Presentation on theme: "C OMMUNITIES OF P RACTICE : L EVERAGING S TRENGTHS V IA E-C IRCLES 26 Sept 2014."— Presentation transcript:
C OMMUNITIES OF P RACTICE : L EVERAGING S TRENGTHS V IA E-C IRCLES 26 Sept 2014
A WARENESS OF ONE ’ S OWN INTUITIVE THINKING USUALLY GROWS OUT OF THE PRACTICE IN ARTICULATING IT TO OTHERS … D ONALD A LAN S CHON - RESEARCHER INFLUENTIAL THINKER IN DEVELOPING THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF REFLECTIVE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
Review the limitations of older business modelsReview the limitations of older business models 1 Understand and explore the role of E-circlesUnderstand and explore the role of E-circles 2 Put theory into practicePut theory into practice 3 Today’s Overview
The Way We Have Always Done Things…
Summary of events leading to this model Jan 2014 – Faculty Council PD on re-visioning the leadership framework at LSL. Inspiring Education Council (Ed Council) is born. Feb – March 2014 – PLCs and level meetings focus on the ‘what’ of Ministerial Order. DSLC reading inspires formalizing of E-circle layout and dynamics. April – May Staff PD sessions examine the E-circle model as a potential new model. Case scenarios used to highlight potential of the model. Green light to move forward. May-June – Community partners (PAC) briefed on plan to ‘roll out’ new model in Aug Staff process work and real application to two topics: Staff Commitments and School Supervision Schedule Sept 25 / 26 LSL to present how model is working thus far.
What do we already know? Traditional business model is hierarchical Communication is geared top down Decisions often made in isolation No feeling of ownership Often a ‘we’ and ‘they’ culture Sit and get style meetings not always productive Very little synergy is generated Creativity often stifled
Community of Practice (COP)
Community of Practice
Inspiring Education “An organization rich with many interpretations develops a wiser sense of what is going on and what needs to be done. Such organizations become more intelligent.” Margaret Wheatley
Inspiring Education Engaged Thinker knows how to think critically and creatively and make discoveries through inquiry, reflection, exploration, experimentation and trial and error… Ethical Citizen understands that it is not all about them, has learned about and is appreciative of the effort and sacrifice that built this province and country and sees beyond self-interests to the needs of the community… Entrepreneurial Spirit is motivated, resourceful, self- reliant and tenacious; continuously sets goals and works with perseverance and discipline to achieve them; through hard work, earns achievements and the respect of others; strives for excellence and personal, family and community success…
Moving Forward… “Education Council” has evolved into an action oriented system which proactively seeks means to expand, enhance and energize the educational experience for all partners and stakeholders of our learning community.
Moving Forward… All staff are situated in one of three E-Circles and have authentic ownership in local decision making processes.
Each E-circle will examine, understand and communicate the function and role of their respective aspect of Inspiring Education with the whole community.
Means to embrace the “E-circle” will be articulated from a whole-school perspective and seek to leverage ways to move the whole school forward. It may mean that certain circles take on specific or specialized projects.
E-circles will examine an issue / challenge from the perspective of Inspiring Education and other lived practice / wisdom. E-circles will ‘cross-pollinate’ in Venn overlap areas which we call “Action Platforms” E-circles make recommendations, suggest courses of action, put plans into effect and provide energy into making things happen!
Inspiring Education The viability and resiliency of a self- organizing system comes from its great capacity to adapt as needed, to create structures that fit the moment…It is not locked into any one structure; it is capable of organizing into whatever form it determines best suits the present situation. Margaret Wheatley
Inspiring Education We need to imagine ourselves as beacon towers of information, standing tall in the integrity of what we say, pulsing out congruent messages everywhere. We need all of us there, stating, clarifying, reflecting, modeling, filling all of space with the messages we care about. If we do that, a powerful field develops – and with it, the wondrous capacity to organize into coherent, capable form. Margaret Wheatley
“Today's meeting re: E - circle (commitment/supervision schedule) provoked excellent conversation amongst the teachers and initiated empowering the teachers to own problems and issues we are facing. I found the meeting the most productive meeting in recent years.” (SH Math)
“It was nice to see the whole staff working to solve a problem. I think it will benefit the “whole” school philosophy that we want everyone to have.” (JH Science)
We will create synergy through meaningful collaboration and communication
We will create opportunities to build leadership capacity and increase distributive leadership across the whole community.
We will better engage students, parents, community partners in E-circle process work and deliberations.
We will work smarter, not harder!
Time Spent Application of E-Circle model Get Familiar Achieve Mastery Working Toward Mastery Get Experienced