How to Run the Best Damn Visioning Workshops Ever

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM


It takes a tough educational planner to make a thoughtful Vision. Educational planners work in communities of increasing complexity and decreasing time available to engage in meaningful planning processes that will inspire participants and outlive current school leaders. We are now often asked what we can achieve in a few hours with a small group of people. This workshop will share examples of visioning workshop challenges that provide participants with deep levels of engagement and foster a near-viral desire for implementation. Workshop leaders will outline essential Visioning elements, including:

Goals and Strategies
• Facilitation concepts
• Who-when-how long
• School stakeholders as school designers

• 21st Century Schools
• Defining Success for Students in Life
• Most Effective Learning Modalities
• School Organizational Concepts
• Who is Going to Stop Us from Doing What We Want to Do?
• Developing Places for Learning
• Spaces in Schools beyond the Classroom
• Over Facility Organizational Diagram
• Flipping the Launch
• Jigsaw Key Issues
• Introverts, Extroverts & Ambiverts
• Question Formulation Technique
• Tearing up the Timetable
• Revealing Inequity
• Transforming School Culture
• Zero-dollar solutions to million-dollar problems

• Online surveys & viral social media: How I learn Best, Where I Learn Best
• Learner-led pilot projects

Using those resources, participants will craft their own approaches to working with different constraints:
• Has to be done in a succession of Mondays after school, 2 hours each
• It is for a 4-room school in rural Wyoming
• It is for a brand-new school. Teachers (and students) do not exist yet
• Visioning and facility planning needs to be completed in a single week
• School leadership dominates, educators and community partners reluctantly follow
• Educators dominate, school leaders and community partners skeptically follow
• Community partners dominate, school leaders and educators follow

#1: Why visioning is critical to great planning efforts
#2: How we can do more with less
#3: How challenges can be turned into opportunities
#4: What combination of strategies are most effective for emerging limits on time or community

Educational Visioning: Exhibits an understanding of best and next practices related to educationalleadership, programming, teaching, learning, planning and facility design. Establishes credibility with educators, community members and design professionals while conceiving and leading a community-based visioning process. Demonstrates the ability to articulate the impact of learning environments on teaching and learning and uses that ability to facilitate a dialogue that uncovers the unique needs and long-range goals of an educational institution and its stakeholders – translating that into an actionable written/graphic program of requirements for the design practitioner.

Community Engagement: Leads the internal and external communities through a discovery process that articulates and communicates a community-based foundational vision, forming the basis of a plan for the design of the learning environment. The vision is achieved through a combination of rigorous research, group facilitation, strategic conversations, qualitative and quantitative surveys and workshops. Demonstrates the skill to resolve stakeholder issues while embedding a community's unique vision into the vision for its schools.   

Nick Salmon, REFP, President & Founder, Collaborative Learning Network
Nick is a 9th generation educator, facility planner and professional development coach and founder of the Collaborative Learning Network. His global practice includes facilitating the LEFT Institute at Harvard University and leading workshops for A4LE global conferences and University of Melbourne ILETC Transitions 18.

Frank Locker, ALEP, Educational Facility Planner, Locker Educational Planning
Frank Locker PhD, creator and current faculty member of Harvard University’s Learning Environments for Tomorrow Institute. Frank is an architect as well as an educator and consults to schools and architects around the world.

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