I know I have talked about leadership, management and the significance of getting things ‘in order’ at the higher levels in schools in order to realise ambitions of change from the work of #eNoobs. (See http://www.learnenabling.com/blog/the-vision-the-story-the-action/) I would even say that it could be argued, quite convincingly, that the success of any #eNoob is reliant on there being strong leadership in a school. However, what if an #eNoob is setting their own agenda? What if an #eNoob is given a blank canvas, employed for their expertise and left to get on with it? And could this be a good thing?
In most situations I have come across, #eNoobs are employed and are expected to deliver change that involves someone else’s plans. These plans may be quite broad but more often than not are linked to particularly schemes, concepts and/or paths a school wishes to follow. The most common examples that come to mind are BYOD schemes or a new LMS purchase. In other words, there are key aspects of the school’s direction or short term goals that the #eNoob is expected to impact upon and that is usually decided before the appointment is made.
So, let’s think differently here. An appointment is made without any specific agenda other than the school knowing the significance of having someone in that role, someone with expertise who can bring about improvements in a school. Would this be utopia for the person employed and/or for the school?
I would love to know your thoughts.
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