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Digital School Transformation Joseph Perkins Manager Digital Pedagogy Team August 2010 Managing change with effective strategies

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  • 1. Digital School Transformation Managing change with effective strategies Joseph Perkins Manager Digital Pedagogy Team August 2010
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  • 3. What the best strategies for school transformation? How do you get your giddy up?
  • 4. What is it that were really talking about?
  • 5. Many reform efforts target the superficial aspects of schools, but disregard the values, beliefs, behaviours, rules, products, signs, and symbols which serve as the very foundation of the school the culture. (Donahoe, 1997)
  • 6. Education, compared to many other professions, has been slow to focus on the black box of instruction in order to develop, identify and spread specific, highyield practices that are known to get results. (Fullan, Hill & Crevola, 2006)
  • 7. We know the ingredients
  • 8. we know the cooks
  • 9. we know the cooks Trinidad, 2005
  • 10. we even know what the end product looks like
  • 11. but what is the recipe?
  • 12. Technology in schools is a change agenda yet
  • 13. Schools should be admired for their resistance to change Adam Brice on Twitter
  • 14. Steeped in tradition and reliant on practices that have long outlived their usefulness, many of our nations high schools are in dire need of reform, but so far, many efforts have proved unsuccessful at transforming this venerable institution. While there are numerous examples of elementary schools that have been turned around from low performing to high achieving schools there are relatively few examples of high schools that have undergone a similar transformation. Noguera, 2009
  • 15. The presence of change knowledge does not guarantee success, but its absence ensures failure Fullan, Cuttreee & Kilcher, 2009
  • 16. Examine the core using data Challenge TTWWADI Compelling case Unfreeze Leadership coalition Involve external parties Involve community Vision and Planning Empower action Create urgency Manage doubts & concerns Celebrate Change Communicate often Remove obstacles Strategise to promote change Develop sustainability Refreeze Anchor change in culture
  • 17. 70% of change initiatives fail. Why? (Zigarmi et al in Blanchard, 2006).
  • 18. Giddy-up! Knoster, T., Villa R., & Thousand, J. (2000). A framework for thinking about systems change. In R. villa & J. Thousand (Eds.), Restructuring for caring and effective education: Piecing the puzzle together (pp. 93-128). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
  • 19. If you take any hundred or so books on change, the message all boils down to one word: motivation. Fullan, 2006
  • 20. Its hard.
  • 21. Whether positive or toxic, the introduction of change will serve to bring the dominant features of the schools culture to the surface.
  • 22. The sceptics are just waiting for a reason to NOT come on board. They are waiting for an excuse and as soon as one of your plans does not go smoothly they will jump on the opportunity to spread dissent amongst the ranks. Some of those who were just about climbing on board may now start to jump ship and it will be even harder to get them back (Ferris, 2004, p.2)
  • 23. Which stage are you at? 1. Denial It is just another fad and it simply wont happen 2. Resistance 3. Exploration I havent got the time and anyway, we have always done things this way OK maybe Ill listen, but what is in it for me? 4. Commitment I believe in this and I am with you. (Ferris, 2003,p.2)
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  • 25. What needs to change? How will we do this? Who will be responsible?
  • 26. What could promote change? What could block change?
  • 27. Whole School Vision Instructional Model Curriculum Digital Resource Packs Communication Rethink budget Learning Spaces Incentives Alignment Support Community involvement Mentoring Professional Development approach
  • 28. Pause and Reflect
  • 29. Defining next steps.
  • 30. Thank you.