Stretch Questions: Part 2
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.
- At that time I suggested the following 10 questions focused on education to stretch our individual and collective thinking.
- How can we organize our school to ensure every student is inspired, engaged and safe?
- What are our school’s ultimate outcomes and impacts and how do we accurately and adequately measure them?
- How do we most effectively and efficiently collect, analyze and share data on our school’s quality and character?
- What strategies can we implement to welcome and engage all parents and community members?
- How do we really integrate technology into the core of our school’s instructional methods, engagement strategies and collaborations?
- 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?
- How do we create a space and time in our school to allow students to reflect on their experiences and ponder about their future?
- How do we engage all education stakeholders in determining the school’s priorities and allocation of resources?
- How do we ensure each student loves learning and cannot get enough of it?
- 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.
- How do we take a universal concept like equity and make it meaningful for each student, each school and each community?
- 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?
- What strategies can we implement to increase the number of youth throughout the world to actively participate in politics and public institutions?
- 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.