It is hard to debate that education is the key to the future. With each passing day new opportunities and challenges arise that will require a new generation of thinkers who can rise to the occasion. Schools must unlock the potential within our students while preparing them for a rapidly changing world. For this to happen we must rethink the very essence of education and ask ourselves if our students will be adequately equipped to succeed in their future, not ours. As the world changes, education and leadership must change as well. If it does not change, we then run the risk of preparing students for a world that no longer exists.
The best ideas and strategies are now at our fingertips. We can now break free from the self-imposed silos and begin to have critical conversations about innovative change schools need. To begin to break free from the silo effect, consider these questions:
- Is our school/district relevant? Am I relevant?
- How can we prepare students for the future if we are stuck in the past?
- How do we know if we are meeting the needs of our learners?
- What are other schools and educators doing around the globe?
- Do we collaborate and connect with educators near and far to push our thinking as well as access the best resources, ideas, strategies, feedback, and support?
It is important to peel away the many layers at the surface in order to gain a better understanding of where a school culture is currently. The silo effect often creates a feeling of content and satisfaction since the doorway to fresh ideas is not open. Learning from others beyond our walls and traditional comfort zones presents limitless opportunities for innovative change. This will not only greatly impact learners, but also each other.
Eric Sheninger provides views on educational leadership, effective technology integration, best practices, and creating a student-centered learning culture. “Education is a reflective practice”
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