Future-Focused Leadership: Preparing Schools, Students, and Communities for Tomorrow's Realities

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Appendix D
A Sample Council Meeting Agenda
Determining Our Vision: What are the Characteristics of an Education System Capable of Preparing Students for a Global Knowledge/Information Age?
8:30 a.m. Social Time, Conversation, Continental Breakfast.
9:00 a.m. A Brief Welcome. The honorary chair welcomes everyone and makes brief, compelling remarks. Others, such as the superintendent, university or college president, or board chair, briefly but powerfully describe how the process will work and how it might affect the organization and its future.
9:10 a.m. A Briefing on Local, National, and International Issues and Trends. This portion of the program should provide a glimpse of history, as well as current and developing political, economic, social, technological, environmental, and other forces affecting society and their possible implications for education in general and the organization in particular.
10:15 a.m. An Explanation of the Process. A seasoned facilitator describes the process that will be used to generate thinking among council members. For example, after the opening plenary session, participants will be assigned to small groups—perhaps five to eight people each, depending on the size of the total group. Their charge will be to “Identify the characteristics of a school or school system (or college or university) capable of preparing students for life in a global knowledge/information age.”
10:30 a.m. Break.

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