Creating schools of excellence requires a shared vision, clear action plans for what matters most, and continuous reflective practice.
Here's some key ideas for developing momentum for whole school participation in reflective and developmental change:
- Culture – develop a culture that is based on relational trust and co-created vision. Build in opportunities to experiment and to fail safely.
- Challenge – develop internal expertise to question beyond the known.
- Connection – adapt any ideas to fit your context rather than adopt practices of others.
- Conversation – develop a culture of inquiry, discussion and dialogue. Listen!
- Collaboration – work as a team. Use external sources, conferences and online tools to connect you nationally and globally.
- Catalytic – focus on the one of two things that will make a difference to learners and drive that focus relentlessly.
- Cunning plan – develop plans and set goals based on the shared vision and direction.
- Coalition of leadership – grow others in the team to take action.
- Commitment – once you have your plan keep focused AND be flexible enough to change the plan if needed. Develop systems to report on what matters.
- Continuous reflection – provide professional learning and reflection opportunities,
Leadership takes courage. In an increasingly complex world, schools that wish to remain relevant to young learners of the future must move forward.