Headmaster Symposium for Eastern European Region, will be in Sofia - Bulgaria on 24th of November this year.
That was the opening sentence in my recent email, which gives me the opportunity to attend a school conference in Sofia in Bulgaria this November! I will lecture on change leadership and digitization for 250 principals from Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Greece ... :) Wow !! So exciting!
I am so incredibly grateful for being part of this ...
Today we have listened to really good lectures at the Future of Learning - what a blast of energy! :)
I will remember Sir George's strategies about change management as well as Carl Heath's lecture on the digital society we live in today - it's not science fiction and futuristic anymore. In addition, I want to lift the participation of children from Härryda's schools and also discussions about digitization and school development from a political and trade perspective.
A good mix that gives many perspectives and increases the understanding of why schools needs to be digitized and change to meet the needs of today and in the future.
Have a great Tuesday!
Ps. The picture I took this morning is from Gleerup's stand - I'm very happy that my book was there!!.
It will be fun to attend Future of learning (Framtidens lärande) on 23-24 May - on Wednesday 24th of May I participate together with Lotta Persson from Gleerups in the program below.
Thoughts about school digitization
Equal school development requires a conscious strategy and clear leadership with a holistic perspective. The question of school digitization is complex with many angles of approach. Here we will take up thoughts about the digital development work and further ideas to take a stand and inspire.
Arja Holmstedt Svensson, Specialist in change work, former Managing Director, Lotta Persson, Process Manager Digital Development at Gleerups ..
Hope to see you!
Sitting on the bus on my way home from another assignment as a self-employed consultant – my thoughts are going back and forth, and I am trying to figure out what I am really thinking about ...
I am aware that I am thinking about myself - my own journey as a human being, but also as a leader. Most of my time is spent examining possibilities and solutions for often complex and difficult tasks. Many of the complexities and challenges I recognize from mine previous leadership assignments within the organizations where I had my formal management assignments.
Now I'm reflecting on the part I play in of these processes with others ... The power of joint effort and collaboration is something that I alone can never create! Once again, I acknowledge to myself that I am a leader who is given the mandate to lead because of my dedication and interest in educational issues. Because of this I get to work with the most important people in school development - teachers and students together with their principal!
I, myself cannot create development - collaboration with the others is what gives the power and the drive forward!
So grateful that I may be a part of others' joy in succeeding!
"It feels like we moved a step forward and a little closer to each other .." said one of the teachers who attended the meeting with the students at the school I have been working with. We had a joint meeting where we discussed increasing pupils' participation and influence at school to reach further in our development process.
This first meeting with the students is a continuation of project I am involved in. The entire staff estimated their own efforts and labor with "Check Your School"- tool. Together we chose three areas to focus on - pupil participation and influence is one of them..
We had planned to start the meeting with a short film about participation and influence published by the Swedish National Agency for Education. It was the start that led us to discussions about the school's own current situation and how students and teachers together can find ways to increase participation and influence - from a democratic perspective and also from the student's own learning.
Before we parted, we all agreed that meeting was a success! We plan to continue the process with follow-up meetings to discuss student and teacher participation next school year.
Have a nice weekend!
You may already know that I work on behalf of a municipality in Western Sweden, at the moment. In my role, I assist the principal in finding ways to create a well-functioning school for all students.
The School Inspectorate will visit the school in about two weeks and based on our ongoing development processes, we have focused on, among other things, "Check Your School". This is a self-assessment tool to gain views on both success factors, but also improvement areas in the school's work.
Based on the results of self-assessment we have had a deep common reflection that has been both useful and difficult. We have realized how incredibly complex the task of developing the school is.
This awareness is in my opinion the first step needed to be able to move forward to the next step in development. Acknowledging the improvements that are needed for the students to get the best school!
The three areas we decided to focus on with are:
We all agree that these are important steps to create a school where all students can excel.
Arja Holmstedt Svensson
A blog about my work and assignments as a Change Leader. The posts will be about my experiences – new experiences, meeting new people in new environments.