How Many Birds Can You Feed With One Seed?

Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment
FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step – Ensure students and staff take an active role shaping their learning using rich, authentic questions, problems they identify, and diverse resources.

Indicator of Success -Teachers embrace role of coach, facilitator and co-learner in a student-centered learning environment.

ccvt1Today several FWSU administrators, principals and teacher leaders spent the day together refining their skill in working to facilitate change in our system. The training, held at the Coaching Center of Vermont, focused on the concept of coaching for growth, rather than only coaching for performance. Which is based on the Do More Great Work research by Michael Bungay Steiner.


Much was learned throughout the day and many strategies were modeled and then practiced. Perhaps nothing was more valuable than the concept of looking at every issue through multiple lenses and boiling it down to what is most important – something that sounds so simple, yet is often challenging when confronting difficult changes. Working with a small group was also purposeful. The goal is to begin the work with a few, and eventually lead many. In this way, we will feed many “birds” with a single seed.


The questions we ask each other when confronting a problem are what makes finding solutions, real solutions, easier.

“Questions are fateful. They determine destination. They are the chamber through which destiny calls.”  ~ Godwin Hlatshwayo

In the coming months the lessons learned today will be used throughout FWSU as we continue our work of meeting our goals of Excellence, Digital-Age Learning and Equity for each and every student.

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