Supporting and Sustaining the Model
People are an essential element in any change process. Instigating and implementing a paradigm shift in education is reliant upon having the right talent capable of navigating and delivering the necessary change.
A global challenge exists in that educators have almost universally been trained to operate as solo practitioners, capable of individually managing a group of students. A paradigm shift that moves the delivery of learning from a ‘group control’ mindset to one of ‘learner empowerment’ requires talented people who are highly agile, adaptive and able to understand the elements of a paradigm shift. Any strategy that looks to develop the necessary talent to support change needs to facilitate a process well-described by Alvin Toffler – the need to ‘learn, unlearn and relearn.’
There is a range of associated mindset and practical shifts required to support change. Schools are traditionally noted for using repeated meetings as a means to inform and communicate. An effective talent development strategy would seek to minimise meetings and maximise professional development. This would be even better if the professional development could be provided using a wide range of methodologies and learning experiences – in itself widening the potential repertoire of the learning guides.