Stretch Questions: Part 2

by | Jan 26, 2016 | Community Building, School Climate, Student Engagement

In July 2013, I wrote a blog about stretch questions based on a keynote address by Tim Shriver, Special Olympics International Chairman of the Board, as I was intrigued with the concept of a question that can stretch my thinking, my conceptual frameworks and possibly my actions.

  1. At that time I suggested the following 10 questions focused on education to stretch our individual and collective thinking.
  2. How can we organize our school to ensure every student is inspired, engaged and safe?
  3. What are our school’s ultimate outcomes and impacts and how do we accurately and adequately measure them?
  4. How do we most effectively and efficiently collect, analyze and share data on our school’s quality and character?
  5. What strategies can we implement to welcome and engage all parents and community members?
  6. How do we really integrate technology into the core of our school’s instructional methods, engagement strategies and collaborations?
  7. How do we create and sustain quality student transitions from elementary school to middle school, middle school to high school and high school to productive lives?
  8. How do we create a space and time in our school to allow students to reflect on their experiences and ponder about their future?
  9. How do we engage all education stakeholders in determining the school’s priorities and allocation of resources?
  10. How do we ensure each student loves learning and cannot get enough of it?
  11. How do we ensure each teacher focuses on student development and subject mastery?

At the end of my blog, I challenged readers to develop a set of questions that inspire them to stretch their thinking and actions.

I accepted that challenge and now offer the following stretch questions.

  1. How do we take a universal concept like equity and make it meaningful for each student, each school and each community?
  2. How do we create high-quality options so that each student can be truly engaged in their school and truly feel a sense of connectedness and belonging?
  3. What strategies can we implement to increase the number of youth throughout the world to actively participate in politics and public institutions?
  4. How can school choice become an adequate, equitable and effective framework for students to fully develop?

As I challenged readers in 2013, I encourage each of you to consider and share the questions that stretch your thinking, conceptual frameworks and actions.

Terry Pickeral
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Terry Pickeral

Terry Pickeral, has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations, evaluation and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.
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