A global educational challenge
Today there is a big consensus around the idea that educational systems around the globe are not simply broken but inefficient to meet the needs of the present and future generations (UNESCO, 2015). A global challenge that faces the NetEduProject is to turn around the inefficiency and low capacities for change of educational systems around the globe. Educational Systems are based in stiff, disconnected and fragmented structures, that in turn favour an individual and isolated professional culture. Thus educational organizations are unable to find solutions beyond the School walls and are not proficient to take an authentic advantage of social relations and community capacities. This fact also inhibits greater collaboration between Schools and Universities to learn and apply new knowledge in the field.
An emerging community
NetEduProject is an emerging community of educational leaders committed to transform their own organizations into high performance, inclusive, collaborative and innovative ecosystems to better respond to today’s thrilling challenges. The project provides the NetEduTool which is validated, practice based, international, oriented to improvement, easy to manage and free to use. NetEduProject believes that empowering leaders to focus on social interaction, linking real needs to interconnected resources will make the difference in children’s lives.
A digital approach to network leadership
The tool allows leaders to evaluate the health and potential of their School educational community across eight dimensions: Empathic Communication, Trust, Shared Commitment, Horizontality, Collaboration, Innovation, Equity and Personalized Learning, collecting information from teachers, staff, community professionals, parents, families and students who respond to an online survey. Once the responses are gathered, the tool automatically displays in a dashboard the ecosystem’s potential. Besides the diagnosis, the tool serves formative functions by showing the strengths and weaknesses of the ecosystem aiming to facilitate global understanding and organize leaders priorities. It provides useful, personalized and transformational tips as strategies oriented to improve the leader’s capacities to take advantage of the resources embedded in the ecosystem. Finally, the NetEdu is meant to be a Citizen Science project where leaders co-create new knowledge in real time by rating the tips, sharing their own experience to illustrate their process of change and also interacting with one another. The project integrates the whole community by collecting, updating, catalyzing and sharing all these change experiences, activating a circular process of collective knowledge and collective impact to inspire leaders to better respond to their own educational challenges.
Transformation and empowerment
NetEduProject is not a simple diagnostic tool but has a clear transformative focus. A smooth, simple and self-guided interaction empowers educational leaders to pilot their learning processes autonomously without the help of external consultants. Also, the personalized tips that leaders receive from the analysis improve their own leadership strategies, facilitating the ecosystem growth and goal achievement. Finally, NetEduProject has a GLOCAL approach where GLOBAL leaders from around the world use the same evaluation model, but receive tips adapted to their own LOCAL context. This way leaders can take advantage both from a rich global exchange and from an accurate and contextualized orientation.
Thus NetEduProject community are school leaders and researchers around the world willing to learn from one another and collaborate to enhance real educational change and impact. School leaders can evaluate and improve their organization performance, enhancing their connections inside and outside their organization, bringing new learninsg opportunities for children and all the community, increasing collaboration, inclusion, social capital and the whole innovative potential. Educational researchers can also benefit from partnering with the NetEduProject and support the community, as they can both support the use of the tool for research purposes, and access the whole data generated by the project to use it in their investigations.
Are you still curious?
For more information about The NetEdu Project go to www.neteduproject.org or contact PI Gitte Miller Balslev by mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).