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Beyond the Pandemic: Visioning Through the Use of Education Logic Models

(Part 3 of 3 – Read Part 1 – Read Part 2)

 

Global educational institutions, in all their various forms, have a similar responsibility to learners to provide diverse educational opportunities that will result in post secondary success. Most schools were given a mulligan this Spring because of Covid-19’s unpredictable and widespread impact on social norms and practices.

As the Fall term begins, the prevailing expectation will be that education teams will have a plan to deliver instruction in some form: traditional, virtual, or a hybrid model. Even though unknown variables have blurred the view of the future, school leaders will be expected to have a clear vision of what it means to learn.

An email from my cousin Eric McGough, an administrator at Caribou High School, initiated the formation of a new virtual community of practice (VCoP) for me. Membership in our two-person group was predicated on the unspoken notions that we share a passion for educational reform and a willingness to openly share our “best practices.” During our Zoom conversation, Eric realized that he knew an educational thought leader who might be able to provide some mentorship to our community. 

An invitation was sent.

Welcome Scott Harrison, executive director of the Central Aroostook Council on Education (CACE) to our VCoP. His University of Maine Presque Isle-based organization supports 22 member schools in providing high-quality professional development opportunities that promote continuous innovation in educational practices. 

During our first conversation, he mentioned a framework for strategic planning (education logic model) that I had never heard of before. In a functional CoP, it is imperative that members admit that they don’t know so that sharing and learning can occur within the group. In an effort to retain a perceived social status, too many people feign expertise and miss wonderful learning opportunities.

In response to my inquiry, Scott explained that the education logic model allows leaders to plan and monitor the implementation of new educational programs by mapping out four(4) components: resources, activities, outputs, and outcomes (short, mid, and long-term effects). This visual modeling system allows educational teams to make clear plans resulting in tangible deliverables that can be measured to determine success. 

As we look to an uncertain future, educators must focus on the type of community-building activities that welcome diverse perspectives and seek evidence-based practices from thoughtful mentors who share a common vision for a brighter future.

Please join my virtual community of practice (VCoP) on Twitter, @McGough3R.

Gregory M. McGough, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum & Coordinator of Federal Programs
Columbia Borough School District

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