Thursday, May 8, 2014
Famed business thinker Peter Drucker reportedly stated “Culture eats strategy for lunch.” In other words, to effect change, changing the culture of an institution is more significant a factor than adopting a new strategy. Of course, changing culture and implementing new techniques and programs interact, but there’s a lot of truth in Drucker’s observation.
How do we go about changing the culture of our institutions? At “Learning Forward,” Stephanie Hirsh offers recommendations for K-12 schools. They apply to us as well. Here they are:
- Everyone shares collective responsibility for the success of all students served by the school. That commitment to the success of the members of the school extends to its educators, particularly the newest teachers.
- Leaders are models and advocates for learning. They participate as learners and they make clear that learning with others is not an optional activity.
- Resources for professional learning are available, including time, coaches, and dollars. The protection of these resources is non negotiable during budget-setting time and in fiscal crises.
- Data and its skillful use drive improvement and decision making at every level. Data are used to link professional learning to improvements in educator practices and student results.
- Professional learning is grounded in evidence; aligned to individual, team, and system goals; driven by protocols, and personalized when necessary.
- Educators have access to classroom-based support virtually and face to face.
- Outcomes drive learning; priorities are narrowly set; and benchmarks and leading indicators guide improvements through the ongoing cycle of continuous improvement. There is accountability for implementation and the benchmarks help everyone involved monitor progress.
You can read more here. I think changing culture is often very difficult. In trying to bring about change, recognize that not all your colleagues will climb onboard.