ERIC Number: ED448500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
School Matters: Mapping for Reflecting and Planning.
Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.
This report describes how schools can draw on multiple voices to create a comprehensive portrait of important events in a school's history. In this "mapping" process, participants create a map that portrays the collective history of the school, facilitating an increased awareness of past actions and their connection to current conditions. Participants include teachers, administrators, parents, support staff, district staff, and community members who know the history of the school but who may have different perspective on that history. The document outlines what materials are needed and offers an overview of how schools have used the mapping process, such as site-based management teams' identification of priorities and schoolwide long-range planning. The process is described in two stages. Stage 1 introduces the concept and offers tips for guiding the discussion and encouraging participants to share their personal information. Stage 2 asks participants to relay what they see emerging from the map, such as any patterns or trends, and asks participants to share the implications of the emerging history. The document suggests some discussion topics (contexts to maintain, organization, and teaching and learning) and offers tips on room set-up and organizing the group. (RJM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Mapping, Educational History, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Long Range Planning, Participative Decision Making, Strategic Planning
LAB at Brown University, The Education Alliance, 222 Richmond Street, Suite 300, Providence, RI 02903-4226. Tel: 800-521-9550 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.