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Managing the change part of the changing face of school leadership (1)

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Managing the change part of the changing face of school leadership (1)

  1. 1. www.pdst.ie The Changing Face of School Leadership Sheila McManamly and Tom Hughes
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  3. 3. www.pdst.ie CHANGE: Permanent White Water
  4. 4. www.pdst.ie The ACTION Plan for Education- 2016/2019
  5. 5. www.pdst.ie The launch of many initiatives WSE/MLL Junior Cycle Reform SEN Looking at Our Schools 2016 Literacy and Numeracy Strategy An extra Deputy Principal New Middle Management Proposals Guidance Provision WSE/MLL- a sharper focus Droichead One Hour Classes ? Dimensions and Domains Wellbeing School Self Evaluation
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  8. 8. www.pdst.ie Domains and Standards of School Leadership – Quality Framework • Leading learning and teaching • Managing the organisation • Leading school development • Developing leadership capacity
  9. 9. www.pdst.ie Leading learning and teaching • School leaders: promote a culture of improvement, collaboration, innovation and creativity in learning, teaching and assessment • Foster a commitment to inclusion, equality of opportunity and the holistic development of each student • Manage the planning and implementation of the school curriculum • Foster teacher professional development that enriches teachers’ and students’ learning
  10. 10. www.pdst.ie Managing the organisation • Establish an orderly, secure and healthy learning environment, and maintain it through effective communication • Manage the school’s human, physical and financial resources so as to create and maintain a learning organisation • Manage challenging and complex situations in a manner that demonstrates equality, fairness and justice develop and implement a system to promote professional responsibility and accountability
  11. 11. www.pdst.ie Leading school development • Communicate the guiding vision for the school and lead its realisation • Lead the school’s engagement in a continuous process of self-evaluation • Build and maintain relationships with parents, with other schools, and with the wider community • Manage, lead and mediate change to respond to the evolving needs of the school and to changes in education
  12. 12. www.pdst.ie Developing leadership capacity • Critique their practice as leaders and develop their understanding of effective and sustainable leadership • Empower staff to take on and carry out leadership roles • Promote and facilitate the development of student voice, student participation, and student leadership • Build professional networks with other school leaders
  13. 13. www.pdst.ie Agency R E A D I N E S S CAPABILITY Low High High 1 23 4
  14. 14. www.pdst.ie The only constant in life!!
  15. 15. www.pdst.ie SOURCES OF CHANGE Bottom Up Leaders as Mediators of Change School Community System
  16. 16. www.pdst.ie Observations on Change • “Most of us are in favour of progress as long as it does not involve change.” (Ray Proctor) • The Rut v the Grave- a question of depth. • “And you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a changin” (Bob Dylan 1963)
  17. 17. www.pdst.ie Two levels of engagement + If we do A, B and C then D,E and F will fall into place! Yeah but what about M and E….. ME! Cognitive EmotionalA*
  18. 18. www.pdst.ie • “The starting point for improvement is not system change, not change in others around us , but change in ourselves” ( Fullan, 1991) • ‘Every human has four endowments: self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom — The power to choose, to respond, to change.’ (Steven Covey) • "It takes all the running you can to stay in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.“ ( Lewis Carroll)
  19. 19. www.pdst.ie “The way we do things around here!” (Bower, 1966 Leading the Organisation - School Culture Materials Practices & Behaviours Beliefs Shared Tacit Assumptions Fairly easy Fast More difficult Takes longer Difficult Longer term Highly anxiety- provoking Difficult Time consuming
  20. 20. www.pdst.ie Unlearning “The problem is not getting new ideas in but getting the old ones out!” Covey
  21. 21. www.pdst.ie Balancing Act Maintenance Change
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  23. 23. www.pdst.ie Supporting Teachers Group Characteristics Challenges for working with this group Tips for working with this group Ready-to-go group •Eager to try new things •Enjoy working with colleagues •Confident •About 10%-20% of staff Wait-and- see group •Eager to improve but cautious about change •Looking for quick signs of success •About 60%-80% of staff Put-on-the- brakes group •Want nothing to do with initiative •Satisfied with their work as it is •History of resisting initiatives •About 10%-20% of staff
  24. 24. www.pdst.ie Difference is inevitable...... • ‘if you please everyone, you aren’t making enough progress’ Mark Zukerberg (Facebook)
  25. 25. www.pdst.ie Without some conflict……… • Professional smugness • Focus on convergent thinking • Paucity of Innovation • Fear of Change • Teacher isolation • Teacher insulation • Orchestra
  26. 26. www.pdst.ie Starting the conversation: ‘ Might there be another way?’ Worries ? Thinking ? What might you do ? Concerns ? Knowledge ? How do we begin?
  27. 27. www.pdst.ie Duration 30 second pitch 3 minute pitch 30 minute pitch Where • Climbing the stairs • Staffroom • Over Coffee in the Staffroom • At the Photocopier • After school • Meeting with DP • Meeting with AP’s/YH’s • Subject Dept. Meeting • Staff Meeting When • On the way to Class • Waiting for the kettle to boil • With Dolphins/Puppies • With Hibernating Bears • Key Calendar moments Why • Creating curiosity • Sowing a seed • Gauging FEELINGS/EMOTIONS • FACTS • THINKING • PROS v CONS • CONSENSUS/DESIGN • PLANNING • ACTION • WHAT WE DO NEXT? Focus • Heart • Head • Hands Think of a change you are considering in the school- one with the potential to cause some conflict . Have a look at the 30/3/30 handout to help you plan your strategy
  28. 28. www.pdst.ie Why do people resist? • Predictability • Patterns • Security • Stability • Status • Competence & efficacy • Meaning • Intimacy Schein
  29. 29. www.pdst.ie Cutting through the Jungle!
  30. 30. www.pdst.ie What is needed to be a leader in an ever changing environment? What about me? Emotional Strength Ability to Change the Cultural Assumptions Motivation Ability to Create Involvement & Participation Perception & Insight
  31. 31. www.pdst.ie Teacher Leadership “Securing improvement comes through the hearts and minds of teachers”. Teacher leadership can be exercised without reference to formal leadership positions. It is defined by teachers working together in collegial and collaborative ways and recognises the importance of mutual trust, respect and support.” Mulford and Silins (2005)

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