The Parking Lot where we put ideas that might deserve more conversation at a later time. You can see the big ideas sprouting throughout the day from "WIA – the Workforce Investment Act" to “What is diversity” to “Is ‘literacy’ the right term.”
Jane talking about the literacy center – Not trying to teach people to read, but to give them a positive experience with a piece of literature so they can go out and find meaning in what they read.
This was toward the end...my antennas went up because we moved into generalities about Book-It’s work. I pushed for us to be specific, and to support our ideas with evidence. They said I looked more like a bull.
To close, here is an image of our original “Vision Exercise” that happened at the beginning of the grant. During a break we looked at what we imagined the literacy center to be back in November – we saw assumptions and ideas that are affirmed by the information that’s been gathered to date.
Two big things that came up at the very end of the retreat are:
- We need to talk more about our work as a theatre. Are we trying too hard to become something else? Does our theatre inspire literacy in our community? Or does it promote something else?
- What does inspire mean to us?
We are mid-way – Sha-woo...
--Gail Sehlhorst, Book-It