Recently preparing for a school evaluation visit and also spending lots of thought on the value of coordination of IB programmes, I’ve appreciated the analogies for leadership of curriculum development that Stephen Taylor used in his blog “Curriculum as a Compass?” and I’ve been thinking about how to extend the analogy to programme implementation. Struck […]

Reading Rick Wormelli’s essay “The Grief of Accepting New Ideas” raised some questions on supporting teachers as they navigate from previous mental models to new mental models of schooling. Wormelli raises some important questions in his essay. “(Do) teachers have the dispositions to make fundamental changes to teaching practices to respond constructively to our changing […]

As the story goes, three fish are swimming and meet each other. One of the fish greets the other two, saying, “Hey boys, how’s the water?” They swim past each other. A heartbeat later, one of the pair who was asked the question turns to his companion and says, “What’s water?” Building high performing teams […]

When we talk about creating disruptions to make schools better for all learners, we are talking about agency. The agency inherent in being part of a school community to make it better so learning is at the heart of everything we do. It’s useful to become aware of the layers of leadership to create the […]

Since the IBSG2018 there’s been a buzz around disrupting school as it has been, by IB educators calling ourselves the “IB rebel alliance” provoked into action by Taryn BondClegg. Some of the big ideas that have brought some welcome, refreshing disruptions to the model of schooling come from Studio 5 at ISHCMC. The new blog […]

When we shift our minds to the function of leading adult learning, what might be some tools that we can use to get started? This post presents a few tools for consideration, which have proved useful and transfer across different contexts. The reader will have to figure out which ones might work for your context […]

This is the first of a series of posts being developed to support the IB Coordinator. As a school visit leader and consultant with the IB Educators Network, it’s an observation that there may be a need for a layer of thinking accompanying the procedural and programme knowledge that is available to coordinators. This is […]