The idea to understand a successful school we must first evaluate the environment that breeds this type of outcome. The flexibility to learn and adapt are key when we first take a look into the successful climate of an educational institution. Schools that Learn, written by, Peter Senge discusses scenarios, relationship building, and reflection to demonstrate ways to develop a culture of success for both teacher and student.
The Domain of Action and the Domain of Enduring Change, both having three variables must flow together in a continual stream of learning. He states, “It is a continual process in which attitudes, values, and skill continually reinforce each other. The professional community acts as a place where new ideas and support or housed. Teachers develop a feeling of pride, empowerment, and invigoration. The interaction between the professional community and the teachers are crucial in developing a successful culture.
The Domain of action represents, “the tangible efforts you can make to create a culture of learning.” The three ways are: Guiding Ideas – explicit statements of the principles and values that the organization should stand for; and its purpose and direction. Organizational arrangements – are the means by which a school system makes resources available, which includes: policies, space and time, feedback, and communication. Method and tools – Don’t bother trying to lecture people into a new of thinking. Instead give them a tool which will lead them to a new way of thinking.
The Domain of enduring change has three variables that include: attitude and beliefs, skills and capabilities and awareness and values. However Senge states, “The three organizational architecture must come together to reinforce one another and generate a climate that draws forth new attitudes, beliefs, skill, capabilities, awareness and values. ” As Senge explained this leads to a complete change in culture.
In conclusion this system fosters both the student success and teacher’s success. Encouraging free thought and the development of new ideas which make the educational institution thrive. Senge states, “Without organizational arrangements that reduce isolation and connect people and information, changes cannot take root and become part of the fabric of the school system.”
Raised by Marguerite Holliday and Herbert Lawrence in Freeport, Long Island. Attended, Lasalle Military Academy and excelled in sports and academics. Attended St.Paul’s in Garden City. Moved to West Hempstead at 15 and graduated from West Hempstead High School. Attended Boston College and graduated with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy. Earned a Master’s in Public Administration from CW Post Long Island University. Currently attending Dowling College Doctoral program in Educational Administration and anticipated graduation May 2010.