We will share artifacts from agile tools and processes to demonstrate trust-building characteristics:
� Kick off meeting � allows for shared goal setting
� The tasking process – creates transparency of project tasks across team members
� The estimating process � enables team members to define the scope and time commitment for their work
� Sprint planning � allows for shared decision making around priorities
� Stand up meetings – facilitate frequent communication of successes and barriers
� Retrospectives – enable continuous improvement and open communication
These simple changes deployed across the organization in a systematic fashion have enabled shared decision making, reduced hierarchy, and transparent communication. The result of a trusting team is comfort in making mistakes, the ability to take reasonable risks, and, ultimately, the opportunity to approach the challenges we face in schools with innovation and creativity.
- Participants will explain the relationship between agile tools and processes, practices, principles, values, and mindset.
- Participants will describe agile tools and processes that facilitate trust among team members.
- Participants will discuss the relationship between everyday trust-building practices and a culture of innovation.
Speakers & Panelists
Philip E. Poekert
Dr. Philip Poekert, is Director of UF Lastinger Center�s, Florida�s education innovation that creates educational systems to ensure that every child and educator experiences high quality learning, regardless of their life circumstances. Poekert started as a Teach For America educator in the South Bronx and continued his teaching in West Palm Beach. Realizing his desire to effect even larger change within the state and national education systems, he completed a Ph.D. in Education from UF, and was subsequently named an outstanding alumnus from the College of Education. Poekert�s research focuses on the implementation and impact of leadership and PD.
Paige C. Pullen
Paige Pullen is Chief Academic Officer at the Lastinger Center. A triple Gator, Pullen received her BAE, MEd, and PhD from UF. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she taught students with diverse learning disabilities and abilities for 12 years. Pullen returned to UF in 2017 after serving as a tenured faculty member at the University of Virginia in the Schools of Education and Medicine. Pullen�s research focuses on effective interventions for children with reading difficulties. She has authored multiple articles, chapters, and books on literacy and special education, and has conducted professional development for teachers nationally and internationally.
Dr. Hilary Ritt focuses on scalable, technology-enabled solutions to the challenges we face in early childhood and K-12 education. As a pioneer in innovative learning experiences, Dr. Ritt uses the latest research, advances in technology, and market trends to transform learners� on-the-job skills. Dr. Ritt began her career in education as a chemistry teacher in Atlanta, Georgia and then followed her passion for teacher education by enrolling in The University of Virginia�s Doctorate in Instructional Technology. Dr. Ritt has focused on leadership characteristics that support innovation including: fostering an instructional vision, optimizing effective team leadership, professional development, and organizational support.