When you are going through change, how can you be sure that the decisions you make today align with the decisions you made a week ago or those you will make in the next month?
What are your biggest frustrations as an educator – whether you work in the classroom, on a campus leadership team, or in the district office?
- Are you overwhelmed? Too many demands; too little time?
- Do you feel fragmented? Pulled in a hundred directions at once?
- Do you feel isolated? Not enough opportunity to work with colleagues?
- Do you feel pressure? Seemingly contradictory mandates and unspoken expectations?
You are definitely not alone. What can we do to simplify? What can we do to build more coherence in these crazy systems we call school? Scientists tell us that a short set of simple rules can set conditions for surprising outcomes in complex systems. Check out this brief explanation: Simple Rules for Governing Complex Systems by Brian Sauser.
Clearly, schools fit the definition of a complex system:
- Open to inside and outside influences
- Diverse across multiple dimensions
- Interdependent in nonlinear and unpredictable…
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