Partnership for Whole School Change

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SPECIFIC WORK-PLAN STEPS OUR                                        PROPOSED COMMISSION WILL TAKE

The COMMISSION ON K-12 EDUCATION AND GLOBALIZATION'S work- plan is divided into the following three work-plan steps and twelve action steps that enable the commission to realize its goal, purpose, and vision.

THREE WORK-PLAN STEPS

First step, our proposal's developers and supporters will float draft proposals to the governor or his representatives and members of the Massachusetts’ General Court or their representatives. Along with a list of queries to ilicit their concerns, questions, or suggestion they may have about the proposal. If needed, our developers and supporters will meet with our elected representatives to understand and address their concerns. Every new proposal draft will be in response to our elected representatives' suggestions and concerns. At the end of this process there will be the final proposal. The objective of this step is to address concerns and reach a broad consensus on the bill’s contents at the proposal stage.
 
Second step, our proposal's developers and supporters will meet with the governor or his representatives and members of the Massachusetts’ General Court, and its Joint Education Committee to answer their questions and hear their suggestions concerning the final proposal. The objective is to address concerns and reach a broad consensus on the bill’s contents at the proposal stage. Click here for possible issues that may be discussed.

Third step, working in close contact with our elected officials, our bill’s developers and supporters will use the final proposal as a guide when writing the legislative bill that gives our proposed commission the authority to take the action-steps listed below.

 

TWELVE ACTION STEPS 

To insure that this commission will not over reach the mandate given it by our elected officials, our work-plan outlines the twelve action steps that our commission will take. No other steps will be taken without receiving permission from our elected officials. These action steps let our state's elected representatives know exactly what they are supporting. For background information and explanations that clarify each of the action-steps below, click here. 

THE COMMISSION'S members will conduct a statewide conversation on K-12 education and globalization. It will be our proposed commission's first step towards realizing this proposal's purpose. These public events will prepare our commission's members for the work ahead, and educate the general public concerning the need for our K-12 schools to integrate the teaching of academic curricula with globalization.
 
THE COMMISSION and all its committees and subcommittees will take the knowledge learned during our statewide conversation to provide our state's K-12 schools and educators with a complete and valid framework designed to help them learn and teach global market knowledge. 

THE COMMISSION and all its committees and subcommittees will be governed by a School Team Building Process. It is designed for the governance of educational organizations. The process enhances each commission member's leadership and leadership support abilities. It also fosters deep listening, research, conceptual framework development, and sound decision-making, meeting management, and program development.

THE COMMISSION will replace ignorance about the global marketplace with knowledge by gathering trusted experts from relevant fields to form committees and subcommittees to conduct research and implement teacher development and age appropriate student curricula.

THE COMMISSION will form the COMMITTEE ON CHANGING SCHOOL CULTURE to help our K-12 schools acquire a culture where the teaching and learning of global market knowledge is successful and seamlessly integrated with all academic and social skills curricula.

THE COMMISSION will form the COMMITTEE TO OVERSEE AND DEVELOP AN ON-LINE REPOSITORY, so the knowledge gain from our proposed commission is available to all.

THE COMMISSION will form the COMMITTEE TO EMPOWER K-12 STUDENTS TO SUCCEED HUMANELY IN THE GLOBAL MARKET. This committee helps our K-12 schools prepare our students to become citizens who are in touch with their humanity while navigating this worldwide marketplace.

THE COMMISSION will utilize the concept of culture, as defined by cultural anthropology. This social science gives our use of the term, school culture, a scientific base. Upon this foundation, K-12 schools can develop the reliable conceptual framework they need to establish their intentional school cultures.

THE COMMISSION works from the premise that no institution can be better than its culture. An institution's efficacy and social worth is determined by its culture. Culture is predominant, and that is why our proposed commission needs the authority to help schools that are changing their school cultures negotiation with state and local authorities. The goal of these negotiations is to temporarily free these schools from state and local mandates that are preventing them from creating the school cultures they need.

THE COMMISSION will collaborate with university schools of education and schools of psychometrics to help perfect evaluate instruments. These assessment tools will measure the effectiveness of school change programs our K-12 schools are implementing. The evaluation instruments will also assess the capacity of instruction strategies that seamlessly integrate global market knowledge into the rest of the school’s curricula.

THE COMMISSION will research and popularize the use of terms such as culture, school culture, and intentional school culture, and the commission will practice a policy of placing students and teachers first. 

THE COMMISSION will work with K-12 school communities that want to change. These schools will serve as models that motivate schools that need to change to develop and implement their school transformation process. 

These are the actions that our Commission On K-12 Education and Globalization will take over the first four years of its existence.

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ISSUES THAT MAY BE DISCUSSED
  • What is the global marketplace and how is it connected to our citizens obtaining a sound and relevant K-12 educational experience?
  • What is meant by the phrase, humanely succeed in the global marketplace, and why is it required to sustain the health of our state’s economy, its communities, and its first world status?
  • What is school culture and what is intentional school culture? Why our K-12 school cultures must change if they are to prepare our state’s general public to successfully and humanely navigate the world globalization has remade?
  • What do we mean when we say that there is no education commission or agency that is formulated to successfully accomplish our proposed commission’s goal, purpose, vision, and work-plan?
  • What do we mean when we say that there is no education agency that utilizes the concept of culture, as defined by cultural anthropology, to empower our K-12 schools to change their school culture? Our schools have to undergo a culture change to prepare their students to succeed in the global marketplace.
  • What do we mean when we say that there is no other state education agency that is focused on making the teaching of the global market ubiquitous in our state’s schools?
  • What do we mean when we say that there is no state education commission or agency that prepares our K-12 schools to place our citizens on the path towards: 
a. having a sound and fundamental understanding the global marketplace;
 
bgaining employment that is economically viable in the world globalization has established; 
cmastering the tools and knowledge to innovate a livelihood that is economically viable and personally fulfilling in the world globalization has established?
Our state needs to do more than help our K-12 schools prepare our citizens to serve this global market to make a living. Our state needs a commission that helps our schools prepare our citizens to comprehend how this market works and why. Our state needs a commission that helps our schools teach students to appreciate the economic, ecological, quality of life, and social status roles the global marketplace plays in their lives. Our state also needs and does not have a commission that can prepare our K-12 schools to offer school experiences that give our citizens the capacity to use the scientific method to reach their own conclusions about the social and cultural effects globalization has on themselves and others.
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MORE INFORMATION ON ACTION-STEPS
THE COMMISSION'S members will conduct a statewide conversation on K-12 education and globalization. It will be our proposed commission's first step towards realizing this proposal's purpose. These public events will prepare our commission's members for the work ahead, and educate the general public concerning the need for our K-12 schools to integrate the teaching of academic curricula with globalization.  To receive more information, visit statewide conversation.
 
THE COMMISSION and all its committees and subcommittees will take the knowledge learned during our statewide conversation to provide our state's K-12 schools and educators with a complete and valid framework designed to help them learn and teach global market knowledge.

The framework will reflect the global market’s state of being integrated into every aspect of human life. To make the framework more reliable and valid, lay people, parents, and experts from many different fields of study will design it. Some of the framework’s core premises will be based on the agreements these people reach concerning the global market and how to teach it.

THE COMMISSION and all its committees and subcommittees will be governed by a School Team Building Process. It is designed for the governance of educational organizations. The process enhances each commission member's leadership and leadership support abilities. It also fosters deep listening, research, conceptual framework development, and sound decision-making, meeting management, and program development.

This process is based on Formal Consensus, and it will be the method used to make decisions, manage meetings, and conduct the governance of our commission and its committees and subcommittees. With this system being operational at our first meeting, our commission members will learn it by doing it. This will give them the capacity to hit the road running.

THE COMMISSION will replace ignorance about the global marketplace with knowledge by gathering trusted experts to form committees to conduct research and implement teacher development and age appropriate student curricula.

These committees will work with experts and lay people. They will work with local, regional, statewide, and global institutions. They will adhere to the scientific method, and they will gather and catalog reliable knowledge about the global marketplace and how to teach it. The knowledge will empower our state’s residents to cope with and prosper from the ever-mounting breakneck speed of competition and innovation that reflects this age of globalization.

THE COMMISSION will form the Committee On Changing School Culture to help our K-12 schools acquire a culture where the teaching and learning of global market knowledge is successful and seamlessly integrated with all academic and social skills curricula.

This committee will help schools change their school cultures into cultures that enable their students to understand the global market and improve overall teaching and learning. The committee will outreach to institutions of higher education, educators, artist/educators, parents, cultural anthropologists, and other social scientists to help our K-12 schools conduct change at a cultural level.

The committee’s focus will be on helping K-12 schools develop school cultures that change when conditions require the school to do so. These school cultures will place students and teachers first. The school culture will promote a school environment that is welcoming to outside institutions and individuals who can provide what students and staff need that the school community cannot provide. 

The Committee On Changing School Culture will also create education innovation clusters run by innovative change agents, educators, artists/- educators, and social scientists, administrators, and others who have knowledge to help a school community change at a cultural level. They help schools progress through various stages of their school transformation process. Our proposed commission will establish these clusters throughout the state, so all our state’s schools and school systems are served. 

THE COMMISSION will form the Committee To Oversee And Develop An On-line Repository, so the knowledge gain from our proposed commission is available to all.

The committee will gather librarians and ITT experts. It will design a system that houses all the vetted knowledge and data our proposed commission has gathered. The users of this data will be K-12 schools, state education agencies and commissions, researchers, college and university schools of education, parent organizations, and the general public.

THE COMMISSION will form the Committee To Empower K-12 Students To Succeed Humanely In The Global Market. This committee helps our K-12 schools prepare our students to become citizens who are in touch with their humanity while navigating this worldwide marketplace.

This capacity requires a high caliber of social intelligence and social/emotional skill sets that need to be broader, deeper, and more integrated within academic lessons than what is currently being offered in our schools. This social/emotional curricula will be seamlessly integrated into the school’s core academic instruction. The committee will consist of educators, artist/educators, child development experts, social scientists, therapists, social/emotional experts, curriculum developers, and parents. K-12 students will have a seat at the committee’s table, so this committee can receive their valuable input.

THE COMMISSION will utilize the concept of culture, as defined by cultural anthropology. This social science gives our use of the term, school culture, a scientific base. Upon this foundation, K-12 schools can develop the reliable conceptual framework they need to establish their own intentional school cultures.

The commission will work with K-12 schools, school systems, university and college schools of education, experts, state education agencies, and lay people who are researching and developing school change policies and strategies based on the concept of culture.

Culture, as defined by cultural anthropology, will be our proposed commission's framework. Culture is used because it is the critical ingredient governing every school transaction. Culture was chosen, because it ascertains whether a school’s goals and needs will be realized. It determines how the forms of motivation (peer pressure, values, attitudes, feelings, etc.) are organized and experienced within and outside of the school and within and outside of each of its members. Culture provides the motivation for school members to look within themselves and their learning organization. Culture can encourage a school community to perceive its needs and act on them, or it can prevent them from seeing, hearing, and acting on what needs to be done.

As a school community comes to see and understand its school culture, its members start to see and own their school’s strengths and weaknesses. When school members take fewer non-reflective actions, it is an indication that the school members have taken their rightful place above culture as its conscious creators instead of being under culture and enslaved by it. Once this understanding of culture takes hold, more of the roles of the school’s factions and behaviors and the schools’ hidden academic and social practices become visible. This kind of intentional school culture gives students the best opportunity to have a K-12 school experience that prepares them for today’s global market world.

THE COMMISSION works from the premise that no institution can be better than its culture. An institution's efficacy and social worth is determined by its culture. Culture is predominant, and that is why our proposed commission needs the authority to help schools that are changing their school cultures negotiation with state and local authorities. The goal of these negotiations is to temporarily free these schools from state and local mandates that are preventing them from creating the school cultures they need.

Our proposed commission works from the premise that nothing in education is more important than a K-12 school community that has a positive and effective intentional school culture that places students and teachers first. Having this culture empowers a school to attain whatever it needs and wants, and it will facilitate the school's capacity to realize state and local mandates. For this reason, no outside entity should do anything that disrupts a school community’s effort to create its intentional school culture.

Towards this end, our proposed commission needs the authority to negotiate with state education agencies to reach agreements that do not distract the school community from focusing on its school transformation process. Our proposed commission will not negotiate the relaxation of state mandates for a K-12 school until it has shown convincing evidence that the mandates are unduly obstructing its school transformation process.

Since our proposed commission only supports schools that are truly committed to transforming their school cultures, our commission needs the authority to decide which schools it will work with.

THE COMMISSION will collaborate with university schools of education and schools of psychometrics to help perfect evaluate instruments. These assessment tools will measure the effectiveness of school change programs our K-12 schools are implementing. The evaluation instruments will also assess the capacity of instruction strategies that seamlessly integrate global market knowledge into the rest of the school’s curricula.

The instruments will evaluate the school staff’s implementation of school change programs, the quality of their implementation, and the efficacy of the transformational services being offered. Assessment instruments that provide more information about changing school culture will be developed. Evaluation instruments and evaluation results can be obtained from the repository.

THE COMMISSION will research and popularize the use of terms such as culture, school culture, and intentional school culture, and the commission will practice a policy of placing students and teachers first. 

THE COMMISSION will work with K-12 school communities that want to change. These schools will serve as models that motivate schools that need to change to develop and implement their school transformation process. 

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