Leading School Change: Nine Strategies to Bring Everybody on Board

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Make positive and immediate changes in your school with the support of your entire staff. New from acclaimed speaker and bestselling author Todd Whitaker (What Great Teachers Do Differently, Dealing with Difficult Parents), Leading School Change provides principals, assistant principals, district superintendents, and other educators with concrete steps for getting colleagues to champion and work toward the changes you want to make. Drawing from years of experience working with leaders at the school and district levels, Whitaker shares nine specific strategies for overcoming resistance, building cooperation, and recruiting hands-on help. An essential tool for leaders, this book delivers a complete action plan for those who want to implement results-oriented school change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596671317
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 286,059
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author v

Introduction 1

Strategy 1 Identify the Change 5

What's Your Problem? 7

Three Levels of Change 9

Procedural Change 9

Structural Change 10

Cultural Change 11

Making Sense of the Levels of Change 12

Two Major Assumptions 13

Set Your Sights High 15

Strategy 2 Make Sure the First Exposure is Great! 17

The New Restaurant 19

No Child Left Behind 20

But I'm Excited! Won't Everyone Else Be Excited Too? 21

The Intentional Exposure 22

Guest Speakers 23

Site Visits 23

Staff Meetings 24

Don't Bring Up the Negatives 25

How Important Is the First Exposure? 26

Strategy 3 Determine Who Matters Most 27

Three Types of Employees 29

Superstars/Irreplaceables 30

Backbones/Solids 30

Mediocres/Replacement Level 31

What Does This Mean to My Organization? 31

How Broad Is Their Vision? 32

Where Is the Impetus for Change? 33

Six Types of Teachers 34

Who Matters Most? 36

Understanding the Irreplaceables/Superstars 37

You Don't Have to Guess 38

People, NotPrograms,MaketheBiggestDifference 39

Strategy 4 Find the Entry Points 41

Start Somewhere, Not Everywhere 43

The Points of Least Resistance 44

Start with the Superstars 44

Blocking the Burnout 45

Understanding the Odds 46

Including the Newbies 46

Induction Starts with the Interview 47

Improving Instruction-Together 48

Exchanging Visits, Improving Performance 48

Plan Ahead and Prepare 49

Good to Go 50

Proceed with Caution 50

Inch by Inch, Row by Row 52

Self-Directed Development 50

From Seedling to Sapling, from Sapling to Tree 54

Strategy 5 Reduce the Resistance 55

Don't Let the Whiners Rule the Roost 57

Defuse the Drama 58

Divide and Conquer 59

Teach and Model 60

Practice Whole-Part-Whole 62

Keep Them Busy 63

Control the Clusters 65

Count On the Disclosing (Alpha) Male 67

Strategy 6 Harness the Power of Emotion 71

Diminish the Power of Fear 73

Fear of Flying? 74

Flying Anyway 74

Make It Seem As If Everyone Is Doing It 75

Make the New Seem Normal 76

Make Everyone Want In 77

Give Two Incentives for Change 79

The Emotions of the First Exposure 80

The Logic of Logic 81

Strategy 7 Look Past Buy-in To Action 83

The Tennessee Tornado 86

Taking Stock of the Exchange 87

A School Is Not the County Fair 87

Time to Get Graphic 88

Scaling It Up or Down 90

The Balance Shifts 95

Look Out the Windshield, Not the Rearview Mirror 95

So When Do We Pull the Trigger? 97

Strategy 8 Reinforce Changed Behaviors 99

Ongoing Staff Development 101

Reinforce at Every Step 103

Out from Behind the Desk 104

Public versus Private Praise 107

Reinforce the Attempts Too 108

Set Up for Success 109

Don't Miss That Moment 110

Squint If Necessary 111

Strategy 9 Fit It All Together 113

Make Sure the Change Matters 115

Be Willing to Back Off 116

Make It about Improvement 116

Follow the 100-Hour Rule 117

Set the Pace 119

Choose the Time 119

Frame It as Their Idea 121

Take the Shotgun Approach 121

Make Your Toolbox Part of the Furniture 122

Seek the Support of Support Staff 123

Manage the Rumor Mill 124

Make It Happen-Together 125

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