Country Dale as a Professional Community of Learners. Who Are We? Why Are We Here?. Who are we?. What makes Country Dale unique as a school? What do we care about? What is our moral purpose?
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Country Dale as a Professional Community of Learners
Who Are We?
Why Are We Here?
“Most school reform efforts have created overload and fragmentation, thereby resulting in a lack of coherence and meaning, which continues to divert us from issues of greatest importance – teaching and learning.”---Michael Fullan, 2000
Views of an Organization (Senge, 1990)1) Unfocused – Not Aligned2) Focused – Not Aligned3) Focused - Aligned
PLC – It’s everywhere, but what is it?
“… where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and diverse patterns of thinking are valued, and where people are continually learning how to learn together.” --Senge, 1990
“…a powerful staff development approach and a potent strategy for school change and improvement.” --S. Hord
The organization becomes a living entity, of which each member of the collective body is a guardian, engaged in bringing about the group’s purpose. Building shared understanding of a grand [shared] vision is a continuous process of endless dialogue.---Charlotte Roberts
…values we profess to believe in
…values that actually guide our behavior
…our “lived” or “modeled” values
“School Leadership needs
to be a broad concept that
is separated from person,
role, and a discrete set of
Such a broadening of the
concept of leadership
suggests shared responsibility
for a shared purpose of
community.” --Lambert, 1998
Parallel Leadership assumes equivalence of teacher and administrator leadership in school improvement processes to enhance school capacity.
Grounded in the values of:
--Andrews & Crowther, 2002
“Ultimately, your leadership in a culture of change will be judged as effective or ineffective not by who you are as a leader but by what leadership you produce in others.”--Fullan, 2003, Leading in a Culture of Change, p. 137
…. the glue that holds all other dimensions together – the springboard
for creating and sustaining PLCs...reculturing
“Signs of health in community rest not in how interconnected and bonded the group feels, but how flexibly and responsively it moves from its existing reality toward the one it desires.”-- Gozdz, 2000
What would we keep, stop, start?
“I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again…Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well… Human conversation is the most ancient and easiest way to cultivate the conditions for change.”--- Margaret Wheatley, 2002, p. 3Turning To One Another: Simple Conversations Restore Hope to the Future
“My premise is that this culture, and we as members of it, have yielded too easily to what is doable and practical…In the process we have sacrificed the pursuit of what is in our hearts. We find ourselves giving in to our doubts, and settling for what we know how to do, or can learn to do, instead of pursuing what matters most to us and living with the adventure and anxiety that this requires.” --Peter Block, 2002, The Answer to How is Yes
An organization has core values if there is evidence of them everywhere:They permeate the institutionThey drive the decisionsThey elicit strong reactions when violatedThey’re the very last thing you’ll give up.-- Saphier & D’Auria