As educators, our only constant is change.
Embracing change is one of the things that teachers do best. In fact, sometimes we can see change as a 4-letter word if it’s implemented without consideration to other initiatives. How often have we felt that we’re changing just for the sake of change and not because it’s for the betterment of students?
In today’s episode, we’re tackling this sticky word with the key idea that innovation and change are closely linked but not always the same. Additionally, we’re exploring how to manage the change process, when disruptive innovation is necessary, and delving into our own personal successes and challenges with both leading and living change.
Also, we have a big question for you that we’d like you to answer: how many change initiatives do you have going on in your school right now? 1? 5? 10? Let us know in the comments section!
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RESOURCES/SITES REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE:
Leading in a Culture of Change by Michael Fullan
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.