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Prototype Notes 9/4/15

The intention of the questions that are being asked is to give the teachers, and perhaps the students, a deeper understanding of what a person's particular field looks like and the type of character strengths that may help someone succeed in that field. (I'm just beginning to think whether the students could ever be part of the section process.)

The goal of the Participation Quotient is to provide some type of assessment of the Expert.  The thinking behind this was that it should be based on what the Expert is doing well as opposed to what they are lacking.  

9/3/15 Prototype 1.2 


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This idea grew from the Ideate phase #dare2design session at Riverdale Country School. Many of us spoke about getting comfortable with giving up control of our classrooms and looking for the experts when our own skill base might be limiting how far we could go with a lesson/unit. I then made Team on Guild with like minded people.

Overview: (What’s this idea about)

This idea is about creating a network of experts that teachers could reach out to for a variety of topics in an effort to enrich an experience for their students.

Potential For Impact: (Why is this an idea that creates a culture of innovation?)

The culture of innovation is created when we create a way to gather experts that are willing to be part of a “network” that teachers can reach out to when they are in need. Redefining what an expert is is a key to the innovation. For example, let’s imagine a class that is studying grit. Who are the experts we would call upon? (a recent graduate who had to work hard to get through school, a person who overcame poverty or discrimination to come out on top, an athlete who may have always had to put in more time then everyone else on the team) Perhaps the students could be part of the selection process based on short bio’s that each of the experts would provide. Students/teachers/administrators could then fill out a Yelp type evaluation of their expert. The potential for this idea could begin within your school community.  Members of your school community would be given the opportunity to fill out their own expert bio. Members could each have a profile page like we have on the Teachers Guild. Each member would have an Expert Quotient based on a variety of qualifiers. Finding the value within your own community screams COLLABORATION!

Value Prop/Pitch: (How would you pitch this to other teachers in your school? Your principal? Etc)

As a group of professionals we each approach teaching with our own set of skills and expertise. It makes sense that we would use these skills where they are needed across our school community. This idea allows us to expand our community beyond the walls of our school. This is an opportunity to build a community of collaboration with experts found both locally and globally. We face the challenge of preparing our students for a future with jobs/roles that may not even exist yet. This network of experts will serve as an ever evolving and current view of professionals across a multitude of disciplines, providing students with the most current understanding of the skills and expectations that they should be working on.

How’d I get this idea off the ground?

Imagine that on the first day of school the community members (teachers, administrators, staff) would receive a questionnaire to answer, where they could write their areas of expertise. This would be part of the network of experts. Next steps could include a parent expert questionnaire that would be filled out at the beginning of the year. Similar to the school members questionnaire, but perhaps it would include a section where parents have an opportunity to also recommend/suggest someone they know that would be willing to be part of the network. And of course, we would tap into the connections that have been made through The Teachers Guild, and social media.

How you can get started:

This could be implemented with something as simple as a searchable online database of sorts. Participants add their usernames and contact info, basic location info (school, zipcode, etc) and associate themselves with any areas of expertise already existing (using tags or something like tags), or add new areas of expertise if they can't find a match. Then teachers who want to do or explore something can search for experts by area of expertise and geographical proximity (if they are looking for an onsite visit ­in some cases the expert help could be provided online or via something like Skype or even via something as old school as email, which would make physical location less of an issue).


Materials to get this idea off the ground: ­

The beta phase of this idea could begin on a school community level, and in that case all we would need is a Google form to gather information. ­ Beyond that, as we expand outside of our local community, perhaps some sort of database, of social network type system could be implemented. The profile pages found on the Teacher’s Guild captures what we need.

Evaluation results

10 evaluations so far

1. Potential for Impact: Imagine this solution had near perfect implementation. To what extent would this solution bring about a culture of innovation within a school or classroom?

A lot! This solution would greatly bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 60%

Somewhat. This solution would somewhat bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 20%

Not much. This solution might help with other things, but I don't see it really bringing about a culture of innovation within schools or classrooms. - 20%

2. Feasibility and Fit: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: If this solution were available to me right now, I would be able to use it with relatively low investment. (i.e. money, time, or skills).

Strongly agree (this solution strongly aligns to my/my school's current capacities). - 80%

Agree. - 10%

Neutral. - 0%

Disagree. - 10%

Strongly disagree (this solution would take a big lift in resources to pull off). - 0%

3. Adaptability: I could imagine this solution working well in a variety of school and classroom contexts across a diverse set of needs.

Absolutely! I could see this working for a variety of schools and classrooms with different or unique needs. - 90%

Somewhat. I could see this working for many schools and classrooms, but it might need some adjusting to fit a broad diversity of contexts. - 10%

Not a lot. This seems like it might be better suited to only a few contexts. - 0%

4. Scalability: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: This idea could be adopted by an ever-growing number of teachers or students without requiring significant changes.

Strongly agree (this solution could easily scale without any significant changes). - 70%

Agree. - 10%

Neutral. - 20%

Disagree. - 0%

Strongly disagree (this solution would require significant changes in order to properly scale). - 0%

5. Desirability: Do you wish this solution were available to you right now?

1 - Not a lot. There's not a big need for this right now and/or we use something already that fulfills a similar purpose in my school or classroom. - 0%

2 - 0%

3 - 20%

4 - 30%

5 - A lot! There's nothing like this already and I'd love to have it in my school or classroom. - 50%


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I love this idea!
Our children go to a school that depends on finding experts to talk about various topics for every unit of study. Right now our pool of resources is only as big as the parent community and it would be amazing to have outside resources to facilitate our process.
I also think it is highly valuable for the experts to see the great value they can be in our schools. Educating students in the 21st century demands new paradigms and this provides valuable collaboration opportunities for adults and children to learn from each other.

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