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  1. 1. Sunrise School DivisionSunrise School Division The Power of Appreciative ApproachesThe Power of Appreciative Approaches Sunrise Administrative TeamSunrise Administrative Team April 29, 2009April 29, 2009
  2. 2. Welcome & IntroductionsWelcome & Introductions Denise Johnson, District Principal,Denise Johnson, District Principal, Learning & Development, VancouverLearning & Development, Vancouver School BoardSchool Board Mary Filleul, Learning & DevelopmentMary Filleul, Learning & Development Consultant, Vancouver School BoardConsultant, Vancouver School Board
  3. 3. Agenda OverviewAgenda Overview Purpose of the DayPurpose of the Day Warm Up ActivityWarm Up Activity What is Appreciative InquiryWhat is Appreciative Inquiry Discovery Phase – Uncovering the bestDiscovery Phase – Uncovering the best Dream Phase – The future we wantDream Phase – The future we want LunchLunch Design – How to get there?Design – How to get there? Next StepsNext Steps ClosingClosing
  4. 4. Warm UpWarm Up Look around, make eye contact withLook around, make eye contact with someone you do not know well.someone you do not know well. Join that personJoin that person Share your story of “What inspired youShare your story of “What inspired you to become an educational leader?”to become an educational leader?”
  5. 5. What is AppreciativeWhat is Appreciative Inquiry?Inquiry? A methodology for positive changeA methodology for positive change A generative, narrative based processA generative, narrative based process to build relationshipsto build relationships A process for school systemA process for school system transformationtransformation
  6. 6. Ap-pre’ci-ate, v.Ap-pre’ci-ate, v. 1. The act of recognizing the best in people or the1. The act of recognizing the best in people or the world around us; affirming past and presentworld around us; affirming past and present strengths, successes, and potentials; to perceivestrengths, successes, and potentials; to perceive those things that give life (health, vitality,those things that give life (health, vitality, excellence) to living systems.excellence) to living systems. 2. To increase in value, e.g. the economy has2. To increase in value, e.g. the economy has appreciated in value.appreciated in value. 3. Synonyms: VALUING, PRIZING,3. Synonyms: VALUING, PRIZING, ESTEEMING, HONORINGESTEEMING, HONORING..
  7. 7. In-quire’, v.In-quire’, v. 1.1. The act of exploration and discovery.The act of exploration and discovery. 2. To ask questions; to be open to seeing2. To ask questions; to be open to seeing new potentials and possibilities.new potentials and possibilities. 3. Synonyms:3. Synonyms: DISCOVERY, SEARCH,DISCOVERY, SEARCH, STUDY, SYSTEMATIC EXPLORATION.STUDY, SYSTEMATIC EXPLORATION.
  8. 8. ““AI” - an OrganizationalAI” - an Organizational Change method which:Change method which: shifts the culture from deficit thinking toshifts the culture from deficit thinking to appreciative thinkingappreciative thinking uses narrative as a vehicle to uncover bestuses narrative as a vehicle to uncover best practicepractice honours the expertise resident in thehonours the expertise resident in the community & its peoplecommunity & its people uses positive experiences to spark positiveuses positive experiences to spark positive changechange creates a leveling atmosphere for participantscreates a leveling atmosphere for participants
  9. 9. DiscoveryDiscovery ““What have been ourWhat have been our best experiences?”best experiences?” AppreciatingAppreciating DiscoveryDiscovery ““What have been ourWhat have been our best experiences?”best experiences?” AppreciatingAppreciating DreamDream ““What do we collectivelyWhat do we collectively aspire to?”aspire to?” InnovatingInnovating DreamDream ““What do we collectivelyWhat do we collectively aspire to?”aspire to?” InnovatingInnovating DesignDesign ““How can we makeHow can we make our dreams real?”our dreams real?” Co-constructingCo-constructing DesignDesign ““How can we makeHow can we make our dreams real?”our dreams real?” Co-constructingCo-constructing DestinyDestiny ““How do we unleashHow do we unleash inherent motivation?”inherent motivation?” SustainingSustaining DestinyDestiny ““How do we unleashHow do we unleash inherent motivation?”inherent motivation?” SustainingSustaining Appreciative Inquiry “4-D Model”Appreciative Inquiry “4-D Model” AffirmativeAffirmative TopicTopic
  10. 10. Problem SolvingProblem Solving Approach toApproach to Organizational Change:Organizational Change: Identifies the problemsIdentifies the problems Analysis of causesAnalysis of causes Analysis of possible solutionsAnalysis of possible solutions Action planning ensuesAction planning ensues Basic Assumption:Basic Assumption: Organizations are made up of problemsOrganizations are made up of problems to be solved.to be solved.
  11. 11. Appreciative Approach toAppreciative Approach to Organizational ChangeOrganizational Change Values the best of what isValues the best of what is Envisions what might beEnvisions what might be Dialogues about what should beDialogues about what should be Innovates what could beInnovates what could be Basic Assumption:Basic Assumption: Collaborative, positive & meaningfulCollaborative, positive & meaningful conversations move an organizationconversations move an organization towards its collective ideal.towards its collective ideal.
  12. 12. Three keys to AIThree keys to AI Wholeness: All Stakeholders EqualWholeness: All Stakeholders Equal VoiceVoice – Everyone is engaged equally in co-constructingEveryone is engaged equally in co-constructing the future.the future. Narrative Rich: Personal ExperienceNarrative Rich: Personal Experience StoriesStories – Stories engage, foster learning and deepenStories engage, foster learning and deepen respect.respect. Relational: People Making MeaningRelational: People Making Meaning TogetherTogether – Collaboration and cooperation foster optimumCollaboration and cooperation foster optimum learning conditionslearning conditions
  13. 13. Appreciative ApproachesAppreciative Approaches throughout the VSBthroughout the VSB District Wide Inquiries – Adolescent,District Wide Inquiries – Adolescent, Aboriginal, English Language learnersAboriginal, English Language learners Appreciative Approaches to School GoalAppreciative Approaches to School Goal PlanningPlanning LEARNS – the Six Optimal Conditions forLEARNS – the Six Optimal Conditions for LearningLearning Appreciative LeadershipAppreciative Leadership Teacher Inquiry TeamsTeacher Inquiry Teams Community & District Wide Initiative PlanningCommunity & District Wide Initiative Planning (e.g. Sustainability Summit)(e.g. Sustainability Summit) Visioning, goal setting, team buildingVisioning, goal setting, team building
  14. 14. Six Optimal Conditions for Learning “LEARNS”
  15. 15. Aboriginal LearnersAboriginal Learners Inquiry (the ALI) DVDInquiry (the ALI) DVD How was the narrative powerful forHow was the narrative powerful for participants of the ALI?participants of the ALI?
  16. 16. BREAKBREAK
  17. 17. Geographic GroupingGeographic Grouping Line up according to the distance fromLine up according to the distance from Beausejour to where you did yourBeausejour to where you did your teacher training.teacher training. Those trained closest to Beausejour,Those trained closest to Beausejour, line up closest to the smart board, thoseline up closest to the smart board, those further away, closer to the screen.further away, closer to the screen.
  18. 18. DISCOVERY PhaseDISCOVERY Phase In your triads share:In your triads share: ““Tell the story of the most dynamic &Tell the story of the most dynamic & inspiring team experience you haveinspiring team experience you have ever had”.ever had”. Talk about what happened, what feelingsTalk about what happened, what feelings you had, what your role was, etc….you had, what your role was, etc….
  19. 19. Sixes & ThemesSixes & Themes Join your triad with another & form aJoin your triad with another & form a group of 6.group of 6. Share theShare the highlightshighlights of a story youof a story you heard.heard. As a group, identify the commonAs a group, identify the common elements or themes.elements or themes. Be ready to report out on yourBe ready to report out on your discussion.discussion.
  20. 20. Imagine the FutureImagine the Future Education in the 21Education in the 21stst century video clipcentury video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=2yCB4i7GJuMv=2yCB4i7GJuM Turn and talk – What are theTurn and talk – What are the implications for the Sunrise Schoolimplications for the Sunrise School Division?Division?
  21. 21. Fancy Footwear Line UpFancy Footwear Line Up
  22. 22. DREAM PhaseDREAM Phase Sit back and relax for a guided imagery inSit back and relax for a guided imagery in which we imagine and create the futurewhich we imagine and create the future we want for our schools and division.we want for our schools and division.
  23. 23. DREAM PhaseDREAM Phase Individually record your own version ofIndividually record your own version of the dream on the template providedthe dream on the template provided
  24. 24. DREAM PhaseDREAM Phase “Creative Expression”“Creative Expression” Share the highlights of your dream withShare the highlights of your dream with your group members.your group members. Identify the commonalitiesIdentify the commonalities Create a poster (visual and/or textual)Create a poster (visual and/or textual) representation of the collective dreamrepresentation of the collective dream Be ready to present at 1:15PM.Be ready to present at 1:15PM.
  25. 25. LunchLunch
  26. 26. DESIGN PhaseDESIGN Phase Divide your paper vertically and make 2Divide your paper vertically and make 2 headings - School and Divisionheadings - School and Division Brainstorm as many possibilities &Brainstorm as many possibilities & ideas as you can for eachideas as you can for each Make 3 recommendations or directionsMake 3 recommendations or directions that you see as priorities over the nextthat you see as priorities over the next year (3 for your school and 3 for theyear (3 for your school and 3 for the division)division) Have the green card ready to report outHave the green card ready to report out on your recommendations.on your recommendations.
  27. 27. Dream ThemesDream Themes 1 & 7. Collaborative Learning1 & 7. Collaborative Learning Environment (Community of Learners)Environment (Community of Learners) 2 & 8. Relationships –positive, proactive2 & 8. Relationships –positive, proactive & inclusive& inclusive 3 & 9. Engaged, active, experiential3 & 9. Engaged, active, experiential 4. & 10 Technology – multi sources,4. & 10 Technology – multi sources, connected within & globallyconnected within & globally 5.5. Physical Environment – welcoming,Physical Environment – welcoming, appealing & creativeappealing & creative
  28. 28. Next Steps & Plan forNext Steps & Plan for April 30thApril 30th Questions to reflect on overnight…..Questions to reflect on overnight….. In what ways could you apply anIn what ways could you apply an appreciative approach in your school orappreciative approach in your school or schools?schools? What structures & supports would youWhat structures & supports would you need to do so?need to do so?
  29. 29. ClosingClosing How are you feeling right now?How are you feeling right now? Thank you for your rapt attention, keenThank you for your rapt attention, keen participation, creativity and great senseparticipation, creativity and great sense of humour!!of humour!! Please complete an evaluation form.Please complete an evaluation form.

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