The AAIE NEW SCHOOL PROJECT

An Online Conversation with Homa Tavangar, Kevin Bartlett and Will Richardson

Fridays at 8:00 AM ET
 

THIS WEEK

The Penultimate Peak: How's the view from up here?  

This week in the NEW SCHOOL PROJECT we'll be looking back on the country behind us on our learning journey together. We'll apply our holistic lens to the Seven Principles and we'll collaborate on the fascinating work of pattern-finding and coherence-making.

  • How do the Seven Principles speak to each other?

  • How do these inter-Principle relationships help us to move schools from a 'collection of dots', a place of separation and silos, to a 'connection of dots', a coherent ecosystem?

  • How can we re-imagine our schools as a place where ideas, ethics, energy and people come together to create a living, learning organism, where everyone has a place, every voice is heard, everybody learns.

Please join us for an hour of synergy and systems thinking...and a glimpse ahead towards the country ahead of us in our journey to the NEW SCHOOL.  All voices are needed.  

JOIN US THIS WEEK


In 2020, school leaders worldwide faced the unprecedented challenge of a global pandemic, COVID 19. In response, AAIE initiated and facilitated weekly conversations driven by the urgency and importance of supporting each other as we led and managed our way through the crisis.

As the conversation progressed, we realized that, while still needing to support each other with urgent, high-stakes decision-making, we might also begin to explore the opportunity embedded in the crisis. We began to turn our attention to the question,

"What have we learned that may change our schools for good.in all senses of the word?"

A collaborative, sustained inquiry into that compelling question led us to co-create the statement that follows, ‘Leading on Principle’. As our title implies, we believe that great schools are framed by a few shared principles, not constrained by multiple rules and regulations, and that principles only translate into practice if we make a common commitment to action.

We trust that the Principles that follow will serve us all well as we navigate towards better schools than we have ever previously envisaged.

LEADING ON PRINCIPLE
A COLLECTIVE COMMITMENT

As learning leaders, we are living through a time of unique challenge and opportunity. Things are changing around us in ways we have not seen before. Former notions of schooling and learning are falling away. A new awareness is emerging. We are beginning to see ways to forge a different kind of relationship between learners and learning, parents and teachers, schools and their communities.

As leaders we can be swept along by these complex changes, even swept away by them. Or we can choose to lead, embrace new patterns of possibility, and seize the momentum of a momentous time to build new cultures of learning.

As we map out our new schools and support each other in making our vision a reality, we see the value of broad, shared principles over narrow, imposed rules. After an evolving, rich, and unique conversation together, we are now ready to make a collective commitment to these seven principles.

ADAPTIVE CHANGE

 “WE USE FEARLESS INQUIRY TO CONTINUALLY INTERROGATE AND SHED EMBEDDED PRACTICE THAT DOES NOT AMPLIFY AND INSPIRE PROFOUND LEARNING THROUGHOUT OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITIES.”

CAPACITY

“WE USE FEARLESS INQUIRY TO CONTINUALLY INTERROGATE AND SHED EMBEDDED PRACTICE THAT DOES NOT AMPLIFY AND INSPIRE PROFOUND LEARNING THROUGHOUT OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITIES.”
“WE DEVELOP THE CAPACITY IN OUR PEOPLE TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT HIGH-QUALITY AND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS IN A TIME OF RAPID AND UNMITIGATED CHANGE.”

LEARNING

“WE ENSURE DYNAMIC, ENGAGING, IMPACTFUL, AND JOYFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCES OWNED AND DRIVEN BY LEARNERS.”

COMMUNITY

“WE CO-CREATE CARING, ENGAGED, AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES, CLEARLY DEFINED BY A COMMON LEARNING LANGUAGE, AND A COMMITMENT TO SHARED LEARNING VALUES.”

WELL-BEING

“WE CO-CREATE A CULTURE THAT NURTURES THE INTELLECTUAL, SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND OCCUPATIONAL WELL-BEING OF ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS.”

EVIDENCE

“WE REJECT OVER DEPENDENCE ON NARROW METHODS OF ASSESS- MENT. ALL LEARNERS AND SCHOOLS MUST HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE PROGRESS USING RICH AND DIVERSE DATA AND METHODS.”

EQUITY

"WE COMMIT TO IDENTIFY, CONFRONT, AND DISMANTLE STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS OF INEQUITY, TO EXAMINE OUR PRIVILEGE, AND TAKE ACTIONS TO INCREASE JUSTICE AND ENSURE BELONGING.”