Systems thinking is often referred to as "Bathtub Dynamics" (Meadows, 2008). Our video visualizes this dynamic and shows how our "stock and flow" data tool is deeply linked to these principles.
Read the related Education Week blog post on Systems Thinking.
SCHOOLS AS HIGH PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS
At New Visions, a core organizational mission is to create and sustain a network of high performing schools. High performing schools: (1) consistently produce students who are resilient and who are career and college ready – they add value to students’ lives; (2) consistently produce environments where everyone is learning; (3) they have fires (like all schools) they just are not consumed by them, (4) they have systems and evidenced based practices that help them to be “constantly aware”.
Read the related Education Week blog post on School Grit.
CORE SCHOOL SYSTEMS VIDEOS
Effective systems (e.g. attendance, scheduling programming, academic interventions) reinforce the vulnerabilities that are inherent to the design of schools. Core school systems never operate independent of one another. A comprehensive attendance system will always reinforce instructional and academic intervention systems just as a weak attendance system will undermine them. Our systems thinking video highlights this interdependence.
Read the related blog on School Systems.
Read Mark Dunetz's blog on School Systems are Critical for School Success.
BASIC MODEL OF LEARNING
For those of us in the field of education and working in schools, design and design-driven decision making starts with a mental model of how students learn. That is, effective schools must be organized (or designed) around this fundamental concept. We present a basic model of student learning.
dynamic models of adoption and diffusion
Rogers describes the requirements for successful adoption of an innovation. He explains that the innovation must be better than that which it replaces, it must be compatible with the culture and values of the target users, and it must be simple. Our systems thinking model explores the dynamic complexity associated with the adoption and diffusion of a major technology infrastructure innovation in our schools.
Read the Related New Visions' Report