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Discussion 1: Action Plan for Change
Initiation is the process leading up to and including the decision to proceed with implementation. It can take many different forms, ranging from a decision by a single authority to a broad-based mandate.
(Fullan, 2016, p. 58)
Mayor Keller’s task force is in the beginning stages of the initiation process for change. While nothing has been decided, the task force members have taken the time to analyze data and target issues for change. From your perspective as an education leader on the task force, think about how you interpreted the data to determine areas of improvement for your specialization. How will you now plan to implement meaningful change?
For this Discussion, you will outline an action plan to address areas needing improvement for your specialization in Grand City.
Read the Fullan (2016) chapters for this module, noting the drivers that contribute to successful change and those elements that undermine it. Think about the educational and community changes you and the task force are envisioning for Grand City and how you might collaborate to implement these changes.
Read the Reed (2015) and Chenoweth (2015) articles. Think about the insights you could draw from the authors’ experiences with and thoughts on change. How might you apply your insights to plans for change for your specialization in Grand City?
Review the Grand City data and the target list of areas needing improvement or change you developed from the perspective of your specialization in Module 1. Consider the specific issues you believe are the most significant and the steps you might take to address those issues. How might the data inform your decisions with regards to identifying issues and your plan for educational change if you were representing your specialization on the Grand City task force?
By Day 3 of Week 3
Post an outline of a plan to address the changes needed in the Grand City community with a focus on your specialization. Include the following in your plan:
Identify 2 or 3 of the most significant issues to address within your specialization. Provide a rationale for your selected issues, explaining how addressing each might make a meaningful impact on educational and community change in Grand City. Be sure to support your rationales with specific reference to the city’s education and community data.
Based on your specialization, identify 4 or 5 action steps you would initiate to implement a plan for change based on each of the issues you identified.
Explain how both quantitative (e.g., community data) and qualitative data (e.g., information from stakeholders and community members) will inform your decisions with regard to your action steps for change in your specialization.
For this Discussion, and all scholarly writing in this course and throughout your program, you will be required to use APA style and provide reference citations.
Module 2: Leading Change With Data and Collaboration (Weeks 3 and 4)
The education and community leaders who have joined Mayor Keller’s task force are learning about the significant issues facing Grand City. Each brings knowledge and experience from a different perspective, including early childhood, elementary and secondary education, community college, workforce development, and special education. The task force has been gathering data to analyze the trends that have occurred during the past 5 years and using this information to anticipate future growth, needs, and change. Understanding and addressing each member’s needs and perspectives contributes to the future of Grand City.
In this module, you will create a hypothetical, cross-specialization team to analyze data and develop a plan for meeting the challenges of Grand City’s growth and changing demographics. You will also develop your skills in motivating others to realize the importance of data-informed decision making for educational change.
Evaluate issues related to educational change
Develop action plans for educational change
Evaluate the importance of data-informed decision making
Develop cross-specialization teams for initiating change
Evaluate team collaboration strategies
Develop motivational videos for educational change agency
Fullan, M. (2016). The new meaning of educational change (5th ed.). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Chapter 3, “Insights into the Change Process” (pp. 39–53)
Chapter 4, “Initiation, Implementation, and Continuation” (pp. 54–81)
Reed, M. (2015). To find solutions, look inward. Educational Leadership, 72(9), 80-85.
Chenoweth, K. (2015). How do we get there from here? Educational Leadership, 72(5), 16-20
Morel, N. (2014). Setting the stage for collaboration: An essential skill for professional growth. Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 81(1), 36-39. doi: 1080/00228958.2005.10532081
Marsh, J. & Farrell, C. (2015). How leaders can support teachers with data-driven decision making: A framework for understanding capacity building. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 43(2), 269-289. doi:10.1177/1741143214537229
Sterrett, W., & Irizarry, E. (2015). Beyond “autopsy data”: Bolstering teacher leadership, morale, and school improvement. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 18(1), 3-13. doi:10.1177/1555458914551828
Cho, V., Jimerson, J.B., & Wayman, J.C. (2015). Data system implementation: A leader navigates people problems around technology and data use. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 18(2), 134-143. doi:10.1177/1555458915584677
Guidera, A. R. (2015) Parents need access to education data- and need to know it’s secure. Phi Delta Kappan, 96(5), 8-12.
Walden University. (2017b). Who we are. Retrieved from https://www.waldenu.edu/about/who-we-are
Review this site for information on Walden University’s mission and vision and its focus on social change.
Grand City Community
Go to the Grand City Community and click into City Hall to review the following for this module:
Walden University, LLC. (Producer). (2017a). Grand City opening task force meeting [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Walden University, LLC. (Producer). (2016a). District collaboration for change [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.