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4 Year of Inquiry Goals Inquiry Questions – Looking ahead to June 09 How do we build site capacity? How do we sustain SNWP and its teachers? How do we invite, support and organize leadership at SNWP?

5 Goals for the Advanced Institute Deeper understanding of the work of the site Deeper understanding of SNWP organization Deeper understanding the National Writing Project Understand our process for leadership development Develop personal leadership skills Understand the needs of the members of our community

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9 Post-it Note Writing Prompt: What does leadership mean to you?

10 Amys Leadership Moment: What does leadership mean to you? Courage in Leaders hip

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12 Text Activity Questions: What passages seem comfortable, familiar or affirming? What seems unfamiliar, challenging? What do you find yourself resisting? Mark passages that strike you in some way What questions remain?

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14 From Little Gidding We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot

15 SNWP What is the work of the SNWP reorganization year? To engage the sites teacher leaders in a year-long inquiry into the work of the site. What are the purposes of this work? To better understand the work of an NWP site, including the opportunities and challenges inherent in that work. To develop the sites leadership capacity and define a leadership structure that will support SNWP through this time of transition, assuring its continuing health and vitality.

16 SNWP What are our goals for the year? To deepen our understanding of the work of the site To understand the process of leadership development To explore and develop our individual interests and leadership skills To deepen our understanding of the National Writing Project, including the resources and opportunities it offers To identify and support teacher leaders To develop and refine a leadership structure that will support the ongoing work of the site To identify priorities and draft a strategic plan for the future of the site

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19 A Year in the Life of a Director

20 Continued Funding Application I.Context and Service Area II.Leadership Structures III.Summer Institute Writing, Reading, Demonstrations IV.Continuity V.Inservice Programs VI.Youth and Community VII.National Programs

21 Letters to a Young Poet, Rilke...be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now."

22 Reassurance I must love the questions themselves as Rilke said like locked rooms full of treasure to which my blind and groping key does not yet fit. and await the answers as unsealed letters mailed with dubious intent and written in a very foreign tongue. and in the hourly making of myself no thought of Time to force, to squeeze the space I grow into. --Alice Walker

23 Ticket out the Door: What stood out for you today? What questions remain? What would you like to see happen during the next two weeks?

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26 Trust the Process… Book 1

27 Stage 1: Breakfast & Living Timeline Once upon a time there was a beautiful kingdom thriving in the hot, dusty desert. On a beautiful summer day 19 nobles gathered with their queen and princesses. They had a tough job ahead of them! 8:30-9:00 8:30-9:00 Marc & Ruth Participant polaroids taken and posted on their year of institute Ranged from 1988 (Marilyn) to 2007 (Ian & Valerie)

28 Stage 2: Institute History and Expectations Queen Rosemary told her faithful servants that she was stepping down and ending her reign. All would work together over the next year to focus on the leadership of the kingdom and how it should change. But do not fear, Queen Rosemary knows the kingdom may look different but it will be stronger. Its exciting! she exclaimed. 9:00-9:15 9:00-9:15 Rosemary stated: Rosemary stated: Year of transition & inquiry 1. How do we build site capacity? 2. How do we sustain SNWP and teachers? 3. How do we invite, support, and organize leadership at SNWP?

29 Stage 2 Syllabus Some nobles smiled, some sighed, and others looked frightened. The queen reassured them, read to them their requirements, and stated together they would create a timeline for their year of study. Best of all, goals were already in place and they didnt involve slaying any dragons! Syllabus Syllabus We will look at other sites leadership of organization and see what we can use! Requirements: 1. 1 piece of writing 2. Inquiry Project: developed in the institute and continued throughout the year

30 Stage 2 GOALS Deeper understanding of the work of the site Deeper understanding of the work of the site Deeper understanding of the SNWP Deeper understanding of the SNWP Deeper understanding of the NWP Deeper understanding of the NWP Understanding the process for leadership development Understanding the process for leadership development Develop personal leadership skills Develop personal leadership skills Understand the needs of community members Understand the needs of community members

31 Stage 2: Structure While the queen continued, noblewomen Sandra and Pat raised some key points: 1. What is wrong with the structure now? 2. Where does our funding come from? 3. Too much responsibility in a few people is not sustainable! Leadership Structure and Leaving… Leadership Structure and Leaving… What dont we know, what do we need to know, and what can we do to make it better? Crucial time with responsibility because were funded by the NWP for our year of inquiry.

32 Stage 3: Housekeeping At 9:20 noblewomen Kati and Tracy started with the castle- keeping. They passed around food sign-ups and scribe sign-ups and pointed out the inquiry corner where all could post questions.

33 Chapter 4: Norms At half past the hour of 9:00, the noble Marc and noble Paula knew the kingdom would need codes of conduct during its transition. Little did they know how darn needy the kingdom was!

34 Norms!!! Listen to the speaker but be aware of air time Listen to the speaker but be aware of air time Fearless, honest discussion Fearless, honest discussion Respect quiet time Respect quiet time Remember the goals and stay on task Remember the goals and stay on task Start & end on time Start & end on time Embrace new ideas Embrace new ideas Welcome discomfort Welcome discomfort Share expertise Share expertise Be okay with not knowing Be okay with not knowing Trust the process Trust the process All questions are valuable All questions are valuable Model leadership Model leadership

35 Chapter 5: Post-It Prompt Once norms were established it was Prince Charming…I mean Ians…time to introduce the scroll prompt. What does leadership mean to you? he posed. And as expected, all nobles answered whole- heartedly and decided leadership is collaboration, creating leaders in others, and bringing out the best qualities in others. (Thank you, Mr. Face Character!)

36 Chapter 6: Leadership Moment The beautiful noble Amy came next with her leadership moment on courage. The kingdom was asked to think of times they found courage and leadership in themselves. Who knew so many leaders existed in the dry, hot desert! But, they werent done because Princess Sara was next… 10:25-11:05 10:25-11:05 Amy Courage by Anne Sexton Writing: Write about 3 big times you experienced courage & 1 future time

37 Chapter 7: Many Faces of Leadership This princess asked the nobles to think of The Many Faces of Leadership and form 5 groups (yes, princess, counting off 1-5 does indeed create 5 groups ). The kingdom flourished with talk as conversations flooded the air. When sharing to all, some personalities popped up. Noble Deb resounded, We are leaders! Were taking over! and Noble Terri made it known that No matter how many times they mow me over, I keep popping up! Thats the spirit ladies!!! Common questions also arose… 11:20-12:30 11:20-12:30 Sara Questions to discuss: 1. What was comfortable, familiar, and affirming? 2. What was unfamiliar or challenging? 3. What did you resist? 4. What questions remain?

38 Chapter 7: Group Share 1. How can administration and teacher leaders truly collaborate in the realm of leadership? 2. What are the opportunities available to informal teacher leaders? 3. How do we help teachers see themselves as leaders? 4. How is teacher leadership nurtured and developed successfully?

39 Chapter 8: LUNCH At lunch, the kingdom was led by noble Jose in the educational yet entertaining game of Two truths and a lie. Many a good liars were discovered during this time, and thanks to shopkeeper Jason their bellies were filled!

40 Chapter 9: Pat Fox Show At 1:30, Princess Marilyn invited a new person to speak. It was none other than the magician Pat brought from the far eastern part of the country. Using her magic, Pat told of her journey into her wizardry and how it stemmed from her need to be part of a professional conversation. Little did she know Prince Charming had magic of his own with his power point, but Magician Pat soon discovered the power of the point…This must be what video games feel like! she exclaimed before she introduced what was really important.

41 Chapter 10: The Important Book At 2:10 the kingdom looked within to what was really important. They discovered the important thing is the people; excitement for teaching & writing; support; building a community; developing talents; empowering teachers; collaborating to create change; authenticity; teachers at the center; inspiration & energy; building relationships; growth; raising the quality of public education one classroom at a time; changing lives; being a professional home and a safe place to be taken seriously. Can you believe after all this, their journey still continued? Indeed! With the help of coffee, chocolate, and carbs they next looked to the magical Pat for guidance on what a director does.

42 Chapter 11: Year in the Life of a Director The kingdom looked at the year in the life of a director and discovered that many questions arose. Questions like how do we nurture our queen and feed back to the kingdom? How does the queen invite nobles back into the kingdoms work? Is there a better model of leadership out there? After many moons of conversation, one noble brought up a key point… 2:30-2:50 2:30-2:50 Pat, small groups, whole group share Questions about the handout and questions it creates…

43 Thanks, Deb! Weve got it; now lets go pee!!!! Weve got it; now lets go pee!!!!

44 Chapter 12: Continued Funding Application After the much needed relief break, Pat used her magic to open the nobles eyes to one final aspect of keeping the kingdom running efficiently: the CFA. Many nobles had never seen a CFA before, and they looked at its different parts. The pressing question was How can we make this a meaningful activity? Sadly, the conversation had to end when Pats magic ran low. The slides are making me nervous! she told Prince Charming, and he dutifully swept in and rescued her from his powerpoint. With all safe, all that was left was the ticket out the door! 4:05-5:20 4:05-5:20 Pat 1. Content/Service Area 2. Leadership Structures 3. Summer Institute 4. Continuity 5. Inservice Programs 6. Youth & Community Programs 7. National Programs

45 Chapter 13: Ticket out the Door 1. What surprised you? 2. What questions do you have? 3. What do you want to see happen the next two weeks?

46 The END…or is it??? Leaving, many nobles were exhausted but energized and excited. For they realized that though Queen Rosemary was their fearless leader, she was a true leader who empowered all and with all the talents and powers combined, the kingdom was in good hands. It was in the hands of people who cared…

47 Ticket out the Door: What stood out for you today? What questions remain? What would you like to see happen during the next two weeks?

48 Amys Leadership Moment: What does leadership mean to you? Creativit y in Leadersh ip

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58 Ticket out the Door: What stood out for you today? What questions remain? What would you like to see happen during the next week?

59 Amys Leadership Moment: What does leadership mean to you? Habits in Leadersh ip List all habits (good, bad, indifferent) Choose 1-2 that surface when you are in a leadership position Which ones can be developed to help you become a better leader?

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61 The Way It Is Theres a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesnt change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you cant get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer and get old. Nothing you do can stop times unfolding. You dont ever let go of the thread. -- William Stafford

62 Teacher Inquiry Inquiry about our site Charged with the work learn about our site – the work that we do, the people we serve, why we do what we do, whats working, whats not - why?, leadership structure

63 Teacher Inquiry Quantitative vs. Qualitative Question drives the data you collect

64 Teacher Inquiry NOT: doing own personal inquiry for own classroom no control group ARE: inquiry about our site and how it works check in points times to get together to talk about the work COULD BE: fluid work groups

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66 SNWP What is the work of the SNWP reorganization year? To engage the sites teacher leaders in a year-long inquiry into the work of the site. What are the purposes of this work? To better understand the work of an NWP site, including the opportunities and challenges inherent in that work. To develop the sites leadership capacity and define a leadership structure that will support SNWP through this time of transition, assuring its continuing health and vitality.

67 SNWP What are our goals for the year? To deepen our understanding of the work of the site To understand the process of leadership development To explore and develop our individual interests and leadership skills To deepen our understanding of the National Writing Project, including the resources and opportunities it offers To identify and support teacher leaders To develop and refine a leadership structure that will support the ongoing work of the site To identify priorities and draft a strategic plan for the future of the site

68 Developing and Refining Questions Ask only real questions…ones to which you dont already know the answers Avoid asking yes/no questions Eliminate jargon Avoid value laden words or phrases

69 An Example of Refining the Question Are the programs offered by SNWP any good? A yes or no question & the sense that researcher is setting out to prove a preconception Change the question to be open ended: What programs does SNWP offer that are any good? Underline any words that are jargon: What programs does SNWP offer that are any good ?

70 An Example of Refining the Question Revised question: What professional development programs does the Southern Nevada Writing Project offer that are any good? And change any value laden words: What professional development programs does the Southern Nevada Writing Project offer that are any good? Revised question: What professional development programs are offered by the Southern Nevada Writing Project that engage participants in developing professionally as teachers of writing and reading?

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