Planning any business in today’s climate presents questions and challenges. Considerations must address the rise of disruptive technology and increasingly demanding regulatory requirements. Looking at how we prepare for these ‘opportunities’ or challenges will establish a platform that may give a better sense of security.
Scanning global events and ways that business addresses or even pre-empts some of the changes will be a strategy that will help with the determination of some selected pathways forward.
In the preparation of our Adolescent Program at Caboolture Montessori School (CMS), our research must include what we know parents and students want, what the new context will look like and how the educators and administrators will execute the program and environment to meet possible futures. The details of the program must highlight the school ethos and values and show capacity in providing students a strong foundation in the new learning arena.
We speak of developing soft skills, such as creativity, collaboration, problem solving, communication, self-motivation, leadership, flexibility, time management, work ethic and ability to receive and provide constructive feedback. This sounds really lovely: how do we build this platform of skills in young people, when much is already done for them and little responsibility on offer to delve in?
The answer is an environment that provides and expects from all: respect, accountability, discipline leading to freedoms, choices attached to consequences and explicit mentoring. Soft skills are a product of this type of environment added to a rigorous educational context to connect required knowledge with skills and strategies.
The research being completed at the Caboolture Montessori School for an Adolescent Program is addressing these elements and how to transform a secondary context that supports possible futures, technology, our humanity and sustainability of life.