In preparing a presentation for a upcoming conference, I found a theme that resonated with me and a few others who were reviewing my early drafts. Without delving into the details of the presentation, I will state the presentation focuses (in part) on the nature of school planning that leads to innovative practices being adopted; specifically, I was workin with information technology that changed practices.
During an interview, I asked a participant to draw the differences between the planning he had learned in his professional preparation and that is commonly presented in leadership textbooks and courses. He drew this:
As he explained it:
We are taught this clean process of deciding what you want to measure then coming up with a plan. Once you complete your plan, you evaluate how you did and redirect. I see that as too long and too ineffective. When I lead successful projects, I find we skip around from goals, to plans, to measurements in a circular and dynamic manner. I want to know when I am failing immediately so that my staff and I can come up with a new plan and students are not exposed to something that isn’t what we want.