There is tremendous energy in our learning communities at the moment! Several of our schools are engaged with the AISSA Student Agency Learning Lab, The Meta-Praxis Project, others are at or following the learning occurring at the IB regional conference in Hong Kong, and others are developing their thinking and practice around learning principles and much more! So much of what I am seeing and hearing reflects the essence of Growing deep.
LESNW staff are working with leaders and teachers, using an awareness-based systems leadership approach which provides the opportunity to suspend past patterns of thinking, see with fresh eyes, and sense from the field in order to focus on “Who am I?” and “What is my work”. This allows for a new vision and intention to emerge, the development of prototypes and to take-action in order to move from our current reality to a preferred future.
Charles Leadbeater at his Master Class at AISSA on Monday afternoon provided a very clear context and thinking around learning for the emerging future.
Learner Agency (voice, choice and ownership) has emerged as a pivotal focus for education and this is reflected in Growing deep Vocational Practices.
Leadbeater’s theoretical framework for student agency includes the following:
Ingredients: Purpose, Commitment, Reflection
Levels: Individual, Collective, Collaborative
Moral: can you do the right thing?
Creative: help bring new things into being
Economic: create value with and for others
Political: govern your community with others
Foundations and enablers
Knowledge (skills, core knowledge, concepts, interdisciplinary, systems, theories)
Personal and social capabilities
Culture of the community
What a great way to connect our learning communities in conversation and collaboration as part of our ‘work’ leading “Ongoing improvement and innovation”.
Educational Leadership Director