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1 CASS Network of 21 st Century School Systems Rocky View School Division – February 15,2011

2 CASS Lateral Capacity Building Sessions 2010/11 Calgary and Edmonton Leadership Learning Networks November 16/17Dennis Shirley January 10/11 Ben Levin March 28/29 Michael Fullan Network of 21 st Century School Systems October 19 and February 15 A forum for districts implementing 21 st century learning & teaching Team Leadership Academy – Inspiration, Innovation & Improvement May 8 – 10 Banff Building capacity while working on team and system planning Ben Levin, Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan

3 PURPOSE OF CASS LEADERSHIP LEARNING NETWORKS To create a learning and sharing forum for district leadership teams to learn with and from each other and recent research to build collective capacity to move instructional agendas forward.

4 PURPOSES To create a learning and sharing forum for system leadership teams who are committed to the implementation of 21 st century learning and teaching in their systems

5 PROCESSES Sharing insights Identifying and working toward the resolution of common challenges Exploring additional mechanisms for connecting with and supporting each others efforts

6 International Trends – Leading Systems Shifting Toward a Broader Vision Shift toward curriculum breadth for all 21 st Century competencies becoming the focus Targets optional / clarity about system direction vital Shifts in Assessment Search for broader evidence base to measure new competencies – need to find the right measures Difference between classroom, school, and system data needs – data need to be helpful Fear of misuse, but transparency is here to stay

7 International Trends – Leading Systems Capacity Building in Teaching Profession Collaborative professionalism Coaching and mentoring Flexibility, not fidelity – invest in teaching Coherence: faculties of education, districts, schools Leadership Development and Sustainability Comprehensive set of 21 st century competencies Leaders learn from and with other leaders Coaching and mentoring – invest in and cultivate leaders System leaders stay the course – create positive working cultures

8 Capturing the leadership premium: How the worlds top school systems are building leadership capacity for the future FOCUS ON INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP Attention to teaching, learning and people System policies and practices make a difference LEARNING FROM AND WITH PEERS IN NETWORKS Leaders grown through experience and support Leaders learn best in context and benefit most from –Support from peers –Working in networks

9 21 st Century Learning and Teaching Informal sharing of perspectives on Engaging 21 st century learners –Learners –21 st century competencies –Learning tasks Successes, challenges and learning needs for system educational leaders

10 A Shared Vision of 21 st Century Learning and Teaching Embedding technology in rich, robust learning by nurturing active and in-depth learning requiring authenticity fostering collaboration utilizing prior knowledge and experience organizing knowledge around key concepts and connections supporting the development of meta-cognitive skills

11 Transformational School and System Leadership What ways of thinking about technology, teaching and learning need to be cultivated in the leadership community? Brooks, 2010

12 School Districts As Knowledge Building Organizations

13 Learning from Studies of 7 High Performing Jurisdictions SCHOOL SYSTEMS AS KNOWLEDGE-BUILDING ORGANIZATIONS A complex systems-based approach, wherein leaders 1.paid attention to emerging learning, collected evidence along the way and made decisions informed by evidence and research 2.created adaptable structures 3.understood that knowledge-building is created through connections and relationships, not its flow chart. Mindset of inquiry, not certitude 4.short term processes focused toward vision, monitoring and adjustments in response to evidence

14 Learning from Studies of 7 High Performing Jurisdictions TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP APPROACHES Leaders in the seven initiatives 1.collaboratively created a shared vision: support for technology within a strong vision for learning from the learning sciences. 2.ensured access to current networked digital resources 3.ensured that all involved became skilled technology users 4.ensured technical assistance 5.ensured those involved had subject and content knowledge in combination with pedagogical skill 6.ensured student-centered learning approaches 7.generated and maintained community support 8.ensured policies to sustain and strengthen the initiative

15 Learning from Studies of 7 High Performing Jurisdictions TEACHERS as DESIGNERS OF 21 st CENTURY LEARNING 1.developed strong authentic discipline-based inquiry work for students 2.scaffolded student work with robust instructional practices that conformed to the learners and assessment practices that aided each child to improve, grow and thrive 3.called upon networked digital technologies to create knowledge- building classrooms 4.created strong relationships with their students and other teachers. Created processes so that students built strong relationships with each other and with experts in the field as they learned together 5.worked with peers to critically reflect on their practice and work on improving their practice in the company of peers.

16 AROUND THE ROOM – THOUGHTS ON OUR 21 ST CENTURY SCHOOL SYSTEM JOURNEYS 1.One positive – whats working in your system? 2.What is one challenges are you encountering? 3.Do you have a question that other systems may be able to help you with?

17 21 st Century School Systems – Informal sharing of perspectives on Changes in the nature, design and culture of our systems Successes, challenges and learning needs for system educational leaders

18 AROUND THE ROOM – Next steps for Our Leadership Learning Network Where might we go from here?


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