18. Influencing Change

One of my roles as an educator is  to inspire and support change so that the school can move from where it is to where it needs to be to ensure the best outcomes for all its students. Change is always challenging but when necessary change takes place, it responds to the needs of students leading to changed practice and improved student outcomes. My innovation plan’s goal is to implement a Blended Learning approach in 6th grade in order to give students more control and agency over their own learning. For this specific influencer strategy, the goal is for a group of team leaders and teachers to implement blended learning in their classrooms. Numerous factors such as context, teachers, and families are involved in order to advance in the achievement of my innovation plan. In order to increase the chances of this innovation plan, I will use the six sources of influence to increase the chances of success.  This process is not a quick fix; it is a process and model for changing behavior at an organization’s core. Based on this, I have developed a strategy for organizational change in regards to my Blended Learning initiative.

How will I measure the results?

In order to know if the results of my innovation plan worked, I will gather different data points. I will gather input from students through polls and surveys. I will also develop a system to systematically collect observations that demonstrate students were engaged. In addition to that, I will meet bi-weekly with team leaders to discuss student and teachers’ input.

There are some vital behaviors that I need to observe in my organization. The first behavior I identified is resistance to change. Corica (2020) states that going against change is due to the displeasure of the challenge as they present new ideas and cause a change of thinking on whoever is involved (p. 2). From my perspective resistance to change is evident by the lack of interest others put in it which can prevent, interrupt or hinder the successful implementation of the blended approach.

Vital Behaviors:

  1. Teachers will do/ set up blended learning environment.
  2. Teachers will integrate blended learning into the curriculum.
  3. Teacher will hold themselves accountable through collaborative meetings

The organizational influencers that will support the implementation of my innovation plan are team leaders, administrators, teachers, and technology department.

The following chart includes the six sources of influence to make change in my organization.

MOTIVATION ABILITY
PERSONAL*Teachers will learn how to implement blended learning (intrinsic motivation).
*Teachers will learn tech skills and provided with tech support often. 

*Adopters are provided an opportunity to observe at least 3 blended learning models in a colleague’s classroom.
*Adopters are provided technical support/directions for implementation of blended learning models.
*One-on-one conferences at adopters’ request. During the conference, adopters will discuss failures and how they are overcoming them.
SOCIAL* Team leaders model how they have implemented one of the blended learning models in their own content area.

*Share student work that has been done in a blended learning class.

*A site will be designed to host tips for teachers.

*An account on Slack will be created to connect the team and communicate with others (support system).

*Teachers will join a closed FB group to allow for networking with teachers outside their context.
STRUCTURAL*Provide a recognition or incentive system


*Share success at school and in weekly communication system


*I will design a badge system with specific criteria.
*Technology department will develop a stable infrastructure (reliable wi-fi) across the building. The organization may purchase additional devices to have available to students and teachers.



Reference

Córica, J. L. (2020). Resistencia docente al cambio: Caracterización y estrategias para un problema no resuelto. AIESAD. https://www.redalyc.org/journal/3314/331463171013/html/

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