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.”