More than 50 San Diego County Office of Education employees
spent the day Monday collaborating in small groups to come up with innovative
and creative ideas to improve services and products.
The work was part of SDCOE’s first “FedEx Day,” which
allowed employees to put down their usual work for a day to freely brainstorm
“We just turned people loose, and at the end of the day,
they had to create a product or service,” said Kim Bess, who helped organize
The effort was inspired by a similar exercise created by an
Australian technology company that gives employees 24 hours to “deliver” an
innovative product or service.
Learning and Leadership Services administrators decided to
bring the idea to SDCOE after hearing a speaker discuss it at a conference
earlier this year.
The goal is that the activity will help improve the
division’s ability to anticipate emerging trends and challenges, Assistant Superintendent Debbie
“It went quite well,” she said. “The teams really did think
outside of the box, reflecting back on SDCOE goals.”
Jennifer Currie, one of the participants, said she’s already
looking forward to the next “FedEx Day.”
“It was really a good experience to be able to collaborate
with folks who I do not normally get to work with and produce something that
will benefit us all,” she said.
The division plans to hold similar sessions three times a
year. Beldock also said she also expects other divisions to hold similar
Karina Montgomery, another participant, said she thought
people came up with innovative ideas and solutions.
Some of the other projects employees worked on were efforts
to reduce the amount of paper used, create more regional teams to support
school districts, and build an online database for all of the division’s forms
and meeting information.