Keys to Sustaining Change

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Keys to Sustaining Change

  1. 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
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  3. 3. What needs to change?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  4. 4. Why Change?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  5. 5. Sunday, March 17, 2013
  6. 6. Why CHANGE?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  7. 7. Why Change?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  8. 8. Sunday, March 17, 2013
  9. 9. Why does change not work? Why has it failed in your school?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  10. 10. Why is change so hard?Sunday, March 17, 2013
  11. 11. Why is Change So hard? • Status Quo • If it isn’t broke why fix it • This too shall passSunday, March 17, 2013
  12. 12. Why is Change so Hard? • Fear • Void of leadership • No vision • Lack of knowledgeSunday, March 17, 2013
  13. 13. Why is Change so Hard? • Instability • Too many initiatives at once • Resistance • One size fits all initiativesSunday, March 17, 2013
  14. 14. Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles to ChangeSunday, March 17, 2013
  15. 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. 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. 17. 3. Lack of CollaborationSunday, March 17, 2013
  18. 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. 19. 5. Hierarchy in Schools Result - inflexible, lack of freedom/autonomy to take risks, ideas are squashedSunday, March 17, 2013
  20. 20. 6. No SupportSunday, March 17, 2013
  21. 21. 7. Fear of ChangeSunday, March 17, 2013
  22. 22. 8. The Resistance (Naysayers and Antagonists)Sunday, March 17, 2013
  23. 23. 9. Poor Professional DevelopmentSunday, March 17, 2013
  24. 24. 10. Frivolous PurchasesSunday, March 17, 2013
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  26. 26. Change Begins With Us You must be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma GandhiSunday, March 17, 2013
  27. 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
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  29. 29. Keys to Sustainable ChangeSunday, March 17, 2013
  30. 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. 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. 32. Ownership • Issues involved • Process for achieving change • Complexity of the processSunday, March 17, 2013
  33. 33. Vision • Coherent • Shared • CommonSunday, March 17, 2013
  34. 34. CommunicationSunday, March 17, 2013
  35. 35. Value • Student achievement • Research base • Social/emotional well-beingSunday, March 17, 2013
  36. 36. MotivationSunday, March 17, 2013
  37. 37. Strategic Plan • Why? • How? • Input • Measurement of successSunday, March 17, 2013
  38. 38. Image credit http://www.tamhsc.edu/oie/strategic-plan- cycle.jpgSunday, March 17, 2013
  39. 39. Embracement as Opposed to Buy-InSunday, March 17, 2013
  40. 40. Support • Time • Professional Development (meaningful, relevant, applicable) • ResourcesSunday, March 17, 2013
  41. 41. Culture Shock • Risk-taking • Flexible • Give up CONTROL • Trust • Shared-decision making • Respect • Empowerment • Innovation and creativity ruleSunday, March 17, 2013
  42. 42. Do One Thing Great Instead of Many Things OKSunday, March 17, 2013
  43. 43. ModelingSunday, March 17, 2013
  44. 44. Connectedness MattersSunday, March 17, 2013
  45. 45. Solutions, not ExcusesSunday, March 17, 2013
  46. 46. The No Complaining RuleSunday, March 17, 2013
  47. 47. Linchpin Mentality Create your own art Become indispensableSunday, March 17, 2013
  48. 48. Become an OutlierSunday, March 17, 2013
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  50. 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. 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. 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. 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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