Engagement -> C.I.S. -> Future

Stepping into the Future

Action Steps for Organizations

  • Create a system and timeline that guarantees successful completion with an action plan, benchmarks and specific assignments.
  • Articulate who will be served by the initiative.
  • Identify funding resources for the length of the initiative.
  • Provide time and resources from the development office to pursue funding.
  • Articulate the resources, both human and educational, that will be needed to complete the initiative.
  • Identify volunteers who will support the initiative, and credit them for their work.
  • Link educational initiatives, including teacher training, to project goals.
  • Provide ongoing opportunities for participants to assemble, share ideas and celebrate accomplishments.
Action Steps for Schools

  • Align initiative and student response with state standards and district curricula.
  • Identify the student outcomes and performance-based assessment strategies.
  • Articulate your plan for involving a variety of classroom disciplines (art, history, environmental education, language arts, etc.)
  • Provide teacher classroom release and committee time to work on the initiative.
  • Document curricula and cross-curricular intersections.
  • Embed curriculum responses long-term with continued additions to the initiative.
  • Involve students in practical, real-world work; e.g., negotiation and dialogue.
  • Involve families in the school initiative.
Action Steps for Communities

  • Identify a specific community challenge, event or need that provides the catalyst for change or action.
  • Identify and engage team members: decide who needs to be involved and who will represent different perspectives from the broader community.
  • Identify the partnerships that need to be formed and the community, civic and business stakeholders.
  • Include people from disenfranchised and diverse groups, and especially young people.
  • Articulate the vision for what needs to be accomplished.
  • Create a comprehensive plan with specific roles and responsibilities.
  • Articulate how your initiative creates a lasting legacy for your community.

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