1. Leading From the Middle
Should schools lead change from the bottom up? Or should governments lead change from the top down? This workshop shows there is a third way – leading from the middle. Drawing on his current research on educational reform in Ontario, on developing networks among rural schools in four US states, on unusually high performance in different sectors, and on professional collaboration in seven countries, Andy Hargreaves will show how schools and school systems can and should work together to initiate, implement and diffuse large-scale change that benefits many students in many schools. Leading from the Middle is about responding to diversity rather than imposing uniformity; it is about collective responsibility more than top down accountability; and it is about lateral transparency of participation as well as hierarchical accountability for results. This workshop will explore seven basic principles of “Leading From the Middle” and how to apply them in your school or municipality.