Compare And Contrast Learning Organizations
Imagine that you are a teacher leader and you are a member of a committee with other teacher leaders. The superintendent has asked your committee to propose suggestions for the improvement of standards.
Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:
- Compare and contrast learning organizations and learning communities. Choose the environment where you believe it is easier to improve standards and explain why.
- Determine how the traditional view of education creates an impact on today’s learning environments and standards.
- Evaluate the effects of standards on the quality of education.
- Determine your position on the involvement level of state and federal agencies in standards.
- Defend your opinion regarding the level of government involvement in school standards.
- Propose three (3) ways to find mutual ground with people of the opposition.
- Determine where your school district needs the most improvement in regard to:
- profound learning and propose a solution.
- superficial learning and propose a solution.
- content standards and propose a solution.
- performance standards and propose a solution.
- Include at least five (5) references (no more than five (5) years old) from material outside the textbook.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
- Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
- Identify similarities and differences between learning organizations and learning communities.
- Explain the traditional view of education and how it creates an impact on today’ s learning environments.
- Determine the various effects of standards on the quality of education.
- Use technology and information resources to research issues in teacher leadership.
- Write clearly and concisely about teacher leadership using proper writing mechanics.
Compare and contrast learning organizations and learning communities. Choose the
environment where you believe it is easier to improve standards and explain why.
“A learning organization is an organization skilled at creating, acquiring, and transferring
knowledge, and at modifying its behavior to reflect new knowledge and insights” (O’ Banion,
2012). Learning organizations attempt to provide an environment or culture that influences and
support continuous knowledge for employees, promotes a shared learning of ideas with fellow
employees, promotes critical thinking, and allows for risk taking among the employees. When
working in a learning organization, it is best utilized when there is active involvement from
employees and the employees are the central focus. A learning organization works best when
employees are able to collaborate with their fellow teachers concerning curriculum, behavior
support and management, and any educational knowledge they may have concerning a subject.
In a learning organization, one must be willing to adapt to the ever-changing concepts and
technologies. The point of a learning community is for the participants to be work together to
come up with the best decisions for the whole.
A learning community is a group of people that have a shared educational goal and
perspective. In a learning community, collaboration is the key. It is very common among higher
education. It is beneficial for learning communities to learn from each other and ultimately,
work together, while holding each person accountable for the goal and outcome. One way that
this happens is, partakers are able to learn from each other, while sharing what works and what
does not. By doing, each participant can see results.
After much thought and consideration, I feel that the learning community would be
easiest to improve. This is because in a learning community, you have people coming from all
walks of life with experiences and knowledge that they can share with colleagues and the
ultimate goal is student. In reality, in a learning community, you have collaboration from all
teachers, administrators, and even paraprofessionals. When everyone can offer their ideas and
knowledge, they are more likely to buy into the program.
Determine how the traditional view of education creates an impact on today’s learning
environments and standards.
Traditional classrooms are the teacher centered classroom environment. In the traditional
classroom, the teacher leads the class in whole group and discussion. The students are actively
engaged in the lesson in their desks while listening to the teacher. The elementary teacher
centered classroom consists of the teacher teaching all classes; such as: reading, English, math,
science, etc… The students normally just leave classes for music, P.E., art, and any other special
classes. The problem with traditional teacher centered classes is the teacher does not
differentiate the lesson. The teacher would explain the lesson, give examples, and allow the
students to finish on their own. The students received little or no differentiation. The issue with
that is everyone is not on the same level. Some students are more advanced than others;
therefore, the lesson should contain rigor for those that are ahead and lowered for the lower
students to get them more on grade-level. Today, collaborative learning is the best option for
students. Research has shown that students learn best when they are able to collaborate with
their peers. Giving students the option to learning from each other has proven to be very
beneficial to the student and teacher. A collaborative education is valuable in the general
classroom setting. In a collaborative classroom, the teacher is the facilitator.
Previously, there was a lack of accountability; therefore, teachers could actually teach
without the fear of a e test dictating what was taught. Now, teachers are teaching to a test, so
teaching and learning has changed. Teachers have to get in account for their evaluations and
testing scores, all the while trying to teach their students. Teachers set goals for themselves and
their students and their goal is for all students to succeed academically.
Evaluate the effects of standards on the quality of education.
Standards effect the quality of education by being a blueprint for a teacher’s lesson plan.
They are able to have a pacing guide that allows them to plan the lesson from the beginning of
the year to the end of the year. They are able to determine what they will need to teach in each 9
weeks, so they are able to know what standards need to be covered by the end of the year. The
goal is to teach students on grade level, while getting those that are not on level to master the
concepts. Due to the common core standards, teachers are under more stress to make sure that
students are mastering concepts and that they will be able to pass the state assessments. Teachers
should be able to teach the students. This is the first step in ensuring students can have a quality
education. I understand that the goal is for all students to be performing on the same level, but
this may not be feasible in all schools and districts, especially, when they are being underfunded.
Determine your position on the involvement level of state and federal agencies in standards
My position on the involvement level of state and federal agencies in standards is I feel
that it would be more beneficial for state agencies to handle some of the policies; however, I do
think that federal agencies need to be involved with some aspects. The issue with state and
federal agencies being involved is they are not knowledgeable enough to make sound decisions.
They are politicians that choose not to listen to educators and their constituents. The politicians
should seek information from educators to makes decisions and laws concerning education. If
they are not willing to do that, they should not be enacting laws and policies.
Defend your opinion regarding the level of government involvement in school standards
I do that if you ask any teacher, the majority would say that there needs to be little to no
government involvement in school standards. The government is making laws that are for
everyone. The sad part is, you have some schools and districts that are struggling, yet the
government is taking their funding. The government says that these schools are failing, yet they
have no funds to ensure that they are academically improving. There are many schools in
Mississippi that have old or no textbooks, buildings are dilapidated, teachers are either nonexistent
or they have long-terms subs or teachers that have no license, and the students are not
able to improve academically. In these cases, the schools and districts are failing, yet the
government is withholding funds because they are failing. The issue is, how are they supposed
to improve when they have no funds. The teachers, community, stakeholders, etc… goal is for
the students to grasp the academic ideas and pass it. The government introduced the concept of
Common Core Standards. There was the idea that with the standards, all students in every state
in every district would be on the same level; however, this was and is not the case. After much
deliberation, there are some states that are choosing to opt out of Common Core. I think that
local government can be involved because they are able to see firsthand. Sadly, there are so
many schools that are lacking basic funding to effectively operate in Mississippi. We are doing a
disservice to our students, people in the community, parents, etc…
Propose three (3) ways to find mutual ground with people of the opposition
My proposal to find three ways to find mutual ground with people of the opposition is to
listen to them, work with everyone, and find a common ground. By listening to people, you are
able to see ideas from a different perspective, which can open your eyes to so much more. When
you listen to people, you allow them to know that you value their opinion, even if you do not
agree with it. By working with everyone, it allows people to see that you are open and willing to
do whatever for the betterment of the good. If people want to get things done and you want
people to be open to your ideas and suggestions, you must be willing to work together. The last
idea is to find a common ground with your opposition. Often times when you find something
both people are trying to accomplish, you are more able to get in done.
Determine where your school district needs the most improvement in regard to:
Profound learning and propose a solution: In profound learning, the concept is to elevate
student academics in a way that they would not achieve in a traditional setting. The solution that
I would give it to teach more rigorous concepts and allow students to explore their own learning.
I think this a huge issue with many districts.
Superficial learning and propose a solution: Superficial learning comes from a theory of
motivation; however, it has many concepts that I do not think is beneficial. In superficial
learning, students learn what they need for the moment. I would propose that if schools made
learning and concepts more fun, students would be more willing to actually learn and not
Content standards and propose a solution: Content standards are defined as extensive
concepts that define detailed content areas that suggest what students should learn at each grade
level. The area of improvement I would suggest is to make sure that schools have teachers that
are experienced and licensed in that area. Often times, there are teachers teaching in content
areas and they are not knowledgeable in the area, which causes a problem.
Performance standards and propose a solution: Performance standards are the expectations
for instruction and assessment. The content standards make up the performance standards. The
performance standards also give a blueprint of what the student should know in order to master
the standard and concept. I feel that often times, schools do not have a clear vision of what the
expectations are and should be. This is something that the administrators and teachers should
work on together.
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performance standards. Retrieved from https://k12teacherstaffdevelopment.com/tlb/what-is-the-difference-between-content-standards-and-performance-standards/