Pplication: Analyzing a Change Initiative
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Application: Analyzing a Change Initiative
Using the example of a mobile hanging over a babyi??s crib, Dr. Stanford-Blair points out that moving just one piece inevitably affects and moves all the other interconnected pieces. As teacher leaders, it is important to understand how even the smallest action within a school might affect the whole system. With this understanding of systems thinking plus the information on change theory, consider the challenge Dr. Stanford-Blair poses to teachersi??i??to go back to their organizations with a new set of eyes and begin to look at things in a different way.
For this weeks Application Assignment, you will submit a short paper analyzing a past change initiative in your organization.
To prepare for this assignment:
o Review the Learning Resources for this week related to managing change, systems theory, and implementing change.
o Identify a change initiative in your school and consider the initiative in terms of the concepts you learned about this week.
Write a paper that addresses each of the following points:
o Identify a change that has recently been instituted within your school (e.g., a change in staff, a new set of standards, a new software program, a brand new curriculum, a new district policy).
o Discuss the decisions that the leader or leaders in your school made during the change.
o Based on what you learned this week, how closely did the school leader(s) follow the steps for managing change? Were they successful?
o Describe how the decisions made and actions taken by the leader(s) affected other parts of the organization. Consider the effects from the structural, political, human resource, and organizational culture perspectives.
Suggested assignment length: 2i??3 pages
Submit your assignment by Sunday of Week 5.
i?? Learning Resources
To view this weeki??s video resources, please use the streaming media players below.
*Note: Please view the media first, before reading the required reading article.
o Video: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2007). Dynamic teacher leadership: Organizational theory. Baltimore: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 13 minutes.
Change doesni??t happen in a vacuum. It affects, and is affected by, many other elements within the work environment. In this media segment, Dr. Stanford-Blair presents an overview of organizational theory and looks at the four i??piecesi?? of an organizationi??structural, human resource, political, and cultural. She demonstrates how changing one piece of the system will affect other pieces within the system as a whole.
Video: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2007). Dynamic teacher leadership: Change. Baltimore: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 16 minutes.
Improvement in teaching and learning is best assured when teachers participate in and support the change process. This segment is presented by Dr. Edward Oi??Neil, a prominent leader in the health care industry. Teachers can learn a great deal from studying other disciplines and observing how they manage change. Health care is one of the most rapidly changing industries in the country with new laws, new medications, new technologies, and new medical breakthroughs happening daily. Although he is addressing nurse leaders, Dr. Oi??Neil draws upon universal change theory. He offers a six-step model for managing change. As you view, note the parallels between education and health care.
i?? Required Readings
o Article: Boyd-Dimock, V., & McGree, K. M. (1995). Leading change from the classroom: Teachers as leaders. Issues about change, 4(4). Reproduced with permission of Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. Copyright 1995, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.
o This seminal article, published in 1995 at the start of the revitalization of teacher leadership, supports the need for emerging leaders to understand people and change theory in order to initiate and successfully implement a vision for change. As you read, pay particular attention to the section on i??Lessons from the Field,i?? which presents a case study of the change led by one high school teacher in one of the nations poorest regions, the Arkansas Mississippi Delta.
o Website: The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
o This website provides research-based resources for educators and administrators related to school change and reform efforts. The site is funded through a contract with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by Learning Point Associates and the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL).
With these Learning Resources in mind, please proceed to the Discussion.
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