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STEP 2: Future Ready Dot Voting


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 Two: Dot Voting. In Step Two, you will first as an individual and then as a team, conduct a vote to reach a consensus about the essentials.

Objective: First as an individual and then as a team, conduct a vote to reach a consensus about the essentials

Estimated Time: 20–40 minutes (if utilizing the gallery walk and discussions)

Materials: Black markers (one per team member), large flipchart or whiteboard (per group), voting tabs or stickers (three to five per team member)

The Work

Vote on the essential elements

1. Ask team members to reflect individually within their team on their postings from Step 1: Radar Diagramming.  (2–3 minutes)

2. Pass out three to five stickers (same color) to each person. Ask team members to place votes on the essentials (or cluster of essentials) in the radar diagram that are most deserving of the group’s attention. Make sure everyone has decided where they want to place their votes within the radar diagram.(2–5 minutes)

Note: This can be done as a large group on a variety of radar diagrams, or per each radar diagram, depending on which the facilitator feels will be most valuable. Encourage team members to think independently on choice.

3. Select three to five essentials (or clusters) that received the most votes from the team. Facilitate discussion on why people voted for these three to five essentials. For example: “I see this [X] cluster received a large number of votes. Who voted for this cluster? Why?”

Note: If you have more than one group and are looking to have one end product of three to five essentials for all the groups combined, have the groups rotate to the right, spending 1 minute per radar diagram for a gallery walk (start the first observation with their own radar diagram). Groups should rotate until they return to their original radar diagram. (1 minute per radar diagram)

4. Write the top three to five essentials on a blank flipchart or whiteboard. These essentials will serve as a foundation for
Step 3: Showcase. A group may elect to choose only three essentials if there are time constraints. (6–12 minutes)

Consider: Some school/district teams elect to utilize the groupings created in Step 2 to create a visual representation that depicts the desired characteristics of the Future Ready Learner profile that they envision. Groups that leverage this approach often create a visual of learners in the center with the desired characteristics scattered around the image. If utilizing this approach, more than three to five focus areas will need to be chosen. It’s also vital to depict a diverse set of learner types that represent the school’s community at the center.

Ready to move to Step 3?

Way to go! It’s time to create your Future Ready Learner Showcase.

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