Developing a culture of innovation and significant learning environments requires significant change. Leading change is a tricky thing; it’s really about understanding yourself and your position within an organization, looking past the anxiety and emotions that may come from change, and create an environment where specific behaviors occur that ultimately lead you to your end goal. My innovation plan will take time and patience to be completely implemented. Resistance to change is inevitable but can be navigated. Organizational change needs strong leadership and vision, rather than management, in order to be successful.
The following ideas are essential to leading successful change:
1. Communicate to teachers the Why, How, & What to guide their understanding of the purpose for using ePortfolios in the classroom. How do you move forward with an ePortfolio initiative? The direction and implementation of the initiative must be nudged and navigated with small changes and full support.
2. Identify vital behaviors and sources to increase the use of ePortfolios by teachers and administration. Read the following to learn more:
- Influence and Vital Behaviors in an ePortfolio Initiative
- Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change Book
3. Executing my plan. It takes strategic effort to set focus on “wildly important goals,” as laid out by The 4 Disciplines of Execution book. The 4DX model provides an effective way to execute organizational change and facilitate growth and development in an organization:Mrs.Cliff4DX by Colby Clifford
4. Friedman illustrates in A Failure of Nerve that it takes a self-differentiated leader to lead organizational change effectively. The book Crucial Conversations lays out a way for leaders to have these conversations. To learn more check out some of the blog posts below:
At the end of the day, it is important for teachers to have support as they learn and grow. Using vital behaviors and developing a plan can minimize resistance to change and maximize growth and achievement for administrators, teachers, and students.
Further information about the ePortfolio initiative can be viewed HERE.