Here is Cathy's terrific "TO DO" list for launching the Workshop Rotation Model.
If you're at the investigation and decision making stage, read the category of post about "Introducing WoRM to Your Church" in forum.
"To Do" List for Launching the WoRM
This "To Do" list is based on the one we used for our planning process back in 2003. It can seem overwhelming to convert a traditional program into the Worm. Having a checklist will help guide and soothe!
Goal: Develop a specific plan for implementing WRM at our church.
___1. Determine the goals and objectives of WRM at our church.
For example, "Children will remember key Bible stories and attend more."
___2. List the knowledge and skills that the children should learn
For example, "Children will develop a working knowledge of the following stories and Bible skills...."
___3. Create a timeline for planning AND implementing WRM
___4. Determine which grades should participate
___5. Decide how the grades should be grouped (which determines the number of
workshops each Sunday)
___6. Choose a name/theme for our program and the various workshops
___7. Fine-tune (if needed) the survey being planned by the Sunday School Department
to evaluate the current program
___8. Decide how we will evaluate the new program: volunteers, kids, parents
___9. Make a plan for implementing WRM that is within our budget (create a budget!)
___10. Decide what Sunday morning will “look” like (opening assembly?, movement of
children to classes, etc.)
___11. Create a "to-do" list for the typical monthly rotation.
___12. Create teams of volunteers to work on key issues, resource needs, and workshops.
Goal: Choose or design a curriculum that covers the important knowledge and skills and that challenges the students to think about and apply the content.
___1. Decide which Bible stories are most important to our church and why (what concepts are we trying to get across with each story)
___2. Create a “Scope and Sequence” (how many years, which stories, should they be
based on a yearly theme or the lectionary or….)
___3. Should we have the same workshops every month or should that be flexible
___4. Review the available curriculums and decide if we should purchase, adapt lessons
from the Web site, write our own, or a combination of all of these
___5. Determine who should be responsible for adapting curriculum on ongoing basis
___6. Create a template/format that the lessons should follow (esp. if writing our own)
___7. Determine if we should have curriculum reviewed for theological appropriateness
and who should provide that oversight
___8. Decide if journaling should be a regular part of the workshops
___9. Have the first 3 months’ lessons “ready to go”
___10. Decide who will adapt for the PreK/Kindergarten class.
___11. Create a plan for teacher training
WORKSHOP and FACILITY DESIGN
Goal: Choose the spaces for the workshops and come up with ideas for enriching (decorating) those spaces.
___1. Decide what spaces (not limited to classrooms) that could be used for workshops
___2. Decide if these spaces are specific to one type workshop or can be multi-purpose
___3. Speak with the day school & day care about the best way to share space; develop written guidelines and expectations
___4. Create an overall concept for workshop and hallway design and signage, and develop a plan and checklist of materials for decorating the workshops.
___5. Work with the Facilities Committee to get approvals for changes.
___6. Determine what equipment might be needed (TV, VCR, seating, etc)
___7. Decide if it is feasible to have a computer workshop now (or perhaps later)
___8. Make a plan for how the rooms would be set up each Sunday and who would do it
___9. Begin the process of decorating the workshops
Goal: Create a volunteer job structure and descriptions and begin matching people with those opportunities.
___1. Decide which “jobs” are necessary for WRM and create an organizational chart
___2. Decide if there should be coordinators and how they would be used ( one for each
workshop or each task or each month)
___3. Write job descriptions (include necessary attributes, responsibilities, time
commitment, who they report to, resources available)
___4. Create a list of possible volunteers based of their areas of giftedness
___5. Recruit teachers for the first 3 months and other positions for the year
___6. Decide how and when teacher training should be done
___7. Put together folders for shepherds and teachers (with info on WRM, expectations,etc).
___8. Thank you notes to planning task force.
Goal: Inform the congregation of the changes in Sunday School.
___1. Inform congregation about WRM through written articles and the bulletin board
___2. Develop a brochure to be given to new families
___3. Decide if meetings/presentations should be done before kick-off
___4. Plan the kick-off event (open house?)
___5. Implement the kick-off event
[This message was edited by CathyW on November 03, 2003 at 09:40 AM.]