School Leadership: The Journey to the Dark Side.

As Professional Learning Communities get under way here at North Berwick, I can see how a school leader might be drawn to the dark side.  It goes something like this:

Start teaching
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"School leaders are idiots.  They think that top-down direction will improve schools, but what teachers really need is the space and time to collaborate and enquire into their own practice.  Teachers are not the problem - teachers are the solution"
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Get promoted
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Implement a programme in school that sets aside time for teachers to collaborate and enquire into their own practice
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Some teachers think the programme is a waste of time.  They think that another idiot leader is trying to change the school through a top-down intervention
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"What is wrong with these teachers? They are a real problem."


I will strive to avoid falling into this trap!

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