Understanding the changing world

A fast changing world

Educating students to flourish within the global complexity of the 21st Century presents challenges to school leaders that have not previously existed.

Identify the key changes facing us. Assess the challenges and opportunities these changes present.

These are useful activities to start a reflective discussion with the teaching faculty.


Watch either of the following videos that place education within the context of the advances of the 21st Century.

  • What challenges does this present?
  • What do you think it means to prepare students for the 21st century?
  • What skills do students need to survive and thrive in this new era?
  • What implications does this have for our current way of doing things?
  • Do we need to change? If so, how? How do we get from here to there?
  • What kind of commitments will we need to make (with each other, our students, and our community) to move forward? What will we do next? What are some concrete actions that we can take in the near future?

Leadership skills and competencies for a fast changing world

Activity 2: What skills and competencies do you need to thrive into the future?

Tammay Vora identifies the following twelve critical competencies for leadership in the future:

  • Develop an adaptive mindset
  • Have a vision
  • Embrace abundance mindset
  • Weave ecosystems for human engagement
  • Anticipate and create change
  • Self-awareness
  • Be an agile learner
  • Network and collaborate
  • Relentlessly focus on customer
  • Develop people
  • Design for the future
  • Constantly clarify and communicate
  • Read Tammy Vora's article '12 critical competencies for leadership in the future' by clicking here.
  • Use the A paragraph, sentence, phrase, word protocol to explore this article.Individually or as a group review the paper and then:

    highlight a sentence that helped you understand the paper and contains the 'big idea'
    underline a phrase that resonated with you - in a meaningful or provoking way
    circle a word that stood out to you and captured your attention
  • Each person or group shares their thoughts with each other. What is highlighted? What is at the heart of the paper? How did you make your choice?
  • Look at your responses. What are the implications of your choices for how you lead? Which common themes emerge? Which questions remain?
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