Creating and Sustaining 21st Century School Reform Initiatives
Creating a vision and mission that redefines the purpose of schooling is vital. Identify the purpose, passion and creativity to build schools that learn, advance and inspire comprehensive cultures of learning and leadership. Jim Knight shares his thoughts about resistance and how developing a personal vision is imperative to defeat the resisters to establish successful and inspiring learning environments.” How you write your personal vision is up to you. What matters is that you are as clear as you can be and you have a deep understanding of what you want to accomplish as a teacher. By writing down why we teach, by painting a clear picture of what we want to accomplish, we can find the energy to do the highly creative work of designing powerful, inspiring learning experiences. And we can put the Resistance in its place, so we can be the creative people we where meant to be.” (Jim Knight, 2010, Radical Learners Blog)
Founding Fathers, Jefferson and Franklin on Education
Jefferson and Franklin advocated for an enlightened approach to education which deviated from the contemporary models of the day. They saw the importance of science in the curriculum and its value in teaching inquiry as well as higher level thinking and problem solving. Schools should provide the materials and climate to encourage curiosity and questions. The concept of electives was introduced, thus allowing students to have some choice in designing their own courses study. Finally, both Franklin and Jefferson aimed for students to be educated so that they are of a quality and character that the public and community will take notice. Opportunities and experiences should be provided in a manner that builds character which, in turn, benefits the students, the school and the community.
ARE WE THERE YET?!?!?!
Sites for Rethinking Today’s Schools
- Center for School Reform and Improvement – an essential resource for building and sustaining school reform
- School 2.0 Toolkit - an amazing resource for building and sustaining a 21st C School District
- CSRI Newsletter – Designing Effective School Improvement Strategies
- New Media Consortium – K-12 Horizon Report K-12 Horizon Project Wiki
- Project Speak Up Report
- COSN - Resources for building 21st Century education environments
- McREL 21 Leadership Qualities - 30 Years of Research about the Effect of Leadership and Student Achievement>
- School Change Resources – Dr. Tony Wagner
- Align the Design A Blueprint for School Improvement by Nancy J. Mooney and Ann T. Mausbach
- Teacher Leadership Network – The Teachers of 2030 – Research report collaboratively written a vision for the future
- Professional Learning Communities – communities that grow and value input from all stakeholders
- SEDL – research based resources for school reform initiatives
- MILE Guide – Milestones for Improving Learning and Education.Assess where your school district is at 2011
- International Benchmarking Blueprint - a reform blueprint for moving towards leading not simply competing
- 21st Century Learning – Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Questioning Educational Paradigms – Sir Ken Robinson
Diane Ravitch – Defending Public Education – What we really need in education reform.
7 Skills students need for their future
Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group has identified what he calls a “global achievement gap,” which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills of the future: * Critical thinking and problem-solving * Collaboration across networks and leading by influence * Agility and adaptability * Initiative and entrepreneurialism * Effective oral and written communication * Accessing and analyzing information * Curiosity and imagination.
My Favorite Experts in Leadership
Michael Fullan – Leading the Culture of Change
- Doug Reeves – Educational Leadership and Student Achievement
- Robert Marzano - 2nd Order Change
- Jim Collins From Good to Great Leaders – GtoG Diagnostic Tool Vision Framework
- Leonard Burello – Educating All Students Together
- Robert Greenleaf – Servant Leadership
- Edie Holcomb – Asking the Right Questions