“Most organizations have invested heavily in technology and possibly training, but hardly at all in knowledge sharing and creation” (Fullan, 2014, p 79). This is the key to functionality. Without sharing of knowledge we lose that connection and at times the information. There was a teacher who was so knowledgeable in regards to technology within our building, he shared when he could but since we didn’t open up more times for him to share we lost all of the information he had when he suddenly moved to another state. We have to create time to knowledge share. So many times we have all of this information but we have no means to distribute the knowledge within our own buildings due to time restraints. I love this mentoring project, It forces us to take that time. I wish we could do it with a larger group instead of just the one or few we are mentoring.
Knowledge creation is another thing we need to be free to do. The creation of knowledge, distribution of it and embodiment within your building. It is a tough concept when we have such differing opinions even within a single building. But to have it disperse among the entire district is pretty phenomenal. An example of this would be our early release that we did several years ago. My building had started an early release within our own building to allow for whole staff collaboration focusing on reading and writing. Our student scores sky rocketed and our morale was the best I had ever seen it. The district saw what we were doing and decided to follow suit, having all schools do an early release. Unfortunately they didn’t see the benefits when they participated and were not as leader driven as our building so it went back to the regular schedule a couple of years later.
A healthy organization is one that knowledge creates and shares. You can’t expect a brand new person to come into the building and just know what to do without the proper training, that is knowledge sharing. When we share that knowledge we begin to build those relationships. The graph below demonstrates how people are still the number one resource we look to for knowledge. We are a social society and thus need to take advantage of the knowledge we have within our communities.
Fullan, M. (2014, February). Leading in a Culture of Change. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass (pp. 77-106).
Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning. (n.d.). Collaborative Learning Through Peer Inter-visitation: A Toolkit for Educators. Retrieved from http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/69F61FF7-68F8-4D9C-847C-B7D7DD6A1343/0/IntervisitationToolkit.pdf