Chart the Course

Charting the Course

Navigating the Future of the Watson College of Education

More than 80 Watson College of Education (WCE) faculty, staff, and partners participated in this first “Charting the Course” event, representing all WCE academic and administrative units, and D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy and Issac Bear Early College. Participants were assigned to tables, encouraging them to sit with colleagues they were not familiar with, as well as those they work with daily. Each table had an assigned Table Facilitator trained in the SOAR process from Appreciative Inquiry. SOAR a strengths-based approach to strategic planning that allows an organization to plan for and create its future through collaboration, shared understanding, and a commitment to action. SOAR stands for Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results as an alternative to the traditional SWOT strategic planning.