In the ever-changing world in our schools, new insights are constantly arriving driven by;
- new ways of understanding the brain
- new understanding of social systems
- new generations with new norms and new ideas and perspectives
- new technology
One thing is clear: there is never going to be an end to this process of renewal and change.
As principal and school leadership; how on earth do you keep up with all of this, day after day, year after year, without at some point being burned out? And how do you inspire, motivate and encourage your team of teachers to keep on developing their teaching methods, while they are ever more busy preparing their lessons for tomorrow.
New generations of teachers are not willing to be led by fear and pressure; they want to be involved, included and have their opinions heard. They are motivated by meaningfulness, admission to the overall purpose, participating in the creative process!
So how do you meet these growing expectations as the school principal when you yourself have so many things on your plate?
Tom Hagedorn will address these issues and share some of the methods and organisational structures developed at his school to turned these challenges into opportunities that adds values to the school as a whole: students, teachers and, not to forget: principals.
These approaches include:
- Agile working groups and project teams
- “War room” meetings with school leadership where they decide what projects they are doing to “sell” to the teachers
- Changing the mindset that the leader is first to arrive, last to leave, being a part of every decision, etc.
- Teachers and mgmt live in very different worlds and the onus is on the administration to really work through transformation and change initiatives
- All teachers are involved in 2-3 projects. There are scrum meetings once a day and with all staff once every two weeks