In this module, David Jackson summaries key insights from the past several years of school transformation work, including what four things make a difference in creating lasting change, and eight perspectives gleaned from successful leaders of REAL Projects around the UK. Unlike the other modules, it is essential to engage with these insights amongst a team of leaders at your school.
What You’ll Learn:
- Lessons from school leaders about what conditions and practices best support lasting school change
- How structure, culture and time impact school transformation
- How to set a living vision for your school.
Reading & Response
1. Read “What we have learned about: The headteacher’s role in the leadership of REAL Projects”, by David Jackson. David lists four things that make a difference in becoming a leader for lasting change.
Response: Which of these do you find most and least intimidating for the leadership at your school, and why? In “Not drowning by flying,” which insights strike you as most essential to bringing the work forward for the teachers in your context, and why?
2. Read “Structure, Culture and Time”, by Tom Donahoe. Tom identifies the need for prioritising the school’s arrangement of its organisational structure, its time, and its culture.
Response: What are the importance of each of these components in the design of a school? How can your leadership team and staff work together to utilise these resources to support your shared vision? At the beginning of the piece he says: ‘As long as the responses to school change only bend, rather than break the traditional model, any changes brought about in school are living on borrowed time. It will be easier to go back than to go forward.’ This feels to be a very important foundation block for his argument. Do you agree with him? If you do, what needs to be ‘broken’?
3. Read “10 Principles to Liberate the Leadership Potential in your school”, by Nicole Assisi and Shelli Kurth. They outline 10 guiding principles for schools moving to a more distributed leadership model.
Response: In what ways does and doesn’t your organisation live out “Everyone is a novice and an expert”? The term “Systemic autonomy” sounds a bit obscure, but it is probably the cultural key to most of the principles. What do you take it to mean, and what would have to change for it to be a lived reality in your own school?
WatchChanging the Subject – Larry Rosenstock and Rob Riordan
Rethinking School – David Jackson
Innovative Teaching and Learning: Lessons from High Tech High’s Founding Principal, Larry Rosenstock – Edutopia
Our Failing Schools: Enough is Enough, Geoffery Canada – TED Talks Education
How to Learn? From Mistakes, Diana Laufenberg – TED Talks
Reimagine what’s possible – New Village Girls Academy
REAL Talk #8: Leadership for School Change
Watch the series of conversations around ‘The Struggle to Lead’.Watch REAL Projects Leadership Coach, David Jackson in conversation with John Bosselman, REAL Projects Classroom Coach.
Use the Setting a Vision tool and the 21st century education cards to set a living vision for school transformation in your context.
What changes to structure, culture, and time are required for your school to achieve your living vision
What barriers are there to change?
What current assets enable change?
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