Welcome to Derek’s blog. I like to use this space to share thoughts and record my reflections as things occur to me. Feel free to browse the posts and add your feedback in the comments section where appropriate. I always appreciate receiving feedback from readers as it helps develop my own thinking and reflection.

Recent Posts

The Time is Now

It would appear that there are many education systems around the world that are beginning to think this way – perhaps finally realising that our education systems are no longer fit for purpose, despite decades of attempts at incremental change and policy re-alignment. There appears now to be calls for a fundamental shift towards a more radical and transformational view of what education could be and can become. Continue reading The Time is Now

Seize the Season!

I was struck the other day by a tweet from Michael Fullan calling for a ‘resurgance of humanity’. As the end of year fatigue gets interrupted by staff Christmas parties and replays of Home Alone on TV, it’s definitely worth taking a moment to look for ways we can end the year with an optimistic perspective ahead of our entry into the new year. Continue reading Seize the Season!

3 Signs of System and Organisational Distress

It seems to me that the sea of opportunity in education is littered with shipwrecks. Each represents a particular change initiative or strategy implementation that has foundered or sunk before reaching its destination. Each has set off with the best of intentions and sights fixed on the distant horizon, only to find themselves beaten back by relentless waves of resistance, merciless winds of discontent, a craft that is not fit-for-purpose or a crew that is inadequately prepared or trained for the journey. Continue reading 3 Signs of System and Organisational Distress

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