10 Steps to Developing a Powerful Learning Culture

Thomas C. Murray
February 19, 2018

Thomas C. Murray

Designing Personal and Authentic Learning Experiences, Best Selling Author, and National/Global EdTech Leader of the Year

"Be the leader you wish you had." --Simon Sinek

Professional learning in many districts must undergo radical reform, from a model that's outdated and ineffective to one that's personal, empowering, and owned by the learner. How can we create such a culture of ownership and empowerment?

1. Clearly define and articulate the vision.
Do all stakeholders understand the district's direction? How should instruction improve with the time that's invested? How will students benefit? Can all staff members articulate the vision? Do staff members help formulate that vision? Is the vision only one year or more long term?

2. Model: Practice what you preach.
How school leaders run faculty meetings and in-service time should be a direct reflection of the type of instruction they seek in the classroom. Anything else is hypocritical. Learn alongside your staff members and model expectations for them. Invest time in professional learning--not managerial tasks. Model and share your learning throughout the process.

3. Learning should be anytime, anywhere.
Today's Netflix generation of students expects content to be available on demand: anytime, anywhere. As such, and to mirror today's instructional expectations, today's school leaders must work to provide and empower anytime, anywhere learning opportunities for teachers. From professional-learning modules to social media, opportunities for learning through high-quality digital content must be available for both kids and teachers.

For more, check out the rest of the post on eSchoolnews, here.


This post comes from Chapter 5 of Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, which is specifically written to help school and district leadership teams transform teaching, learning, and leadership in their school or district.

All for the kids we serve,

Thomas C. Murray

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