Clearly you can’t change one part of the education system in isolation. This is one of the great challenges we face in British Columbia – we have new curriculum, but does the assessment still match? We have been given greater permission from the provincial government to think differently, but have we fully engaged our community in what the “different” would look like?
While it is true one cannot do everything at once, we all need entry points for transformation. First with school and district leaders in our district, and then with Superintendents from across Canada I have recently worked through trying to rank and prioritize these six system drivers: Shifting Curriculum, Shifting Pedagogies, Shifting Learning Environments, Shifting Assessment, Shifting Governance, Shifting Citizen and Stakeholder Engagement. (click on the graphic below to enlarge)
The six items come from Shifting Minds 3.0 – Redefining the Learning Landscape in Canada. I have previously written (Here) about the power and importance of having a national conversation around transformation in education.
I realize it is a bit of a false discussion – you can’t do any of these separate from each other. In part from being influenced by my local and national colleagues, if we started with one – I would start with pedagogies.
At its core, learning is about the relationship between the teacher and students. We can have the best curriculum, policies or assessment, but first we need the practices. As our pedagogies change, our assessment will follow. And new pedagogies and new assessment will beg for new curriculum and these changes force both shifts in policy and engagement. And finally our learning environments should reflect our practice so as the practices change the learning environments will follow.
What do you think – if you could start with only one – which one would you select?
Our group of Superintendents from across the country is committed to our own learning starting with shifting pedagogies – it will be interesting to see what we can learn from each others successes and challenges from across the country.