Institute Holds Virtues Strategic Plan Implementation Workshop for Norman Public Schools Partner Schools
On October 26, 2019, the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing held a Strategic Plan Implementation Workshop at Norman North High School for educators from Kennedy Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, Longfellow Middle School, Irving Middle School, Norman High School, and Norman North High School. Funded by the John Templeton Foundation and led by the Institute’s Assessment Coordinator, Dr. Michael Warren, the workshop provided leadership teams with an overview of the first 12 months of strategic plans that were collaboratively developed by ISHF and school principals. Each school’s strategic plan includes 6-10 virtue-related activities (e.g., weekly in-class virtue lessons, developing an extracurricular virtue program, etc.), a timeline for implementing the activities, and an assessment plan that involves collecting data from students, teachers, and leadership teams.
Beyond providing leadership teams with this essential information, the workshop offered: (1) a brief presentation by Dr. Nancy Snow on virtue and virtue education, (2) a structured process for refining virtue definitions to better connect with students’ experiences, (3) time to meet with their team to plan the implementation of their school’s strategic plan, (4) resources for integrating virtues education into the classroom, and (5) opportunities to share their school’s virtue education efforts with other schools in the district.
The workshop was attended by 29 educators, including principals, assistant principals, librarians, counselors, and teachers of various grade levels and with various areas of subject expertise. At the close of the workshop, attendees completed a survey that assessed how well key workshop objectives were achieved. Findings indicated that attendees thought the workshop was successful in achieving all five objectives, and the workshop either met or exceeded all attendees’ expectations. In addition, educators indicated that they especially valued the focused, designated time to work with colleagues on their own leadership teams, and they left the workshop thinking about how to build a greater sense of buy-in from other colleagues to help ensure that the virtues initiative has staying power.