Response to TCWP CFA


  • What did we notice?
    • National leadership developed from site
    • Very attuned to local site needs
    • Calling "demos" something different -- "teacher inquiry"
    • Writing for local site anthology as well as professional publication
    • Hosting Rural Sites Network
    • Making connections to American Idol
    • Discussion of casual bonding/relationship building within the group
    • Noticing the infrastructure from the SI -- directors, returning fellows
    • Array of programs -- Writing 2.0, Teachers as Writers, Youth Camps, Thinking and Comprehension Workshop
    • Strengths -- many different programs that they have (can you mention these in all sections?)
    • Different authors for subsections of the CFA
    • Noticed that they created a Ning and a wiki
  • What did we wonder?
    • I wonder if the TCWP should/could highlight some of their unique and strong programs more consistently and multiple times throughout the CFA?
    • I know that their commitment to ELL is strong, but I am curious as to what is exactly going on with that?
    • I wonder if you could/should include agendas or other artifacts from the additional workshops/events?
    • I wonder more about the professional development offerings.
    • Not about TCWP in particular, but just some wondering about what kind of data "counts" in the CFA (we know that they have access to our data that we input on the site profile, but what do we need to include in this report)?
    • We are curious to know more about the interview process.
    • In the credit part, we wonder about the way the registration fee/tuition reimbursement works?
    • We wonder how the act of changing the teaching demo from a performance to inquiry groups worked out? How did that change how people crafted their demo?
    • I am wondering about the collaborative networked that was developed and what has happened to that?
    • I wonder about the design and purposes of the online spaces (wiki and ning)? How do they compare/contrast?
      • Web presence -- think of the work that your site does and what it looks like -- who does what?
    • I wonder how do they organize who runs what? How is it reported out? How is it budgeted?
    • Broader wondering -- what do we take from the process of moving from year-to-year in writing this CFA?
  • What have learned and what will we take away from this reading of the TCWP CFA?
    • Their explanation of the SI is similar to the number of people that we recruit, too. Yet, we got criticized for a "small" number once. How does the NWP responder look at this? Is it just one person's opinion, or is it representative of NWP's larger view?
    • How does a site develop strategically along a certain line of work locally, state-wide, and nationally (1 year, 3 year, 5 year plan...)
    • We need to be more intentional about choosing our leadership team and then planning events. We don't want to always have the same two people highlighted in the projects that are developed and shared on our websites.
    • Exploring our relationship with our university (get a grad student?)
    • The way that TCWP characterizes the different areas that they serve -- we should try to be more conscious of our local area and the populations that we serve.
    • The writing of the CFA and the programs described show a distribution of leadership.