Reforms are most effective when: <ul><li>Staff is well informed about the options, </li></ul><ul><li>make a free choice about the program chosen, and </li></ul><ul><li>reach a broad consensus. </li></ul>
So, what do we do about the District’s mandate that we study Understanding by Design?
Whatever we do, <ul><li>Must be meaningful, </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot require an inordinate amount of your time, and </li></ul><ul><li>Should start us on the path to consensus. </li></ul>
I propose: <ul><li>Everyone reads chapters 1 & 2, </li></ul><ul><li>the 8 core teams, the electives team, and the administration team each read one additional chapter, and </li></ul><ul><li>teams meet to discuss their chapter and decide how to present the information to the whole school tomorrow. </li></ul>
DO NOT get too fancy. Focus on communication, not salesmanship.
Bring back one idea for another book or program that we should study as we look at increasing student achievement.
I encourage you to read the entire book. It is well worth your time and may improve your instruction.
Besides, how will you know whether we should make a building commitment to this approach if you haven’t read it all?