What’s Not Working? What’s Working?

I’m thinking of organizing my annual report around only two headings:

What’s not working.

What’s working.

There are stories to be told underneath each heading, stories with numbers that show how many students attended (or didn’t), but those numbers don’t tell the whole story. There is growth and transformation in those stories, also missed opportunities and bumbled organization. Most importantly, there is learning in those stories, and that is what I want to forward in my assessment of how our work has gone.

Asking what we’re learning keeps us from getting too wrecked about what’s not working and too complacent about what is.