ERIC Number: ED431270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
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)
Descriptors: Brainstorming, Decision Making, Diversity (Student), Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Goal Orientation, Meetings, Planning, Teamwork
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: http://www.ici.coled.umn.edu/ici/ (available in alternative formats upon request).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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.