This post originally appeared at Next Generation Learning Challenges on March 5, 2015.
The most intimidating part of leading and teaching in a blended learning school is not the technology. It is not the data crunching, either.
In fact, the scariest part of blending and personalizing learning is giving up control.
Giving up control is the key to finding success as a leader, teacher and even parent in a blended school. First and foremost, you must trust the people around you. For teachers, that means giving the right tools to students, and then trusting students to drive their learning. Parents must trust in this new paradigm for learning and trust in the school leaders.
But administrators may have the trickiest part to play—they must share the leadership role, and trust “their people”—their students, teachers, parents. This distributed leadership approach is a collaborative effort undertaken between people who trust and respect each other’s contributions. By using principles of distributed leadership, school administrators can empower people to make great decisions, learn from mistakes and reach new heights.
Here are my 10 guiding principles for blended learning schools moving to a distributive leadership structure. (They’re inspired by the awesome leaders and colleagues with whom I share this work!)
1. Remember: Everyone is a Novice & an Expert (more…)