standard-title The LocalWeavers Tool

The LocalWeavers Tool

Aims to built a joint commitment and shared purpose across organization members. An example of action to improve it is to develop a shared understanding of the project through sessions for mutual knowledge and the exchange of visions.

Wants to integrate the diversity of visions through the planning and execution of the project. An action to improve it is to clarify the roles of different actors by developing a process map that delimits who participates, when and how in the different phases of the process.

Pursues equity through a democratic governance and shared leadership. An action to improve it is to favor a culture of balance between discussion and consensus so that it becomes explicit that consensus is necessary, but is the discussion that helps to lift the educational project.

Aims to build positive relationships among organization members based on mutual trust and win-win interactions. An action to improve it is to mediate in existing conflicts so that they become constructive and never destructive, making explicit the opportunities offered by the discussion. It is recommended that a person of the leadership team takes on the role of mediator.

Promotes a strategic focus on experimentation and change that drives the project towards continuous improvement. An action to improve it is to make it easier for the actors to change their point of view («what would you do if you were on the other side?»), Including new and different actors in the team (professionals interested, external experts …).

Intends to generate the necessary cohesion among community actors in order to nurture social relationships. An example of action to improve it is the creation of spaces for informal social interaction, in order to encourage the development of new ways of relating to each other.

The LocalWeavers Tool is adressed to network leaders that are catalyzing collaborative networks in the field of education. The tool analyses these networked initiatives that aim to weave learning ecosystems in a neighborhood or community. The tool collects information through a questionnaire for all network members and evaluates the results of the organization in relation to the fulfillment of the 6 domains: CO-RESPONSIBILITY, TRANSVERSALITY, HORIZONTALITY, COLLABORATION, INNOVATION and TRUST. The results and advice given by the tool help leadership teams strengthen their learning ecosystems. This is a theoretically and empirically validated model and provides meaningful information for leadership teams to improve educational outcomes.

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The survey

The survey has the objective of collecting the individual perceptions of all the participants in the Network, as professionals and volunteers. The questionnaire presents 31 items responded in a Likert scale in which the respondents show their degree of agreement or disagreement with the statements. The questionnaire is divided into three different sections: ‘Individual’, ‘Educational project’ and ‘Leadership’, with the possibility to write specific comments at the end. Respondents take approximately 15 minutes to answer.

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Mireia Civís and Jordi Longás talk about the educational networks model of the tool