Week 0 in our learning communities provides the opportunity to focus on foundational aspects of Growing Deep including “What leaders do?” (vocational practices) and “How leaders do what they do?” (capabilities) I had the privilege of working with three learning communities during Week 0 to explore these areas.
At Unity College the middle and senior leaders continued their engagement using awareness-based systems thinking, to reflect on 2019 and to identify aspirations for their leadership roles for 2020, before reviewing the Growing deep capabilities identifying strengths and areas for growth in relation to holding space for generative conversations in their teams.
At St Mark’s Lutheran Primary School, the leadership team dedicated the whole day to develop a common understanding of the what and how of leadership as described in Growing deep, using theory U to see these with ‘fresh eyes’ being mindful of the voices of judgement, fear, and cynicism. Considerable time was spent in deep listening and generative conversation with the afternoon dedicated to using systems thinking to explore Leadership at St Mark’s identifying the Current Reality and Preferred Future. By the end of the day the leadership team had prioritized core areas of focus with the whole staff which will contribute to a more empowered, innovative and collaborative learning community where leadership is a shared responsibility and opportunity for everyone.
At Navigator College the entire staff came together to explore how to create a culture of collaboration. The awareness-based practices were used to support deep listening throughout the session. Barriers to collaboration were identified and acknowledged and then core documents for the college, ie Growing deep, IB standards and practices, AITSL were referenced to provide insights into the purpose and benefits of collaboration. The staff then explored their personal strengths and areas for development using Growing deep capabilities which will support and build a culture of collaboration. This will be an ongoing focus for the college throughout the year as collaboration and reflection are fundamental to innovation and ongoing improvement.
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