This conceptual framework was the foundation for the my research. Out of the context of the research, is school reform and globalization. School reform is defined as changing education to address problems and or avoid it given the current paradigm in education. Globalization refers to the flat world, or the information society. Therefore, educators must make the effort to provide students with a capacity to learn and work in a global economy. School reform efforts must address the needs of students in many areas but always with respect to globalization; we live in a technologically advanced world, one where information and knowledge is available on demand. The traditional model of schooling is arguably perpetuated by school reform efforts that perpetuate standardization, external accountability, and a one-size-fits-all approach.
Furthermore, all learning organizations have design, culture, and innovation. School design and school culture are analogous. They cannot be studied in isolation. The concept school design-school culture indicates this symbiotic relationship. Innovation is the means to provide students with access to the opportunities that allow them to learn and work in the era of globalization. Learning organizations should evaluate these concepts in their schools and consider it part of data driven missions and visions.
Five Steps to Making your School Design-School Culture Future Ready
Creating a Learning Organization
School leaders, that is, administrators, teachers, students, parents, and local community partners must be committed to shifting from the traditional to the innovative model or paradigm. Remember, one-size-fits-all and replication is not required. Getting to the innovation core is the heart of your school design-school culture. Where you are and/or where you want to be means creating a future in the present, essentially, creating and sustaining a learning organization.
On order to maintain and sustain a thriving and innovative school-design and school culture, the learning organization must be dedicated to the development of the innovation core. It is a process not a product, a journey not a prescribed path.
An Innovative School Model
My ongoing research seeks to understand and assist educators to provide students with opportunities to be future ready by creating the future that want to live in through the development of an innovative school design-school culture. My research has led me to ask the following questions regarding the purpose of the analysis of innovation and how it empowers learning communities: How and why are school organizations innovative? What are the elements and components that in the school's taxonomy of innovation? How can we analyze school design-school culture in order to identify the taxonomy of innovation and reveal the Core of Innovation in our school(s), district, or organization? Once we find our Core of Innovation, where do we go from there in order to prepare students for the future while we re-image and evolve as a community of learners?
School Reform and the Traditional School Model
Despite the knowledge of globalization and the challenges students face, school reform that perpetuates the stagnant traditional model based upon student achievement on tests continues to be at the forefront of education policy, yet the current goal of education reform is to ready students for college and career. Even with the modifications to NCLB, the current paradigm continues to require annual assessments that measure students' achievement. Students require an innovative school model that supports 21st Century learning and skills designed to foster creativity and entrepreneurship.
Copyright 2017 Dr. Patricia Griffin
Dr. Patricia Griffin
School District Leader/Administrator