Assessing change Readiness Implementation Bridge Six Strategies for Change
Skeletal Plan for Crossing the Implementation Bridge
Over past several weeks I have learned about how to successfully implement a change plan. I have learned of six stages to use for a successful change implementation. These six strategies for change are what I used to guide me in creating an implementation bridge.
Creating a Shared Vision In order to create a shared vision for the change, teacher leaders must convey the vision clearly. I plan to provide a clear vision by using student data to monitor and measure student progress and connecting the schools current vision with the vision for change. Providing staff with a clear outline of the desired results of the change will be the most effective way to ensure that every one has a shared vision for the change. Along with increased student performance, I will also provide staff with a stimulation or video of other schools that are successfully implementing a change similar to Choice Time.
Planning and Identifying Resources Necessary for the Change Necessary Tools/Technology: One-to-one Chromebooks Headphones I-pads I-station log in cards Reflex math log-in cards Choice-Time Menu Weekly performance report Parent Data survey
Necessary Personnel: Classroom Teacher- The classroom teacher will be responsible for getting all supplies and tools ready for student-use every day. He or she will collect and analyze student and parent data. The teacher may also assign specific duties or roles to a specific students as the program continues and students become more familiar with the requirements and expectations. The classroom teacher will also be responsible for copying the choice time menu's and checking in on progress reports.
Paraprofessional- The paraprofessional will be responsible for actively proctoring the work space throughout the duration of choice time. He or she will also be responsible for doing necessary one-on-one learning sessions and completing progress reports as necessary.
Interventionist- The interventionist is responsible for collecting and analyzing data and planning accordingly. The interventionist will be expected to plan three personalized instructional plans for students. He or she will also watch data closely to help monitor student progress and explain this data in a way that parents can appreciate and understand.
Investing in Professional Development In order for change to be successful, it must be effectively implemented. An organizational leader cannot expect everyone to know exactly how they want something changes without teaching them first. Thus, I have thought of the training that will be necessary for Choice Time to be a success and for staff to utilize this time as a way to collect informal and formal student data. Teachers will need to be given the opportunity to learn about how to navigate all of the tools and data that is available on the technology learning platforms. This means that I would need to plan a training that walks staff through all of the components of each technology program as well as how to access and analyze the data reports that are available on each platform.
Checking or Assessing Progress This is the space in which problems can be addressed and solved! No matter how much a teacher leader tries to be proactive in handling issues, something will always occur that was unexpected. I plan to provide many opportunities for students, teachers, and parents to engage in a reflection session. These sessions can take place in the form of PLC's, face-to-face meetings, discussion boards, and surveys.
Providing Assistance Teacher Leaders need to anticipate how he or she will respond to and support innovators as they carry out the change plan. This involves knowing the audience affected by the change; knowing the group carrying out the change; and responding to situations that arise in a calm, consistent, and data-driven manner. Although providing many opportunities for staff and students to collaborate is indeed powerful, teacher leaders must also be sure to keep a gauge on how the change is being carried out by analyzing the data that is received from these survey's, PLC's, and discussion boards.
Creating Context Conducive to Change This is the most critical step in crossing the implementation bridge. This is because there is a difference between sharing a vision and creating a community who shares that vision. Thus, I created a momentum for my change plan and found ways for the community members to be active and empowered change agents. One way that I plan to create momentum for the change plan is by keeping all parties that are involved closely connected to data as well as a clear understanding of the goals that need to be achieved!