Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Change Element: Leadership Design 2.0

In April and May, through various conversations and meetings, one of the goals of the 21st Century Initiative is to identify “change elements” (tasks, conditions, etc.) that when addressed will help MCPS develop into the teaching and learning community it seeks to be. These change elements must be sufficiently concrete and support a plan of action, including identifying tasks, evidence of success and key players.  We will post some of the ideas that were identified recently in meetings to encourage online discussion. As you consider the change elements and associated actions, think about the general outcome that would be accomplished by taking these actions, and if it is consistent with overall 21st century goals.

Change element 9: Institute 21st century systems to govern and support all operations and schools.
Dynamic learning needs to occur at all levels of the organization. The entire 21st century team will be connected through various Web 2.0 technologies and will hold weekly cyber-meetings and monthly live meetings.
1. Decide upon a social media system (e.g., Facebook, 4Square, Twitter) on which all members will remain current.
2. Develop expectations for participation (e.g., all principals, some teachers, community members, and students)
3. Use this experience to define qualities of new hires.
4. Use this technology to encourage educators to participate in the conversation.

Prompts: If accomplished, what will be the benefit/outcome of this change element? What is the goal of this change element? How do these action items support the change element? What others might you include?

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