Getting started with Be You

The Action Team were feeling overwhelmed after exploring the Be You website, so they met with a Consultant for support and left with an Action Plan.

Feb 11, 2020

Everyone’s Be You journey is different; here are the steps one Action Team followed to get started.

Laying your foundations for success

  • Setting up an Action Team: consider a representative population (e.g. one person from each smaller team within your community, different qualification levels, educators with a passionate interest in mental health and wellbeing, a parent or community representative) and then decide on how the Action Team will work together to guide quality improvement implementation across the whole learning community. 
  • What existing practices or team strategies are in place for engaging in professional learning and conversations? Can you use these existing structures to support your Be You process or are alternative/additional practices needed?
  • Introduce Be You to your learning community. Consider how each member of your community will develop a sense of agency and ownership over their own Be You learning, as well as their contribution to the whole-of-learning community quality improvement. Take a look at the benefits of engaging with Be You (Action Team Handbook pg. 6; Educator Handbook pg.4-5) and encourage each community member to consider “What is your ‘why’ for engaging in Be You?”

Identify your learning community’s needs

Consider the following to help you identify your Be You starting place:

  • Can Be You be used as a resource to support existing professional learning, community priorities or Quality Improvement Plan actions?
  • Is there a current identified need or ‘hot topic’?
  • Would you like to start by unpacking the theory behind mental health and wellbeing?
  • Do you want to start with a goal in mind? Consider an evaluation/audit of your current strengths and opportunities using the Be You Reflection Tool or take a look at some action plan ideas using the Be You Actions Catalogue. 

Call to action

For this Action Team, a conversation with a Be You Consultant provided the insight they needed. The decision was made to initially focus on setting up a community culture of critical reflection and professional conversation to lay the foundations of ongoing learning and action. This ‘getting started’ Action Plan had three main steps:

  1. Use the Be You Introductory video to introduce the team to Be You and start thinking about their community’s ‘why’ for learning about mental health and wellbeing.
  2. Develop group norms for professional conversations (see pg. 8 from the Be You Share and Extend Guide).
  3. Practice the norms for professional conversations using the Always Be You symbols as provocations.

What is your next step or Be You starting place? Is it checking in with a Consultant (check out our National Check-In topics), setting up learning and conversation practices, or identifying your starting place? 

Let us know by getting in touch with a Consultant today.

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