Leadership development in a personalized learning system is about creating a pipeline of sustainable leaders capable of sustaining the transformation.

The Role of Leadership Development in Personalized Learning

To learn more about how the work of scaling personalized learning impacts teachers’ practice, KnowledgeWorks listened to teachers from across the country as they talked about their experiences. This research culminated in “The Shifting Paradigm of Teaching: Personalized Learning According to Teachers.”

One of those conditions, leadership development, is defined as:

A district should have a leadership development program that identifies and trains leaders at the classroom, school, and district level. This includes involving educators and other staff members in the visioning process, strategic planning, partnership cultivation, and curriculum review.

At its core, leadership development in a personalized learning system is about creating a pipeline of sustainable leaders capable of sustaining the transformation to a personalized learning system. The first step in any development program is identifying those worthy of the time, resources, and money required to cultivate emerging leaders. Many of those who spoke to us put emphasis on developing leaders at the school, rather than district, level in order to ensure that they are familiar and compatible with the schools and learning environments where they will work. Strong leadership programs provide an array of development opportunities including within the classroom, across teams, and even as school leaders or upper-level district administration.

As one practitioner told us, “Another big piece has been to flatten leadership. We’re in this together and building leadership for every teacher.”

Read more teacher perspectives on personalized learning in our recent paper, ‘The Shifting Paradigm of Teaching: Personalized Learning According to Teachers.’For more on supporting emerging leaders in a personalized learning environment, including interview excerpts and school and district examples, read ‘The Shifting Paradigm of Teaching: Personalized Learning According to Teachers.

Jesse Moyer

Written by: Jesse Moyer

Jesse Moyer is the Senior Director, School Development with KnowledgeWorks. He is a believer in public education working and passionate about family, sports and fishing.

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