Oct 282015
 

Education: Best Practices

Education; Not Every Success is Scalable: Uncommon Principal, Great School:

Education – Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:

Education – Stories of uncommon principals who labor for decades to create structures, cultures, and political success are popular in national media. The story-line is that a principal arrives at a low-performing, minority and poor school and through much work turns it around into a successful school, as measured by test scores, low teacher turnover, and parental support. No, I am not referring to charter schools or magnets. I am referring to neighborhood schools. When such schools emerge policymakers and champions of school success call it a model and urge replication of the school. Make more of them, they cry. Scaling up such successes is rare as any observer (or participant) can tell you. It is devilishly hard to reproduce such victories over mediocrity in another neighborhood much less across a district, state, and nation. Think of KIPP for a moment. In 21 years, KIPP has created 183 schools enrolling 70,000 and…

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Education -Tom McDonald’s Thoughts and Comments:

If not every success in education is scalable, education is doomed to fail.

Look at any successful organization, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, 7-11, et.al. They ALL have been able to replicate the success, achieved in a single event, to scale across the organization, using best practices, and reinforced facilitation.

This is because they defined, up front, what their end success was, then determined what the best practices were, to achieve that end goal consistently, time and time again.

This is a defined, accountable, collective, systematic, approach that is aligned to their strategic objectives, mission and vision.

This does not happen by chance, nor can you attribute it to miracle event.

(1) Where does traditional education and traditional educators fall short? And,

(2) Can they scale success?

(1) First traditional education is institution focused, not student focused. They have lost sight of their end objective, mission/vision, which is to empower individual students to be successful; to graduate them in their relevant, chosen field of study; to enable them to obtain a relevant job, consistent with their degree; and to provide them with the ability to become a sustained contributor of society.

The question they DON’t ask, when they build a new building, add a rock wall, or develop a new initiative is: How will this directly and measurably contribute to our end goal, to empower students with sustained success outcomes, leading to performance improvement outcomes? They just decide what’s best for the institution, pretend its good for the students and go ahead with it, to find out later it didn’t benefit their end goal, their students advanced success outcomes.

Traditional education is SOOOOOO entrenched with the ineffective and inefficient, one size fits all status quo, that they constantly try to maintain it, by improperly engaging the incorrect and sometimes correct items, to deliver the current paradigm quicker to more students, without advancing student success outcomes (whiteboards, tablets, social media, etc.)

(2) Can success be scaled? Of course it can, but the current one size fits all teaching paradigm MUST be replaced with a 21st century learning paradigm, supplemented with educationally innovative technology.

Traditional education and traditional educators MUST take ownership of their profession, understand and embrace and implement 21st century learning best practices methodology, as well as education reform, best practices methodology.

Education will NOT improve unless educators improve education, after all it is THEIR profession.

Just like professional sales, education has an art element that is brought to the table by very talented individuals, BUT effective and efficient sales methodology can and IS scalable over large organizations with the correct approach. This is also true in education, if traditional educators are willing to change. Currently traditional educators ARE NOT willing to change, for their professional benefit, as well as for the benefit of their students…go figure.

WE know what works, WE know what to do, the supporting research, products and services are readily available, but WE continue to nay-say and WE continue to make excuses why education is different.

Education is NOT different. Traditional educators ARE different, because they don’t want to embrace best practices change to align with their only reason for existing: to advance student success outcomes.

The time is NOW for positive change. NO MORE excuses. WE deserve better.

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