Leading School Change: 9 Strategies to Bring Everybody on Board

3. Determine Who Matters Most.

  • The top teachers, superstars, earn the esteem of students, parents, peers, and principals alike. They get the big picture and will change in order to improve. If they don’t think something is a good idea it is not likely to fly. They will most likely tell you what they think. Make sure you don’t make them seem like the principal’s pets. Give them the freedom to innovate and do research by observing them. They should be in the vanguard as you move forward. The next type, the backbones, typically make up the largest group. They have characteristics you would miss and quirks you would not. Their vision may end at the classroom wall.They will change when pushed. At the bottom end you have staff who are mediocre or even negative. Their vision is limited to self-interest and they resist change as it implies hard work.
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