ADEPT in education

We’re starting to get some feedback on the Bright Spots paper that launched this Tuesday…please keep it coming. One thing that we heard in our early focus groups, and hope to test, was that this framework might have resonance beyond the arts.

Sure enough, we got an email from Ginny Cartee, a coordinator of CHAMPS, a drop out prevention program for at-risk youth at School District 55 in Laurens, South Carolina. This week she used the ADEPT framework in a presentation to the National Dropout Prevention Forum. She says, “our projects are successful, but explaining why or how our small team can accomplish so many different projects has been more difficult than doing the actual programmatic work.” The ADEPT framework, “has provided the language needed to share our success with stakeholders. It gave me a framework to explain how we started and how we have thrived through the years by focusing on our vision of promising middle school students graduating from high school and going on to post-secondary education.”

This echoes something we heard when we tested this framework with Bright Spots themselves. This is stuff they were already doing, but the framework was helpful to give them a language to talk about things that often seemed mysterious, impossible or difficult to explain to others. And perhaps, it offers a compass for course correction when even the brightest organizations get off the path.

How are you using the framework?


3 thoughts on “ADEPT in education

  1. I just had a chance to visit with Jim McDonald in person about “Bright Spots” (thanks for coming to Missoula, Jim!). He asked how “Bright Spots” has changed Humanities Montana, and I shared that 1. I personally return to the report at least once a week, mainly to refocus on the essential and to remember courage to lead change; 2. my current board members have discussed the five principles in general terms and specifically how they apply to our recently adopted strategic plan (the report reinforces several of our strategic decisions); 3. we will use “Bright Spots” in orienting new directors in February since it provides a powerful tool for conceptualizing our overall work and gaining traction with our strategic plan; 4. I’ll share the report with participants in Leadership Montana, many of whom lead nonprofit organizations in the state. Thanks for the excellent framework, both inspiring and practical. Ken Egan, Executive Director, Humanities Montana

    • This is great, Ken! Thanks for sharing. I’m reposting your note above so it isn’t buried in the comment section on an older post. I think other people might benefit from your experience.

      • Thanks, Alexis–I mean every word. “Bright Spots” has been, well, a bright spot in my work over the past several months. It has the rare ability to both reassure and challenge. That is, the five principles make sense–they seem intuitively right–yet the overall report provides models of meaningful engagement with community and our work, providing an inspiring challenge.

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