Schools talk about the desire to be ‘innovative’ and to promote ‘creativity’ which is very noble, however for this to become embedded and lived throughout a school by all learners, a culture of reflection and collaboration is crucial.
With this goal as a focus, senior and middle level leaders at Navigator College came together to explore personal mastery, team learning and systems thinking to make this a reality.
What does it look like currently? What would we like it to look like? What am I currently doing to create this culture? What do I need to do more of? Less of?
While the team identified characteristics of authentic collaboration they also identified what personal capabilities they need to co-create this culture. They used Systems Thinking to identify a whole school description of the college’s “Current Reality”
1. Events (What would we see?)
2. Behaviours (Trends)
3. Systems and Structures
4. Mental Models.
The results were very revealing and allowed each leader to hear the realities of each other.
The group then explored “Preferred Future”
1. Events: What would this culture look like?
2. Behaviours: What trends would we see?
3. Systems and Structures: What do we need to put in place or remove for this to happen across the college?
4. Mental Models: What new ways of thinking will be evident by all stakeholders?
The white board in the room was soon filled with collective thinking. This is going to provide the basis for ongoing collaboration using an online platform which may be more supportive of leaders who need time to make meaning and to provide thoughtful feed-in.
It will be exciting to see how this thinking develops into prototyping and action, how leadership capacity continues to develop and a culture of reflection, collaboration, innovation and creativity becomes a reality at Navigator College.
Educational Leadership Director