November 19, 2014
It has been 10 weeks now in my new role as School Advisor with the Catholic Education Office Melbourne. I am loving my new job and learning everyday from colleagues within the office and out in schools as I visit and work with them. Some of my learnings so far …
- every school is different, and yet so similar! There are many of the same joys and struggles shared by the schools I have visited, each with its own particularity and flavour.
- schools really are focused on meeting the needs of their students. This happens in many different ways and some schools seem to do this more easily than others, but everyone has that strong desire to be student-centred.
- there are many, many wonderful teachers in schools doing amazing things with their students. Opportunities to both glimpse and share this is a source of insight and learning.
- the Leadership Team play such a key role within a school and set the tone for collegiality and collaboration.
The overwhelming thing I feel is there is so much to learn! What a fantastic opportunity I have been given to work with a diversity of schools to improve student learning whilst at the same time, deepening my own understanding of leadership, student voice, the use of data to drive learning and learning design.
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April 18, 2014
April 16, 2014
One of the challenges in the subject Leading Educational Change is to come up with our own framework for the change process. We have read, reflected on and responded to many models of change presented to us and in the light of this, have been asked to come up with our own. So here is my attempt. I have tried to capture a couple of key things in this graphic (happy to have your feedback on whether I have been successful!); the importance of a shared vision for the change and the non-linear nature of change that requires lots of revisiting, reviewing, reflecting and adjusting.
I used www.gliffy.com to create this visual and found it very user friendly and easy to navigate.
Does this visual enhance your understanding of the change process? Would you change or refine it in any way?
April 16, 2014
Uni is well underway for the Semester and the learning has been relevant and engaging thus far. The subjects for this semester are Leading Educational Change and Perspectives in Leadership and both are very interconnected, really optimizing the learning for me. We have been considering what leading for change looks like and how as leaders, we can best enable change that is embedded and sustained. This clip by Pat Zigami was illuminating in considering the typical concerns that people have regarding change.
She summarises the key concerns as;
- INFORMATION – Tell me about this change? Why? What do we know about this?
- PERSONAL – What’s in it for me? How will this impact me? Can I succeed in this?
- IMPLEMENTATION – How will this really work? What happens if I need help?
- IMPACT – Will this change make any difference?
- COLLABORATION – How do we get everyone involved?
- REFINEMENT – How will we know we have succeeded? How will we evaluate this change?
It is very easy to view those who struggle with the notion of change simply as ‘blockers’ and ‘resistors’ rather than digging a little deeper to discern what the struggles are actually about. Pat states that concerns are usually questions and if we can anticipate them and respond to them rather than dismissing them, we are more likely to be successful with our change initiative.
This is a fresh perspective on working with staff in seeking change – less judgement and clear and direct communication may be a better way of involving all staff in the process of change.
What factors have enhanced your experience of change in schools?