FedEx Days in Education

Creating meetings that people want to attend and allow for real change.

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Daniel Pink describes FedEx days in the talk I shared above and many of you have probably seen before. FedEx days are a 24 hour period where employees try to come up with solutions to problems that they see as important at their workplace.  

So what if we used even one meeting time each year and allowed Teachers to group think some great ideas to solutions they are passionate about.  What do you think would happen if we allowed teachers to do something like this? 


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Hi Ben,

I really like the idea of making meetings about proactive involvement and problem solving rather than passive information transfer.

How would this actually work though? If I were a principal and wanted to try this, what steps would you recommend I take?

And I agree it would need to be sold to staff. Myron, and thoughts on how you did it / would do it?


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Great question Tom. When we began working with the university faculty we asked a couple of questions to begin: Is what you are currently doing working and how do you know? What do you see as the needs of students when they graduate?

Then we talked about closed systems - which produce limited answers - verses open systems - which explore all possible answers, then selecting the best. We found this discussion on these two systems generated a lot of debate since historically they operated from a closed system. that debate alone began to open the possibility there was a better way to achieve the desired outcomes, and that opened the door for us to present PBL.

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Hey Everyone,
I have been in the middle of buying/selling a house and a new job.
Anyway, I think you could do a little leg work ahead of time by using a Google form or survey to get staff to start spitballing ideas of things that need to be addressed beforehand and then letting them think about it some beforehand too.
I also think that you really need to set the idea up before the meeting and maybe try to give them some guidelines for how the process might look or work. Maybe share the Pink video with them ahead of time.

As a principal you also have to not only show support for this idea, but then you also have to back up it up by following through on the solutions that faculty come up with. This will only make the process stronger next time too.
What ideas to you all have?

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