Strategy Through Inquiry
Why plan for the future? Why do a Strategic Visioning Process at all?
Living organisms, unlike abiotic matter, share the ability to be adaptive and responsive, and it is this characteristic that has provided nature with the raw material to continue to adapt and respond, to ensure longevity and the future.
Every healthy institution is in a constant state of inquiry and self-reflection—examining its approach and raison d’etre. Every so often, this process merits extra attention, coordination and focus in order to give all members of the community the chance to come together around a shared understanding of the organization’s approach and direction.
GFS has embarked on a formal planning process using a framework for creative, community-wide reflection that encourages us to think holistically about the educational experience we offer while considering both our current and future context.
This is a deliberative and inclusive process that is designed to draw on the wisdom of our extended community through conversations about our strategic direction.
Drawing on Quaker practice and Design Thinking methodology, we are engaging in a community-wide exploration of GFS’s direction and positioning with regards to particular areas of import to our institution, as well as to independent schools and education more broadly.
The Structure and Queries
We are exploring two queries within each of three core areas—Students, Composition and Context—that are of particular interest to GFS and the future of education. Within “Students,” we are exploring the topics “Whole Being” and “Teaching and Learning”; within “Composition,” we are looking at “Access and Affordability” and “Diversity and Integration”; and within Context, we are exploring “Living Systems” and “Public Impact.”
The Working Group
Twelve members of our faculty and staff make up the Working Group, which is charged with clerking conversations and designing experiences that will encourage community-wide exploration of our six queries.
ACCESS + AFFORDABILITY
|Megan Culp||Mikael Yisrael|
TEACHING + LEARNING
DIVERSITY + INTEGRATION
|Diana Gomez||Brandon Jones||Diane Mallery|
How to Join In
Our yearlong community discernment process around these six queries will culminate in a public-facing celebration. We invite you to participate in this work over the course of the 2016-17 school year by joining us for events listed to the right.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the process.
Our "Strategy Through Inquiry" booklet articulates a more detailed framework for our process.