Empathy, Creativity, Leadership and Teamwork

The Four Pillars

For the development of 21st Century Learning Skills

Empathy, Creativity, Leadership and Teamwork



For the good of all

In the development of school cultures for and of social justice, the development of empathy is a key skill. Empathy in the DCU CSN occurs in many domains, but essentially in how schools address some of societies most pressing challenges such as mental health, climate change and in/equality



Creative Problem Solving

Creativity is cited as an 21st century learning skill and is also a key competency in the draft Primary Curriculum Framework (NCCA).

However, the concept of creativity can often seem nebulous. Showcasing some of the work of the DCU CSN hopes to highlight the practices and pedagogy embedded in our schools to encourage creativity in primary schools.



Where all lead

Within DCU CSN distributed leadership is actively practised.  So too is culturally responsive leadership, ethical leadership and social justice leadership. While the leadership of all teachers is key, and in particular the leadership of the Change Leaders and the Change Team; it is the  leadership of students that is a particular focus.

Enhancing the leadership of students in tandem with student voice, agency and participation is not always and easy task. The purpose of the DCU CSN is to demystify this ambition.



Fluid and open

Teamwork and leadership go hand in hand and we use this pillar within the DCU CSN to emphasise the learning culture of each school within this professional learning network and community. It is by working together with common themes and language, to support the identity of our students as Changemakers; that real change will happen.