Implementing Change

I (Cathy) and my faculty development team have been tasked with gently suggesting  best practices for new faculty.  This is not not easy task and must be handled with sensitivity.   Administrator,  Ross Cooper, suggests the following five tips when sharing new ideas and practices with others:

Be contagious: Get genuinely excited about what you have to offer, which should come naturally if your ideas are valuable.

Involve as many stakeholders as you can: This is a point that may seem obvious, but it is one that is often ignored. David Weinberger writes, “The smartest person in the room is the room.” Keep this thought in mind, as in no way can a few people sitting behind their desks be able to operate more effectively on their own than with the help of various colleagues from throughout their organization.

Empower those with strengths that compliment yours:   Odds are there is at least one person in your organization/institution with strengths that compliment yours in every education-related area. Know who these players are and take advantage of them, especially if they are well respected by others.

Evoke emotions: According to John Kotter, one of the biggest mistakes you can make when attempting to achieve buy-in “is to communicate with all ‘head’ and no ‘heart.'”

Be Experiential: Try modeling inquiry-based learning by only revealing the research until you have clenched the attention and curiosity of your educators and made them realize that there just might be a way for them to improve upon a particular area of their practice.

Changes can not happen overnight.  \but these five steps might serve as a strtting pint for anyone who hopes of making an impact within a school district or institution.  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2014/11/implementing_best_practice_overnight_is_not_best_practice.html

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