Having the vision relevant, tangible with benchmarks, and feedback reminded me of successful classroom practices. In the classroom, I made sure my students knew what we were learning, how it was relevant to them, how we'd measure progress towards our goal (the what, why, and how), and involved them in the process. I realized leading change had some of the same foundations, such as starting with the vision.
In order to be purposeful about change, the vision for what is wanted must be clear by everyone. If I asked, "What does it mean to be a 21st century, student-centered school district?" the answer must be clear in the minds of everyone. It must be clear to the administration, the teachers, the staff, the students, the families, and the community.
What does it mean to be a 21st century, student-centered school district?
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of facilitating discussions with our Collaboration Coaches and Principals about what a 21st century, student-centered district looked like. We set goals to improve our school's professional development and coaching by focusing on what it meant to be a 21st century, student-centered district.
I used Donald Clark's review of Kirkpatrick's model to create our template for setting these goals.
In a few months, we'll gather back together and collaborate to create a tool to measure growth towards our goal.
This was uncharted territory for us, and I'm confident that we won't be doing business as usual. Instead, we'll be evolving and growing into the 21st century, student-centered district our learners deserve.
- How does a clear vision eliminate the distractions, and help you move forward?
- Change is a risk, and a leap into the unknown. How does transforming and learning together empower us to make the necessary changes for achieving our vision?
- How else did this post (or training) connect with you?