Valencia's Big Ideas
An important part of the sustained efforts toward improving student learning at Valencia has been the development of several key ideas that serve as fulcrums for change, signifiers for emerging organizational culture, and rallying points for action. The process of moving from promising innovation to large-scale pilot, to sustained solution, that is, the process of institutionalizing the work, depends heavily on a community of practice shaped by powerful common ideas. While these ideas aren't unique to Valencia, they are authentically ours in the sense that they are organic to our work, having rooted themselves in the discourse of campus conversations, planning, development, and day to day activity.
In this section, Dr. Shugart discusses the Big Ideas that have made and continue to make a difference in the efforts to make dramatic and sustained progress in student learning. He emphasizes that these ideas have emerged from deep discourse, important stories, long reflection, iterative and inclusive planning, and, most importantly, deep collaboration within our organization. The ideas themselves may have some value, but their power to engage, change, sustain, redirect, unify, and encourage our work is rooted in the authenticity of their origins in our ongoing conversation.