How to build a better teacher? Look to supply chain principles and social media

Kate    February 27, 2012

Organization name: The Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium

Industry: Education

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Description of how social media is used for business performance

Recognizing a need for 21st-century responses to 21st-century students, the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium was created to provide an environment where self-directed educators can link with like-minded individuals to share best practices.

As the Consortium declares on their website in supply chain language, “The traditional hierarchical structure of schools is a holdover from the industrial age, when teachers were treated like interchangeable parts in a machine.”

The Consortium identified standards in seven domains to achieve ‘teacher leadership; the website houses these and provides the gateway to the TransformED blog, Facebook, Twitter and will provide the gateway to the virtual community where educators will share best practices and exemplars.

“The Teacher Leader Model Standards are intended to codify, promote, and support teacher leadership as a vehicle for transforming schools to meet the needs of 21st-century learners.”

Lessons for others

Learning doesn’t end when you get your degree and start your career. And, you must recognize when your customer changes, and your process must change with them.

When looked at through the lens of traditional supply chain (SC) management, the Consortium has expertly applied the principle of collaboration to their supply chain and transformed the value creation process (joint knowledge is created and resources are shared through co-ordinated activities with goal congruence).

They have identified and are using technology as an enabler to drive value, sharing real-time information (inventory and inventory flow), leading to better SC relationships, and stronger supplier (educator/contributor) performance.

The IT investment maps explicitly to strategic capabilities, allowing for users in any number of remote locations to connect, contribute and learn. IT is not the reason for the Consortium, but links the people who are part of it.

This approach can easily be adapted in any number of organizations where a cultural shift is necessary to improve processes and outcomes. As the Consortium identified, the highest-performing schools are those where a culture of collaboration and professional inquiry are the norm.

A willingness to share information, trust, and early and visible results in productivity and output (teacher leadership plays a pivotal role in student achievement) demonstrate a model that works.

2 thoughts on “How to build a better teacher? Look to supply chain principles and social media

  1. S Henchey

    Thank you so much for your recognition of the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium and its creation of the Teacher Leader Model Standards.

    As a virtual community organizer for the Teacher Leader Model Standards’ upcoming Community (a virtual collaborative group of teacher leaders interested in exploring and promoting the Teacher Leader Model Standards), I’m excited by the future possibilities around this work and the impact it will have on teaching and learning.

  2. Kate Post author

    We’ll keep spreading the word about your noble effort. Best of luck — we’ll all be better when you succeed!

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