School Wide Change Management Requires An Effective Process

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Education is one field that is constantly changing and evolving. Perfection has yet to be mastered and likely never will, but educators must not use that as an excuse to become complacent or stagnant in our practices. Research and trends come and go; however, educators must remain vigilant about improving their craft. Children deserve the best educational experience we have to offer. For some, change is daunting or painful. However, we may choose to view the challenges and problems we are trying to address as unseen solutions. We can embrace change and turn our problems into opportunities. School-wide change management requires many factors to be considered: quality, quantity, stakeholders, resources, and funding, just to name a…show more content…
Without setting the stage appropriately, teachers will be left feeling blind and will ultimately not invest in the process. Thomas (2011, p. 96) references the need to first explore district, state, and national data. Then, by using data, collectively find a focus for evaluation. Thomas encourages change to occur by first organizing efforts around a common goal. Visionary leaders will use the common goal, driven by data, as an inspirational tool to begin the change process. After defining a clear vision for future success, collaboration is the next critical component in the change process. Jones (2001, p. 15) refers to the collaboration process as creating a shared approach as a vehicle for change. Collaboration allows for teachers to be part of the process instead of the process simply happening to them. Goleman (2002, p.69) suggests that democratic leadership allows for competent, diverse employees to rally around thoughts and strategies on how to remedy a problem. Carlson extended the thinking in regards to democratic leadership as a requirement to encourage others to participate in the change. She initiates curriculum change by simply listening to what is working and what is not working in classroom. She visits classrooms and allows teachers to comment on what they would like to see change. HMIE (2009, p. 8) suggests that one method to stimulate reflection regarding professional practices is to allow for dialogue and debate about learning
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