The Learning Organization

Rule #6: Schools Grow When People Grow

Cultivate a learner’s mindset

From our research we’ve found that the organizations who are the most successful, innovative, and happy are those that are able to cultivate a learner’s mindset across individuals and teams. The process of identifying a learning goal, reflecting, and applying learning is powerful for both your people and your organization.


We are learners.

northeastern city school district  (21,000 students, 32 schools) lived the rule: Schools Grow When People Grow by investing in school teams as learners. The district countered the trend of hiring external experts to bring in solutions and instead provided opportunities for their internal teams to learn, design, and test new instructional strategies. As a result, the internal teams created more useful solutions and the district developed a culture of learning. For more on this case study see the Learning Organization chapter in The NEW School Rules book.


These activities will help you and your team test out new ways of sharing information

Learning Org Workout #6B

This workout focuses on Rule #6: Schools Grow When People Grow. This workout helps you focus on learning a new skill and reflecting on the successes and challenges of the learning process.

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Articles, reports, and activities related to The NEW School Rules

Reboot Our Schools

We need to reorganize our schools to mirror our day-to-day lives so formal learning is more relevant to students and the school workplace is more appealing to our teachers.

Workout #1B

This workout focuses on Planning Rule #1. It helps you build skills to be a better planner and to develop plans that have the flexibility to allow for learning and iteration.

Rethink Consensus

Consensus as a strategy is often overused and misused. Instead of defaulting to consensus, we need to focus on how to get clearer about roles and authority.

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