Target 4. Engaged Community Partners – FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.
Action Step – Engage community partners in a focused collaborative inquiry process.
This year we set the ambitious goal to share one quality blog post a day about education in Franklin West Supervisory Union. Not only did we want to tell about all of the great teaching and learning, we also wanted to tell the story within the context of our Action Plan. It sounded easy last July. And for the most part is was very easy finding something to write about everyday. There are so many great students, teachers, support staff, and administrators designing and innovating each day in our schools. On most days we had more than one topic to actually write about.
Today, we want to provide a glimpse behind the blog. Our blog depends on the collaborative efforts of our contributors which includes principals, teachers, and other school personnel. It would not have happened every day without Natasha Wheel (FWSU Executive Assistant/Communications) and Mary Lynn Riggs (FWSU Curriculum Director), and Ned Kirsch (FWSU Superintendent). Each day at the FWSU Office, “blog-o’clock” rolls around. The team makes certain that a blog for the day is “in the hopper” and ready to go. We scan emails for events and photos and brainstorm ideas to give the community a true picture of the world of education today.
Our goal of delivering meaningful content and a close look at our schools every school day was not only met, it exceeded our expectations. As of today we have had over 13,500 views of our blog. Readers saw our blog on every continent and in over 60 countries. Initially we sought to connect our schools to our community. We learned that we are really part of a global community.
We are not yet finished. We still have a few more blogs coming before we break for the summer. Next year we plan to continue telling our story and we hope that you will continue to read and respond to posts highlighting learning in SU 22.