Change Week wrap-up
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Five days ... twenty posts on school change ... did we learn anything?
First and foremost, recognize that having an intentional, intelligent, systematic approach to school change makes it much more likely that your change initiative will be successful. Be proactive in considering all four of Bolman & Deal's frames. Think about the diagrams from Peter Block, Everett Rogers, and Christensen et al. and openly discuss in your change team (do you have a change team?) how you're going to handle these issues. Work on addressing Kanter's reasons for resistance to change before your new initiative begins. Utilize the concepts of The Tipping Point, Good to Great, and The Knowing-Doing Gap to give yourself the best chance of success. And so on. Sure, this all takes time, but failure to take the time almost certainly equals failure of your initiative.
Second, if you want to be a successful change agent, ground yourself deeply in the change literature. The more you know, the more you know. Read deeply, don't skim; there are no shortcuts here. I recommended some books to get you started. The free IBM Change Toolkit also has a wealth of tools and information and is intentionally designed to walk school leaders through each step of the change process.
Finally, understand that school change is the proverbial giant hairball. One of the reasons that change is so difficult to scale up is because it's so local. Each organization has its unique strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. You must know your organization well and be able to adapt all of this to your local setting.
Good luck! You'll need it!
For those of you who'd like quick links to everything from last week...
New research identifies an unexpected source for some of earth's water.
- A lot of Earth's water is asteroidal in origin, but some of it may come from dissolved solar nebula gas.
- Our planet hides majority of its water inside: two oceans in the mantle and 4–5 in the core.
- New reason to suspect that water is abundant throughout the universe.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
SpaceX plans to launch about 12,000 internet-providing satellites into orbit over the next six years.
- SpaceX plans to launch 1,600 satellites over the next few years, and to complete its full network over the next six.
- Blanketing the globe with wireless internet-providing satellites could have big implications for financial institutions and people in rural areas.
- Some are concerned about the proliferation of space debris in Earth's orbit.
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