Framing the issue

This framework assumes that the group has a general idea of the type of innovation they would like to see (i.e. a better schedule, a more effective way to communicate with families about grades [or any topic], etc.)

In the first phase, the group will participate in the “Future Protocol” that is modified from the School Reform Initiative. (Click above to go to the protocol).

After completing the Future Protocol in small groups, each group presents their work to the whole team.

Using work created in small groups, use the Collaborative Decision Making protocol to reach consensus.

  • Consensus means:

    • I can live with the decision

    • I will support my colleagues in implementing this decision.

    • I will do absolutely nothing to impede the implementation of the decision.

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Reflective questions about defining the key issue

  • What is problem or issue we are trying to solve?

  • How does it affect your students? Teachers? Faculty? Alumni? Families?

  • Why are we making a change?

    • Who will benefit and how?

  • What do we want to achieve (but NOT what do we want to do!)?


What is the problem or issue we are trying to solve?

  • Who does this affect?

  • If we make changes who will be affected?

    • Positive and negative

  • Does this problem or issue have to be solved?

    • When? How quickly does it need to be solved?


What do we want to achieve?

  • What does success look like?

    • To students?

    • To teachers?

    • To families?

    • To the business office?

    • To the administration?

    • To alumni?

    • To funders?

  • What questions do you need to ask...