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Getting the Administrators on Board Pam Sutcliffe, APS District Liaison for Gifted Education Cathe North, NMENC Consultant
Problem Solving Steps • Perception • Definition • Analysis • Alternative Generation • Evaluation • Decision Making • Implementation
Perception • How does each constituency view the problem? • Ask questions – what do the administrators, parents, teachers of the gifted, regular education teachers, students think? • Listen to all viewpoints • Be sure that everyone has a chance to be heard
Definition • Clear statement of the problem(s). • Defining the problem narrows the boundaries of the problem • Determine who, what, where, when, why and how • Do you need more information? • Is there extra information that may be confusing the issue?
Analysis • History of the problem – how did it become an issue? • Gifted Education in New Mexico • Diagrams, pictures and other visual representations can be helpful
Alternative Generation • Brainstorming ideas and solutions • What are your student’s needs? • What is currently being done? • What can be done differently? Remember to think creatively and “ outside the box”.
Evaluation • Examine the options and evaluate according to a set criteria. Rank the solutions. • What are your criteria? • Budget • Time • Staffing/Caseloads • Identified needs • Look for obstacles, contributors • Who needs to be included in this decision?
Decision Making • What needs to be done, timelines, resources responsibilities and evaluation. • Action Plan
Implementation A plan is just a piece of paper until it is implemented