Mary Callan’s recent post made me think. It seems that the “devil IS in the details” in this growing change effort. School systems who are embracing the notion of customized learning have a lot of big ideas and many smaller details that all need careful attention. The tricky part is that change is not a linear process. We need to be managing change on multiple levels all at the same time and often without a good idea of exactly how to do that. For customized learning to work, it has to be a total systems effort. This takes a LOT of thoughtful leadership at the teacher, administrative, and board levels.
Our school leaders will need a tremendous amount of support as they begin their move toward customized learning. Taking a close look at how to lead change in the entire school system must be a part of this equation. Finding an effective model for managing change is essential. Mike Muir’s model Lead4Change offers school leaders a way to understand all the moving parts in school systems that need to be addressed as systems ramp up for large-scale change. We are fortunate to have Mike right on our doorstep here in Maine.
So let’s think SYSTEMS change here. The move to customized learning deserves our best systems thinking and our best systems thinkers.