Assess

You are officially taking your first step towards a positive school climate. This is your chance to investigate challenges and discover opportunities for improvement in your school community. During this phase, you will survey your school climate to measure the strengths and weaknesses of your community. See resources below.

A reflection to facilitate with a group of students

Grade your school on various areas of school climate to find the opportunity for change

Make photocopies, and distribute to the entire community…a great way to get diverse perspectives

A discussion guide to help take the next step towards planning your inspirED Project

Brainstorm

During this phase, you and your inspirED team will meet to brainstorm possible projects that could help address the challenges identified in Phase One. Phase Two allows you to get creative and to think of interesting ways your team can make the changes you want to see at your school.

Check out some great starter project ideas and adapt to your school.

Some ideas for a successful brainstorming session

Use this worksheet to visualize where you are, where you’d like to be, and what it takes to get there

Commit

During Phase Three, you will plan and implement your inspirED project, campaign, or initiative. This phase involves commitment, goal-setting, passion, collaboration with your teammates, and strategic planning. Phase Three is where your team can work together to bring your plan to life, and launch something impactful for your community!

How to set Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound goals

Thinking about the Who, What, When, Where and Why

Some suggestions if your project needs funding to launch into your community

Have lots of great ideas? Map out your projects for the whole school year!

Debrief

The last phase is time to reflect and celebrate. During this phase you will gather feedback about your project from teachers, administrators, and fellow students. You will also recognize your inspirED team’s accomplishments during this phase, and take some time to celebrate all of your hard work! Through gathering feedback about how your project created impact, you can also assess your next opportunity to create even more positive change.

Use this discussion guide to consider the impact of your work

Ask the faculty and administrators in your building how they think your project went

Use the information to make recommendations for your next project

Take some time to celebrate and recognize the hard work…you deserve it!