Education faces a challenge to keep pace with all of these changes, particularly given that many of our traditional leadership practices were designed for a slow-moving world with a small group of people (or even one person) making most of the decisions. The traditional ‘pyramid-style’ hierarchy that existed in most 20th century organisations still holds considerable influence over organisations in the 21st century, however newer and more agile arrangements are required if we are to successfully navigate the future.
Some excellent resources
How empowered are they to be represented in the conversation and decision-making?
Community engagement is a two-way street where the school, families, and the community actively work together, creating networks of shared responsibility for student success. It is a tool that promotes civic well-being and that strengthens the capacity of schools, families, and communities to support young peoples’ full development.
I have been thinking about some Idea ways community be involved in change leadership.
These four ideas were Idea for me:
Idea 1: Know Where You’re Going and Tell a Story around it.
Start by creating a vision – in partnership with school staff, families, partners and students, what the school could look like and develop a plan for how to get there. Ensure that diverse viewpoints are included in this process.
Idea 2: Distributed Leadership
Actively involve staff, parents and community partners in sharing leadership functions, and work closely with them in working towards your shared vision.
Idea 3: Reach Out
Be proactive in learning about the community surround the school and become actively outside the school.
Idea 4: Don’t Ignore the Elephant in the Room
Recognise, and embrace, diversity within the school and the broader community. Recognise things that have not worked and share.
These are key to leading changing consulting with the community.
I love this Ted Talk around this idea.