How is Education Changing? What is the role of the middle leader?

This applies to my practice in that the education environment is dramatically changing, both socially and politically. This means that as a middle leader with a goal to move into upper management in the near future, these types of discussions become increasingly important.

Presented by Derek Wenmoth:

200 years previously, we believed that we had to push knowledge into students. As middle leaders, we need to understand that there is a huge rate and pace of change which we are not keeping up with. For us to adapt we need to prepare students for the 21st century – it is too late, we are in the 21st century and we need to catch up more than prepare.

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Peter Senge states that education is the starkest example of modern institutionalised factory line. Everything we have in education fits in with the industrial age – we have held on to these for too long.

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What environmental changes and things are happening in NZ at the moment? Example given: ‘Super Diversity’, Long tail, Urbanisation, UFB, Initial Teacher Ed, Talent Shortages, Productivity Commission.

It is mentioned that the long tail has come because we as teachers do what we always do and are reluctant to change this and therefore those who fail in that system continue to fail.

Youth Employment/Unemployment – This shows the massive paradoxical crises – there is Massive Youth Employment but a Massive Talent Shortage?

Key competencies are not being taught or being shown by students who are leaving school. Google state: They never look at CV’s we bring them in and ask them to solve tasks with other people.

What is a holistic education system? STEM? Is it just going back to the curriculum? How can we change our curriculum to fit our modern society?

The Trap: – Focussing only on your own area of education (Macro vs Micro)

The learning we need is to think outside of our school, reflect upon what is happening in the world to drive authentic learning opportunities. Teachers who are not interested in still learning or changing will revert back to known habits and the way they were taught. The future means there are a number of problems we need to deal with but, at this rate we are going students are not going to be ready. How can we be innovative and use previous innovations in education to progress our future?

“Anything that is repetitive or routine will be done by a robot in 10 years”

Example is the difference in ‘Call Centers’ AI intelligence that sorts out what your problem is. The innovation in education we are seeing is one that is turning the tide from a ‘factory model’ to that of the student.

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Students can be engaged in this and these 7 principles can be adapted into “Wicked Problems.” No student is stretched by learning their 5 spelling words or just learning their timetables – there needs to be a reason for learning within them.

Where to next?

Alvin Toffler: School Reform

“Coherence” – Michael Fullan – take the right drivers and turn them into action. What does it look like?

Education is Diversified, Democratised, Decentralised and Disintermediated.

The learning environment is changing and we are sometimes too keen on the technology – its not about blogs, wikis, rss feeds they are learning tools to create voice, communication, information and collaboration.