that preferred future in a single Tweet. Again, a fun and informative way to attempt expressing our hearts and minds in the modern day equivalent of a haiku. Here are three examples, each a reminder or hint to guide the journey.

PS Interesting to note that Twitter has just marked it’s tenth anniversary. From a single test tweet – “I’m just setting up my twttr” – in the Spring of 2006 to an astounding 500 million tweets a day/500 billion a year! A changing world, indeed. Saanich School District, like all organizations, continues to explore how to use emerging and fast-paced social media tools, while always attending to and preserving our core values. Thanks for joining us as we “widen the circle” of the shared conversation in person and online. See you on April 19th.