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As a community member who attended a number of the working group's meetings over the last year, I'd like to say that at first I was skeptical that the wide range of opinions and ideas and needs of our students could be drafted into a document that made sense. At one meeting, I learned that nearly three dozen different groups were interviewed about the use of space in our elementary and middle schools. The collective ideas of stakeholders now reads like a catalog from which future changes can be prioritized and RFPs can be drafted for construction, goods and services (this kind of document already exists for the high school and was used in the TC renovation).
I see that the range of information covers the most-requested practices of everything from entrance design to placement of public spaces. This document will be an easy-to-use and easy-to-adapt framework as schools plan future changes.
My questions and concerns were addressed. Thank you.

AmyNThomas (379) | User | June 8, 2014 - 1:39 PM | DRAFT Elementary & Middle School Educational Specifications

Many thanks to FACE and other contributors for the comprehensive links to the Draft Children and Youth Master Plan, the Plan Overview, and the Alexandria Children & Youth Well-Being Profile. Unable to attend a publicized public forum, I was able to access the data online. After reading the Plan I offer three comments:
First, I commend the breadth and depth of the committee members listed in the documents. Some I know from my first days in Alexandria more than two decades ago, others are students, which demonstrates in practice what the Plan recommends in terms of engaging a range of stake holders, including youth.
Second, the goals are big. I applaud this perspective; as Alexandrians define and aim for big outcomes, we will achieve them. Historically, our community has been active, successful, and involved. We are among the early historic communities in our country and its worth the effort to define our goals, to set forth an achievable action plan, and to invite our entire community to contribute.
Finally, the Plan illuminates a number of trends in which we are headed in the right direction. What great news to read! It also shows where we want to improve and potential ways community stakeholders can contribute and ways we already are.

AmyNThomas (379) | User | December 16, 2013 - 6:48 PM | Children and Youth Master Plan

This framework represents what I viewed online and in person throughout the civic engagement process and demonstrates citizen involvement in decision-making. In talking with residents who participated, I know many of us have learned new ways to present our opinions and have made new friends.

In response to the Draft Handbook, I'd like to suggest one more evaluation form for use during an Engagement Strategy. This form would be a simple checklist that follows the Table of Contents to assure that the following were taken into consideration.: 1. Handbook was consulted 2. Focused Outcome was stated 3. Shared Responsibility took place and was measured 4. Engagement Strategy(ies) listed 5. Communication and Outreach used for this strategy/step/phase 6. Reaching the Community's Diversity took place in these ways 7. Implementation will take place 8. Evaluation took place 8. Date, time, place, facilitator 9. How this evaluation will be shared (online, kept in project binder, etc.)

AmyNThomas (379) | User | October 5, 2013 - 8:30 PM | Civic Engagement Handbook Comment Board

AmyNThomas (user 379) - Comments by Board

Civic Engagement Handbook Comment Board

This framework represents what I viewed online and in person throughout the civic engagement process and demonstrates citizen involvement in decision-making. In talking with residents who participated, I know many of us have learned new ways to present our opinions and have made new friends.

In response to the Draft Handbook, I'd like to suggest one more evaluation form for use during an Engagement Strategy. This form would be a simple checklist that follows the Table of Contents to assure that the following were taken into consideration.: 1. Handbook was consulted 2. Focused Outcome was stated 3. Shared Responsibility took place and was measured 4. Engagement Strategy(ies) listed 5. Communication and Outreach used for this strategy/step/phase 6. Reaching the Community's Diversity took place in these ways 7. Implementation will take place 8. Evaluation took place 8. Date, time, place, facilitator 9. How this evaluation will be shared (online, kept in project binder, etc.)

AmyNThomas (379) | User | October 5, 2013 - 8:30 PM

Children and Youth Master Plan

Many thanks to FACE and other contributors for the comprehensive links to the Draft Children and Youth Master Plan, the Plan Overview, and the Alexandria Children & Youth Well-Being Profile. Unable to attend a publicized public forum, I was able to access the data online. After reading the Plan I offer three comments:
First, I commend the breadth and depth of the committee members listed in the documents. Some I know from my first days in Alexandria more than two decades ago, others are students, which demonstrates in practice what the Plan recommends in terms of engaging a range of stake holders, including youth.
Second, the goals are big. I applaud this perspective; as Alexandrians define and aim for big outcomes, we will achieve them. Historically, our community has been active, successful, and involved. We are among the early historic communities in our country and its worth the effort to define our goals, to set forth an achievable action plan, and to invite our entire community to contribute.
Finally, the Plan illuminates a number of trends in which we are headed in the right direction. What great news to read! It also shows where we want to improve and potential ways community stakeholders can contribute and ways we already are.

AmyNThomas (379) | User | December 16, 2013 - 6:48 PM

DRAFT Elementary & Middle School Educational Specifications

As a community member who attended a number of the working group's meetings over the last year, I'd like to say that at first I was skeptical that the wide range of opinions and ideas and needs of our students could be drafted into a document that made sense. At one meeting, I learned that nearly three dozen different groups were interviewed about the use of space in our elementary and middle schools. The collective ideas of stakeholders now reads like a catalog from which future changes can be prioritized and RFPs can be drafted for construction, goods and services (this kind of document already exists for the high school and was used in the TC renovation).
I see that the range of information covers the most-requested practices of everything from entrance design to placement of public spaces. This document will be an easy-to-use and easy-to-adapt framework as schools plan future changes.
My questions and concerns were addressed. Thank you.

AmyNThomas (379) | User | June 8, 2014 - 1:39 PM