Course One: LeaderShift: Assessing, Visioning, and Planning Schools for Modern Times
This course examines how to make the shift from being an educational manager to being an educational leader; and how to rethink traditional assumptions about leadership in support of teaching, learning, and assessment in the modern world. Participants will explore current leadership theories and practices for leading change in organizational systems, and how to address the resistance to change that occurs when launching innovative learning initiatives in today’s challenging educational environments. Learners will examine the driving forces behind the urgent need for school renewal, and the competencies necessary to lead strategic planning towards attainment of the community’s shared vision for modern teaching, learning, and assessment. At the conclusion of this foundational course, participants will have gained a deep understanding of the attributes and belief systems of exemplary modern learning organizations, specifically, those which:
- are diagnostically and prescriptively strategic to their practices;
- think differently, and are not limited by traditional, industrial-based mindsets;
- promote innovative leadership and pedagogy across all layers and roles that comprise the organization and community;
- are cognizant and understanding of schools/districts as systemic organizations that promote exemplary teaching, student learning, and achievement;
- have respect for failure and do not react to this term with negative connotations, but rather with appreciation, curiosity, and desire to identify cause and prescription for improvement;
- promote an empathetic, collegial and collaborative culture; and have student learning at the core of their mission.
Participants will be provided with access to an extensive digital library of resources and tools, specifically aligned to the LeaderShift: Assessing, Visioning, and Planning Schools for Modern Times curriculum.