Leading Schools and Sustaining Innovation How to Think Big and Differently in Complex Systems
How can school leaders analyse and meaningfully engage in the complex process of change? Offering an innovative introduction to the challenges of school leadership from the perspective of systems, this essential staff-room companion shows why school leaders now need to think and engage as system leaders more than ever before.
Luke Roberts explores what types of systems can be most effectively implemented and provides cutting-edge ideas on what school leaders can do to embed and genuinely sustain innovation. He also presents a framework based on understanding different stakeholder views and shows how to facilitate process to gain new perspectives and enthuse the whole school community. This accessible resource focuses on the application, to enable readers to use their understanding of creativity and innovation to transform systems. He provides examples from research successfully conducted in schools as well as the lived experiences of working to change schools. He also helpfully provides a simple route to engaging with system thinking, asking what this means for the reader and the specific challenges they face.
Leading Schools and Sustaining Innovation will appeal to educationalists across the whole educational sector, including head teachers, policy leaders as well as staff working towards and passionate about school improvement and transformation.
1. Why think of schools as systems? 2. Getting to know systems 3. Complex adaptive systems 4. Energy in schools 5. Understanding your system 6. Systems leaders 7. Leading system change 8. Sustaining systems change in educational settings 9. Conclusions on thinking big and thinking differently