I want to describe the relationship between constructivism and the Breaking Ranks Framework. Afterwards, as my school’s leader in educational technology, I will discuss recommendations that I would take to my school leaders based on the core areas along with a simple rationale for each suggested change.
Dr. Roger H. Bruning defines constructivism as a theoretical perspective contending that individuals form or construct much of what they learn and understand based on previous knowledge (Schunk, 2004, p. 229). Whereas the Breaking Ranks framework according to Sheninger, “does not prescribe a specific model that a school must follow, but rather builds upon the individual school’s data and existing culture to assess strengths and identify needs so that a customized plan for school success can be developed” (Sheninger, 2014, p. 72). The correlation between constructivism and the Breaking Ranks framework is that something can be built upon what is known and what is working to make something better in a school’s development. This can be curriculum, staff, schedules, board or parental involvement and so on.
In utilizing the Breaking Ranks framework’s three core areas of collaborative leadership (CL), personalizing the school environment (PER), and curriculum, instructions, and assessment for improving student performance (CIA), I would base recommendations for my school by first, taking data from each grade level. Then base the past five to seven years of academic results from student assessments and compare scores to the state and national averages to reveal what our schools’ students know and what they lack. This would formulate curriculum and make improvements to instruction and assessments. Second, create teams for technology, curriculum, and professional development among the members of the school community in collaborating to formulate new ideas for growth and integration. Lastly, this would personalize the school environment and create unity to build a successful and thorough academic program.
All of this serves a biblical foundation as stated in Matthew 7:24 (English Standard Version), “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” When we know how to improve on something but do nothing about it, we are guilty of inaction and therefore become like the man who builds his house upon the sand as stated in Matthew 7:26 (English Standard Version). In all our lives, we always have the capacity to be better and do better. This should be the motto in our own work with students. We should not accept mediocrity in the daily grind, but rather “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14, English Standard Version). The reason we should aspire to do more for our schools, is that Jesus did this in his love for us.
Schunk, D. H. (2012). Learning theories: An educational perspective. Boston: Pearson.
Sheninger, E. (2014). Digital leadership: Changing paradigms for changing times. Thousand Oaks: Corwin.