Our 4th community focus group meeting focused on Student Agency – what it is, how we, at VHS develop it in the classroom.

We followed the typical focus group format, starting with a recap of what we’ve been up to since the last meeting, as well as a quick glimpse of what we’re currently working on. The bulk of our progress since the last meeting revolved around professional development for our staff as we continue to build a common understanding and shared framework around this transformation of Vista High School toward Personalized Learning.

We also revisited last month’s topic of transformational change by looking at some graphic design work that was done to help us visualize this transformation, to help us see what it will mean to be a VHS student/graduate in the years to come. The group voted on their favorite and we’ll have that image up/available soon.

This was followed by a presentation by a group of extraordinary VHS students who walked us through an activity to demonstrate how personalized learning has helped them develop and utilize student agency as they pursue their learning. The meeting culminated with an activity that helped the audience members experience what student agency is and how it feels in a learning environment. To do this, they had to develop, and present, their own board game.

Naturally, along the way we got feedback from the group and will continue to use this feedback to refine and improve the work we’re doing as we build for next year and beyond.

Focus Group Presentation

The slide presentation for this meeting has loads of useful information, including links to the teacher presentations. Please take a moment to scroll through it and, if you have any questions or need clarification about anything, please reach out, we’re happy to help.

Community Feedback

Throughout the meeting, we requested feedback from the group using an anonymous polling tool. If you’re interested to read through it, the results of that feedback are below.

If you’d like to see this feedback in a larger window, please click here

Video from the Meeting

And, if you were unable to attend the meeting, we do live stream them on Youtube, and of course, we record those live streams as well. The video from that meeting is embedded here, and you can also find it on Youtube directly.

*NOTE: Sadly, the audio on this month’s video did not come through. My apologies.