Teacher Leadership Academy
February 8, 2011
◦ Our Team
◦ Ouida Myers and Cathy Matthews – DPI
Quick overview of the Day
Participants will understand conditions necessary for successful
change to take place.
Participants will ‘discover’ obstacles to change and possible
methods for overcoming those obstacles.
Participants will examine familiar change efforts, their outcomes,
and be able to reflect on ‘lessons learned’ regarding ‘what went
right’ and ‘what went wrong’ in leading change.
Using quotes from 4 leaders in the field of educational change, the
participants will be able to relate the assigned quote to change(s)
they’ve experienced and report out what the quote means to them
as teacher leaders.
Participants will understand ‘loss’ as part of the change process and
will experience some strategies for handling loss and ‘letting go’.
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand,
more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain
in its success, than to take the lead in the
introduction of a new order of things.
- Machiavelli, The Prince
◦ Year 1
◦ Break (and project feedback)
◦ Debrief Year 1
◦ Year 2
◦ Making connections; final debrief
Be back by 1:15!
Staying Positive in Negative Times – Patterson and Patterson,
ASCD, 2009, vol 67, no 2
Change Initiative History – Reeves, 2009, p. 148
Break and Project Feedback
Why School Change Fails - Reeves, 2009, pp. 152-153
Assumptions Basic to Successful Educational Change -
Reeves, 2009, p. 154
Confronting the Brutal Facts of Substantive Change – DuFour et
al, 2006, pp. 190-191
…Robert Evans (1996) found that even when
change is recognized as positive, it is accompanied
by a sense of loss and causes a kind of
bereavement. Dufour et all (2006) p. 190
Ritual closing…provides for transformation and
capacity to move on with the continuity. Coble (2010)
Dufour et al. (2006). Learning by Doing: A Handbook
for Professional Learning Communities at Work.
Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
Making Change Game, The NETWORK Inc.
Patterson, J. & Patterson, J. (2009, October). Staying
Positive in Negative Times. ASCS, 67(2).
Reeves, D. (2009). Leading Change in Your School:
How to conquer Myths, Build commitment, and Get
Results. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision
and Curriculum Development.
Kotter, J. & Rathgeber, H. (2005). Our Iceberg
Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under
Any Conditions. NY: St. Martin’s Press.
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