From Design to Action

Greg Luterbach, Superintendent of Schools - Let me start with a huge ‘thank you’ to all the blog writers this past year. I really appreciate people taking the time to share some thoughts and document our Four Year Plan (4YP) journey. The past 15 months have been a massive undertaking as we collaboratively developed how the jurisdiction can make its education system even better for students. This blog site has served to connect the dots between the plan and how it comes to life in RVS.

We intentionally used a design process to build our new 4YP just like so many of our staff is using when designing instruction. We were responsive when we needed to adjust our plans based on learnings from along the journey. We made our learning visible wherever possible sharing multiple drafts along the way, each time highlighting what changed as a result of the feedback we heard. We ventured into uncomfortable areas just like we encourage our students to do. We spent time and energy discovering and defining our challenges. We morphed structures like our school education plans into playbooks to reflect a design approach. We created new structures, namely Superintendent Design Teams and School Action Teams to ensure a strong voice from our schools as we begin to shift from designing the plan to taking action.

The 4YP is an evolution based on the good work already going on in RVS. We will continue to focus on building students’ literacy and numeracy skills, engagement, and ownership of their learning, with an added spotlight shone on diversity and inclusion. I am proud of our Innovators Connect, Achieve and Navigate (I CAN) structure, but HOW we connect, achieve and navigate – that is the work ahead. What are the best structures to help students achieve the six outcomes? I can tell you, it will not be a cookie cutter approach.

Following 15 months of design work, it’s now time to take action. This fall staff will be busy identifying possible actions based on the “how might we” questions established in our spring playbook design process. Not one possible solution but many solutions that have efficacy, are based in research and/or a promising practice from elsewhere. Using the language from design, they’ll prototype, in short sprints, to test their effectiveness in our context. Based on what works, we converge on selected solutions to the how might we questions identified.

I look forward to watching our staff in action and encourage them to challenge structures to ensure they are enabling RVS to a nurture an innovative learning and working environment that helps students and staff succeed. We are in this together and our diversity is a strength!

Thanks for your contributions to the journey thus far. Special thanks to those who are sitting on action teams, design teams, leading some of the various playbook activities – I appreciate the additional work you are engaging in. Special thanks to our Learning Department and Communications Branch for their phenomenal contributions throughout our design phase.

~ Greg