The third part of the conference was led by Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan. They inspired me to stick to my beliefs.
One of the ideas they talked about is a Framework for Change. In order for change to occur, they suggest systems need:
If any of these items are missing, then instead of change, systems get:
Missing VISION = Confusion
Missing SKILLS = Anxiety
Missing INCENTIVES = Gradual Change
Missing RESOURCES (time is a key resource) = Frustration
Missing Action Plan = FALSE STARTS
The more I consider this idea, the more I believe it is accurate. As we consider the inevitable change led by common core, it is nice to be able to consider how to move in a way that is pleasant and productive. In addition, when people understand the process of change, then they relax. When there are missing elements from the framework, then we get undesirable emotions such as those listed above.
Clare and Tammy also were solid on their non-negotiable beliefs. They hold firm to these beliefs because they know this is how change will occur. I left feeling inspired to stick to my beliefs (which fortunately are aligned with my district’s core beliefs).
Tammy and Clare have a book coming out soon with Stenhouse about assessment. I can’t wait to read it and look forward to sharing about it soon.