The 13ig IDEA

Prompt 1: Set Goals


  1. Goal: Create a “strategic” plan for IDEA 3.0 in the next six weeks that charts the pathway for our school to become a leader in the field of career and technical education. Ideally, this plan would also launch the Big IDEA Coop that serves as a hyper-local incubator for any idea. Coop projects would be vetted (and eventually funded) with this protocol.
    1. Benefits
      1. Positive review from PCSB (our school’s authorizer) in December 2019
      2. Continued operation and flexibility to achieve our school’s unique mission
      3. Renewed inspiration for the team to unite behind a new vision/purpose
      4. Increased student and family buy-in to IDEA and the student’s post-secondary plan
      5. Empowering IDEA students, graduates, and Deanwood community through a cooperative model of community wealth building
      6. Provide a path for personal sustainability for work/job that I love while building internal organizational capacity
    2. Obstacles
      1. Local, state, and federal education regulations
      2. Adult mindsets
      3. Time
    3. Partners
      1. IDEA board, staff, families, and students
      2. Colleagues (other DC school leaders)
      3. Connections (former DME, business leaders, etc.)
  2. Why did I select this goal?
    1. See benefits listed above
  3. How did I decide it’s the right goal for me?
    1. It’s the intersection of my number one professional priority and personal passion
  4. What does it feel like to share this goal publicly?
    1. Depends how public it actually is, I suppose
  5. What edge is this goal creating for me?
    1. See above (1.a.v.)