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Pedagogical Master Planning - SAIS Interview March 2013

Pedagogical Master Planning - SAIS Interview March 2013

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Published by Bo Adams
Original published at http://www.sais.org/associations/5007/files/Pedagogical%20Master%20Planning.pdf
Original published at http://www.sais.org/associations/5007/files/Pedagogical%20Master%20Planning.pdf

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©2013SAISwww.sais.org
theconversationcontinuesinsideofSAISconnecthttp://saisconnect.sais.org
PEDAGOGICALMASTERPLANNING
FivequestionsforBoAdams
Published:March2013
Howispedagogicalmasterplanningdistinctfromstrategicplanningthatschoolsregularlyundertake?
PedagogicalMasterPlanningisaradicalrethinkingofstrategicplanningthatmashesupUnboundary’sstrengthsintransformationdesignwithmasterplanning’sgreatestvirtues–visualizingwholesystems,layeringcomplexinformation,andphasingstrategicrenovation.Inspiredbycampusmasterplanning,we’vetranslateditsprinciplestowhathappensattheheartofaschool.Weillustrateaschool’steachingandlearningcore–itspedagogicalecosystem–sothatpeoplecanseehowthepartsofthewholeareinterrelatedandinterconnected.Then,schooltransformationcanbedesignedholistically,withblueprints,inasimilarwaytomakingchangestoaschool’sphysicalfacilities.So,ifthequestionwereananalogyontheSAT,itmightread–“PedagogicalMasterPlanningistostrategicplanningasablueprintistoagrocerylist.”
Yourblogistitled“It’sAboutLearning,”athreewordunderstandingthatyouconsiderthecornerstoneofeducation.Beforeaschoolundertakespedagogicalmasterplanning,mustallofitsstakeholdersagreetoadefinitionof“learning”?
Allofaschool’sstakeholdersdonothavetoagreetoadefinitionoflearning
before
theschoolundertakesPedagogicalMasterPlanning.However,themethodologyandprocessesofPMParemeanttoexposeandilluminatealearningcommunity’ssharedunderstandingsandvalues.It’sduringtheundertakingthatUnboundaryhelpsaschooltodefineitssharedbeliefsandarchitectasystemthatwillbebuiltonbetteralignmentofthroughoutthecommunity.
http://itsaboutlearning.wordpress.com/bo-adams/
 
©2013SAISwww.sais.org
theconversationcontinuesinsideofSAISconnecthttp://saisconnect.sais.org
Ineducationcirclestoday,thereexistsaphilosophicalpolarizationbetweenthosewhodefendaknowledge-basedcurriculumandthosewhoadvocatea“21
st
centuryskills”approach.Doespedagogicalmasterplanningpromoteoneovertheother?Mustthatdisunityberesolvedbeforeanyplanisundertaken?
Well,Ithinkthe“contentvs.skillsdebate”isafalsedichotomy.It’snot“either/or.”It’s“both/and.”Peopleneedtodevelopcontentknowledgeandtheskillstoacquireandapplysuchknowledge.Ithinkthat’scalledwisdom.So,Idon’tthinkPMPpromotesoneovertheother.IthinkPMPpromotespurposefullydesignedchange.It’sdefinitelymeanttohelpschoolstransform,andtodososystemically.Ithinksomanyschoolsareattemptingtochangeonanumberoffronts–theyaretryingtodiscernthecontentandskillsandmethodsthataremostrelevanttodayandforthefuture.Butinsteadoftryingtomanagesuchcomplexityandboltonahostofotherpeople’sbestpractices,schoolsshouldbeembracingthecomplexitybyclarifyingtheirpurposeandcharacter,refinedbyexternalperspective,andapproachingchangewithmoreofasystemsview.AsPMPunfoldsforaschool,Ithinkdisunityisaddressed,andonanumberoflevels.
Youregularlyrefertoaschoolasanecosystem,awordthatsuggestsanetworkofconnectivityandmutualdependency.Yet,somemightarguethatschoolingeneralismoreregularlycharacterizedbytheisolationandindependenceofitsparts:itsdivisions,disciplines,grades,andperiods.Whyistheunderstandingofaschoolasanecosystemcentraltopedagogicalmasterplanning?
Atitscore,aschoolisapedagogicalecosystemcomposedofseveninterrelatedandinterconnectedparts:purpose,leadership,professionallearning,curricula,instruction,assessment,andlearningenvironments.Changesinoneofthosepartshaveconsequencesintheotherpartsofthesystem.Unfortunately,schoolshavenottendedtoapproachtransformationwithsuchasystemsview.Forexample,aschoolmighttrytoadoptanewinstructionalmethodsuchasPBL(project-basedlearningorproblem-basedlearning)withoutfullyconsideringtheripplesthatsuchachangewillhaveinassessment,learningenvironments,curricula,etc.PedagogicalMasterPlanningisdesignedsothattheecosystemismademorevisible,justlikemasterplansmakethewholesystemofaschool’scampusmorevisible.Then,remodelingandrenovationcanhappenmoreholistically,takingintoaccounthowthepartsofthesystemareconnectedandmutuallydependentoneachother.April19,2013|11:30AM–1:00PMBoAdams,educationalbloggerandthinker,willdiscusstheneedforPedagogicalMasterPlanning,andtheprocesses,tools,andfacilitationschoolsneedtodevelopsharedunderstanding,unifieddirection,andadaptiveprogress.www.sais.org/lunchandlearn

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