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Wednesday, April 12 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Systems thinking for system reform

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Internationally, over the past twenty years, there has been a growing, frustrated recognition that our outdated education systems are ill equipped to address large-scale, systemic issues related to equity, improvement and innovation in our schools (Senge 1996, Hargreaves 2003, Giles and Hargreaves 2006, Fullan 2011, Wagner 2012, Lucas, Claxton et al. 2013, Hallgarten, Hannon et al. 2015). This paper examines two approaches to the challenge of creating effective school networks through an explicit focus on building capacity for system leadership. The presentation will examine the impact of a leadership development program currently running in three countries in SE Asia upon team learning, change management, systems thinking and network development. It will also explore the outcomes of an executive leadership project exploring the redesign of the systems and structures for driving school innovation and improvement, beginning with a focus on their leadership learning. New knowledge and understanding will also be shared regarding how systems thinking approaches can influence learning, innovation and performance in schools and networks.

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Dr. Richard Owens

Director/Head of Teaching and Learning, reinventED/Woodleigh School
Dr. Richard Owens is the Director of reinventED, a consultancy focused on supporting school and system effectiveness, improvement and innovation. He also currently serves as Head of Teaching and Learning at Woodleigh School, Australia. As an educational consultant, he is known internationally for helping teachers, school administrators and system leaders drive innovation and improvement in teaching, learning, collaboration, and leadership. He has... Read More →



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