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Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Systems Approach to Change

Too often people use a "fill in the blanks" approach to change and not a systems approach.

On the other hand, I'm involved in the NEA/MTA/CTQ/NBPTS Teacher Leadership Initiative Cohort III and that exemplifies the systems approach to growth and change with strength. It's a good model to use when thinking of change in all areas. The TLI approach has carefully crafted a year-long study with terrific support, wonderful communication, a blended approach, and plenty of time.

As we think about change in our own schools, how can we better promote a systems approach to this change.

Here are a few thoughts.

  1. Enlist all voices as goals and vision are set. Use an inclusive, timely, and transparent process.
  2. Introduce the goals and initiatives well. Have a website set up for each one that includes the important information, links, conversation, actions, revisions, reflections, and new ideas. This vehicle will give life to initiatives.
  3. Include all in the stopping points or reflection places--use surveys, conversations, and meetings to share ideas, reflect on what has happened, and revise as needed.
If we truly believe the good, inclusive, and transparent change and growth matters, we can apply systems think and action to make that change come alive in ways that make a positive difference.