The principles of Making Change Stick: Its more ‘mud map’ than ‘blueprint’

One of the things I love to do is work with groups, speak about change and present ways of navigating a path that will transform schools and engage this generation. Because my role at Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL) is embedded in Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS), I use the school’s experience asContinue reading “The principles of Making Change Stick: Its more ‘mud map’ than ‘blueprint’”

Back to basics? Time to redefine ‘basics’ for the 21st century

The headline in the newspaper cries: ‘Tests show NSW [Australia] students behind in everything except spelling’ …followed by: the state’s new education chief promised she will order schools to get “back to basics” – as tests showed NSW is behind other states in everything except spelling This is the reaction in my state and myContinue reading “Back to basics? Time to redefine ‘basics’ for the 21st century”

Making Change Stick: Bicycle Wheels and Spider Webs

The senior leadership or executive team is probably one of the most important groups in any organisation. They carry the vision, establish culture and represent the leader. The quality of the relationships within this group is a role model to all staff. It is essential that the leader and this team spend time investing inContinue reading “Making Change Stick: Bicycle Wheels and Spider Webs”

Making change stick: The important ‘unseen’ in a culture of innovation

Highly innovative and creative contexts can be challenging in the day-to-day, so success for the long haul depends on a strong foundation of policies and practices that provide the scaffolding for change, innovation and creativity occur. We all sit somewhere along the innovation and change continuum. At one end, some thrive in a free-fall andContinue reading “Making change stick: The important ‘unseen’ in a culture of innovation”

Why do we continue to use 20th Century spaces for 21st Century learning/working?

The classroom is a relic, left over from the Industrial Revolution, which required a large workforce with very basic skills. Classroom-based education lags far behind when measured against its ability to deliver the creative and agile workforce that the 21st century demands. This quote is from Prakash Nair in a commentary in Education Week*. InContinue reading “Why do we continue to use 20th Century spaces for 21st Century learning/working?”

Making Change Stick: The Power of Language

Can you impact culture through adopting new terminology and ditching the old? Does the language of your school point to the future of school education or the reinforce times past? What do these words have in common? Headmaster/Headmistress, Teachers/Masters, Period, Subject Head/Master, Classroom, Timetable, Homework, Year/Grade, Bells, Detention. These are the highly recognisable words ofContinue reading “Making Change Stick: The Power of Language”

Changing a culture is hard work

This headline caught my attention “Jennings could hardly talk at 4.30pm”. The story is about a wellknown Sydney rugby league player who was under the influence of alcohol when he came to afternoon training and when it was 24 hours to their next game. The club, in their defence, took strong action against the player,Continue reading “Changing a culture is hard work”