Leading Organizational Change: Why? How? What?

My Innovation Plan: I am proposing that teachers integrate ePortfolio use in core content grades 3-5. Providing the use of portfolios combined with their current curriculum will allow students to thinking and robotics into their current curriculum to allow students to reinforce reflection skills, become motivated learners, make connections across all content areas, and establish deeper learning.

Why:

We believe all students deserve to learn how they learn best as they construct their ePortfolios.

How:

Students will participate in authentic learning opportunities building and using ePortfolios that promote choice. Engaging students in authentic learning opportunities enhance student ownership and voice.

What:

Learners take ownership of making meaningful connections through reflection and connecting ePortfolio to authentic learning experiences. This helps prepare our students to think critically and improve their achievement.

My why, how, and what statements come from my true belief in sharing my love of learning and teaching with my students. When my students can feel the connection between WHY we are using ePortfolios, HOW those are going to help them engage in their learning and embrace those opportunities for ownership and voice, and WHAT they experience will come out through reflection and connections across all academic levels, then they’ll truly buy in to the process.

Sense of Urgency

The world of education is continually changing for each generation of students who enter  the classroom. Whether it is the new curriculum, teaching styles, or technology, students are not  only having to learn materials to make them successful, but they are also having to keep up with  the changing times. This generation, now more than ever before, has been gifted with a massive  influx of technology to be used in classrooms. Children find themselves faced with having to  learn and interact using multiple types of media. Our students are witnessing a change in  education, whether it’s with school laptops, home computers, or the multitude of apps they’ve  become so adept at.The world is in a constant state of change and those who fail to adjust fall behind (Barrington, 2019). As educators we feel driven to prepare our students to effectively learn with the use of technology. Doing so means innovation in the classroom needs an upgrade.  

The use of technology in the classroom is said to be one of the top 15 failures of  American Public Education with lack of teacher innovation following close behind (Barrington,  2019). What if we can link these two failures in a way that’s geared to meet the needs of modern  day education?  

Influencer Strategy

Influence is essential to creating change, but influence must be wielded effectively to create lasting and effective change.Implementation of my innovation plan means I will have to focus on three vital behaviors on my campus. Starting with speaking to the heart, communicating our collaborative desired outcome and utilizing all six sources of influence to increase likelihood of success of achieving the desired goal.

4DX

4DX is a strategy to execute and obtain your organizational goals with accountability. Use this strategy as a model when creating your own plan with your team. Focusing on one Wildly Important Goal at a time and following the four steps with fidelity is important. When you’re in the middle of change, be aware of which one of the 5 Stages of Change you are in and how you can support your team.

Crucial Conversations

A look at the key factors a person will need to become a good leader and conduct essential conversations with their team. By keeping the Crucial Conversation Strategies in mind, one will become a better communicator, leader, and implementer of change.

Mathew David Bardwell. (2010, November 10). Friedman’s theory of differentiated leadership madsimple [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgdcljNV-Ew&t=400s

Patterson, K., Grenny, J., McMillan, R., & Switzler, A. (2012). Crucial conversations tools for talking whestakes are high, Second Edition (2nd ed.). McGraw-Hill Education.