Organizational Transformation

  • To prepare future-ready students, schools must be transformed from their current bureaucratic form, characterized by rules and sanctions, punitive accountability systems, routines, and standardization of everything, to learning organizations where only the mundane is standardized and standards are used to nurture aspirations and accommodate human variables.

    Learning organizations maintain a clear sense of doing the right thing and doing it well, shared commitments and beliefs, common purpose and vision, trust, accountability, and use of standards to inspire. Bureaucracies discourage and are disruptive to innovation and cannot create the dynamic conditions that foster superior performance of teachers and students.

    All independent school districts were created by a vote of the people who lived in those districts. Yet today they have become little more than satellite state agencies for enforcing an abundance of state regulations. This shift in power has resulted in multiple layers of bureaucratic regulations that become more onerous and complex with each governmental action.

    In response, districts have been forced to act like inflexible and unresponsive bureaucracies, more accountable to policies set by the government and their enforcement agencies than responsive to meeting the needs of their students and the communities they serve.

    However, with organizational transformation, our schools will be learner-centered environments with:

    • Students who are committed to being co-managers of their learning processes and who are engaged in meaningful instruction based on rigorous content with teachers whose roles have been redefined to guide students to a learning path toward post-secondary experiences and future life opportunities

    • Teachers who are supported with mentoring, collaboration, social support, and purposeful professional development tailored to their needs or those of their students, and who are engaged in leadership development opportunities

    Read more on our vision for organizational transformation in public schools.

Student-Centered Focus

  • A supporting premise of organizational transformation is a student-centered approach.
     
    Colin Lang Colin Lang, aerospace studies teacher at Alamo Heights High School in Alamo Heights ISD, a Consortium Associates district, has a saying in his class: “More of you and less of me is a very good thing,” meaning teachers need to transition their classroom from a “teacher-centered” environment to a “student-centered” one.
     
    “You need to be willing to let go and give your kids the opportunity and freedom to learn how to learn,” he says. “You have to allow them to fail because it is through their failures that the most profound learning takes place.”