Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Can we get from here to there in 7 steps?
Vision: does the school have a forward-thinking common vision for 21st century learning?
Systems thinking: are all educators and staff thinking and acting systemically to embrace innovation in ways that enhance the vision?
21st century skills/learning: has the school adopted 21st century skills for research-informed learning strategies?
21st century learning environments: is the vision of 21st century learning coming to life?
Professional competencies: are teachers, administrators and staff ready to facilitate, lead and assess 21st century learning among students, the community and parents?
Access and infrastructure: is access to technology/infrastructure sufficiently robust to support 21st century learning?
Accountability: Are learners and educators held accountable for making progress? Are they provided with support?
I have thought and thought about the above and how it applies to where we are now. I know that it all has to start with a vision - and a shared or common vision at that. This is where I think we need to do much better. I think a lot of teachers feel we don't have a vision or that if there is one they haven't been consulted or informed about it. I think there would also be questions about access and infrastructure.
The way forward, suggested by the Metiri Group, is for leadership to encourage a culture of openness to new ideas, encourage risk taking and encourage the spread of creative ideas to "tip and ripple" to challenge and change current assumptions.
Photo Credit: Footsteps on the Wall by Tom Rolfe