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The Challenge: 100 Interviews in 100 Days

Empathy Interviews with the Superintendent

EMPATHY: the ability to share someone else's feelings or experience by 
imagining what it would be like to be in that person's situation


Purpose:  We can’t truly personalize education, unless we can first empathize with all the stakeholders impacting a child’s learning experience.  Through this interview process I will simply be a listener trying to truly understand the beliefs, perceptions and aspirations through the eyes of the interviewee. By doing so, I hope to use this information to strengthen the stakeholder connections to the district, and strategically plan to improve our culture, climate and performance.  

Method:  Conduct at least 100 empathy interviews in 100 days with a wide-range of constituents from each stakeholder group.  These will include: Students across grades 1-12, Parents of students, Community Members who don’t currently have students in the district, Faculty, and Staff.  Each stakeholder group will be asked questions from all of the categories listed below, but the specific questions within the categories will vary for each group  to better align with their roles. Efforts will be made to accommodate the different schedules of stakeholder groups, as well as to find mutually convenient locations for the interview.  

Question Categories

  1. Academic Program

  2. Opportunities Outside Academics

  3. Safety

  4. Facilities

  5. District Pride/Spirit

  6. Faculty/Staff

  7. Administration

  8. Students

  9. Greatest Fear/Worry

  10. Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

  11. Interviewees Connection to the District/School

  12. What the Superintendent Really Needs to Know

Timeline: October 22nd to April 5th

We are looking for about 40 Community Volunteers (both with and without students in school). If you are interested in making yourself available to be one of the 100 people interviewed, please contact:   
             Nadine Mitchell  315-926-2300

Thank you, in advance, for your assistance with this challenge.
Don Bavis