Framing the Vision

Student Development & Engagement

Honor, Survey, Study

Honor the Roots:

The Lighthouse Network was founded on principles of strong academics, arts infusion, and attention to the social & emotional development of the children it serves. In the organizational archives there are artifacts of intent, lessons learned, and stories to be told that would enrich the advancement of a new Student Development and Engagement Framework.

Survey the Lighthouse Landscape:

Examining the space between the vision and the reality sets the stage for development of new ideas. A thorough survey of Lighthouse schools and stakeholders would bring new dimension to strengths of implementation and opportunities for learning and growth in each of the Framework realms.

Study Promising Practices:

On-going study of the visionaries in the fields of arts, creativity, emotional intelligence, and engaged teaching and learning will keep the Framework grounded in research. Finding schools who have successfully bridged between research and practice will bring context and practicality to the Framework.

Find the Leaders & Believers

Building a coalition of Lighthouse stakeholders who are willing to stick out their necks, make their thinking and work public, and play with new ideas is essential to this cause. These leaders and believers would be the pilots and the truth tellers and play a critical role in shaping the Framework for the realities of schools in the network.

How We See Things

Linking Lighthouse stakeholders to share and learn from one another honors their expertise and brings credibility to the cause. Imagine a network (virtual and face-to-face) where teachers and leaders help build the vision for student development and engagement then share:
  • what works (and doesn't)
  • qualitative and quantitative evidence sources of impact
  • big questions
  • big ideas
  • lessons and resources
  • student work

Differentiated Course of Study

Everyone comes to learning with a different need to know. Structuring learning sessions to meet stakeholders where they are can go a long way in creating buy-in. A tiered menu of optional and required learning lets people have voice and choice in their professional development.

Vision Check

Regular check-ups and check-ins regarding Framework implementation and impact would provide necessary evidence to build the work up and out. Providing tools and protocols to monitor and measure progress, then training all stakeholders in the use of said processes would set a transparent expectation of continuous progress.

Suggested Measurement Tools & Processes:
  • Implementation Rubric
  • Self-Assessment Tool
  • Walk-through Instrument Indicators
  • Protocols for Analysis of Work
  • Observation & Feedback Loops (peers & leaders)
  • Teacher Efficacy Data (survey)
  • Student & Parent Survey Data
  • Attendance & Referral Data Check

Student Development & Engagement Framework Ideas by Sherri Beshears-McNeely

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