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ERIC Number: ED431270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
A Preferred Future Worksheet: A Process for School Teams. Together We're Better [Series].
Medwetz, Laura; Vandercook, Terri; Hoganson, Gary
The Preferred Future Worksheet is a planning tool that can assist school members or teams who are dealing with a school problem or issue. The worksheet has been designed to assist in analyzing the current situation, identifying a preferred future, and then creating a plan of action. Introductory material urges heterogeneous group membership and offers tips for facilitating the "preferred future" process such as: keep the group size under 10 members, assign roles within the group for effective facilitation of the process, and allow sufficient time (such as 2 hours) to complete planning sessions. The six steps of the process are then each briefly described: (1) define concerns and envision a preferred future (10 minutes); (2) identify strengths and barriers (15 minutes); (3) brainstorm strategies (25 minutes); (4) select possible strategies (20 minutes); (5) prioritize strategies (10 minutes); and (6) develop a plan (30-40 minutes). A blank worksheet is provided and followed by a completed sample resulting from a meeting of a group of school staff members to decide how to adapt curriculum/instruction to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body. (DB)
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, 109 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr., SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455; Tel: 612-624-4512; Fax: 612-624-9344; Web site: (available in alternative formats upon request).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.; Minnesota State Dept. of Children, Families, and Learning, St. Paul.