Kotter's 8-Step Change Model - Change Management Skills from MindTools.com Implementing Change Powerfully and Successfully Learn how to implement change powerfully and successfully Change is the only constant. – Heraclitus, Greek philosopher What was true more than 2,000 years ago is just as true today. We live in a world where "business as usual" is change. New initiatives, project-based working, technology improvements, staying ahead of the competition – these things come together to drive ongoing changes to the way we work. school improvement At first glance, this approach to improving schools seems to make sense. After all, research does say that teacher quality is one of the most significant factors in student learning. Further, there's almost universal agreement that the current system of teacher evaluation in the United States is ineffective. Three of four teachers report that their evaluation process has virtually no impact on their classroom practice (Duffett, Farkas, Rotherham, & Silva, 2008). Like the children of Lake Wobegon, almost all teachers are deemed to be above average, if not superior. Tenured teachers are almost never found to be unsatisfactory.
Design Thinking About this course Welcome to the Macromedia University Design Thinking MOOC. The first Macromedia University MOOC Design Thinking is about understanding and implementing the methodology of Design Thinking. You will learn how Design Thinking uses creative, human centered techniques as a strategic approach to stimulate innovation. At MHMK, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, we believe that human needs and experience should drive innovation – not technology. Being a school whose graduates will engage in designing the digital landscape surrounding us, we like to share our conviction of a good, decent and ethical way of creating tomorrows products and services. 4 Ways to Transform Your School Culture In a traditional high school, students sit at their desks and listen to their English teacher talk about Rip Van Winkle's adventure in the Catskill Mountains. They hear that the man in Washington Irving's short story fell asleep for 20 years, and when he returned to his village, he found that everything had changed. His wife had died, his close friends were gone, and the American colonies had thrown off the shackles of British authority. Once the bell rang, the students walked to math class, sat through another lecture and left the building at 2:30 p.m. This day was much like many others in their academic career.
Welcome to the Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking Welcome to the d.school’s Virtual Crash Course resource page! We know not everyone can make a trip to the d.school to experience how we teach design thinking. So, we created this online version of one of our most frequently sought after learning tools. Using the video, handouts, and facilitation tips below, we will take you step by step through the process of hosting or participating in a 90 minute design challenge. If you choose to participate, in 90 minutes you will be taken through a full design cycle by participating in The Gift-Giving Project. This is a fast-paced project where participants pair up to interview each other, identify real needs, and develop a solution to “redesign the gift-giving experience” for their partner.
Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning Culture Digital Tools Teaching Strategies In today’s dynamic classrooms, the teaching and learning process is becoming more nuanced, more seamless, and it flows back and forth from students to teachers. Here’s a look at current trends in teaching and learning, their implications, and changes to watch for. The Fundamentals of Change Management Posted on 02/16/2012 at 08:00 am “It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent,it is the one most adaptable to change” -Charles Darwin Today’s business environment is defined by change, whether it is a shift in leadership, modified customer requirements, new legislation or stiffer competition, organizations are continuously adapting and reinventing themselves to stay viable. Flexibility and agility are no longer nice to have, they are strategic imperatives. The ability to maintain continuity with fewer resources and greater demands while integrating change, literally defines which organizations succeed, thrive and survive.
10 Simple Ideas for Transforming Your Teaching This School Year Posted by Shelly Terrell on Sunday, August 26th 2012 “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”~ William Butler Yeats Many of us will face many new learners as a new semester of classes begin. For many of us this can be a frightening and stressful experience. Enterprise open source portal and collaboration software What Does It Mean To Be A Change Leader in Education? Over the past 20 years, I have studied and worked with educators who have aspired to be change leaders in a wide variety of schools in the US and elsewhere. The most effective of these change leaders – whether they are classroom teachers, principals, or systems leaders – share a number of common practices. First, successful change leaders clearly articulate the need for change to a variety of audiences in ways that are intellectually coherent and emotionally compelling. The ability to do this requires that change leaders immerse themselves into radically different worlds.
School Is a Prison — And Damaging Our Kids Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/Goodluz August 30, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Parents send their children to school with the best of intentions, believing that’s what they need to become productive and happy adults. The Learning Nation: What Story Does Your Timetable Tell? Start at 8:30. Four blocks per day, frozen schedule. 80 minutes each. Nutrition break in the mid morning. 50 minute lunch. End sometime around 3. Monday to Friday. Change courses at the end of January.