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CPS Reimagining With Community Toolkit

This toolkit is packed with useful resources for collaborative community planning. It is built on a foundation of trust and respect for each community as the leading voice in articulating its dreams for what education services should be.

Introduction to THE TOOLKIT

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All you need to know about the Community Toolkit

Community Goals

We have created step-by-step plans based on common goals our communities want to achieve.
To begin exploring these plans, click on one of the goals below.

Beginner Plans

Create a Safe Space for Dialogue

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Talk Openly About Barriers to Change

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Prioritize Ideas and Propose New Ideas for Schools Improvement

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Intermediate Plans

Encourage Parent Involvement With the School

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Plan Programming for Parents (E.g. Parent University)

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Didn’t find a goal to meet your needs? Contact your CPS FACE Specialist for assistance.

Community Planning

An important goal that this toolkit can help you achieve is the creation and submission of a community plan. To this end, we have created four step-by-step plans to help volunteers facilitate this process successfully in their communities.

Phase 1:
Conduct Assessment

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Phase 3:
Test and refine initiatives

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Phase 4:
Draft and submit a plan

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Roles and Expectations

Planning, conducting and implementing these mini-plans relies on a committed team of volunteers who are confident facilitating the work of different stakeholders and are familiar with the methods in this toolkit. The content in this page covers strategies for forming your team and guidance on facilitation to help you proceed with confidence and alignment.

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Roles and Expectations

Planning, conducting and implementing these mini-plans relies on a committed team of volunteers who are confident facilitating the work of different stakeholders and are familiar with the methods in this toolkit. The content in this page covers strategies for forming your team and guidance on facilitation to help you proceed with confidence and alignment.

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Toolkit Contents

The plans included in this toolkit are built from nine modules borrowed from the field of human-centered design. Each module includes methods for different activities that you can facilitate in your community. You can explore these modules and their methods below, and click on the links to learn more.

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Trust and Healing

Provide a safe space and create a foundation for effective community planning and engagement.

Deep Listening More | Worksheet

The Story Circle More

Commemorative Community Art More | Worksheet

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Listening

Gain a deeper understanding of people’s experiences through direct interactions with them.

Observations More | Worksheet

Interviews More

Group Conversation More

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Framing

Navigate the complexity of an issue and gain a shared definition of the problem to be addressed.

Collective Mind Mapping More | Worksheet

Five Whys More | Worksheet

Stakeholder Analysis More | Worksheet

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Sense Making

Interpret data with rigor to identify insights and unique things that are worthy of attention.

Affinity Clustering, Themes, and Insights More | Worksheet

Empathy Maps More | Worksheet

Reframing More | Worksheet

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Ideating

Explore existing ideas, generate new ones, and combine them into bold solutions to an existing problem.

Creative Connections Map More | Worksheet

Round Robin More | Worksheet

Alternative Worlds More | Worksheet

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Iterating

Conduct an activity, evaluate how it went, improve it, and try it again.

Iterating   More | Worksheet

 

 

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Prototyping

Create a model or illustration of a proposed solution for the purpose of testing.

Prioritization Matrix More | Worksheet

Concept Poster More | Worksheet

Building your Prototype More | Worksheet

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Testing

Gather actionable feedback on your ideas from people in the community.

Think Aloud More

Behavioral Observation More

Town Hall More 

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Delivering

Gather support and create an actionable plan to deliver value for your community.

Value Mapping More | Worksheet

Communicating through Storytelling More | Worksheet 

Workstream Planning More | Worksheet