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UPDATE: Dates Set for Community Read

Posted by Alan on January 14, 2009 8:57 AM | Filed in News | Comments (4)

Global_Gap_Cover.pngThree dates have been set for the upcoming community read of The Global Achievement Gap by Harvard professor Dr. Tony Wagner. Each discussion session will last an hour. The dates are:

Monday, February 2, 6-7 pm*
Tuesday, February 3, 6-7 pm
Thursday, February 5, 1-2 pm

All sessions will be held in the Walker Room of the Fayetteville Public Library. Copies of The Global Achievement Gap are available at the Fayetteville Public Library, all Fayetteville Public Schools libraries, and at your local bookseller.

Click here for more information on Project 21C.

*The first community read, originally scheduled for Monday, January 26, was postponed to Monday, February 2 due to inclement weather.


Posted by Don Schaefer on January 15, 2009 9:36 AM

No where do you give a hint about the meaning of the word "charette." It may be clever to use words like this that lend an air of sophistication, but it lacks communication -- something that is needed at a time when you want input about the direction that we need to go with our Fayetteville schools. Could not find charette in my dictionary, but I found a meaning on Google.

Posted by Greg on January 15, 2009 9:47 AM

The City of Fayetteville has used charettes in the past for collecting community input for Fayette Junction and Walker Park. (Here's a link to information regarding the Walker Park Neighborhood Charette: http://www.accessfayetteville.org/government/planning/news/Walker_Park_Neighborhood_Charrette.cfm) While they're increasingly popular and more common, they're nothing new to our community.

Posted by Alan on January 15, 2009 10:00 AM

The National Charette Institute site goes much deeper and does a better job of explaining the step-by-step process:

Posted by Dan Sanker on January 20, 2009 10:02 AM

I was reading Tony Wagner's book with my kids in mind. At the same time, I was trudging through some performance appraisals for some of our managers. It dawned on me that we were often evaluating the wrong things for our managers. I threw the forms out, and I started using the Seven Survival Skills instead of our evaluation forms. These skills are make-or-break skills in the workplace:

1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
2. Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence
3. Agility and Adaptability
4. Initiative and Entrepreneurship
5. Effective Oral and Written Communication
6. Accessing and Analyzing Information
7. Curiosity and Imagination