At the end of #YRDSBQuest, Michael Fullan told the educators in attendance that they need to go back and challenge the status quo.
I am documenting the ongoing conversation about how to do this safely.
We rarely talk about it, but in our work, many educators have told us they won’t blog because they are afraid it will show others “what they don’t know”. They see leaders in education as people who will label them as being inappropriate for leadership roles.
We talk a lot about how we want a growth mindset for our students, yet conversations with aspiring leaders demonstrate that challenging leaders can result in a label – “not moving up in this organization”.
How do we build a system that values challenge to the status quo? How do we challenge the status quo without jeopardizing our careers in the current environment?
Below is the conversation currently developing. Please add to the conversation and help push our thinking about how we can best effect change – how those wanting to challenge can do so effectively.
You can continue to follow the tweet replies here. We encourage you to also join the conversation by commenting on the blog.
This year, I am wondering about how we can move learning forward. I think a lot about Simon Breakspear’s plea for us to get out of the conceptual and into a very clear, specific vision of future practice.
So after reading all the Tweets from Day 1 of #YRDSBQuest and watching the keynotes streamed, I came to this inquiry question:
I feel as though we have spent a lot of time in Ontario working on “building relationships”, building our emotional intelligence, talking about innovation, talking about 21C, reading books about the secrets of change, drivers, instructional core, sticky ideas and mindsets.
Isn’t it time now to take some action?
“We are now better than fifteen years into the 21st Century and educators are still discussing what role technology plays in education.”
“Ultimately you need people to take charge of their own learning…”
What if we invested in putting a simple, reliable mobile device into the hands of every educator (especially leaders), and provided reliable connectivity, then offered some basic instruction into how to self-direct their learning…
…. imagine what would happen if every leader committed to learning and sharing openly, if every educator openly reflected on learning and practice on their own blog/website in a searchable, open way.
Think of the spread of best practice – next practice that could happen if all educators were simply empowered with those simple three things:
A simple, reliable mobile device
Basic instruction on self-directing their learning in open collaborative online environments.
How well would we then understand the critical needs to ensure that our students are able to self-direct their own learning in this world where knowledge is ubiquitous?
I was so fortunate to be asked by the students of 3UU at Cameron Heights School in Kitchener, to sit on a panel to discuss with them the Future of Learning.
Here is a wonderful explanation, written by the class, of what their class is about:
“3UU is an extraordinary class, it is a Future Forums style class (a WRDSB initiative) that is worth two credits combining English, Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology. This class allows us to express the way we learn and present our thoughts in our own personalized way of showing the knowledge we possess (through different mediums, such as videos, class discussions). We learn at different paces and take in information in various ways, therefore it’s easier for us to understand. In this environment, we function in a more self – directed style. Finally, we work more on developing skills that will help us in the future, rather than just focusing on what will help us pass this class.”
Technology is a tool that enables innovative approaches to deep learning and student assessment. As lead learners, how are school leaders across Ontario integrating technology and pedagogy into classroom practice? We will hear from Principals across Ontario who will share how they are successfully leading TELT in their learning environments. We will crowd-source this question prior to and during the presentation, and we will share the stage with principals f2f and through Google Hangout and Skype.
So as a Principal, how are you leading the Innovative Use of Technology for Learning and Teaching?
Share using the hashtag #PVPTELT
Join us at #BIT15 on Thursday, November 5 at 11 a.m.
Thanks to Kim Figliomeni and Katie Maenpaa, Greg Pearson, Lisa Neale and Shannon Smith for sharing with the group.