Leading School Change: 9 Strategies to Bring Everybody on Board

4. Find the Entry Points.

  • Whitaker suggests that you look to your superstars and perhaps your new teachers as people to make a change first. The idea is that the backbone teachers will respect the superstars and follow their lead. Teaming a superstar with one or two backbones can extend the impact of the superstar. From the perspective of a new teacher, something that is new to others will seem routine to them. You can also ask them during the interview if they would like to teach the new program. Chances are they will be happy to. The main idea is to target the points of least resistance. You can slowly build a critical mass by working with one person at a time. Whitaker also promotes the notion of teachers observing each other as they will only follow the best examples they see in action. This can be part of a mentoring program.
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