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Field Guide for
Change Agents




Photo Credit: left-hand
This Field Guide for Change Agents was developed during a workshop at Educon 2.2 in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in January ...
Co-authored on January 30, 2010
Chapter 1



Admit It:
You are a
 Change
  Agent

            Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks
"With great power comes great responsibility"
                -Uncle Ben
                                   Photo Credit: ...
“There have been significant advances in recent
 years. We're moving in the right direction, just
            not quite fa...
Invention is a flower,
 innovation is a weed.




 —Robert Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet and
                          fo...
“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what
you are for what you could become.” - Unknown




           ...
An effective change agent is
       someone who can't be afraid to
       change course.




Mary Beth Hertz & Eric Conti ...
A person who knows her own mind - how it learns
         best - is most likely to be able to change her mind
Photo Credit:...
Photo Credit: 黒忍者   - Buckminster Fuller
Definition of a Change Agent




                                            -noun
                                       ...
It really is okay to be proud
                            of the work that you have
                            helped to ...
Trying not to drown anyone with my waves.
Photo Credit: angela7dreams
Some men see things as they are and say WHY? I
dream things that never were and say WHY NOT!
                   RFK, 1968
...
Photo Credit: Stefan's Page




You Were Born to Fly, So Quit Being A Chicken - Ben Hazzard
"Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers"
              Don't be afraid to be an explorer.
              ...
Photo Credit: joshbousel




Change is the unstoppable force. Are you an
            immovable object?
Photo Credit: Fairman




Change is good... you go first!
Chapter 2


                       Challenges
                           of
                         Being
               ...
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over
              and expecting it to come out different"
  ...
Photo Credit




"It's a good
thing we're
  perfect."
 -Carey Pohanka and
    Debra Garcia
Threat of the THWADDIES*!
*(That's How We Always Did It)




       Photo Credit: alist
                             Kevin...
I feel like I am the
only one




             Photo Credit: multiget
The problem is never
how to get
NEW innovative
things into your mind
but how to get the
OLD
OLD   ones out. Unknown
      ...
Whatever changes are being considered, sustainable
leadership should look to the past for precedents that
   can be reinve...
If you let
negativity and
lack of interest
halt your
progress, this is
what you risk




                    Photo Credit:...
Sometimes we are on the
outside looking in of the
conversations we need to be
in. Getting "in the room" or
"in the circle"...
"When I am out there, in time, I
am inverted, changed into a
desperate version of myself."
-- Audrey Niffenegger




     ...
Change is like
sunshine...



                 some change because they
                   finally see the light and
     ...
Helping others embrace change
   without feeling threatened.




Image by Hannah Beth
Chapter 3


 The
Change
 Agent
Toolkit

            Photo Booleansplit
Foster collaboration between teachers,
         schools and districts

        Photo Credit: Sharon Peters
Respect and use
the wisdom
of experienced
teachers.




          Photo arnolouise
Build
Bridges

Make
Connections
between old
and new


          Photo iguanogo
Keep
sprinkling
new ideas
around.
One is
bound to
stick.
      Photo Tinkiak NC
Develop a PLN

                Photo cobannon
If you want to collaborate globally, know your
                  time zones




                                        Ph...
“The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a
very different kind of mind – creators and empathizers,
patt...
Asking good questions is the best tool in your toolkit. Always.
                                                        Ph...
Chapter 4


      Mentoring
       Change
       Agents:
       Finding
       Mutual
       Support
Photo Powerhouse Muse...
When you
                                      find
                                      someone
                        ...
Photo marfis75




Quote from: Victor Frankl
Education is
what remains
after one has
forgotten
everything he
learned in
school.

Albert Einstein
         Photo Colin J...
Photo henry grey




   Especially in moral occupations like teaching, the
more one takes the risk to express personal pur...
Struggle
  shouldn't be
   avoided in
  support. We
 should be okay
   with asking
   really hard
questions of one
    ano...
Change Agents Found Here
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  1. 1. Field Guide for Change Agents Photo Credit: left-hand
  2. 2. This Field Guide for Change Agents was developed during a workshop at Educon 2.2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in January 30, 2010. As workshop leaders, we were honoured to have participation by educators from around the world, including remote participants who joined us via Elluminate. The creators have agreed to license their work with an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Creative Commons license. You are free to share or adapt the work, on the condition that the author page and photo attributions are included. Yours in collaboration, Rodd & Ben
  3. 3. Co-authored on January 30, 2010
  4. 4. Chapter 1 Admit It: You are a Change Agent Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks
  5. 5. "With great power comes great responsibility" -Uncle Ben Photo Credit: Krassy Can Do It
  6. 6. “There have been significant advances in recent years. We're moving in the right direction, just not quite fast enough.” - April Gromnicki Photo Credit: Éole
  7. 7. Invention is a flower, innovation is a weed. —Robert Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet and founder of 3Com. Photo Credit: Balakov
  8. 8. “Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.” - Unknown Photo Credit: Sir Mervs
  9. 9. An effective change agent is someone who can't be afraid to change course. Mary Beth Hertz & Eric Conti Photo courtesy of CrazyFast on Flickr (@mbteach) (@ericconti)
  10. 10. A person who knows her own mind - how it learns best - is most likely to be able to change her mind Photo Credit: ViaMoi effectively. Gardner (2006)
  11. 11. Photo Credit: 黒忍者 - Buckminster Fuller
  12. 12. Definition of a Change Agent -noun 1. closet pyromaniac 2. one who sparks fires in their world Jason(raventech) Ramsden mage: 'The Oil Planet' http://www.flickr.com/photos/18583731@N07/2731049453
  13. 13. It really is okay to be proud of the work that you have helped to create. While no passion of yours is 100% yours, there is something important about standing up for the change that you believe needs to take place. There are moments when "we" (students, teachers, admins) are ready to move on to the next step in our progression. We have to know when that is as well. Photo Credit: laurenmarek
  14. 14. Trying not to drown anyone with my waves. Photo Credit: angela7dreams
  15. 15. Some men see things as they are and say WHY? I dream things that never were and say WHY NOT! RFK, 1968 Photo Credit: wikimedia commons
  16. 16. Photo Credit: Stefan's Page You Were Born to Fly, So Quit Being A Chicken - Ben Hazzard
  17. 17. "Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers" Don't be afraid to be an explorer. Photo by tofu_minx
  18. 18. Photo Credit: joshbousel Change is the unstoppable force. Are you an immovable object?
  19. 19. Photo Credit: Fairman Change is good... you go first!
  20. 20. Chapter 2 Challenges of Being a Change Agent Photo Credit: Philon
  21. 21. "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting it to come out different" Photo by like_shipwrecks
  22. 22. Photo Credit "It's a good thing we're perfect." -Carey Pohanka and Debra Garcia
  23. 23. Threat of the THWADDIES*! *(That's How We Always Did It) Photo Credit: alist Kevin Hogan, Tech and Learning
  24. 24. I feel like I am the only one Photo Credit: multiget
  25. 25. The problem is never how to get NEW innovative things into your mind but how to get the OLD OLD ones out. Unknown Photo Credit: japanamanda
  26. 26. Whatever changes are being considered, sustainable leadership should look to the past for precedents that can be reinvented and refined, and for evidence of what has succeeded or failed before. - Hargreaves (2005) Photo Credit:haydnseek
  27. 27. If you let negativity and lack of interest halt your progress, this is what you risk Photo Credit:Darwin Bell
  28. 28. Sometimes we are on the outside looking in of the conversations we need to be in. Getting "in the room" or "in the circle" matters. Not contributing isn't always an option. Photo Credit:Elisabeth Audrey
  29. 29. "When I am out there, in time, I am inverted, changed into a desperate version of myself." -- Audrey Niffenegger Photo MirandaLouisel
  30. 30. Change is like sunshine... some change because they finally see the light and some change because they FEEL THE HEAT. Photo Rishibando
  31. 31. Helping others embrace change without feeling threatened. Image by Hannah Beth
  32. 32. Chapter 3 The Change Agent Toolkit Photo Booleansplit
  33. 33. Foster collaboration between teachers, schools and districts Photo Credit: Sharon Peters
  34. 34. Respect and use the wisdom of experienced teachers. Photo arnolouise
  35. 35. Build Bridges Make Connections between old and new Photo iguanogo
  36. 36. Keep sprinkling new ideas around. One is bound to stick. Photo Tinkiak NC
  37. 37. Develop a PLN Photo cobannon
  38. 38. If you want to collaborate globally, know your time zones Photo dno1967
  39. 39. “The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind – creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. These people…will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.” - Daniel H. Pink, A Whole New Mind Photo Zoe
  40. 40. Asking good questions is the best tool in your toolkit. Always. Photo paurian
  41. 41. Chapter 4 Mentoring Change Agents: Finding Mutual Support Photo Powerhouse Museum Photography
  42. 42. When you find someone who thinks like you, don't let go! Photo courtesy of WolfSul on Flickr
  43. 43. Photo marfis75 Quote from: Victor Frankl
  44. 44. Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. Albert Einstein Photo Colin Jagoe
  45. 45. Photo henry grey Especially in moral occupations like teaching, the more one takes the risk to express personal purpose, the more kindred spirits one will find. - Fullan (1993)
  46. 46. Struggle shouldn't be avoided in support. We should be okay with asking really hard questions of one another. Photo rockfingrz Photography
  47. 47. Change Agents Found Here
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