5th DISCIPLINE Resources

Creating Schools That Learn

1. This site helps you imagine and envision schools being transformed into Learning Organizations, a movement reflecting business management ventures in the past thirty years call Fifth Dimension organizations. The purpose of this self-directed workshop is to learn more about education in light of the 5th discipline, systems thinking and dynamic modeling, and then to describe your vision of how 5th Discipline Approaches could be incorporated in the operation of schools.

Task #1: Coming to Terms
Sixteen key process terms are introduced in A Lexicon for Learning Organizations.

This is a distance learning site, concentrating on uses of the Internet for teaching, learning and professional development. It also is intended to give you enough web sites and leads-in to more web sites to be a continuously useful resource for your learning and doing.

2. Consider A Synopsis of Peter Senge's The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization.

3. Open-Ended Search and Surfing
The majority of time in using this web page involves your surfing and searching through the following thirty-four sites, in order to develop a sense of how schools might operate if they were based on a Fifth Discipline/Learning Organization viewpoint. Consider these sites to clarify your questions, discoveries, and ideas. Particularly spend time in the first three sites to get an introduction to a vision of the role for systems thinking and dynamic modeling. [See final suggested Task at the end of these links.]

  1. Waters Foundation Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling K-12
  2. The Creative Learning Exchange
  3. Defensive Routines and Organizational Learning -- Searching for the way out of "political" decision making and leadership
  4. MIT System Dynamics in Education Project
  5. Dynamic System Modeling Using Computer Simulation
  6. Road Maps: A Guide to Learning System Dynamics
  7. Maryland Virtual High School System Dynamics Projects
  8. Systems Thinking and the 5 Disciplines
  9. Introduction to Systems Thinking
  10. Systems Thinking Mega Link List
  11. The Society for Organizational Learning
  12. Learning Organizations
  13. Leadership Tool Kit from the National School Boards Foundation -- Many systems tools
  14. Small Schools By Choice -- A key opportunity for Systems Thinking
  15. Democracy and Learning
  16. Inquiry Based Learning
  17. Problem-Based Learning
  18. Pegasus Books on Systems Thinking in Schools
  19. Simulations and Learning
  20. Habits of Mind
  21. Essential Questions in Teaching & Learning
  22. Francis W. Parker Essential School Includes Assessment Rubrics in each subject area
  23. Integrated Curriculum
  24. Parent and Family Engagement as a Reform Strategy
  25. Chaos Theory
  26. Emergence: A Journal of Complexity Issues In Organizations and Management
  27. Creativity and Innovation
  28. Strategic Planning
  29. Inquiry and Advocacy
  30. Learning Organization*
  31. Mental Model Musings
  32. Victims of the System or Systems of the Victim
  33. The Stanford Learning Organization Web
  34. Google Search: Systems Thinking [over 169,000,000 sites]

4. Develop A Proposal, a hypothetical annotated listing of steps you prose/envision your school taking in order to become a Learning Organization. Since this is a hypothetical proposal, you may do it in your Journal, in draft form. Also consider whether it would be feasible to implement.