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Session I led at the 2013 ASCD Conference.

Session I led at the 2013 ASCD Conference.

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  • Very useful
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  • Inspiring presentation. Combined it with DeWitt for a great jump off for our teachers.
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  • @cl1audia Sounds cool! Shoot me an email when ready to chat. You can find it at http://ericsheninger.com
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  • Thanks for the quick reply. I am attempting to network those schools across the country that are actively involving student voice in their school improvement efforts. I would like to not only learn more about what you are doing, but also include you in that network. From what I have found so far, student voice is really not a big trend in the states as opposed to the UK where gets a lot of play and there is even an annual nation-wide Student Voice Conference. I will get in touch with you. Don (Professor Emeritus of Education, Illinois State University). Wish I knew about your attendance earlier at ASCD...I too was there and definitely would have look you up.
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  • @cl1audia Yes we are.
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  • 1. Turn the Battleship on a Dime: Keys to Initiating Sustainable Change Eric Sheninger Principal - New Milford High School ericsheninger.com Twitter - @NMHS_PrincipalSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 2. Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 3. What needs to change?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 4. Why Change?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 5. Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 6. Why CHANGE?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 7. Why Change?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 8. Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 9. Why does change not work? Why has it failed in your school?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 10. Why is change so hard?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 11. Why is Change So hard? • Status Quo • If it isn’t broke why fix it • This too shall passSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 12. Why is Change so Hard? • Fear • Void of leadership • No vision • Lack of knowledgeSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 13. Why is Change so Hard? • Instability • Too many initiatives at once • Resistance • One size fits all initiativesSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 14. Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles to ChangeSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 15. 1. This is too hard • Change is not easy • Requires work, risk-taking, learning from mistakes, and commitment, no fear of failure • The price of change is measured by our will and courage, our persistence, in the face of difficulty. - Peter BlockSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 16. 2. I don’t Have Time For This • Most common excuse • In a profession focused on making a difference in the life of a child “I don’t find the time to learn and get better. I make the time to learn and get better.” - Eric SheningerSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 17. 3. Lack of CollaborationSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 18. 4. Directives and Mandates “You cant force commitment, what you can do... You nudge a little here, inspire a little there, and provide a role model. Your primary influence is the environment you create.” - Peter SengeSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 19. 5. Hierarchy in Schools Result - inflexible, lack of freedom/autonomy to take risks, ideas are squashedSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 20. 6. No SupportSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 21. 7. Fear of ChangeSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 22. 8. The Resistance (Naysayers and Antagonists)Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 23. 9. Poor Professional DevelopmentSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 24. 10. Frivolous PurchasesSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 25. Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 26. Change Begins With Us You must be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma GandhiSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 27. A Roadmap to Change: Essential Questions • Where do we begin? • What are the school factors that influence student achievement? • How do you change culture and move past the status quo? • How to we get educators and school systems to embrace change?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 28. Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 29. Keys to Sustainable ChangeSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 30. What the Research Says Hargreaves, D. & Fink, D. (2003) • Improvement that fosters learning, not merely change that alters schooling. • Improvement that endures over time. • Improvement that can be supported by available or obtainable resources.Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 31. • Improvement that does not affect negatively the surrounding environment of other schools and systems. • Improvement that promotes ecological diversity and capacity throughout the educational and community environment.Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 32. Ownership • Issues involved • Process for achieving change • Complexity of the processSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 33. Vision • Coherent • Shared • CommonSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 34. CommunicationSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 35. Value • Student achievement • Research base • Social/emotional well-beingSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 36. MotivationSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 37. Strategic Plan • Why? • How? • Input • Measurement of successSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 38. Image credit http://www.tamhsc.edu/oie/strategic-plan- cycle.jpgSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 39. Embracement as Opposed to Buy-InSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 40. Support • Time • Professional Development (meaningful, relevant, applicable) • ResourcesSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 41. Culture Shock • Risk-taking • Flexible • Give up CONTROL • Trust • Shared-decision making • Respect • Empowerment • Innovation and creativity ruleSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 42. Do One Thing Great Instead of Many Things OKSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 43. ModelingSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 44. Connectedness MattersSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 45. Solutions, not ExcusesSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 46. The No Complaining RuleSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 47. Linchpin Mentality Create your own art Become indispensableSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 48. Become an OutlierSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 49. Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • 50. Sustainable Changes at New Milford HS • Grading • Academies • Teaching and Learning Web 2.0 • Independent Open Courseware Study (IOCS) • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) • Professional Growth Period (PGP) • AP Culture • Social MediaSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 51. Summary • Realize change is necessary • Understand issues that impede change • Identify major roadblocks beforehand and develop strategies to deal with them • Focus in key elements necessary for sustaining change • Learn from other areasSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 52. Summary - Key Elements • Maintaining the change effort beyond initial implementation. • Extending the change effort after its initial success. • Adapting the change effort so that it survives—and thrives—over timeSunday, March 17, 2013
  • 53. Turn the Battleship on a Dime: Keys to Initiating Sustainable Change Eric Sheninger Principal - New Milford High School ericsheninger.com Twitter - @NMHS_PrincipalSunday, March 17, 2013

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