Change is neither good or bad, it simply is….
As a principal it is inevitable that you will be required to implement change. There are a range of possibilities of change from the mundane to the kind of change that keeps you up for 3 nights plotting, planning and organizing.
I have been steeped in the concept of change for years. I’ve read all of the leading authors from the field such as Whittaker, Fullan, Senge, Argyris, Kouses, Posner, and even Gladwell. All of these teachers, along with real life experiences, have shaped my philosophy on change. I’ve found that sometimes, we have to change because it’s imposed, sometimes out of necessity, and other times, well, it is just time.
Since the summer I have been charged with improving my school’s performance on the state assessments (This post is NOT going there). I have had to cull through data, brainstorm, and strategically plan for continuous improvement. Fortunately for me, the entire school has rolled up their sleeves and joined in this crusade. I work with some of the most dedicated teachers in the world!
We are now 8 months into our new “focus.” During that time we have changed many things about our school. In fact, two weeks ago a teacher came in to share an insight she had regarding our school. She said that she had been talking to some people, and admitted that she tries harder now, is more focused, and actually thanked me for creating a culture that helped her grow as a professional. It literally took me about a week to realize the impact of her personal reflection. Wow!
So what has been my process? What have I done? Why? So I figured I would list the process in order to reflect. These are not necessarily in sequential order.
- Define the problem
- Research possible solutions
- Model the way
- Listen to my advisers
- Work collaboratively with others
- Inspire a shared vision
- Visit best practices or shining examples
- Allocate proper funding
- Engage key stake holders
- Train the key stakeholders
- Challenge the process
- Encourage others to challenge the process
- Exude passion for the solution and why we need to address the problem
- Make mistakes
- Learn from the mistakes
- Discuss concerns
- Vent about it all to those I trust
- Enable others to act
- ……and finally get out of the way!
change is neither good nor bad, it simply is
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