One-Year Implementation (Example)

Workshop/Seminar: Long-Term Program

One-year contract between IERG and school/school district for in-service professional development

A one-year program of activities planned for a school or school district, designed to provide teachers and administrators with the understanding, knowledge, and skills required to implement Imaginative Education in everyday classes in any area of the curriculum.

Step 1: The two-day introductory workshop.

Step 2: One-month later – Half-day follow-up session to discuss successes and problems with initial implementations. Focus on the gaps between plans and practice. Begin a further lesson/unit plan.

Step 3: IERG staff will examine the plans and offer suggestions for revisions and additions if necessary.

Step 4: Negotiable times. Classroom visitations while plans are being implemented. Segments to be unobtrusively filmed, with appropriate consents.

Step 5: Three-months later – One-day whole group meeting, introduced with discussion of successes and problems so far, but mostly focused on developing a larger scale unit plan for implementation in the following semester.

Step 6: Negotiable times, but within two weeks of Step 5 – Informal discussion between members of IERG staff and small groups of teachers focused on the larger scale plans.

Step 7: Negotiable times. 2 classroom visitations while the unit plans are being implemented. Segments to be unobtrusively filmed, with appropriate consents.

Step 8: Six-months later – One day whole group meeting, introduced with discussion of successes and problems so far, but mostly focused on developing a new single lesson plan for implementation during the following month.

Step 9: Negotiable times, but within two weeks of Step 8 – Informal discussion between members of IERG staff and small groups of teachers focused on the lesson plans.

Step 10: Negotiable times. 1 classroom visitation while the lesson plan is being implemented.

Step 11: Eight-months later – One day whole group meeting, introduced with discussion of successes and problems so far, main focus on detailed discussion of implementation practices. We will also study selected parts of the films taken during the year.

Step 12: Concluding half day whole group meeting, focused on evaluation of the program.

Supplied materials:

K. Egan. An Imaginative Approach to Teaching. (Jossey-Bass)

Copies of the traditional and circular planning frameworks.

The IERG Professional Development Kit, including DVD: Introducing Imaginative Education: Resource materials & suggestions for their use.

Contact: Dr. Gillian Judson, IERG, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6, email at gcj@sfu.ca.