PURPOSE Participants will identify the resources that can support the efforts of families, schools and community organizations to positively impact student learning and achievement. Asset mapping guides to look at what strengths are present in the community, and focuses on the capacities (such as: skills, talents, resources, services) of residents and institutions. It creates a clear picture of the resources. Unlike the needs assessments that usually involve outside experts performing the evaluation and creating the solution, with asset mapping there is a strengths-based view whereby community members examine resources inherent in the community. It does not ignore community problems or concerns, but these issues are not the primary focus. Once the “map” is complete, the team may use it to continue a strategic planning process.
OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Use brainstorming techniques to identify and document assets existing within the community itself (e.g. people, community, faith, service, and recreation organizations, education and cultural institutions, business and industry, and natural resources)
- Identify potential partners and ways to connect the appropriate resources with the desired results.
- Build subsequent strategic and action planning on the environmental scan used to create the map.
COURSE LENGTH 2.0 hours
TARGET AUDIENCE This workshop is designed for pre-service and in-service Pre–K-12 educators and administrators, community organization staff and family member audiences.
REQUIRED MATERIALS Appropriate handout materials will be provided. Participants are expected to bring appropriate writing instruments.
FACILITIES Appropriate classroom or lecture seating along with a podium, wireless lavaliere microphone (for large room or over 35 participants), screen, internet connection, electrical outlets, and a table set up in the front of the room, are required for the effective delivery of this training.
REGISTRATION Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT This workshop is eligible for two (2) hours of Act 48 Continuing Education Credit through the Center for Schools and Communities/CSIU. The instructor will distribute the appropriate form to interested participants during this workshop.