Chapter seven of Professional Capital concludes with a call to action for teachers, building or district leaders, governments, and international organizations. For the purpose of this final reflection I will focus my thoughts on how to incorporate these strategies to best support teachers and building leaders.
Chapter six of Professional Capital examines culture, what effective ones possess and what often serves as a substitute. Hargreaves and Fullan (2012) make the case for reculturing school districts, aligning the purposes and actions of schools, districts, and systems to improve educational outcomes for students.
Changing practice is hard no matter what the focus happens to be: collaboration, interventions, collective inquiry, personal reflection, technology adoption, or new instructional practices. Moving beyond our fears to a place of growth and exploration is an essential part of teaching in the 21st century. We must celebrate inquiry and collaboration and provide a courageous model of professional learning for our students.