Monday, October 14, 2013
21st Century Fluencies for Administrators
Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking have been identified as crucial fluencies for the 21st Century Learner. These fluencies should become integral in the way you lead your teaching staff, students and surrounding community into the next phase of education.
The most important questions to answer as a professional are the ones that ask:
How do my current practices align with the vision below?
How can my current practices continue to foster the growth of 21st C Fluencies within my staff?
Principals, in my opinion, are not so much leaders as they are prophets ... I don't mean "prophets" in a religious sense (that is a grandiose thing) ... okay, we can discuss the prophet thing later!
Administrative Prophets, the way I see things ... come in times of need or change, they preach to followers, they warn of a new reality and to heed warning that if one isn't prepared to change, then prepare to suffer. The AdPro advises, guides, and motivates believers to become leaders; the AdPro shows the way and eventually inspires one (or more ) to become the leader(s) to make the vision, the dream (the prophecy, if you will) become a reality. Then, the AdPro either quietly fades in the background - The mission of Enactment - followers taking up the challenge to change in a real and discernibly visible manner - is complete; or the AdPro is killed (not willing to suffer this fate) and in such, the leaders take up the cause to fulfill the vision.