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Started by Isaac Day 24 Feb 2011 9:08am () Replies (3)

over dinner we discussed the concepts and basic understandings of the term 'agents of change'. Use this forum to 'tease' this out some more. I will add links from the KLP (kiwi leadership for principals) and other things which may help you and build further understandings. :-)

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  • Emma Watts (View all users posts) 02 Mar 2011 9:37pm ()

    Reflecting after our dinner discussion (and a little bit of background reading) I've tried to identify what will make an effective ‘agent of change'.  So here goes... an agent of change in schools needs to be forward thinking, innovative, passionate, inspirational, focused, a precise communicator, reflective, supportive and thought provoking.  A good agent of change encourages others to lead and collaborates.  They can feedback and feed forward and support next steps with evidence. To instigate change the best leaders are good role models, life long learners, listeners and are focused on the well-being of students and employees. 

    Feedback for my role as lead e-learning teacher...am I an effective agent of change?  Feed forward...how can I inspire and empower other learners (teachers and students)?

    Background Reading

    Dennis Stevenson http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/original-thinking/what-is-a-change-agent-23764 states that a change agent:

    1. Lives in the future, not the present.

    2. Is fueled by passion, and inspires passion in others

    3. Has a strong ability to self-motivate.

    4. Must understand people

    The KLP (Kiwi Leadership for Principals) http://www.educationalleaders.govt.nz/Leadership-development/Kiwi-leadership-for-principals states good leadership:

    1. Keeps focus clear on the school vision, even in the face of distractions

    2. Establishes relational trust among members of the school community to build a collaborative learning culture

    3. Focuses upon the key competencies that we need to participate fully in society

    4. Identifies areas for change school, consider the focus for this change, and how the change can be stimulated and sustained

    5. Communicates clear academic goals, have high expectations, and valuing student well-being

    6. Tracks evidence from changes and instigates regular review of progress and effect

    7. Does not attempt to lead change alone but empowers others throughout the school to develop and exercise leadership roles and to share in the leadership of change

    8. Develops a deliberate leadership focus on student learning and well-being

    9. Sets clear priorities and goals that are followed through with effective strategies

    (The KLP - Kiwi Leadership for Principals) The team that leads change requires:

    1. Up-to-date knowledge of successful approaches to teaching, learning and assessment

    2. The ability to convincingly communicate the rationale for any change

    3. The ability to lead staff development that results in change

    4. Knowledge of the ongoing conditions needed to support shifts in teaching practice

    5. Skills in monitoring the impact of the change and making adjustments when needed.

    Effective leaders recognise that change can bring about counter-productive emotional responses.   KLP suggests effective leaders need to:

    1. Ensure all staff feel their concerns are genuinely listened to and understood

    2. Support staff who feel they may lose control during the exploration of new approaches

    3. Explain how changed approaches may be consistent with some established values while challenging others.

    Michael Fullan in ‘The Six Secrets of Change' states that good leaders:

    1. Love their employees

    2. Encourage employees to interact with purpose

    3. Build employees professional development

    4. Encourage employees to continuously learn

    5. Clearly communicates vision and goals

    6. Develop many leaders

  • Isaac Day (View all users posts) 10 Mar 2011 11:59am ()

    Great precis Emma!  So EVERYONE, what lessons to we take here? Smile

    What do we need to do to improve things or ensure we reach as many of our teachers as possible? Smile

    There was brief discussion on the rate of change yesterday - what impact does this have??

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