NOLA Urban Elementary School Leadership Team Retreat - High Level Agenda

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  • NOLAUrbanElementarySchoolLeadershipTrainingHighLevelAgenda10August2013SessionPlancraftedandfacilitatedby:NicoleM.Williams,AspiringPrincipalsProgramDirectorGreaterNewOrleans

    Connecting Communicating Collaborating Concentrating

    LifeMapsObjectives:

    Togiveparticipantsanopportunitytolearnaboutoneanotherandwhattheyhaveincommon

    Toprovideparticipantsanearlyopportunitytoseethemselvesasateam

    Tosetthestageformoreindepthleadershipactivities

    Tobegintoknowpeoplesnamesandsomethingabouteachone

    Togiveparticipantsanopportunitytoreflectonimportant

    ConstructivistListeningDyadsObjectives:

    Tocreateasafespacetobecomebetteratlisteningandtalkingindepth

    KeyConcepts:Communicating,trust,leadershipdevelopmentFraming(5)

    Introducetheconceptandpurposeofconstructivistlistening(2)

    Provideclearinstructionsandaddressclarifyingquestions(3)

    MarshmallowChallenge:http://marshmallowchallenge.com/Welcome.htmlObjectives:KeyConcepts:BarrierstoteambuildingidentifyingthemarshmallowfortheteamcommongoalFraming(10):

    IntroducetheMarshmallowChallenge(5)

    Provideinstructionsandaddressclarifyingquestions(5)

    AirtightActivity(18):

    Participantsengageinmarshmallow

    FocusRing:http://www.teachmeteamwork.com/teachmeteamwork/2006/12/teambuilding_ga_2.htmlObjectives:

    Tofocustheattentionoftheteamtoaccomplishanimportant/challengingtask

    Framing(5)

    IntroducetheFocusringchallenge(2)

    Provideinstructionsandaddressclarifyingquestions(3)

    AirtightActivity(15)

    Asawholegroup,allowtheparticipantstocompletethetask

  • elementsintheirlivesandpresentthemtoothers

    KeyConcepts:leadershipdevelopment,selfawareness,communitybuildingFraming(5)

    IntroduceLifeMap,objectivesandconnectiontothedaysactivities

    LifeMapCreation(30)

    Membersusetimetocreatelifemap

    30minuteplaylistcreatedforactivity

    WholeGroupShareout(35)

    Eachteammembersharesoutthecreatedlifemap

    WholeGroupShareout(5)

    EachparticipantwilladdressLifeMapquestionsattheendofthetaskbeforewemoveintonextactivity.

    AirtightActivity(6)

    Participantsengageinadebriefconversationfollowingtheminefieldactivity

    Participantsaddressthefollowingprompts:

    Whatwouldyoudoifyouwerenotafraid?

    Whendidyounotspeakupwhenyoushouldhave?

    Whydoyoumatter? Whatbiglessoncan

    peoplelearnfromyourlife?

    Inthehasteofourdailylives,whatarewenotseeing

    Basedonyourcurrentdailyactionsandroutines,wherewouldyouexpecttobeinfiveyears?

    Areyouholdingontosomethingthatyouneedtoletgoof?

    Whatdoyousometimespretendyouunderstand

    challengeinteamsoftwoandoneteamofthree(18)

    Reflection(10):

    ParticipantswatchdebriefTEDvideoathttp://www.ted.com/talks/tom_wujec_build_a_tower.html(7)

    Allowparticipantstoreflectontheirexperienceinanticipationoflargegroupshareout(3)

    Sharing/GroupThink(10):

    Whatwereyourinitialreactionsaftercompletingthisactivity?

    Howdidcompletingthisactivitypushorchallengeyourthinkingaroundhowyourteamhasworkedtogetheronschoolimprovementinthepastyear?

    Whatisthemarshmallow(forthe

    (10) Asawholegroup,

    engageinconversationaroundstrategyusingverbalstart/stop/continue(5)

    ApplytheLearning(10)

    Intwoteamsandasasmallgroup,allowtheteamtocompletethechallengeactivity(10)

  • whenyoureallydont

    WholeGroupShareOut(4)

    Whatcameupforyouusingthisstructure?

    Whatcameupforyourreflectingontheprompts?

    Whatworkedforyou?Whatwasdifficultforyou?

    Whatpurposedoyouthinkitmightserve?

    leadershipteamsworkinmovingMyrtleThibodeauxtothenext

    LifeMapTime:70minutes Dyads:25minutes TotalTime:55minutes FocusRing:35

    EveryPersonHasaStorytoTellObjectives:

    Togiveparticipantsanopportunitytolearnaboutoneanotherandwhattheyhaveincommon

    Togiveparticipantsanopportunitytoreflectonimportantelementsintheirlivesandpresentthemtoothers

    Tohelpbuildthetrustcontainerwithintheteam

    MinutetoWinIt:Objectives:

    Tobringthetemperaturedownintheroom

    TohavesomesillyfunFraming(1)

    Participantswillengageintwosillygamesascompetition

    ApplytheLearning(8)

    Participantswillengageinthefollowingtwominuteto

    WholeDayDebrief:15minutesProvidechallengehomeworkassignment

  • KeyConcepts:trust,leadershipdevelopment,vulnerabilityFraming(5)

    IntroducetheconceptofstorytellinganditsimpactonleadershipandteamdevelopmentreferencetheLeadershipChallengeandhowactivitiessuchasthesehelptoencouragetheheart

    Provideguidelines:AirtightActivity(13)

    Eachpersonisgiventwominutestothinkofthewordthattheyweregivenandtopreparetoshareastory.

    Eachpersonmustsharetheirstoryandspeakfortheentire1.5minutes.

    Allparticipantsmustprovideundividedattentiontothespeaker

    winitgamesintworounds:

    WholeGroupShareout(11)

    Participantswilldebriefthemorningtheywillidentifykeytakeawaysaswell.

  • StoryTime:20minutes ShakeitOff&Shimmy:5

    Break:10minutes Lunch:60minutes Break:15minutes

    MinefieldObjectives: Brainstormandshare

    communicationstrategiestoguideapartnerintheminefield

    Toprovidesuggestionsandlistentoideasabouttravelingthroughtheminefield

    Relyonotherstogetthroughthemaze

    Discusstheexperienceandtheirfeelings

    KeyConcepts:leadershipdevelopment,trust,communication,perseveranceFraming(5)

    Teamswillbe

    PicturePerfect:http://www.freshtracks.co.uk/2012/01/freeteambuildingactivityperfectpicture/#more3163KeyConcepts: Barrierstoclearcommunication,alignmentofvisionandactionsbydepartmentsorindividualteamsFraming(10):

    IntroducePicturePerfect(5)

    Provideclearinstructionsandaddressclarifyingquestions(5)

    AirtightActivity(30):

    ParticipantsengageinthePicturePerfectchallengeasindividualswithFredaactingasliaisontoencouragealignment

    StartStopContinuehttp://www.gogamestorm.com/?p=645Objectives:

    TheobjectofStart,Stop,Continueistoexamineaspectsofasituationordevelopnextsteps

    KeyConcepts:Collaboration,LeadershipDevelopment,TeambuildingFraming(5)

    Connecttheidentificationoftheteamsmarshmallowtohowthisstructurecanbeusedtoexamineanddevelopnextsteps

    AirtightActivity(10)

    .Leadtheteamthroughcompletingaminutetowinitgame.Theyaregiventwominutestocompletethetask.

    Westopdoastart,stopcontinuemap

    Theyaddressthetask

  • introducedtotheobjectivesandrulesoftheminefieldgame.

    Teamswillbebrokendownintopairsandatetheredtriad

    AirtightActivity(30)

    Participantsengageintheactivity

    Wholegroupsharing(10)

    Theentiregroupwillverballydebrieftheactivity:

    Howdidyoufeelwhileyoudidtheactivity?

    Discussionpoint:Landminesaremetaphoricproblemsthegroupfaceseitherpersonallyorasateam.Theyareeverywhereinlife(personal&public).Somelandminesarebigandsomearesmall,butheyalldodamagewhenwehitthem.Whatarethelandminesinyourlifethatyouarechoosingtoavoid?

    DebriefActivity(15) Participantswill

    debrieftheactivitywithguidingquestionsleadingtheconversation

    Reflection(5):

    Allowparticipantstoreflectontheactivityindividually

    Onethingthatsurprisedmemostaboutmyselfduringtheactivity

    Onethingthatsurprisedmemostaboutmyteamthroughouttheactivity

    OnekeytakeawaythatIhopetoguidemystepsinmyworkthisyear:

    WholeGroupShareout(5)

    Participantswhowouldliketoshareonetakeawayorreflectionwiththe

    again Wholegroupreflectionon

    processInteams,thegroupcompletesamorechallengingminuteittowinittaskfollowingthesamestructureApplytheLearning(10)

    Teamcompletesastart/stopcontinuesheetre:theteamsmarshmallow(10)

    WholeGroupReflection(3)

    eamtoassesstheirworkaroundtheRPRstructure.Arethereanyburningnextstepstheyfeelthattheyneedtomake?(3)

  • IndividualReflection(5)

    Participantssilentlyreflectontheactivityintheirjournalsusingthefollowingprompt:

    Wecangothroughlifetryingtoavoidobstacles,butitseasierwhenwehavehelp.Wheredoyougethelpinreallife?Areyoueffectiveataskingforhelp?Areyougoodataccepting/givinghelp?

    Howdoyouknow?

    wholegroupiswelcometodosoatthistime.

    MinefieldTime:50minutes PicturePerfect:65minutes StartStop:30minutes

    TeamBuildingresources:http://issuu.com/freshtracks/docs/ft_teambooklet_cover_5_merged

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