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Tools for Learning Schools, Fall 2016, Vol. 20, No. 1

Nov 07, 2016

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Pull together: Engage all stakeholders for project success

By Nick Morgan

Learning Forward's Tools for Learning Schools

Kara and her team had a new vision for how professional learning could make a real difference in their 48,000-student district. Through months of discussion, research, data analysis, and pilot studies, the team—all members of the district's professional development department—identified a plan to...

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Tool: Brainstorm key stakeholders

To begin the broader set of exercises associated with stakeholder management, it’s important to define who exactly these stakeholders are. Since team members may have very different perspectives, it’s a great idea to discuss this as a team.

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Tool: Assign responsibilities to key stakeholders

In the template below, assign a letter, from R to I, to each stakeholder for each task that is part of the project plan.

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Tool: Map stakeholders to an activity plan

For the activity plan, begin by using a calendar template to lay out specific tasks necessary to reach a given milestone.

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Tool: Activity plan example

As part of their overall planning, team members outline detailed tasks or activities necessary to achieve higher-level goals. In this part of the process, they identify stakeholders to inform aligned to the particular tasks or activities under a specific goal.

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