The Future Ready Learner Design Process is a tool designed for teams to articulate the skills kindergarten students should have after their first year and ultimately define a “portrait of a graduate” within their district. This process is designed as a critical element in a district’s continuous improvement planning effort as it emphasizes excellence, innovation, and equity in school design.
This is Step One: Radar Diagramming. In Step One, you will complete a diagram, that will help individuals and teams plot items according to personal significance and value in the following areas: skills, knowledge, characteristics, and dispositions.
What are the essential skills, knowledge, characteristics, and dispositions that learners need to possess in order to be future ready?
Objective: This exercise will help individuals and teams plot items according to personal significance and value in the following areas: skills, knowledge, characteristics, and dispositions.
Estimated Time: 30–45 minutes
Materials: Sticky notes (15–25 per team member), black markers (one per team member), large flipchart or whiteboard (per group), previous surveys of school and district, school or district data relevant to this process
- Draw the “Radar Diagram” (one per group) on chart paper/whiteboard.
- Print “Key Definitions” (one per group)
Complete the “Radar Diagram”.
1. While is in small groups, start the discussion by asking the Big Question, What are the essential knowledge/skills, and characteristics/dispositions, that learners need to possess in order to be future ready? (9–12 minutes)
2. Have individuals work silently to write their essentials on their sticky notes. Each essential should be written on one sticky note. Remind team members that this begins as an individual activity and personal reflection of value. (6 minutes)
3. While in small groups, take turns individually sharing notes, plotting personal considerations on the radar diagram, and responding to the topics. Briefly comment on why each essential was added. (6–10 minutes)
4. When time expires, ask team members to look for common essentials in their own group and cluster essentials into emerged themes. Emphasize the importance of this step and ask team members to look carefully and discuss all postings, as this will lead to success in the next step. (5–10 minutes)
Tips and Tricks: It is important to note that team members should place essentials that
- are essential to them in the Primary Importance circle of the radar diagram;
- are merely nice to have in the Secondary Importance circle of the radar diagram; and
- you could go without but worth mentioning in the Tertiary Importance circle of the radar diagram.
Tips and Tricks: Embrace the physical constraints of the radar diagram to encourage conversations about relative importance.
Discourage side conversations or sticky notes added to the whiteboard or flipchart without comments.
(This is where the facilitator turns into a coach and encourages meaningful conversations.)
Ready to move to Step 2?
Congratulations on completing Step 1. It’s not time to move to Step 2: Dot Voting.