Over the years, many hours of thinking and planning have gone into trying to turn schools into learning organisations. Despite the fact that everyone agrees that peer learning is essential for schools to improve, actually making it happen remains largely unattained. You may be one of those people responsible for planning professional learning for and with your peers and have felt the frustration and challenge of preparing each week for a meeting that doesn’t quite achieve the goals you envision.
As a leader of change in your organisation you may be asked to undertake work that you have not been prepared for and in doing so come face-to-face with resistance to change, on the one hand, and the excitement of engagement on the other that asks you to skilfully balance and grow the best learning organisation. Facilitating change is not the same as running a meeting. The role requires you to undertake very different kind of work and, as an insider in an organisation, it raises all kinds of questions about the capacity of each individual to embrace and support peer leadership. The conditions for success are many and require deep thinking, first and foremost, about how to prepare yourself and your community for an educational journey in an environment of openness and trust. It won’t happen overnight and, as a facilitator your role becomes one of reading the conditions that might impact on the success of your community’s work and finding ways to respond that create positive conditions for success.
Facilitating Change in Your School is one element of Expanding Circles Organisations and fits within the Strategic Planning at the Speed of Change, framework for adaptable organisations. This course will provide you with a way of getting started on this complex journey of sustainable improvement in your school. It is arranged into 5 interlinking modules that are supported by a workbook. Each module is a discrete unit of learning but to get the best out of the whole program Modules 1 & 2 must be completed first.
Module 1: Awakening the Facilitator Within
Module 2: Preparing your Organisation to Learn
Module 3: Planning for Sustainable Organisational Learning
Module 4: Communication for Sustainable Organisational Learning
Module 5: Processes and Strategies for Sustainable Organisational Learning
Facilitating change in Your School requires a context for learning; therefore, real case studies are used to assist you in understanding the various pathways that you can take to create a learning organisation. There is no one way to achieve a dynamic, sustainable learning organisation but you are encouraged to begin the journey in Module 1with the first courageous step into your shared future.