Today’s world is increasingly complex and fast-paced. This brings new and stimulating opportunities to enhance learning, while at the same time, it requires us to navigate the disruptions that come with phenomena such as globalisation, technological advancements, and the changing nature of work.
Lead yourself to lead others
To expect teachers to do what school leaders are not doing themselves will be a barrier to driving innovation and transformation in schools. School leaders need to ensure that they are modelling the change they wish to see. This is achieved by their rhetoric matching their actions. Rather than imposing change, it is essential that school leaders are setting an example via their own practice.
When teachers see leaders working side by side, displaying enthusiasm and optimism to work together in creating future directions for the school, and facing the same challenges during times of uncertainty, it illustrates that it is a shared endeavour, and encourages others to embrace and support the change. So how might school leaders model the change they wish to see? Look for opportunities to model new pedagogical approaches in professional development and model the effective use of technology in school operations. This might include flipping a whole school PD, using online collaborative tools for staff collaboration or undertaking a professional development session which demonstrates the effective use of flexible spaces.
We look forward to the opportunity to hear from other school leaders about the strategies they are using to lead transformation change and innovative practice in their own school. Join us at the Leading a Digital School Conference.