I can’t think of more important role than the future ready leadership of the school principal! Leading teachers through transformational thinking about learning in their classroom is essential to positive change in student outcomes.
Where do you begin? There is no right answer except for what is it best for your school. It may be examining the quality of the work the students, the integration of digital devices into learning, or the actual physical learning environment. Whatever the area, the essential need to is to begin the process. You won’t have all the answers as you begin or even as you research and collaborate, but starting the collaboration between leaders and teachers in the classroom is a must.
How would you begin this process? Study, research, and discuss real world documents like Creating a New Vision for Public Education (aka. The Visioning Document). Have a small group conversation with your teachers and central office personnel over a period of time.
Narrow your focus to an area of interest and action. What if the area of action is changing the physical learning environment?
Read some sources that focus on new learning. Suggestions: Mindset by Carol Dweck; Innovators Mindset by George Couros to name a few.
Try a pilot. Start small. Two or three teachers. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Make a plan and determine some possible outcomes. Hint: you won’t know all the outcomes because the students will surprise you with more.
Example: Two to three teachers, supported by the principal, change some of the furniture in their classroom to make the learning environment in the classroom more inviting to students. What happens?
I want to hear from you. I am excited to learn from your endeavors. Others have done this and made beautiful changes in their schools and classrooms. If you need encouragement, there are others who have started the process and are thriving. Be adventurous and begin small. Be the change that others want to see.