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Change Week introduction

Change. It’s inevitable. It happens whether we want

it to or not. But sometimes we embrace it with open arms and sometimes it drags

us kicking and screaming…

Many have commented that schools look much like they did 100 years ago.

Countless edubloggers have expressed frustration about those ‘educators that

won’t change’ or, worse, ‘get in the way of those who do want change.’ But most

folks don’t ground their concerns in any kind of actionable framework or mental

model about how change occurs (or doesn’t).

So this week I’m going to write about change. I’m a school leadership

professor. We talk a lot about change. How to facilitate good change. How to

avoid bad change. How to think about change.

Those of you who are longtime readers know that I like to try and keep it

fairly practical. So don’t expect any long-winded academic treatises from me on

school change and reform. Instead, each day this week I’ll share a change

framework, a quote, a diagram, and a suggested reading. All are resources that

I’ve found interesting and useful as I think about facilitating positive change

in K-12 schools. Hopefully you’ll find them helpful as well. Finally, there’s a poll on the left that I hope will interest many of you.

On with the show.


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