September 2012

Creating Resilient Schools

External forces such as laws, regulations and public ratings seem to be continuing to increase pressure around schools. For the last several years schools have struggled with internal forces including new technology, challenging student behaviors and higher expectations for student achievement. These external and internal forces continue to build and now schools are facing severe budget cuts. These pressures will have significant impact on many schools. However, some schools will be able to deftly adjust to these increasing forces. I call these resilient schools. Resilience is defined as being able to recover from or adjust easily to change. I have learned from many of the schools that I have visited adapting to change is neither about adopting best practices or even following research proven programs. Resilience is about creating the conditions for a school to uniquely use staff talents to meet student needs. School leaders must abandon any hope of maintaining status quo and be able to lead their organizations to adapt to these changing conditions as a resilient school. Read More...