OCSU Academic Forum
On the evening of March 29, 2017 a group of OCSU students, teachers, administrators and board members gathered in the multi-purpose room at Lake Region to brainstorm and imagine what a student who is prepared for the world looks like. The meeting was facilitated by Beth Cobb, superintendent of the Orange East Supervisory Union. After a brief discussion of OCSU’s mission and vision statements, participants watched a video about schools and students in the 21st century. Beth then facilitated a fishbowl activity with students and teachers discussing what students need in order to be prepared for life after high school.
After this, we divided into small groups to have deeper discussions and to create a picture of a student who is prepared for the world.
As groups shared their pictures it was amazing how many commonalities there were. The wordle below shows the qualities and skills the groups felt were essential. Before we went our separate ways we identified some next steps, one of which is figuring out how to support schools so that all students truly are prepared to be successful.
We’d love to hear from people interested in being part of this work in the future. Please comment below to share your thoughts!
4/5/2017 09:59:17 am
Looks like some great conversations!
4/5/2017 11:04:29 am
I'd love to have OCSU (admins, teachers, staff, students, community members) take a hard look at that Wordle, discuss/debate/revise it, and then look at our current initiatives to see how well they align to what we what for essential skills and quality. Anything that seems spot-on or heading in the right way, I say celebrate. Anything we seem far off on, we should consider why we're doing that task.
4/5/2017 12:17:17 pm
I wonder and worry if our teachers feel that they have an environment in which to work where they, themselves, can be this type of person. If not, it will be impossible for us to foster this in our students. Hope can we help each other rise up???
4/5/2017 01:33:29 pm
This was an excellent way for student's opinions and feedback to be heard. Anytime we involve our students we get closer to our target goal. Our work really is about their future.
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