Facilitation Challenges

The greatest challenge we ever faced was facilitating a planning session for a Junior High School. The principal wanted everyone involved…eighty persons…academic, administrative, custodial, transportation, et al. It was accomplished in one day; the morning devoted to vision and mission and the afternoon to goal setting and action planning. In one two hour segment toward the end of the day, the group:

recommended about 300 proposed goals,
reduced that number to six by a consensus process,
prioritized the six goals, and
developed a preliminary action plan for each goal.

The entire process was documented as it proceeded so the school staff could easily prepare a final, polished document.