I trust that this edition of News4Leaders finds you and your community doing well. The challenges may be quite different to what they were a month or so ago, but there are still plenty of them to deal with.
Many learning communities will be considering what they have learnt over the last period and especially about the innovations and changes that will be useful to keep and embed. I believe we have a terrific opportunity, not only at our own communities, but as an association to consider what we have done well in the last weeks and what we could have done differently and to learn and grow from both.
LESNW Strategic Plan – a reminder that the draft of this can be found at this padlet link https://padlet.com/darylt1/zu9ac6q1sru9qm3k. You are encouraged to go to the link and comment on the Mission, Vision and Goals that are there and I would like to say thanks to those that have done so already. Our Board will meet again next Monday night to take on board the feedback in preparation for presentation at the AGM. As you read the Mission, Vision and Goals please keep in mind the following things:
- These are statements that apply to every member and learning community– they are not solely for the secretariat. The secretariat, like the members of the association, will be enablers of it.
- There are no strategies attached to the Goals. Each goal has a heading/title and then a descriptor. It will be incumbent on all of us (Board, Secretariat and Members) to consider strategies to meet these goals (which enable us to ‘live our mission’ and ‘reach our vision’.)
- The strategic plan presented comes out of dialogue, discussion and consultation that has happened over the last two years. The main concepts of it have in fact been shaped by the association prior to presentation.
- The work of the board, should the Strategic Plan be acceptable to the members of our association, will be to ensure we achieve alignment of policy, practice and resourcing (both human and financial etc).
- The statements presented aim to be aspirational in that they outline a preferred way of operating and understanding into the future.
So… if you haven’t done so already, please pass on feedback via the link above.
AGM – A reminder also that you need to register for the AGM on the 22nd of May which will be held remotely. The package of information and reports (minus the strategic plan) has been sent out to learning community representatives. The final draft of the strategic plan will be sent out by 20 May.
Welcome – I’d like to say a formal welcome to Geoff Strauss (Vineyard) and Annie Barry (Zion) to our association. Every blessing to you both as you begin serving your communities.