What does it take to unify a staff through a common vision, regardless of how big or small the objective(s) may be? It takes putting an Educational Framework into place that will allow the central idea or ideas you wish to implement to run through the core, as depicted in the generalized Unifying Educational Framework below.
In implementing a framework such as this, the school’s vision, which could be related to values, teaching philosophy, mindset, etc., would become the central focal point that binds all teaching staff together. How so? Imagine that the framework is a cake with a dowel rod holding it together in the center – in order for the structure to remain intact, each section of the cake must rely on the other to stay in place, and each section must also use the dowel rod to support and inform one’s decision – should one piece break apart, the whole cake crumbles. In theory this is easy to understand, but in practical terms how would one ensure that the Unifying Educational Framework remains unified? The answer: the individualized planners one designed would serve to bind staff together. When designing the planners, one would need to consider different teaching staff needs based on their positions, as well as the common factor that runs through the center (or dowel rod), and that ensures each planner connects in some way. For example, if instilling leadership skills in students was the common factor one wanted to run through a school, then each teacher planner would need to have a beginning or ending column that would allow them the space to brainstorm leadership ideas, as depicted by the grey squares in the diagram below.
And so, if you can imagine each grey square in the above diagram representing teacher planners with a common leadership column, you can see how you would be effectively running the leadership skills vision through the entire core of the school, thus forming the “dowel rod”. Since each staff member has the leadership skills column added to their planner, it will be easy for them discuss and share different ideas they have to encourage students during team meetings. To learn more about creating individualized planners see:
The Power of Planners
Tips for Personalizing Planners at Your School
Different Planning Solutions for Your School
Determining the Best Planning Solutions for Your School
How to Use Planners as a Tool for Mentoring Teachers
While the Unifying Educational Framework illustrates one way of connecting a school through a common vision, it is by no means the only way. The beauty of frameworks in education is that no two need look alike; each design is unique to specific school needs. Should your school be wishing to create and implement an Educational Framework but you feel that you may need some extra guidance, we are here to help. Feel free to contact us and let us know your needs!
Other Educational Frameworks
The Transdisciplinary Framework
The Flipped Classroom Framework
The Innovator's Mindset Framework
The Shared Leadership Framework
The Language Framework
The Transitional Framework
The Early Years Framework
Global Curriculum Equivalency Framework