Mass Customized Learning – A Systems Change Labratory

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Mary Callan’s recent post made me think.   It seems that the “devil IS in the details” in this growing change effort.  School systems who are embracing the notion of customized learning have a lot of big ideas and many smaller details that all need careful attention.   The tricky part is that change is not a linear process.  We need to be managing change on multiple levels all at the same time and often without a good idea of exactly how to do that.  For customized learning to work, it has to be a total systems effort. This takes a LOT of thoughtful leadership at the teacher, administrative, and board levels.

Our school leaders will need a tremendous amount of support as they begin their move toward customized learning.  Taking a close look at how to lead change in the entire school system must be a part of this equation.  Finding an effective model for managing change is essential.   Mike Muir’s model Lead4Change offers school leaders a way to understand all the moving parts in school systems that need to be addressed as systems ramp up for large-scale change.  We are fortunate to have Mike right on our doorstep here in Maine.

http://www.mcmel.org/lead4change-overview/

http://www.mcmel.org/storage/Lead4Change_HO.pdf

So let’s think SYSTEMS change here.  The move to customized learning deserves our best systems thinking and our best systems thinkers.

 

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3 Responses to “Mass Customized Learning – A Systems Change Labratory”

  1. Getting a School Back on Track | Multiple Pathways Says:

    […] is everything. (Judy Enright, another friend who works with schools on large scale change, likes our Lead4Change model to help insure that school change leaders are being systematic and paying attention to all the […]

  2. Bill Zima Says:

    Judy and Mike… Well said. I think leadership is often overlooked because of the title you possess versus the skills and conceptual understandings you need. Maine needs a framework of leadership that can allow us to build out our understanding of a Customized Learning model together. How do we collaboratively script the critical moves going forward? I am often reminded of a line from Dan and Chip Heath’s book on leadership and change titled “Switch”. They say, “What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity.” Where does the clarity come from?

  3. Mary Callan Says:

    It seems that this is such a rare opportunity for education in the State of Maine. The policies for student centered learning are aligning with teacher desire to “do the right thing right”. And they are asking for a voice… just like the kids. So, our leadership and support structures must reflect that shift from a very scripted, rigid way of teaching and learning to a more personalized approach. Teachers are grappling with what this kind of learning “looks like” and are being encouraged (to some degree) to figure this out. How do we create the same expectations and encouragement for leaders?

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