Who knew? An international community of latte artists create artistic coffee. They blog, tweet, and use Facebook to connect with one another regarding their shared passion of latte art. They share photos of their latte art online for others to enjoy, comment on, and judge in competitions. Others throughout the world use social media to connect regarding their shared passion of yarn bombing. They knit covers and place them on lamp posts, benches and other items in public spaces during the night so others discover them the next day. They participate in International Yarn Bombing Day.
The latte artist- and yarn bombing-communities of passion were on my mind as I prepared to speak to leaders in our district yesterday regarding our strategic plan and our upcoming Quality Assurance Review for district-wide accreditation. Strategic plans often are dead documents which generate yawns, not passion. Strategic plans should instead be a representation of the collective passions of our school community.
The big ideas in our strategic plan are worthy of our passion, our commitment. These big ideas relate to student engagement, 21st century notions of rigor, excellence, the key role of staff, relationships & school climate, and efficient, effective, service-oriented operations. Staff members will vary in terms of which of these big ideas are most worthy of their passion. However, what binds our school community together is our collective belief in these big ideas.