EP 07 Unlocking Educational Change: Building Social Trust for an Open System with Rod Allen

EP 07 Unlocking Educational Change: Building Social Trust for an Open System with Rod Allen

In this episode, Doannie Tran, Landon Mascarenez and Stephen Hurley welcome guest, Rod Allen to  explore the concept of “breakthrough spaces” as implemented and experienced by Rod in his work as a school leader in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

3 Key Takeaways:

  1.  Building Trust through Co-Creation: the shift from seeking mere buy-in from communities to engaging them in the co-creation process, underscoring the importance of building social license and trust over time for meaningful change in education.
  2. Curriculum as a Catalyst:  the role of curriculum reform as both a symbolic and practical focal point, setting the stage for broader educational transformations directed by community partnership and input.
  3. Breaking Through Closed Systems: strategies for creating breakthrough spaces that challenge the status quo, advocating for a more open, inclusive, and democratic approach that leverages deep listening and co-construction to address systemic inequities and empower all students.
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