CODE Consortium for System Leadership and Innovation
As part of the current work of the Consortium, the Co-Chairs have conducted collaborative conversations with each of the ten district school board teams. Preliminary results of those conversations identified the following common process components of each of the board projects.
- Professional Collaboration – Staff at and across the district and school levels are working together to support staff and student growth and development
- Collaborative Inquiry – All projects feature an aspect of critical appreciative inquiry including a commitment to transparency of results.
- Collective Responsibility – School and district staff report an increase in understanding and action related to collaborative responsibility.
- Coherence – Board projects are combining two or more initiatives that had been viewed as discrete and these are now being developed and delivered in an integrated manner.
- Well-being – Student well-being and its relationship to student engagement, identity and achievement is a clearly delineated component of all projects. Increasing attention is also being paid to teacher wellbeing, engagement and identity as part and parcel of the task of improving student well-being.
- Voice – Developing staff and student voice is a focal point for all projects.
- System Impact – Deliberate attention is focused on breaking down silos between different departments, programs and initiatives, identifying strategic system supports and impediments to success and, making organizational changes to enhance the supports and reduce the impediments.
Leading from the Middle Research
Dr Andy Hargreaves and the Boston College Research Team have identified seven characteristics of Leading from the Middle.