After (self) evaluation n A lot of (new) information n A lot of expectations n Not all can change n You get used to everything, exept to change n What do we keep? n What do we improve or enhance? n What do we drop? 3
5 Theory of managerial organisation suggests that there is only 15% free spendable time for new initiatives. Schools and institutions are constantly confronted with new requirements put by society, official authorities and Ministries of Education. A fair estimation leads to about 5% of the spendable time that can be invested in quality development.
Priorities: some aspects Pareto’s rule 6 A somewhat free interpretation of Pareto’s rule : ‘When your priorities are well chosen, 20% effort can lead to 80% result’.
Priorities: some aspects Pareto’s rule 7 We didn’t have any experience on the field of quality development or self- evaluation. When we introduced this idea, most of the teachers were strongly opposed. Our quality improvement team succeeded in motivating the teachers to co- operate with the self-evaluation. This resulted in several priorities, some were easy, others more elaborate and difficult. Amongst the priorities, we found a complaint on poor accessibility of the teachers’ room. Indeed, the door was very narrow, only 95 cm, and was used by 160 teachers. Imagine the bottle neck when lessons started. This was for me an example of a quick win. Easy to carry out, not expensive, and a huge effect. The day after we had discussed our priorities, I ordered the technical maintenance to take the small door out, widen the opening and put a new suitable double swinging door. In retrospect, I am convinced that this action was the basis for more goodwill toward the process of quality development and self-evaluation.”
Priorities: some aspects Recommendations 9 Strive for actions that can be accepted by all stakeholders. Start small scaled actions, gain experience and confidence. Realize quick wins. Visualize actions (at school or in classroom). Link the quality development priorities to the overall school priorities. Plan for a period of three years.
Priorities: some aspects Recommendations 10 Do not forget the broader context of the school: action should be aligned with the mission and vision of the school. Divide the workload of the actions among management, middle-management and teachers. Depending on their responsibility, everyone should contribute. Search for a fair equilibrium between on going tasks and innovation.