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Hawthorn District 73


Future Search

Future Search: Conference Notes and Paths Forward
Thank you to the nearly 60 volunteers who participated in the Hawthorn Future Search Conference, held February 25 to 27 at Middle South. With the help of facilitator Susan Sparks, the group discussed and documented educational trends, community history, probable and desirable futures, and a general vision for Hawthorn and the wider community as we move toward 2015. Before the close of the Future Search Conference, a smaller team was formed to refine the vision statement, and then communicate back to the larger group. The Vision Team met on March 10 and developed the following further-refined Vision Statement:

Learning for All, Working Together and Doing Whatever It Takes.


Note: Fiscal Stewardship is viewed as an integral part of the entire vision.

Associated Vision Points:
  • Fiscal Stewardship
  • Collaborative Partnerships
  • 21st Century Learning
  • Respecting Diversity
  • High Expectations for Growth and Achievement
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • World Class Curriculum for the Whole Child


Future Search Resources:

Future Search Volunteer Roster
Future Search Survey Results


Future Search Board of Education Presentation:
June 14, 2010 Presentation


Future Search Follow-Up Meeting Notes:
May 5, 2010 Follow-Up Meeting
March 10, 2010 Vision Team Meeting Notes - including further-refined Vision Statement


Future Search Conference Notes and Flip Chart Records (Feb. 25-27, 2010) - Portable Document Format (PDF) - smaller file size and lower resolution:
Day 1 PDF
Day 2 PDF
Day 3 PDF


Future Search Conference Notes and Flip Chart Records (Feb. 25-27, 2010) - PowerPoint Documents - larger file size and higher resolution - will download a .ppt file to your desktop:
Day 1 PowerPoint
Day 2 PowerPoint
Day 3 PowerPoint


Additional Information
What Is a Future Search
Letter from the Board of Education
Volunteer Interest Form
FutureSearch Website
Future Search: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground in Organizations and Communities by Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff (from Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1995 & 2000)