Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Change Element: Support for Early Adopters

In April and May, through various conversations and meetings, one of the goals of the 21st Century Initiative is to identify “change elements” (tasks, conditions, etc.) that when addressed will help MCPS develop into the teaching and learning community it seeks to be. These change elements must be sufficiently concrete and support a plan of action, including identifying tasks, evidence of success and key players.  We will post some of the ideas that were identified recently in meetings to encourage online discussion. As you consider the change elements and associated actions, think about the general outcome that would be accomplished by taking these actions, and if it is consistent with the overall 21st century goals.

Change Element 7: Identify and allocate resources, strengthen support structures, and create professional learning opportunities, so that technology integration is embedded across the entire 21st Century Initiative. Create a supported structure for educators willing to be early adopters.Possible Actions:
1. Recruit from all employees (and include community members) a 2011-2012 class of early adopters.
2. Early adopters will work across buildings to re-shape practices and support one another.
3. Greater freedom and flexibility within a framework of supports and expectations.
4. Since the day cannot be rescheduled for them, they will be allowed flexibility in making and pursuing flexible schedules and class design.
5. A senior administrator will liaison with this group to help support their efforts. 

Prompts: If accomplished, what will be the benefit/outcome of this change element? What is the goal of this change element? How do these action items support the change element? What others might you include?

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