As part of it's companion "slow read" format, ATLIS Reads invites you to take part in a year-long discussion about Post Corona by Scott Galloway and 9 BIG Questions Schools Must Answer to Avoid Going "Back to Normal" (*Because Normal Wasn't that Great to Begin With from The BIG Questions Institute.The theme for the year is Rethinking What Matters, and we know this is likely something you are already tuned into.So, here goes...
SLOW READ Question #1:
Chapter 1 of Post Corona shares how certain business models (and, we might add, schools) have thrived during the pandemic, others have found themselves in dire straits. Calloway writes of the need to "make the hard changes necessary to position yourself for a post-corona world.... [and] The biggest opportunities will be in areas where the pandemic is accelerating change."
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Susan - I think this is such an interesting question and one that can be exceedingly difficult for most secondary or tertiary leaders to answer because we sometimes don't have strategic responsibilities. Trying to consider where best to use our influence is probably the first step - is it with fellow staff members? With leadership? With innovation partners (teachers/librarians)? In some cases, it may mean offering to support those who do have strategic responsibility.
A small effort at my own school is in supporting teachers who have had such a difficult past year that they are eager to dispense with many of the tools and efforts they've used over the past 18 months. I am working to help teachers see how technology can support innovation and not just remote schooling, to highlight innovation of their colleagues at faculty meetings, to schedule sessions for experiencing excellence in innovation as well.I'd love to hear how others are doing this as well!
Hey Suzannah,You are absolutely right to point out how difficult this question is. And how this relates to how technology leaders see their "strategic responsibilities." Let me narrow it down a bit to encourage more to share their ideas...
What are you doing to help position help position your school for it's post-pandemic future? If technology (in its many forms) is one of those accelerating factors suggested by Galloway in his book, tech leaders may be in a more strategic position than they know.
Your example of supporting teachers is spot on. Teachers, of course, are critical to the mission of a school, and helping them heal and move forward with all the new tech, even as they are tired and worn out from the demands it has placed on them, is absolutely essential.
Are there some particular ways you are doing this to help prepare for that post-COVID future?
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