For schools to effectively
respond to the press for accountability and provide quality learning for all
students, they must simultaneously address two perennial goals. One goal
is the professional development of individual educators. The second is
the development of the organisation’s capacity to learn and be adaptive.
Both build the capacity for school improvement, without which reform
efforts will fail.
This Learning Guide is
intended as a resource to be used in the Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar,
and in follow up sessions. The Learning Guide is organised generally in the
chronological sequence of a seminar.
The Guide is based upon
the previous five editions of the Adaptive Schools Syllabus, created by
Robert Garmston and Bruce Wellman. The Learning Guide is grounded in the text, The
Adaptive School: A Sourcebook for Developing Collaborative Groups, and
cross-references to the Sourcebook are made throughout this Guide.
In addition to matching
the Learning Guide’s contents to the flow of seminar days, this Learning Guide
provides ample space for your notetaking and journalling. The purpose is to
make this work your own, adapting it to your own work environments.
support administrators, teachers, department and regional personnel and staff
developers who convene and manage professional learning teams and